Complete Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting
- 15 hours on-demand video
- 9 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Confidently take on any other course or book with a greater understanding
- Know the fundamentals of digital painting
- Have a clear sense of how to paint many subjects and create their own paintings
- Basic drawing skills
- A Graphics Tablet
- A willingness to learn
Digital painting is not easy. Especially when you are an absolute beginner. There are so many moving parts . I am here to guide you through the jargon and terms and techniques. Watching videos online can be fun but not very educational. This course is not a "Watch me paint for 3 hours" session.
I am serious about you finally learning how to paint digitally. In this course you will learn the fundamentals. This is a course around the basics. While it may not teach you how to paint vivid landscapes or cool mechs or beautiful elves it will show you how to make all of your paintings better and stronger.
- I wanted to create a "What's missing" course. I feel strongly I have accomplished that.
- The software you choose it up to you. this isn't dependent on any one specific app.
- If you are ready to learn the basics and create a strong solid foundation with digital painting then this is the course for you.
- If you are a traditional artist who is looking to make the jump to digital then this is for you as well.
- If you can draw and want to start making digital paintings but got frustrated in the past of often felt intimidated then this is for you.
- I ask that you bring and open mind and a willingness to learn.
- Anyone who is looking to learn the basics of digital painting
- Any Traditional media artist looking to get into Digital
- Anyone who has been intimidated by digital art in the past.
This is an overview of the course and some "housekeeping".
Yes you can use an iPad pro (I have one myself) or any tablet as long as it has a stylus. Mac or PC , it makes no difference. This is a course designed around the fundamentals of painting digitally and not a specific piece of software.
Photoshop, Sketchbook pro, Procreate or Clipstudio paint the choice is up to you. Making great art starts with skill and making great digital art starts with skill and great software. Software is such a personal choice . Its all about what feels right artistically to you. In this video I will show you some of my methods for choosing the right software and how you can make the best decision for you.
Painting on an entry level graphics tablet can be challenging. The hand eye coordination is something that takes time. It does some getting used to and by showing you not only exercises but my actual live hand moving ,my hope is to give you insight into becoming proficient using an entry level tablet.
Welcome to the second exercise of painting with you tablet. In this exercise I want you to challenge yourself by not looking at the tablet while you paint . This is not about making a pretty digital painting. This is only about hand and eye coordination. Feel free to do this more than once. It's about practice and not perfection.
Digital painting , drawing and digital terms can be scary. Don't know a PSD file from a Multiply layer? Do you get confused at all of the terms people seem to gloss over? Well this entire section is for you. the good news is you obviously have basic computer skills or you wouldn't have found this course. That alone puts you ahead of te millions of people who do not. So I am going to guide you through some of the terms and concepts in the digital realm.
Just as a traditional artist has a studio with an easel or a drafting table and supplies the digital artist has all of that as well. It just so happens to be contained in your laptop or desktop or tablet. this video is meant to show you the similarities of digital and traditional. It is laid out in an easy to understand manner that anyone can follow.
Maybe you enrolled in my course before you actually bought a graphics tablet. maybe you have an older tablet and need a better one. No matter the reason this is a handy guide on picking a good graphics tablet.
This video is about the concept of Layers. Layers are found in any good art app or software that allows you to paint , draw and eve sculpt. Layers allow you to make mistakes change the way something looks and many other things. It is one of the cornerstones of digital art creation. It's what makes digital art so special and forgiving.
In all of digital art software land there are icons. Icons let you know what tool you have selected. Considering most art software is based off of Adobe photoshop it stands to reason that their icons are very similar if not the same. Once you recognize them you will know them no matter the software you are working on.
The first step to painting digitally is the block in.It sets the tone of your painting. There are many ways to block in your color. Through time and experience you will figure out how and what methods you will use personally and professionally. In this video you will learn this simple yet important step.
Understanding form in art is important. Understanding form is painting is very important. No matter the digital painting app you decide upon, form is still form. How you get there will and can vary. This video will guide you in your first steps in not just understanding form but creating it when you paint.
Taking a look at where color can go and what it can do. this is a bit advanced but I think it is important for the beginning student so be able to begin recognizing complex pallets. You may not use them at first but still pay attention to them. It can give you a roadmap to many possibilities.