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7 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction

    • Assignment

    • Approaching Digital Drawing

    • Brushes and Tools

    • The Art of Subtraction

    • The Art of Experimentation

    • Your Turn!


About This Class

Get inspired with celebrated visual artist Shantell Martin! This short class goes behind-the-scenes in her NYC studio to share the ways digital drawing can push your creativity.

Watch as she plays with layers, subtraction, shapes, and more — then create drawings of your own. Throughout the class, Shantell uses her favorite drawing app, Paper by FiftyThree, but you're welcome to use any drawing app you'd like.

Digital tools and apps can spark inspiration for projects both in the digital world and beyond. Artists, creators, makers, and everyone looking to kickstart their creativity will love this creative workout. No experience needed — just grab your pens and let it happen!


FiftyThree builds mobile creation tools that help users to sketch, write, draw, outline, and color on the iPad.

Eager for more? You can also check out Shantell's first Skillshare class, Drawing on Everything: Discovering Your Creative Voice.

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Shantell provided some techniques that I had never thought about before when it comes to creating digital drawings. At first, I was intimidated and didn't think I would be able to make anything. However, I am looking forward to making mistakes and revealing something new within my works.
Darnita Howard

The Pattern Maven

Great course. I dont have such a nice tablet though.
Great assignment!! I really enjoyed it! Its amazing how things turns up when you just let it flow. Thank you very much shantell






Visual Artist

The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial and the everyday experience — conversations, objects and places.