• 4 Must Read Books for Textile Art and Embroidery Lovers

    4 Must Read Books for Textile Art and Embroidery Lovers

    Explore the enchanting world of textile art and embroidery with these 4 recommended books curated by Amanda McCavour, a seasoned teacher at Domestika. Today, we're diving headfirst into the captivating world of embroidery, where every stitch tells a unique story. And who better to guide us on this whimsical adventure than one of our very own embroidery teachers, Amanda McCavour (@amandamccavour) ? She's curated a list of 4 must read books that promise to inspire and ignite your passion for the art of thread work. So, without further ado, let's unravel the secrets hidden within these pages!

  • Expanding Horizons: Essential Tips to Transform Digital Illustrations into Captivating Three-Dimensional Narratives
    Illustration Teacher

    Expanding Horizons: Essential Tips to Transform Digital Illustrations into Captivating Three-Dimensional Narratives

    Illustrating is more than simply transferring ideas onto paper or screen; it's about telling visual stories that capture the viewer's imagination. Illustration opens up a range of possibilities for exploring narratives through perspectives, scales, and dimensions that can transform a simple composition into a dynamic and engaging piece of art. Here are some tips to expand your mind's dimensions and think in three-dimensional planes and shapes when creating your illustrations.

  • How to Become an Interior Designer
    Architecture & Space

    How to Become an Interior Designer

    Interior design is a profession that combines creativity, technique, and a passion for transforming spaces into unique and functional environments. If you're drawn to the idea of designing interiors that reflect style, comfort, and personality, this guide is for you. I'll take you through the fundamental steps to become an interior designer, exploring professional outlets, resources to get started, salary expectations, and where to find inspiration in the industry. Becoming an interior designer requires more than a good eye for decoration. It involves understanding the client's needs, the space you're working with, and how design elements can harmoniously work together. It ranges from selecting colors and materials to arranging furniture and lighting, all focused on enhancing the quality of life for those using the space.

  • Diving into Tommy José Stathes' Archive of Forgotten Animations
    3D & Animation

    Diving into Tommy José Stathes' Archive of Forgotten Animations

    Is early animation your passion? I bet not as much as the animation historian, archivist, and educator Tommy José Stathes who has gathered 200+ early animations you wouldn't have heard of otherwise. Now you can watch them in HD and without dedicating your whole life to it, isn't that nice? You can watch these animations (one or two probably if you are not a dork) and then go on with your day... For Tommy José Stathes, this doesn't apply...! Let's go over some of the classics you would've missed if it weren't for this archive of early animated cartoons

  • Free Download: Human Anatomy Fundamentals

    Free Download: Human Anatomy Fundamentals

    In this article, Sarah van Dongen will guide us through her basic rules for human anatomy. Explore basic human anatomy guidelines, including body and facial proportions, and insights into various body parts. Some humans might be "basic", but human body certainly isn't basic at all... Nonetheless, who cares about the accurate representation of the stapedius, the tiniest muscle in the body involved in acoustic reflex, when watching their favorite cartoons? Sure the cartoons will be hard of hearing as a consequence of having inaccurate "stapediuses"... But they might suffer even worse conditions not having other, more important organs, anyways...!

  • A Journey Through the History of Literature

    A Journey Through the History of Literature

    Explore the evolution of the history of literature from antiquity to the present day. Literature is one of the oldest art forms in human history. Although the term itself began to be used, according to some studies, after the fifteenth century, the idea of expressing through words, either orally or in writing, comes from many years ago. Literary history has a wide range of writers, who are a sample of how our society has evolved over the centuries. From the religious writings of Enheduanna to the fantastic world of J. R. R. Tolkien, passing through millions and millions of artists of the word who have left us a little piece of their vision of life through their books. In general terms, some experts divide literary history into four main stages: ancient literature, medieval literature, modern literature, and contemporary literature. Here we will tell you more about each of these stages. Ancient Literature (Up to the 5th Century)

  • Master Your Circular Saw: A Free Woodworking Tutorial

    Master Your Circular Saw: A Free Woodworking Tutorial

    Dive into this quick tutorial with Tyler Shaheen and learn a brilliant woodworking hack to upgrade your circular saw into a track saw-like precision tool, all without breaking the bank. Are you ready to take your crafting skills to the next level? Well, you're in luck because today, we're diving into the exciting world of woodworking with the help of none other than Tyler Shaheen, one of our very own teachers here at Domestika. Get ready to unleash your inner carpenter as Tyler shares his secrets to achieving clean cuts with your circular saw. It's time to roll up those sleeves, grab your safety goggles, and dive right in!

  • Watercolor Tutorial: textures with hairs and thorns
    Illustration Teacher

    Watercolor Tutorial: textures with hairs and thorns

    How to create textures in leaves and stems with Paulina Maciel When we face botanical illustration one of the biggest challenges are the textures of leaves, petals and flower stems. In this tutorial Paulina Maciel (@pau_maciel), designer and illustration artist specialized in watercolor technique, and creative director and founder of Canela, will show you some tricks to get more realism in leaves and stems by working on textures. Discover the tutorial in the following video:

  • Mastering Composition in Digital Illustration: Elevating Your Art with Depth and Balance
    Illustration Teacher

    Mastering Composition in Digital Illustration: Elevating Your Art with Depth and Balance

    Understanding composition is fundamental in illustration, as it shapes how visual elements interact to create a captivating and immersive experience for viewers. By incorporating key principles and techniques, artists can craft illustrations that not only engage the eye but also evoke emotion and tell compelling stories. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore essential steps to help you perfect your compositions and elevate your artwork to new heights.

  • Free Download: 5 Amigurumi Patterns

    Free Download: 5 Amigurumi Patterns

    From adorable dolls to sea inspired creatures, unleash your creativity with these 5 free downloadable resources. Today is not just any ordinary day. It’s a day filled with boundless possibilities and endless creativity! Why, you ask? Because we're about to make your day even brighter by presenting you with not one, not two, BUT five free amigurumi patterns for you to own forever. Are you excited? We are! Have you ever felt the irresistible urge to dive headfirst into a sea of yarn, emerge with your hooks ready, and conjure up adorable creatures that make hearts melt and smiles bloom? Well, prepare to embark on a journey into the world of amigurumi because we've got a treasure trove of free patterns waiting just for you! We're not exaggerating when we say this is a pretty cool day for anyone looking to elevate their game. So, prepare to be dazzled, because the adventure of a lifetime awaits! Let’s dive in!

  • Basquiat: The 5 Artworks You Can't Miss

    Basquiat: The 5 Artworks You Can't Miss

    The title might be an overexaggeration... You can definitely miss them. You have free will, remember? But in defense of this article: You might learn something about this giant of the industry and how he keeps filling up museums and art school's itineraries alike, to this day!

  • Images That Shake Consciences: The Power of Activist Art

    Images That Shake Consciences: The Power of Activist Art

    Explores the impact of art as a tool for activism: linking powerful images with social justice and human rights causes. In a world flooded by information, art emerges as a powerful medium to provoke reflection and change paradigms. Beyond aesthetics and individual expression, art becomes a vehicle for activism, a tool that challenges, questions and shakes consciences. From vindictive paintings to powerful installations, contemporary art has become a platform for addressing social, political and environmental issues.

  • Benchmarking as a Creative Tool
    Marketing Teacher

    Benchmarking as a Creative Tool

    Imagine this scenario: you're about to start an exciting new brand design project or advertising campaign. How do you make sure you're on the right track from the start? This is where benchmarking comes in, a powerful tool that allows us to thoroughly understand our creative environment, learn from the successes of others and chart our own path to success. But what is benchmarking? In simple terms, it's like spying on the competition, but in a totally ethical and beneficial way. It's about researching, learning and applying the best practices of other companies to improve our own processes and results. Sounds great, right? When we dive into the design of a brand, an advertising campaign or any creative project, it is crucial to understand the environment in which we move. This is where benchmarking comes in. It helps us get to know our competition, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and provides us with a solid foundation to tackle our own challenges. In order to explain it better, below you can download for free my own benchmarking on an architectural firm, a practical example to understand the essential aspects to be taken into account. Remember that these aspects may vary depending on the industry, the campaign or the product, but this specific case will give you a clear vision.

  • Masters of the Medium: Celebrating the Best Sculptors of the Century

    Masters of the Medium: Celebrating the Best Sculptors of the Century

    Sculpture, a timeless art form that has evolved across centuries, continues to captivate and inspire. As we navigate the 21st century, a new generation of sculptors emerges, pushing the boundaries of the medium and redefining artistic expression. In this blog post, we celebrate the talents of some of the best sculptors of the century, whose works leave an indelible mark on the world of art.

  • Free Download: How to Draw a Dragon

    Free Download: How to Draw a Dragon

    Are you often found daydreaming of far away lands and fantastic creatures when suddenly a voice resonating inside your head, like a dragon's grunt, heard inside an empty cave, wakes you up to realize that you've been dissociating the entire time, at a social gathering, again? You don't have to answer! I know it's a hard confession to make... But, if you want to draw a dragon to scape your mundane reality, this Free Download got you covered!

  • 95 Years Later, Mickey Mouse is in the Public Domain
    3D & Animation

    95 Years Later, Mickey Mouse is in the Public Domain

    Discover how Mickey Mouse's entry into public domain marks a new era for Disney's legacy. In the whimsical realm of entertainment, there are few characters as iconic and enduring as Mickey Mouse. Since his debut in the groundbreaking cartoon short film Steamboat Willie in November 1928, Mickey has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences worldwide. With his mischievous charm and timeless appeal, Mickey became the beloved face of the Disney brand, gracing everything from theme parks to television screens.

  • Carry Your Canvas Anywhere: Unveiling the Enchantment of Lunéville Embroidery
    Fashion Teacher

    Carry Your Canvas Anywhere: Unveiling the Enchantment of Lunéville Embroidery

    Lunéville crochet embroidery is much more than a simple technique; it is an exciting journey that allows you to embroider wherever you want and however you want. Imagine being able to take your canvas with you and create unique pieces in any corner of the world. This is the magic that Lunéville embroidery offers! A creative freedom that breaks barriers and adapts to any lifestyle.

  • What Is Kinetic Typography? 5 Examples
    Typography, Calligraphy and Lettering

    What Is Kinetic Typography? 5 Examples

    Explore the dynamic world of kinetic typography: Learn how it captivates audiences & enhances visual storytelling in design. "Kinetic Typography" is basically a fancy new name that is given to animated fonts. It has existed since the 50s when film title design was an emerging artform. Some might already know Saul Bass' work on Hitchcock's movies for example. Now they are still used in cinema but also for lyric music videos and even just created by graphic designers to go directly into their neat portfolios to never be seen again.

  • What Tattoo Styles Are There?

    What Tattoo Styles Are There?

    The art of tattooing has evolved significantly over the years, diversifying into a wide range of styles that offer something for every taste and personality. From techniques that seek to replicate reality to those that play with abstraction and symbolism, tattoo design has become a form of personal body art. We will explore 10 of today's most popular and distinctive tattoo styles below, and may you find the one that's perfect for you.

  • How to Draw Plants Better (+Free Download)

    How to Draw Plants Better (+Free Download)

    You are old enough, now! You should be able to draw plants a bit better than your preschool self. And I don't care if you are a licensed physician or an unemployed historian or a AI reliant "graphic designer". Wouldn't it be worrying if you found out your psychotherapist draws like an infant...? Practice your doodles and make your preschool self proud!

  • Free Tutorial: How to Knit a Simple Wristband

    Free Tutorial: How to Knit a Simple Wristband

    Dive into the world of vibrant knitting with Charlotte Stone's tutorial on creating a colorful wristband. Perfect for both beginners and seasoned knitters! Welcome to another whimsical adventure in the colorful realm of yarn and needles! Today, we embark on a journey with the ever inspiring Charlotte Stone, the genius behind Stone Knits, as she unveils the magic of crafting a delightful wristband bursting with hues and charm. So, grab your needles, and let's dive into this colorful escapade together!

  • "Poor Things" and its Legendary Cinematic Influences

    "Poor Things" and its Legendary Cinematic Influences

    Dive into the intricacies of Poor Things, a cinematic marvel that weaves together influences from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland, creating a spellbinding narrative tapestry. Within the cinematic landscape, certain films rise above mere entertainment, weaving intricate webs of references and inspirations. Through its exploration of love, identity, and the boundaries of life itself, Poor Things, directed by the visionary Yorgos Lanthimos, pays homage to some of the most iconic tales in literary and cinematic history. It's a movie that's not for the faint of heart, delving into themes of brutality and suffering with unflinching honesty. Yet, amidst the harsh realities depicted, Poor Things captivates with its striking beauty, sharp wit, and moments of profound emotion, ultimately leaving viewers stirred and inspired by its conclusion.

  • How to Overcome Second Sock Syndrome for Knitters

    How to Overcome Second Sock Syndrome for Knitters

    Struggling with Second Sock Syndrome? You're not alone! In this video, we dive deep into the world of sock knitting to tackle one of the most common challenges knitters face: losing the motivation to knit the second sock after the first one is done. Ready to knit your way into a colorful world of cozy wonders? Well, hold onto your needles because we've got a tip that's about to revolutionize your sock knitting game. Chances are, you've felt this way before. You’ve just completed the first sock in a pair, and suddenly, the motivation to cast on for its twin disappears faster than a ball of yarn in the paws of a mischievous cat. But, worry not! Charlotte Stone, the reigning queen of sock knitting, is here to rescue us from the clutches of the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome!

  • 5 Free Design Lessons to Elevate Your Skills

    5 Free Design Lessons to Elevate Your Skills

    Discover five incredible design lessons opening their doors for free starting tomorrow! From logo design to art direction, elevate your skills and explore new horizons in graphic design. February just got a whole lot cooler! Starting tomorrow, you'll have free access to one lesson from each of these five sensational design courses. Whether you're intrigued by the creation of logos or fascinated by the storytelling in magazines, there's something for everyone to explore. So, buckle up and get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey through the world of design! These lessons will only be available for a limited time, so seize the opportunity while you can. Starting from 00:00 CET on February 16th 2024, they'll be open for enrollment for just 15 days! If you want to access them after this date, you can sign up for each teacher’s full course and dive into their topics in detail.

  • Domestika Teachers Celebrate The Year of the Dragon

    Domestika Teachers Celebrate The Year of the Dragon

    If you have a lunar calendar at home, there is no need for me to notify you that we just entered the Chinese new year. But there is still a lot of people that don't know (some don't even care) about this festivity. I'll make it short, don't worry: We might call it the Chinese new year but the lunar calendar which marks the date, is also shared by other cultures like the Hindu, Islamic and Jewish (Christians aren't buying it, though. Always late to the party, I guess...!). This time around a wooden dragon is the symbol for the year. Wood, in the context of Feng Shui, represents growth, expansion and vitality. It is associated with renewal, creativity and the beginning of new projects. I'm glad it doesn't represent death, decay and lack of imagination...! Let's delve into some of these new projects: Marcos Chin

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