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Microsoft’s commitment to help 25 million people acquire new digital skills needed for the Covid-19 economy

Microsoft has included the class I created for them on LinkedIn Learning: "Fundamentos del dibujo" as part of their Global Skills Initiative. It will be included in their library for learning paths, open for free until March 2021 to the 25 million of people looking to broaden or learn new skills to get back on track as professionals after the pandemic.

One of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities... Read more here



Tune in every day in May 2020 at 4pm BST on the official Affinity YouTube channel as incredible artists, illustrators, designers and photographers who use Affinity invite you into their world to witness their personal creative workflows.

I took part as one of the invited artists and took users through the creation of a vector illustration starting from a reference image. I created 7 variations on it and gave away the source files so those interested are able to study them.

It was great fun creating the session plus the live chatting during the premiere. Thanks to all attending the day and those interested in the event. The sessions remain in the Affinity Youtube channel perpetually for user's future reference.

The image below is one of the 7 variations on the illustration I created during the session. Click on it to check the video session out!



Student’s gallery showcase.

As students complete the class, some of them are posting the results. This is a gallery of some of the completed projects. Check them here.

Take this class here:

Option 1: FREE class on Skillshare (FREE 2 month premium membership sign up):

Option 2: Lifetime access buying the class on Udemy:

Ian Rei completed the class on Udemy. Click image to enlarge.


CFIC Universidade de Aveiro 2020

Scientific Illustration Laboratory (Biology dept.) - Some results on the module "Digital Techniques for Organic & Inorganic models in Scientific Illustration" at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) that I teach.

Scientific Illustration Exposition at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)

January 16th - February 26th, 2019.

Proud to be one of the scientific illustrators at the expo "7 anos de Ilustração Científica na UA; a excelência do ensino" at Aveiro University Campus (Portugal). Some illustrators there were my teachers, some studied with me, some I taught later.

More info here (Portuguese)

CFIC Universidade de Aveiro 2019

Back from Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) where for the 3rd year I've been teaching at the Scientific Illustration Laboratory (Biology dept.) the module "Digital Techniques for Organic & Inorganic models in Scientific Illustration." This year again, it was a real pleasure and students were brilliant.

1st Affinity Live - July 2018

Great event last night at the first Affinity Live at Serif's headquarters in Nottingham, and nicer people I got to meet. Thanks for the hard work and those fantastic new design tools: Affinity for iPad and Affinity Publisher

CFIC Universidade de Aveiro, 2018

Scientific Illustration module on digital Organic and Inorganic Models at the Biology dept. LIC Universidade de Aveiro. Great to be back! The guys were really talented and got it all so fast. Looking forward to next year!

CFIC Universidade de Aveiro 2017

Teaching at UA a module on Scientific Illustration for organic models. First time here as teacher after finalising the studies on the Scientific Illustration Lab under the direction of Fernando Correia. Happy to share my experiences with my colleagues.

Imaginism Workshop (Montreal, Dec. 2014)

I took part at The Imaginism Workshop (by Schoolism). A unique and exciting opportunity where a handpicked group of 4 applicants are invited to move in the Imaginism House for 30 days and be trained in the inspiring and stimulating environment of Imaginism Studios.

Schoolism Live Event. Florence, 2014.

A 2 days workshop with artists Nathan Fawkes (DreamWorks, Disney, Blue Sky Studios, Paramount Animation) and Terryl Whitlatch (Star Wars). We learnt about their techniques on designing with colour and light an creature design.

AdobeLink Camp. Bilbao, Feb. 2013

A 2 days Adobe UG event where I spoke about digital interfaces and vector graphics, with special focus on Adobe Software. I also conducted a workshop on digital illustration and UI artwork.