Fresh Products in My Arcturian Zazzle Shop – Affinity Designer Artwork

I’ve been playing around on Affinity Designer, getting better and better. I know I still have a lot to learn but I’ve been having a lot of fun the past few days, since I bought another Frankentoon pack, and made some characters for my Arcturian Zazzle shop. Check it out:

I’ll be creating more characters and making more items. It’s very time consuming but, please, keep checking back for new items!

My Etsy dilemma

I’m trying to figure out what to do about my Etsy shop. I’ve made 6 sales so far. Just 6. My profit and cost is about the same! Is it worth it? It’s not free to list items on Etsy. I’m going to have to think long and hard about my Etsy shop. I love the way it looks. How it all looks put together. I even had one custom order!

I already taken off the auto-renew for some of my items. Mainly the ones that have never made a sell and rarely get views.

Maybe I should try listing some of my handmade beads and jewelry. Perhaps those will sell.

Udemy Course Review: Affinity Designer: The Complete Guide to Creating Vector Art

I just finished taking Affinity Designer course on Udemy. I gave it 5/5 stars. This is a great way to start with Serif’s Affinity Designer.

Affinity Designer from Serif

I was a big fan of Serif’s DrawPlus and PagePlus but all of these Plus software are “legacy” meaning they will not be making any new versions of those. I had no idea that for the past two years or so they were working on Affinity. I checked out their trailer of it (see below) and was completely blown away. I believe Affinity Designer will render Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator useless. (Not sure if “useless” is the word. Perhaps irrelevant.)

It only costs $49.99. It’s a one time fee. You get FREE updates for life! You’re not paying a subscription fee like you have to do with the Adobe software. With Adobe you’re paying $20/month for access to just one software. If you want access to all, I believe it’s $49.99/month. That’s the cost of Affinity Designer… to OWN it outright!

The Udemy Course

I purchased the course for only $10 while it was on sale, along with another class. Udemy often runs amazing $10 sales and they even apply to classes that cost $100+. I went through the entire course in two days, before I even purchased Affinity Designer, knowing that I would. The great thing about Udemy courses is, you buy it once and you can go back and watch the videos as many times as you want. So if I needed to check on something once I jumped into Affinity Designer, I could go back into the course and re-watch a video or even ask the instructor a question.

Pros & Cons

The only thing I think I would change about this course is (1) showing mouse clicks when using the pen tool (while making curved lines.) He talks it out but if somehow he could film his mouse clicks and show it along side the screen, that would be really useful. But this is always the tricky thing when learning vector graphics. Getting used to the pen tool and bezier curves. (2) Some of the lessons towards the end I think should have been the very first lessons. For example, how to set up your work flow, folders, etc. That should be discussed even before diving into the software. This is an important lesson for anyone working in graphics, having a cohesive filing system and how to save or archive your work file.