This tutorial is a brief example of shading things with a combination of shapes and layer effects. I am planning on doing some more in the future as the effects can be a nice addition to the vector graphics. They can also look very much out of style if overused as they are basically a bitmap transformation of a vector shape.
Keep in mind that the layer effects are unique to Affinity Designer. When exporting to e.g. PDF files the output will be a non-editable bitmap to make the effect work in PDF. If you want to keep the shape editable in another program, remove the layer effects and export as pure as possible vector shape. Add the effects in the tool you export to after.
This was just ‘out of the schedule’ tutorial as an answer to a question raised on social media. I hope it did give some helpful hint on how to create things simply and easily.
The planned tutorials are still in the pipeline.