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Domestika English courses: All English-language courses

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 Domestika course in English. If you’re looking for specific recommendations, check out the best list below.

Read also: 15 best Domestika courses in English (plus 5 in Spanish)

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 2021 update: Tons more courses have been added to the list.

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Illustration courses

Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink

Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink domestika english illustration course

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.

Read also: Best watercolor classes for beginners and up

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

Art of Record covers domestika

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.

Read also: Skillshare vs Domestika: Which is better for creative courses?

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

The art of Sketching domestika english illustration course

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

Chiaroscuro with colored pencils domestika

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

Creativity face to face collage domestika

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

Digital fantasy illustration domestika

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

Digital character illustration domestika english course

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.

Composition and Color for Creative Illustration

Illustration color and composition domestika

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

Domestika typographic portrait illustrations

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

Domestika character design 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

Domestika course urban sketching

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.

Read also: Watercolor sketchbook buyer’s guide

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

Domestika architectural illustration capturing city

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. He has a second course that uses many of the same techniques, but for interiors.

Acrylic Techniques for Creative Illustration

Domestika illustration with acrylic paints

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

Domestika illustrated digital lettering english course

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

Domestika lighting for digital paintings

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.

Book Cover Illustration: Unraveling the Essence of a Story

Teacher: Illustrator Silja Götz

Duration: 15 Lessons (2h 21m)

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but the truth is we all do. But with the right skills, you can craft a book cover that’s sure to give the right impression.

Silja gives fantastic advice based on her years of experience in the industry, and equips you with the tools you need to get started. Whether if it’s for your own book or a professional profile, you’ll know how to go from idea to sketch to finished illustration.

Note that this isn’t a course for complete beginners. You will need some basic drawing skills and Photoshop knowledge to get the most of it. Thankfully there are plenty of other great Domestika courses in English to get you on track!

More courses (there are a lot):

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

Domestika presentation design english course

Teacher: Presentation and data 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.

Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life

Teacher: Author Shaun Levin

Duration: 15 Lessons (2h 2m)

Although this course is in the Marketing & Business section, it’s far different than its dry, analytical peers.

Shaun Levin is an experienced author and creative writing teacher, and his experience really shines here. He walks you through his writing process, then gives a set of helpful exercises to help develop your own ideas into stories.

There are a million and one creative writing courses out there, but this is one of the best and most useful. If you don’t believe me, check out some of the Dometika course reviews at the link below.

More courses:

Photography & Video courses

Adobe Photoshop: Beginner’s Guide for Photographers

Teacher: Portrait Photographer Mikael Eliasson

Duration: 86 Lessons (19h 51m)

While there are other Photoshop tutorials on Domestika, this one is specifically aimed at photographers. It skips out on digital illustration techniques and focuses just on retouching photos.

Since it’s a Domestika Basics course, it’s also extremely in-depth. It will turn you from a complete beginner to an expert over the five courses and nearly 20 hours of content.

At $10 (while one sale), that’s fantastic value. All you need is Adobe Photoshop CC and, of course, some photos to edit.

More courses:

Design courses

Logo Design: From Concept to Presentation

Logo design course domestika

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

Domestika 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

Domestika brand strategy

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.

Art Direction for Creative Visual Branding

Art direction for creative visual branding course

Teacher: Art Director and Photographer Linus Lohoff

Duration: 16 Lessons (2h 13m)

Have you ever wanted to be an art director? Well, this Domestika course in English has the basics you need to start building a professional portfolio for clients.

This isn’t a course or beginners, so you’ll want to have some experience with design before going in. Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign are also a must.

Going a bit deeper than similar courses about logo design, Linus gets into both the thought processes and workflow behind his designs.

Adobe InDesign for Beginners

Teacher: Graphic Designer Jamie Sanchez Hearn

Duration: 82 Lessons (19h 37m)

This Domestika Basics course is one of the most in-depth and lengthy courses on the entire platform, and thankfully it’s also in English.

Adobe InDesign should need no introduction for those in or considering the graphic design industry, and this course will teach you everything you need to know about the program.

And I do mean everything. It has nearly 20 hours of content spread over 82 lessons, so you can be sure you’re getting your $10 worth (when on sale).

UX Research 101

UX research 101 domestika course

Teacher: UX and UI designer Patricia Reiners

Duration: 16 Lessons (2h 12m)

For all aspiring UX designers out there, research should be the very first part of any design process. But despite being such a critical step, it’s difficult to pin down exactly how to go about doing it.

In this Domestika course in English UX designer Patricia Reiners walks you through the process of UX research. It can also serve as an introduction to UX design itself, although there isn’t any focus put on technical skills.

If you’re a more experienced UX designer, odds are you already know most of what’s covered in this course. Still, it’s well-organized and filled with nuggets of knowledge from years of experience in the field.

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Craft courses

Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners

Crochet upcycling domestika english course

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.

Upcycling with Embroidery

Teacher: Embroidery Artist Kseniia Guseva

Duration: 15 Lessons (2h 0m)

Much like the course above, this Domestika English course will teach you how to enhance your old clothing and accessories with a new craft. This time, the focus is on embroidery.

One of the best things about this course is the teacher. Kseniia Guseva has a very popular Instagram account and an active YouTube channel where you can see some of her work. It’s truly incredible stuff.

Embroidery as a craft has been around for centuries, but I guarantee you haven’t seen anything like Kseniia’s beautiful architectural stitches.

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Domestika English 3D & Animation courses

Character Creation for Animation: Shapes, Color, and Expression

Domestika character creation for animation

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.

Introduction to Voxel Art for Character Design

Teacher: Voxel Artist and Animator Zach Soares

Duration: 24 Lessons (5h 13m)

Voxel art was around long before Minecraft, but it’s clear the game’s popularity has inspired a resurgence in the boxy art style. With this Domestika course in English, you can learn how to make voxel art of your very own.

Experienced artist and animator Zach Soares walks through the steps in Qubicle, Maya, and Unity, so you’re not stuck using a single program.

That said, the walkthrough is a bit fast, so you may want to catch up on the basics of each program before you start.

More courses:

Architecture & Spaces courses

Interior Design for Beginners

Teacher: Design Studio STUDIOLAV

Duration: 17 Lessons (1h 51m)

If you’ve always had a keen eye for design and think you might be interested in interior design, this course can set you on the right track. It outlines the work of an interior designer, from the initial design phase to the finished spaces.

Obviously there’s only so much you can cover in just under 2 hours, so treat this as an introductory course. At the end of it, you should know whether or not you want to keep studying (and there are more interior design courses on Domestika in English listed below).

More courses:

Technology courses

Introduction to Adobe XD

Domestika Adobe Xd English course

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.

Calligraphy & Typography courses

Introduction to Brush Lettering

Introduction to brush lettering domestika

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.

Read also: Best calligraphy classes: explore the world of calligraphy online

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!

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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!


  1. Ar McKenna says

    THANKS! for putting that list together! Really appreciate it 👍🏼😃

    • Thanks Luna! That one was actually on the list (but not that teacher’s follow-up course). It was time for an update though, so I’ve just finished adding about 50 more courses published in the past two months. Enjoy!

  2. Sas says

    Hey I was also looking for English classes and found one that offered Spanish AND English audio (not just subtitles). But how can I turn the English audio on, for me it still only plays Spanish, can’t find a button to switch to the English audio – any advice

    • That’s a great question! I haven’t participated in any dubbed classes yet, so I’m not sure. Can you change the audio language by clicking on the settings gear in the video? If that doesn’t work, try opening your account settings and changing the default language to English.

      What’s the name of the course? I’ve only seen two that are dubbed in all my searching. Domestika did that very briefly before moving to native English courses.

      • To change the audio language in a Domestika video, click the three dots in the top right corner of the video. In the displayed menu, select Audio. Then, from the options displayed, select the language you want. 🙂

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