Although it’s still one of my favorite platforms for learning creative skills, finding Domestika courses in English can be frustratingly difficult.
I understand that most courses are in Spanish because the company started in Spain, but with a growing catalog of English-language courses you’d think it would be easier to find them on the platform.
But it isn’t. There’s no category for audio language on the web version, and the Domestika app only occasionally displays English courses – and not all of them.
To help others avoid my frustrations, I’ve put together this list of every single English-language course currently on Domestika, plus recommendations on which ones to take.
I’ve broken them down by category, so feel free to jump to the area that interests you most. I’ll also keep this article up to date as more English courses are added to Domestika over time. Let’s get into it!
September 2020 update: 12 additional Domestika English courses have been added, including the first ever Domestika Basics course offered in English!
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Domestika English Illustration courses
Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink
Teacher: Storyboard artist Alex Hillkurtz
Duration: 20 lessons (3h 31m)
We’re starting off the list with a bang, as this is easily one of the best English courses on Domestika. In it, you’ll learn how to create a watercolor painting of a building that leaps off the page with life and color.
What’s great about this course is that the teacher Alex Hillkurtz, who comes from a background in film and has worked on renowned films like Argos and Almost Famous, teaches more than just how to paint.
He uses his background in storyboarding to show you how to find the right perspective and composition, which is useful for far more than just painting buildings. Definitely check this course out if you have even a passing interest in urban landscapes.
The Art of Record Covers: Illustration Meets Lettering
Teacher: Designer and illustrator Steve Simpson
Duration: 15 lessons (1h 27m)
This Domestika English course is technically in the illustration category, but it’s more of a mix between illustration, lettering, and a love of retro vinyl album covers.
In it, Irish designer and illustrator Steve Simpson will explain why he feels so passionate about the incredible record cover designs from the 50s and 60s, and provide you with the tools you need to create your very own 7-inch record sleeve and label for a record of your choice.
Although Steve uses Affinity Designer throughout the course, you are free to use whatever software you’re familiar with. Most of the course design and drawing is analog, so you really just need a piece of paper and a pencil. Also make sure you have a spare 7-inch record to display your final work!
The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art
Teacher: Illustrator Mattias Adolfsson
Duration: 16 lessons (2h 31m)
Have you always wanted to start sketching but never really known how to get started? Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned artist, sketching is a critical part of the creative process.
This course is led by Mattias Adolfsson, who is an excellent teacher with a deep love of drawing that really comes through in the course. You’re guaranteed to find the fun in drawing – even if you thought you lost it long ago.
At the end of this course you’ll have the beginnings of a personal sketchbook, but the idea is that you continue to work on it for years to come. It’s a major milestone to develop the habit of drawing, and this course will get you there in a fun and engaging way.
Chiaroscuro Creative Portrait with Pencils
Teacher: Artist and illustrator Marco Mazzoni
Duration: 13 lessons (1h 9m)
This course, hosted by Italian artist and illustrator Marco Mazzoni, is focused on the renaissance-era technique of Chiaroscuro, which plays with light and dark to make striking compositions.
Many classic techniques are difficult to access for beginners, but this course gets around that completely by applying the technique with colored pencils. The only equipment you need to create these striking works of art is a set of colored pencils and paper!
Despite the teacher’s Italian origins, this Domestika course is in English with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, and German. It’s short, at just over an hour, which can be a plus for busy creatives looking to pick up new techniques without a big time commitment.
Creativity Face to Face: A Playful Collage Journey
Teacher: Mixed media artist Hanoch Piven
Duration: 16 lessons (1h 40m)
Whether you’re an experienced artist or a complete beginner, this course is the perfect way to expand your creativity and have lots of fun doing it.
Taught by mixed Hanoch Piven, this English course on Domestika is extremely entertaining. It will make you look at the everyday objects in your home with a brand new light, and can even inspire creative ways to spend time with your children.
It’s short, interactive, fun, and very easy to understand. Creatives of all walks of life can learn something from this course, so don’t hesitate to give it a try!
Digital Fantasy Portraits with Photoshop
Teacher: Artist and illustrator Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)
Duration: 19 lessons (5h 46m)
If you have some experience with illustration but are looking for a way to push your work to the next level, check out this course from artist and illustrator Karmen Loh, AKA Bearbrickjia.
She will teach you how to bring life and character into your illustrations, turning them into narrative works with story and atmosphere.
Although you do need some knowledge of drawing and anatomy to get started, you don’t need to have any knowledge of Photoshop. Karmen will get you up to speed with both the basics and more advanced tools in the nearly 6-hour course.
Digital Painting for Characters: Color and Light
Teacher: Character designer Joel Santana
Duration: 18 lessons (2h 49m)
For many illustrators it can be difficult to give your character designs, well, character. Thankfully, this course from character designer Joel Santana is here to help.
He’ll talk you through the entire process of turning your character sketches into incredible designs by infusing color, texture, and appropriate lighting using Photoshop.
In addition to Photoshop you will need an artist’s tablet and a basic understanding of drawing techniques. If you don’t have a character in mind Joel provides a few templates, and if you do have a character in mind it’s time to bring them to live!
Editorial Illustration for Magazines
Teacher: Illustrator Emma Hanquist
Duration: 15 lessons (2h 13m)
Illustration can be a remarkably versatile artform, and nowhere is that more evident than in editorial illustrations. These deceptively simple works distill a story down into its most basic elements and convey emotion in a way that’s nearly impossible with a photograph.
Taught by experienced editorial illustrator Emma Hanquist, this Domestika english course will teach you everything you need to know to adapt your illustration work for magazines.
Learning these techniques can be a great way to turn your illustration hobby into an income-generating activity, or just find a new way to think about expressing ideas in a visual medium.
Female Character Design for Comics
Teacher: Comic book artist Marcio Takara
Duration: 16 lessons (2h 50m)
Comic books have traditionally been a male-dominated affair, but in recent years readers, artists, and publishers have begun expanding female roles in a big way.
If you are an aspiring comic book or video game artist and want to get ahead of the curve, this course by comic book artist Marcio Takara will be right up your alley. He’ll give tips on basic anatomy, clothing design, and dynamic poses to turn your female designs into powerful characters with personality.
This course is entirely analog, so you just need a pencil, eraser, ink, brush, and paper. Note that it’s best for intermediate illustrators, and may be difficult to follow for complete beginners.
Composition and Color for Creative Illustration
Teacher: Illustrator Marcos Chin
Duration: 18 lessons (3h 6m)
The main thing that makes or breaks an online course is the teacher. Marcos Chin, who gives workshops around the world and gives classes at the New York School of Visual Arts, is among the best teachers on Domestika.
This illustration course takes a step back from technique and teaches the basics of composition and color for illustrations. You will learn how to create narrative drawings that truly express the unique way you see the world.
Although the course content uses both Photoshop and Illustrator, you can complete the course content using entirely analog materials. No matter where you are in your illustration journey, this is one of the best Domestika English courses on the platform for illustrators.
Hand-Drawn Typographic Portrait
Teacher: Illustrator Sarah King
Duration: 13 lessons (1h 39m)
No matter how much effort you put into your illustrations, you will always need some element or feature to make them stand out. In this course by accomplished illustrator Sarah King, you’ll learn how to combine hand lettering and illustration in a unique and eye-catching way.
Essentially the course is all about using typography and words to give texture to your work, both literally and metaphorically.
Just watching Sarah work is a joy, and this short course will teach you how to incorporate her techniques into your work with basic drawing materials before using photoshop to clean up the image.
Illustrated Character Design and World Creation
Teacher: Character designer Nathan Jurevicius
Duration: 25 lessons (5h 18m)
If you’re someone who likes to give your illustrations and characters a lot of backstory, this Domestika English course by Nathan Jurevicius is just what you need to expand your creativity.
What’s so great about this course is just how much of his own methods and thought processes Nathan puts into the instruction. The course is over 5 hours long, and you really get the full picture of how he goes from ideas to concept to characters to full-blown world building.
Although you can get by with just basic drawing tools, the course finishes the illustration in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, so some basic knowledge of one of these programs is ideal.
Urban Sketching: Express Your World in a New Perspective
Teacher: Urban sketcher Lapin
Duration: 15 lessons (2h 36m)
Those of you who are familiar with the world of urban sketching may already have seen the work of French artist Lapin, but if you haven’t suffice it to say that he’s one of the most famous names in the niche with more than 30 published books to his name.
Now, thanks to this English-language Domestika course, you can get an insight into how he does it and start incorporating his techniques into your own work.
What makes his work unique is the use of a fisheye perspective and the inclusion of people and descriptions to really capture a moment. As you can image, you only need a few sketching materials and a keen eye for observation to get started.
Architectural Illustration: Capture a City’s Personality
Teacher: Illustrator and architect Carlo Stanga
Duration: 23 lessons (5h 4m)
While urban sketches are great for sharing on social media or keeping a quick log of your travels, if you want to take your city illustrations to the next level you need to take this in-depth course from Carlo Stanga.
Carlo is an expert on capturing what makes a city unique. In his “I Am Series” (I Am New York, I Am London, I Am Milan), he takes readers on a tour of each city, highlighting important details in text and in his beautiful illustrations.
In this Domestika English course he’ll teach you how to do the same, from the initial sketch to final touches in Photoshop.
Acrylic Techniques for Creative Illustration
Teacher: Illustrator and author Jon Berkeley
Duration: 20 lessons (4h 19m)
There is no shortage of illustration courses on Domestika, but of the classes offered in English this is the only one that focuses on acrylic painting. Using physical paint will give your illustrations an added level of color and depth, and is the preferred method for those who like getting their hands dirty!
If you thought that acrylic techniques don’t have a place in today’s digital economy, think again. Teacher Jon Berkeley will run you through how he works from a brief to create concept images for popular magazines like The New Statesman, Volkskrant, The Economist, and others.
You don’t need any previous experience with acrylics to take this course, and the only digital element is scanning your piece and preparing it for print in Photoshop.
Illustrated Digital Lettering
Teacher: Illustrator and lettering artist Birgit Palma
Duration: Coming soon
Illustrated lettering designs are an interesting way to weave details and narratives into a simple word or phrase, inviting the viewer to look deeper and take in every little detail.
This course, taught by lettering artist Birgit Palma, will teach you how to create these works of art using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You will need some understanding of graphic design principles and how to navigate the software, but Birgit will teach you a few techniques and shortcuts to speed up your work.
Illustrated lettering can create eye-catching works for clients or your portfolio, but they’re surprisingly simple to create once you know the basics!
Lighting Principles for Digital Painting
Teacher: Visual development artist Samuel Smith
Duration: 15 lessons (2h 22m)
Most Domestika English courses are aimed at beginners, but if you are an experienced artist looking to learn advanced techniques to take your work to the next level, this is the course for you.
Taught by visual development artist Samuel Smith, it will teach you the basics of how light works and how to translate that into your digital art to create truly cinematic pieces.
In fact, that’s one of the main uses for this technique: cinema. Simulating how light will work in certain scenes is a valuable skill to have as a graphic designer or storyboarder.
Domestika English Marketing & Business courses
Instagram Strategy for Business Growth
Teacher: Social media expert Dot Lung
Duration: 20 lessons (1h 16m)
If you use Instagram for your creative business, you’ve probably realized that it isn’t as easy as it looks. Coming up with engaging posts and building a community on the image-driven platform is a real challenge when you’re juggling many other tasks.
To help give your business’ online presence a major boost, social media expert Dot Lung will teach you her own methods and strategies that have worked for businesses and movements around the world.
This course is aimed at smaller Instagram accounts with fewer than 10,000 followers, but the methods can truly be applied to just about any sized account. Stop struggling with social media and get some advice from a real expert!
Transforming Your Creative Ideas into Personal Projects
Teacher: Creative director of Facebook and Instagram Ji Lee
Duration: 15 lessons (2h 25m)
If you’re here reading this article, odds are you want to expand some part of your creative self. This course by Ji Lee, who is currently the creative director at Facebook and Instagram, is designed to do exactly that.
It’s easy to fall back into a comfortable routine, but Ji explains that this is the death of creativity. In order to give yourself the space you need to come up with creative ideas, you need to go out and see the world with a new lens.
Perhaps the most value part of this Domestika English course is toward the end, where Ji gives tips on how to get exposure for your new creative project. With an incredible career already behind him and even more ventures ahead, he certainly has a lot of advice to give!
Principles of Presentation Design
Teacher: Presentation and date designer Katya Kovalenko
Duration: 18 lessons (2h 12m)
All of us have had to sit through a terrible presentation at some point in our lives. Whether at school, a business meeting, or on stage in front of an audience, designing and delivering an effective presentation is much more of an artform than people give it credit for.
If you want to capture people’s attention and further your career (or land some important investors), you need to take this Domestika English course on the principles of presentation design.
Teacher Katya Kovalenko explains each of step in detail, no matter if you’re using Keynote, PowerPoint, or any other presentation software. She’ll even give you tips on how to best deliver your presentation when the time comes to stand in front of an audience.
Domestika English Photography & Video courses
There currently are no photography & video courses in English on Domestika, but I’ll add any future courses as soon as they’re released!
Domestika English Design courses
Logo Design: From Concept to Presentation
Teacher: Graphic designer Sagi Haviv
Duration: 16 lessons (2h 33m)
Logo design is a delicate process. It has to be simple enough to be memorable, but unique enough to not seem generic. And most important of all, it has to please the client!
This Domestika course from respected graphic designer Sagi Haviv will help guide you through the entire logo and identity creation process, including dealing with a difficult client.
Although the course is complete and filled to the brim with great advice, it’s worth noting that it’s for design beginners. The course is heavy on theory, and mostly explains the thought behind why you make/choose a logo rather than the technical skills of actually drawing it.
Introduction to UX Design
Teacher: UX designer Ethan Parry
Duration: 22 lessons (3h 9m)
User experience design, or UX design, touches literally everything around us at all times, whether we know it or not. It encompasses every interaction you’ll ever have with any product or service, shaping the way you think and feel about using it.
If you want your customers or users to enjoy your products, it’s time to start learning the basics of UX design.
You don’t necessarily need to be a designer to get the most out of this course, as it’s focused more on theory, brainstorming, and ideation rather than the use of software.
Note: This teacher has another course teaching the basics of leading UX software Adobe XD in the Technology category below, and it serves as an excellent follow up to this course.
Brand Strategy for Online Platforms
Teacher: Brand and UX specialist James Eccleston
Duration: 14 lessons (2h 10m)
While the above course is a great way to learn the basics of UX design, this course takes some of those same principles and applies them to another important part of your digital business: branding.
By establishing a brand concept for your business or project, you can connect to your audience through a harmonious strategy that includes graphics, UX design, and text on both digital platforms and print.
This course is great for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to give their brand a proper showing, but some of the concepts might be a bit basic and shallow for design students.
Domestika English Craft courses
Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners
Teacher: Crochet and upcycling expert Emma Friedlander-Collins
Duration: 20 lessons (2h 28m)
You might still think of crochet as something your grandmother does with her pinochle partners, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Learn the true potential of the craft in this great course from crochet expert Emma Friedlander-Collins from the popular channel Steel and Stitch. You don’t need to have any experience with crochet to start, as she’ll run you through all of the basic stitches to get started.
Even if you are familiar with how to crochet, you’ll learn lots of interesting techniques and ideas to breathe new life into the craft. At the end of the course you’ll have your very own upcycled crochet slippers.
Domestika English 3D & Animation courses
Character Creation for Animation: Shapes, Color, and Expression
Teacher: Illustrator and storyboarder Laura Ewing Ferrer
Duration: 22 lessons (4h 39m)
There are several Domestika English courses that teach you how to create vibrant characters, but if you want to put that skill towards breaking into the animation industry, this is the one to take.
Rather than just focusing on the creation of characters from your own imagination, this course will teach you how to work from a professional brief. You’ll learn how to take someone’s request from a vague idea all the way to a fully realized character that’s ready to pitch to any studio around the world.
Although this course is in the 3D & Animation category, you won’t actually learn any animation techniques. Instead it works as a bridge between illustration and animation, forming a strong basis upon which to develop your own technical skills in animation.
Domestika English Architecture & Spaces courses
There currently are no architecture & spaces courses in English on Domestika, but I’ll add any future courses as soon as they’re released!
Domestika English Technology courses
Introduction to Adobe XD
Teacher: UX Designer Ethan Parry
Duration: 34 lessons (3h 25m)
UX design and digital prototyping are becoming more and more important in today’s all-digital world, and if you want to take your graphic design career in that direction you’re going to need to pick up a few new skills.
The biggest and most popular UX design software is Adobe XD, which allows you to create and test user interfaces without entering a single line of code. This great Domestika English course by designer and Adobe XD specialist Ethan Parry will take you from the absolute basics of the program to advanced plugins and workflow management.
In fact, it’s the first Domestika Basics course offered in English on the platform. These courses are designed to teach absolute beginners, so don’t worry if you have little or no experience with the program.
Note: This teacher also has a course about the basics of UX design, listed above in the design category.
Domestika English Calligraphy & Typography courses
Introduction to Brush Lettering
Teacher: Lettering artist James Lewis
Duration: 17 lessons (2h 28m)
Brush lettering is a simple but extremely varied craft that has a devoted following around the globe. James Lewis is one of the biggest names in lettering with more than 1 million followers on Instagram, and his Domestika course is all you need to get started.
He’ll walk you through the basics of brush lettering by reviewing and tracing some of the most iconic logos of all time. The final project has you replicate the Coca Cola and Champions logos using the techniques you’ve learned.
To top things off, he’ll show you how to best showcase you work for an online audience, so you too can start building a following on Instagram, TikTok, or elsewhere online!
That’s it for this exhaustive list of every English course on Domestika! Which ones are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!