Svs vs skillshare and udemy



  • I’ve had bad experiences on skillshare and Udemy. They aren’t very comprehensive, you get overwhelmed by the content, and the teachers promise a lot yet vary in quality. When I heard about svs, I was intrigued by the community and the collaboration. Hopefully it allows me to actually go through the classes rather then just be overwhelmed.

    How different in quality are the services. Are the teachers great. I often struggle with tutorials when the voice drones on causing it to be hard to concentrate. This is a big commitment and I want it to be worth it. I have many skills I need to learn that I struggle to learn outside in an online setting. I really want to evolve. So should I get Svs?


  • Pro

    @Ari-Sorokin Skillshare and Udemy are huge learning platforms. Anyone can open an account there and publish their courses about any subject, no matter if they have qualifications or not. There's thousands and thousands of teachers and courses, and very little or no quality check. SVS is a small company owned by three veteran illustrators. They teach most of the classes and have also brought in a few other teachers for some classes, all veteran illustrators that the 3 founders know and trust. These teachers know their stuff, that's the biggest difference. However, it doesn't guarantee that you'll take to their teaching style and if their curriculum will fit the way you learn best.

    Go listen to their podcast maybe? All 3 of them also have youtube channels so you can check out their videos and see if you mesh with any of them. They have very different styles.

    • Lee is very methodical, with step by step and breaking topics down. He's also a watercolor artist so he has great classes on painting.
    • Will tends to talk a lot, sometimes it can seem a bit less planned and long, but he always have such interesting insight and you learn a lot from his long-winded "rambles". He's currently Kickstarting a book "What they don't teach you in art school" that seems amazing, and was funded in 5 minutes.
    • Jake is kind of like the little prodigy LOLLL. He's had enormous success because of his approach in life and art. I always learn most from him about what it means to be an artist and he inspires me to do more because man can that guy get shit done haha... He's good at social media and is known for his wise concepts and catchphrases like the creative bank account and "Finished, not perfect."

    If I had to recommend just one class to an artist, it would be Jake's "How to draw everything". I think it's a must!



  • @NessIllustration I think I’m gonna sign up. Besides theirs a 30 day trial. You said lee is great at social media. Does he do classes on it.



  • @Ari-Sorokin Ness hit the nail on the head. The only thing I would add is this question: Did you try the free trial yet? That would be the best way to find out if the site would work well for you. I know I've been learning TONS from these classes, and would definitely recommend SVS over any of those udemy-type platforms.



  • @Ari-Sorokin there's a reason they give out free trials because the classes are so addictive. Also after the free trial it's only $25 or $30 a month, I can't remember, but it's a ridiculously good value considering what you're getting in return.
    A quick breakdown-
    Anything to do with color go take the Will Terry classes
    Want to have your mind blown about how to draw go to the Jake Parker classes
    Lee White's business classes are in your face not messing around truth bombs and honestly it's hard for artists to find the kind of content he provides.
    The one drawback for me is that they convinced me I needed a cintiq so I could be faster and draw and paint more, now I'm broke!😰


  • Pro

    @Ari-Sorokin Jake is the social media master actually. He is the creator of the Inktober challenge, pretty cool huh? He has a class called "Your first 10k instagram followers" or something like that.


  • SVS OG

    @Ari-Sorokin try the 1-month free trial and see for yourself.


  • SVS OG

    @JudeKillory 😂😂😂 you could’ve just bought a cheap cintiq alternative tho.



  • @JudeKillory how addictive are the classes



  • I agree with everyone’s comments here. I am new to SVS but think the amount and quality of content is fantastic. The forum also offers the chance to get honest feedback from peers who range from novices like myself to those who are working illustrator and artists. To get a flavour of the three illustrators personalities it’s worth listening to the Three Point Perspective podcast, it’s a great listen and reflects the style of the classes very well.



  • @Ari-Sorokin hello! Same comment : try it for free for a week. Not only you'll get a feel of the education, but also if you can technically take the courses. My experience, for exemple, revealed that my computer is too old : the sound and the video didn't synchronise therefore I didn't enroll. That being said, I am still learning bits and pieces on the forum by simply reading and seeing people's artwork and improvement. It has been nearly 2 years!! There is a great atmosphere here and I am convinced it participates to the learning curve.

    I also tried skillshare for a month, did as many courses as I could but concluded : quality varies and the research tool to access the full library is poorly designed. It makes it hard to find relevant content and organise the courses in a practical way to progress. All in all it was a disappointment.



  • @Ari-Sorokin I have watched a lot of content, I have even watched some classes twice. In general stick with the newer versions. There's a reason they've updated them(mostly editing out class critique sessions that aren't that useful) but I have spent days upon days during the pandemic watching SVS content. It is definitely more expensive but on Drawing America's website Will Weston does anatomy and composition classes that are phenomenal. Here's a link- https://drawingamerica.com/courses/will-weston-figure-drawing-lecture/


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