Complete Beginner's Guide to Digital Art
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Complete Beginner's Guide to Digital Art

Master the foundations of digital drawing and illustration and create art like a pro
4.5 (3,339 ratings)
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24,632 students enrolled
Created by Rich Graysonn
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 20 hours on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn the basics of line drawing
  • Learn to make simple shapes
  • Understand the relationships between lines and shapes
  • Learn to use lines and shapes to draw from observation
  • learn the basics of any digital art software
  • Learn the basics of digital coloring
  • learn how to create a basic human figure
  • Bonus : Learn how to use sketchbook pro
  • I require no prior knowledge or drawing or art
  • A computer or tablet
  • Paper and pencil
  • You don't even need to know how to draw a line (I'll even teach you that)

UPDATE November 2018 : New section on Intro to Digital Perspective Tools

UPDATE 3/07/18

New: Q&A Section

New: Student critique videos

UPDATE 1/18/18

***New section for first time tablet users . This section is geared towards students who just purchased their first graphics tablet. It also includes additional tablet specific exercises.***

This is an introduction to not only "Digital art" but art in general. In this very in-depth course you will start from novice and or hobbyist and end with the mentality and skills of a professional. I cannot promise you work as no one can. But the skills you acquire here will enhance not only your own work but give you a solid base to in any other online course or book etc. There is no "Quick fix" or Short cuts to making great art. It requires work. It's fun work and I'm going to show you a method  that will make creating your own art or a clients work "pain free".

  • You will learn solid techniques to make amazing art

  • You will be able to think like an artist and be a problem solver

  • This is for those that are serious about improving art

  • You will need some sort of drawing tablet (Wacom etc) or computer tablet (ex..Ipad , galaxy etc)

  • Keep and open mind and there is no time limit , work at your own pace.

I hope you will join me and allow me to be your professional guide on your art journey.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner Artists
  • Art students
  • Graphic Designer
  • Anyone wanting to create their own digital art
  • NOT for someone who isn't serious about improving
  • NOT for someone who wants short and vague lessons
  • NOT for someone looking to speedpaint
  • Not for someone who does not want to put n the work
Course content
Expand all 95 lectures 20:13:26
+ Introduction
4 lectures 45:30

In this video I talk about the differences in digital and traditional.

Digital Vs Traditional (2/22/18)
Getting the Most out of this Course
Art as Problem Solving
+ First Time Graphics Tablet Users
6 lectures 35:40

Many of you have asked me so here is a video on buying your first tablet.

Preview 14:24

The entry level tablet is most students foray into digital art. It can be difficult at first but with practice you can succeed. 

Preview 03:58

Using a stand helps

Use a Stand

We will practice circles.

Tablet Exercise 1 Circles

We will practice squares.

Tablet Exercise 2 Squares

We will practice lines.

Tablet Exercise 3 Lines and Curves
+ All about Lines
12 lectures 01:35:56
Straight Lines part 1 ( 2/20/18)
Straight Lines part 2 ( 2/20/18)
Intermediate Straight lines ( 2/20/18)
C curves ( 2/20/18)
Intermediate C curves ( 2/20/18)
S Curves ( 2/20/18)
Intermediate S curves ( 2/20/18)

Iv'e included a zip file that contains the line exercises and the "Line game" exercises as well. It's titled "".

Intro to lines

Line work is essential to beming a better artist, not just digital art but "natural media" as well.

Linework 2

Line work can be "deceptively simple". These games are all about the neatness of your line and line quality.

Linework 3

The "Line game" is fun. It's also very inportant. hand and eye coordination is essential to improving you art.

The Line Game
IF you are having trouble making Lines (Facebook Group Lesson)
+ Drawing Exercises ! Draw with me
4 lectures 33:52

Live Drawing exercise. Using Digital.

Preview 11:27

Live Drawing exercise. Using Digital.

Live Drawing C Curves

Live Drawing exercise. Using Digital.

Live Drawing S Curves

Live Drawing exercise. Using Digital.

Live Drawing Ovals
+ All About Shapes
9 lectures 02:11:21
Squares and Rectangles ( 2/20/18)
Circles and Ovals ( 2/20/18)
Polygons ( 2/20/18)
Trapezoids ( 2/20/18)

Drawing the sphere is another "essential" art shape. It is the base shape for many organic forms. Drawing the human head and turning it in space is important . Pay close attention to this lecture and try to imagine what forms you can make.

Drawing the Sphere

Drawing the square, drawing the rectangle, drawing the box is something you may be familiar with. That simple basic shape is the basis of so many objetcs.

Preview 25:47

The Cylinder is very powerful. Its the building blocks of arms , legs and so much more.

The Power of the Cylinder

Cylinder practice. You can never practice this form enough.

Cylinder Practice 1

This is all about turning the cylinder and to get you thinking more like an artist. You can do this exercise on pen/pencil and paper.

Cylinder Practice 2
+ Organic Shapes
3 lectures 44:56

Simple organic shapes. Seeing in "3d" is very important. This is all about seeing the form in 3 dimensions. Be sure to download the Sheets of more organic shapes for practice. 

Simple Organic Shapes

More shape training. Learning to see like an artist is very important.

Shape Training

Time to get active, if you haven't already. I will be drawing more forms and shapes. jump in and draw them with me.

Draw Shapes With Me
+ Drawing from Observation
4 lectures 01:03:28

We will begin to get you to no just see and draw but understand what you are drawing.

Drawing from Observation

Here are some simple objects. Once you get into the right mind frame and begin to understand simple forms, you art will improve.

Drawing Simple Objects

This very short video sets up the explanation for the worksheets. The Zip files contains the exercises. They can be used both digitally and physically (print).

Observation exersizes

More thoughts on lines.

More About Lines
+ Putting it Together
12 lectures 03:30:19

This is a very popular series of videos no longer available on my You tube channel. You will now begin to make sense of the lessons.

Draw Better 1

Draw better part 2.

Draw Better 2

Part 3 is more basic training. I am very concerned with you really learning.

Draw Better 3

Part 4, you can follow along or just watch.

Draw Better 4

Part 5

Draw Better 5

I get into a bit of drawing poses .

Draw Better 6

The beginning of creating a simple figure or mannequin.

Draw Better 7

Lets continue with getting that figure looking good.

Draw Better 8

Drawing a simple mannequin head.

Draw Better 9

This video is about creating a simple Torso.

Draw Better 10

Lets add some arms.

Preview 14:15

And finally we will add the legs.

Draw Better 12
+ Time to Get Digital
7 lectures 01:33:08

No matter your software of choice they contain or should contain very similar if not the same tools. In this video I will show you just how similar they can be.

A Quick Overview of Software

Layers work the same and any art software you use should have them.


Art programs have brushes. The engines may differ but you cant draw or paint digitally without a brush. In this video you will learn what a brush is.


Some tools are the same and some work very differently. Tools can help you manipulate your images.


This is a bit about color which is very important.


This is my "Glossary" section of terms you should know. I've added this because there seems to be the assumption that students are already familiar with basic digital art terms.

Preview 13:49

Adding light and shadow can be confusing, but there is a "secret weapon' that can give you a head start.

Light and Shadow
+ Introduction To Digital Coloring
6 lectures 01:30:46

Welcome to the basics of digital coloring. This is a simple coloring technique.

Digital Technique 1 : Simple Shading

By now you know the "Gradient tool" is the secret weapon. I dive a bit more into it.

Digital Technique 2 Using the Gradient Tool

This coloring technique shows you how to achieve that "Anime" looks. It can be used for comic books, graphic novels as well. Some tools may vary slightly depending on the program.

Digital Technique 3 : Introduction to Cel Shading

The airbrush is a very common coloring tool. It has many uses inclusing touching up images and softening edges.

Digital Technique 4 : Introduction to the Airbrush

I go in a little deeper into the Gradient tools.

Digital Technique 5 : More on the Gradient

There is no way I could tech digital painting in 10 minutes but this is an option for you to try. There are numerous ways to paint. When you do your own learning keep in mind there is no "right" way to paint. There is not just one way to paint so do not let anyone tell you different.

Digital Technique 6 : Simple "Painterly" Technique