Design your own drop cap | Jessica Hische's Skillshare class "Introduction to Lettering"

Though years out of school, I still get that autumn ache for new notebooks and a set of my favorite pens (office supplies have always been my jam).  This year, I'm exploring a new learning platform with

Built on the ethos that everyone is a teacher, Skillshare believes that everyone from leading industry professionals to budding, passionate enthusiasts has something to teach and to learn from each other.  Skillshare offers classes spanning a range of creative fields, from Advertising, Business, Fashion & Style, Music, Photography, Technology, Design and Writing & Publishing.  Best of all, their online classes are project-based and entirely self-paced, so you can learn anytime, anywhere.

Designer and illustrator Jessica Hische's first Skillshare class, Introduction to Lettering: One Letterform at a Time, officially launches today.  Through video lessons and step-by-step project instruction, students get a sneak peek into Hische's sketchbooks and design process as they complete their very own drop cap letterform inspired by their favorite book.

($25 course fee, with $10 off for first-time Skillshare students)

The Australian Ballet for Sideshow Alley

One song.  One take.  Cinematically captured in the roads and alleyways around Melbourne (and occasionally, a New York City rooftop).  With its own spin on raw, honest productions of local and international artists, Sideshow Alley explores a uniquely intimate experience with each unrehearsed performance in a distinctively high quality style.  From Kimbra () to the Australian Ballet, the creative collective challenges its mediums and dares to expect the beautifully unexpected.

For similar outfits, check out the London-based Black Cab Sessions and La Blogothèque's Take Away Shows (shot primarily in Paris).

Citation (sneak peek) | Vincent van Gogh

A much-needed reminder, from a friend visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

A Work in Progress | Floral Pattern Series

A sneak peek at a simple hand-drawn pattern series that I recently took on.  This first set features the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), a favorite of an aunt who has been on my mind lately.

(Click above to download the individual colors or grab all three, here.)