I had a great time doing the Foundation course and was pleased that the class had such a clear aim and that I managed to work my way through the manageable assignments in the space of a month! Even though I knew how to use Illustrator and Photoshop I learned loads more from Sabina about good practice and new techniques which worked better than the self-taught ways I’d been doing things. I did find that Sabina’s teaching was pretty focused, and that there are other ways to achieve things technically which she didn’t mention, (eg using the direct selection tool, or the recolour artwork function) but teaching all the different ways to do things would have been confusing perhaps.
Sabina is very quick to respond and the best thing about the course over all other courses is that you can get in touch with her and actually talk to her face to face online, and she comes back to you when you ask questions (unlike some others!)!! This is in addition to the very helpful feedback you get from her after every assignment.
It takes a bit of time to get used to how the website works but I found myself surprisingly motivated by the points and badges system (which you have the option of ignoring) !
Before I did this I never even thought to have an Etsy shop but I will be opening one now and am encouraged by Sabina that it is possible to sell my clipart – exciting! I look forward to doing another Design Garden course soon.