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15 best Domestika courses in English (plus 5 in Spanish)

Watercolor illustration with Japanese influence Domestika course

When it comes to creative classes online, Domestika courses are my absolute favorite. Not only are there a wide variety of courses to choose from, they’re all incredibly well produced and taught by experienced professionals.

For new users though, it can be hard to know where to hop in. There are thousands of courses on the platform, but the vast majority are in Spanish with English subtitles.

If you’re looking for the best Domestika courses in English, you have to do a little digging. I’ve published and maintain a list of all Domestika courses in English at the link below, but that list is nearing 100 entries at this point.

Read also: Domestika English courses: All English-language courses

To give newcomers a taste of what the platform has to offer, I’ve hand-selected the 15 best Domestika courses in English below. I also happen to think that the Spanish courses (with English subtitles) are every bit as good, so at the end you’ll find 5 more recommendations for those who want to give subtitles a chance.

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Save money with course bundles

Before we get into the list itself, you should be aware that if you buy more than one course you can save some money by getting a course bundle.

Learn more: What is Domestika? Is it worth it? Review, best courses, and more

The nice thing about these bundles is that you can choose which courses to buy. Some have themes like illustration, watercolor, Instagram, or crafts, but others allow you to choose from a huge list of the best courses on Domestika.

Course bundles can include 2, 3, or 6 courses for a discounted price. These can be as much as 70% off the listed price, so it’s definitely worth it. Once you buy the courses you have them forever, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining a subscription fee or anything.

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Best Domestika courses in English

With that out of the way, let’s get to the list of the best Domestika courses in English. Note that these are mostly grouped by category (illustration, craft, business, etc.) and not listed in order of quality.

Each one has something different to offer, and I’ve also listed a few similar courses that might interest you with each listing.

1. The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

The art of Sketching domestika

Teacher: Illustrator Mattias Adolfsson

Duration: 16 lessons (2h 31m)

Let’s kick off the list with one of the most popular illustration courses on Domestika. Taught by experienced illustrator Mattias Adolfsson (check out his Instagram, it’s incredible), the goal of this course is to start sketching and doodling in a way that’s both fun and productive to your art.

Rather than focusing on rigid rules for drawing, Mattias takes a much more light-hearted approach in this course. The idea is that your art doesn’t have to be perfect, and by having fun and sticking with it you’ll develop a style of your own.

Mattias has a second Domestika course called Creative Sketching: Fill Your Illustrations with Life and Detail, and it’s every bit as good. Bundle them together for a double-dose of sketching goodness!

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2. Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink

Teacher: Storyboard artist Alex Hillkurtz

Duration: 20 lessons (3h 31m)

Shifting to slightly more realistic drawing, this course from artist Alex Hillkurtz is perfect for urban sketchers and fans of architecture. It blends architectural sketching and watercolor in a way that will really make your art jump off the page.

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Aside from the excellent technical drawing instruction, Alex brings his experience as a storyboard artist to help you learn how to frame your images. Composing your piece before your pen hits the paper is a critical step that’s easy to forget.

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3. Artistic Watercolor Techniques for Illustrating Birds

Watercolor techniques for illustrating birds best domestika courses

Teacher: Artist Sarah Stokes

Duration: 18 lessons (3h 14m)

Animals can be a difficult subject when it comes to art. Knowing where to draw the line between realism and your imagination isn’t always clear, even when working from a photograph.

Read also: Best watercolor classes online for beginners and up

This course by artist Sarah Stokes demystifies the task using one of the most unpredictable mediums there is: watercolor. She shows how to depict birds and other animals with vibrant color, plus a few extra techniques to liven up the composition.

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4. Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Adobe Photoshop for beginners Domestika course

Teacher: Digital artist Harrison Kuykendall

Duration: 46 lessons (6h 19m)

Next up is a Domestika Basics course, which is a series that dives deep into a piece of software to teach you everything you need to know. In this case, the subject is Adobe Photoshop, specifically for retouching photos and editing them into unique images and artwork.

The course itself is more than 6 hours long, spread across 46 lessons. Rest assured that you will come away with a complete understanding of how to use Photoshop, and you can always go back and rewatch parts in the future since Domestika courses are one-time purchases.

If you want an even more in-depth course that’s aimed solely at photographers, check out Adobe Photoshop: Beginner’s Guide for Photographers, which is truly exhaustive at nearly 20 hours long.

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5. Digital Fantasy Portraits with Photoshop

Digital fantasy illustration domestika

Teacher: Artist and illustrator Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)

Duration: 19 lessons (5h 46m)

If you want to use Photoshop for illustration, you don’t necessarily need to learn everything about the software. This course from illustrator Karmen Loh will teach you the absolute basics of the software while learning amazing techniques to create your own artwork.

Karmen shows how to breathe life into digital portrait illustrations, turning them into narrative works with story and atmosphere. She walks you through her process of pulling from creative references to push your work to the next level.

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6. Lighting Principles for Digital Painting

Domestika lighting for digital paintings

Teacher: Visual development artist Samuel Smith

Duration: 15 lessons (2h 22m)

While most Domestika courses are aimed at beginners, this one is for digital artists with a bit more experience. Visual development artist Samuel Smith covers advanced lighting techniques to give your artwork a more cinematic appeal.

And that’s one of the main applications for this course: cinema. Having the ability to create a complete scene for a storyboard is an invaluable skill for any graphic designer. If nothing else, it will help you create digital images with more depth and character.

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7. Editorial Illustration for Magazines

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Teacher: Illustrator Emma Hanquist

Duration: 15 lessons (2h 13m)

Creating artwork for your own enjoyment is one thing, but creating it for clients is another entirely. If you want to maximize your chances of getting work in graphic design and illustration, you need to pick up a few additional skills.

That’s where this fantastic course from illustrator Emma Hanquist comes in. She’ll teach you how to reduce a story to its most basic elements, then capture the emotion in a way that would be impossible with a photograph.

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8. Creativity Face to Face: A Playful Collage Journey

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Teacher: Mixed media artist Hanoch Piven

Duration: 16 lessons (1h 40m)

Getting away from careers for a bit, this extremely entertaining course from Hanoch Piven is exactly what you need to have more fun while being creative. He essentially walks you through his process to create portrait collages from everyday objects around the house.

This is the perfect course to take if you’re a teacher or spend any time around kids (even if it’s just your inner child). It’s short, interactive, and a whole lot of fun for all ages.

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9. Paper Cutting Techniques for Storytelling

Paper cutting techniques for storytelling

Teacher: Artist Karishma Chugani

Duration: 16 lessons (2h 16m)

We all did origami and basic paper cutting to create streamers as a kid, but this Domestika course provides a new perspective on what’s possible with paper.

Rather than simply folding paper to create new shapes, it’s all about layering paper cutouts to tell a story in a unique way. It’s perfect for those who like to work with their hands, with no drawing skills required.

For those who want to do more folding, there’s another course called Pop-Up Book Creation. It was initially recorded in Spanish, but later dubbed with English audio for international audiences.

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10. Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners

Crochet upcycling domestika english course

Teacher: Crochet and upcycling expert Emma Friedlander-Collins

Duration: 20 lessons (2h 28m)

Sticking with the theme of working with your hands, this next option is one of the best Domestika courses in the Crafts category. In it, you’ll not only learn the basics of Crochet (you don’t need any prior knowledge going in), but also how to apply them in new and interesting ways to your own clothing.

Taught by crochet expert Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel and Stitch), you’ll learn how to breath new life into old clothes and accessories. The final project is a pair of upcycled crochet slippers.

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11. Introduction to Brush Lettering

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Teacher: Lettering artist James Lewis

Duration: 17 lessons (2h 28m)

Brush lettering has come back in a huge way. Lettering artists like James Lewis (who also happens to teach this course) have amassed millions of followers on Instagram and TikTok.

What’s great about this course is that James teaches not only how to create your own brush lettering works, but also how to present and share them on social media. In the final project you’ll replicated some of the most iconic logos of all time, but you’ll be more than prepared to create your own original designs, too.

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12. Transforming Your Creative Ideas into Personal Projects

Domestika Transforming Your Creative Ideas into Personal Projects english course

Teacher: Creative director of Facebook and Instagram Ji Lee

Duration: 15 lessons (2h 25m)

This was one of the very first Domestika courses in English, and even today it’s one of the very best. Rather than focusing on specific techniques and tools, it takes a more holistic approach to the creative process. Essentially, you’ll learn how to turn ideas into reality without getting bogged down in the process.

And who better to teach this than Ji Lee, the current creative director of Facebook and Instagram. He’s one of the most influential designers in America, working not only at big name companies but also for small, personal projects. This is an inspirational masterclass that every aspiring creative professional should take.

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13. Principles of Presentation Design

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Teacher: Presentation and data designer Katya Kovalenko

Duration: 18 lessons (2h 12m)

There’s nothing worse than sitting through a boring presentation — except being the one delivering it.

But it doesn’t have to be like this! Effective presentations can be fun, engaging, and most importantly, persuasive.

This excellent course by Katya Kovalenko will teach you how to create good presentations, no matter if you’re using Keynote, PowerPoint, or any other presentation software. She’ll also leave you with some tips for when it comes time to present. Break a leg!

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14. Instagram Strategy for Business Growth

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Teacher: Social media expert Dot Lung

Duration: 20 lessons (1h 16m)

This is yet another very early Domestika English course that really knocked it out of the park. With social media becoming more and more important for businesses, every entrepreneur and small business owner needs to develop some savvy or be left in the dust.

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Social media expert Dot Lung lays out everything you need to do to up your social game and start converting new customers. Although most of the advice is aimed at accounts with fewer than 10,000 followers, much if it can be applied at any level. Stop struggling with social media and get some help and advice from the experts!

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15. Logo Design: From Concept to Presentation

Logo design Domestika course

Teacher: Graphic designer Sagi Haviv

Duration: 16 lessons (2h 33m)

Last up is a theory-heavy course from a well-respected graphic designer. Sagi Haviv has worked on some of the most iconic logos in the world (see some of them above), and he’s learned a lot in the process.

While there are plenty of Domestika courses to learn how to use Illustrator or Photoshop, this one will teach you the thought process behind designing a logo. In most cases this part is much more difficult to get right, so it’s extremely helpful to have such expert advice and guidance.

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Bonus: Best Domestika courses in Spanish

I know that most people want to take online courses in their native language, but in the case of Domestika, you should really try some of the Spanish offerings.

There are over 1000 courses in Spanish from some of the most talented people around the world. Avoiding them just because you don’t want to read subtitles means missing out on some of the best courses you’ll find online.

To give you just a taste, I’ve selected 5 of the best Domestika courses that I’ve found so far. Let’s hop into it.

Watercolor Illustration with Japanese Influence

Watercolor illustration with Japanese influence Domestika course

Teacher: Illustrator Flor Kaneshiro

Duration: 22 lessons (3h 15m)

Of all the Domestika courses I’ve taken this is by far my favorite. Taught by the incredibly talented Argentine artist Flor Kaneshiro, it teaches the basics of watercolor with a Japanese flare that you won’t find anywhere else.

Flor explains traditional Sumi-e techniques, which are monochromatic paintings with precise brush movements. Drawing from her other influences like Oga Kazuo and Hayao Miyazaki (of Studio Ghibli), she’ll show you how to adapt this ancient art form to create modern, colorful works of art.


Drawing for Beginners Level -1

Teacher: Illustrator and educator Puño

Duration: 18 lessons (3h 18m)

This fantastic course by illustrator and educator Puño is one of the most popular courses on the platform, and for good reason. It’s nominally a drawing 101 course, but the way it’s presented just about anyone can take something away from it.

Whether you think you can’t draw or never learned to enjoy it, your mind will be changed by the end of this course. Through exercises, games, and fun practice sketches, you’ll learn how to love drawing again by taking this course.

After the success of this one, Puño made a few other Domestika courses which were equally well received.


Professional Photography for Instagram

Professional photography for Instagram Domestika course

Teacher: Product photographer Mina Barrio

Duration: 16 lessons (1h 57m)

A good photograph can make or break any social media post, especially on hugely visual platforms like Instagram. Whether you’re a designer, illustrator, small business owner, or just want to share your work on the social media giant, you’ll have to up your game if you want to get noticed.

The good news is you don’t need much. In this fantastic Domestika course by photographer Mina Barrio, you’ll learn how to stage and capture attention-grabbing photos using just your smartphone. That’s right, no professional camera or software required. What do you have to lose?


Introduction to Macramé: Creation of a Decorative Tapestry

Introduction to macrame Domestika course

Teacher: Textile artist Belen Senra

Duration: 15 lessons (2h 10m)

I’m a sucker for macrame and textile arts, so I was happy to learn that Domestika features many great courses to help you get started. My favorite is this one by textile artist Belen Senra, which focuses on creating modern macrame tapestries (or wall hangings).

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While Belen covers the basic knots you need to know for the final project, there are a few other courses that are specifically for learning more complex knots. Still, I’d recommend starting with a course that has a specific end product in mind, like this one.


Professional Woodworking for Beginners

Teacher: Artisan furniture maker Patricio Ortega (Maderística)

Duration: 26 lessons (4h 1m)

There are a lot of woodworking courses out there on the web, but few of them are as focused and practical as this one. In it, furniture maker Patricio Ortega will walk you through the basic tools and skills you need.

He focuses mostly on repeatability with templates in order to scale up your work for professional woodworking. You won’t find many hand tools here, and you may want to invest in a good router table beforehand.

Read also: 12 essential woodworking tools for beginners: Start your woodshop right

This is one of the few Domestika courses where your final project might look nothing like what’s made in the course. And that’s ok! The idea is that the skills learned can be employed to make many different types of furniture. Let your imagination run wild!


That’s it for my picks for the Best Domestika courses in English (and otherwise). Do you have any more recommendations? Let everyone know in the comments below!

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