Digital Art for Beginners
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Digital Art for Beginners

Learn the basics of drawing traditional and digital.
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4.5 (545 ratings)
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Created by Rich Graysonn
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I 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
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  • 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)

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.

Who this course is for :

  • Any beginner who wants to learn how to draw
  • Art students (traditional and non traditional and self taught)
  • Traditional artists who want to learn Digital
  • Graphic designers who want to learn to draw
  • Anyone who wants to make their own game, graphic novel or illustrations

What this course is NOT

  • Not a "Speedpainting" course
  • Not a series of "Shortcuts"
  • Not a "Watch me draw" type of course
  • Not a "magic wand" for drawing (You have to put in the work)
  • Not specific to any one piece of software (Any art software of your choice will do)

PLEASE BE AWARE: *There are no subtitles or closed captions for this course at this time.

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

Who is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
57 Lectures
1 Lecture 18:11

This is an overall introduction in the How to Draw Digital Art course. This overview will help you get started and give you an idea on what to expect.

Preview 18:11
All about Lines
4 Lectures 39:23

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
All About Shapes
5 Lectures 01:42:23

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

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

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
What's Next
5 Lectures 31:49

Game Design Resources

Graphic Design

Helpful software

Bonus : Learning Sketchbook Pro
10 Lectures 03:38:38

Welcome to the Bonus section in which I will be teaching you "Sketchbook Pro" . This is the software you see me use for most of the lessons. Its a very intuitive program and I highly recommend it. Especially if you are starting out. This is an overview of the interface.

The Interface Overview

The simple yet powerful MOVE and TRANSFORM tools. Allows you manipulate the image.

Move And Transform Tool

Covering an area quickly you can use the PAINT BUCKET or GRADIENT tool. I think I like the gradient tool a bit too much. HA.

Paint Bucket and Gradient

The ruler tool is nice but where this software beats many of its competitors is the incredible PERSPECTIVE TOOL.

Rulers and Perspective Tool

Giving you the rundown on how layers work in Sketchbook Pro.

All About Layers

There was a huge improvement on the Brush Engine (The way brushed work and how you can change them) . I go indepth into the brush engine and the brushed Sketchbook Pro has to offer.


The Color editor. Very similar to most other software. In Sketchbook Pro however you get an entire digital set of copic markers.

The Color Editor

A very big secret in digital art is having your own custom brushes. As a Resource I have included my own custom brushes. Feel free to use them for you projects. You may change them or use them as is. You may not sell them but you can use them for creation of any personal or commercial project.

Brush School part 2

An overview of the FLIP BOOK. It's the animation part of Sketchbook Pro. I only go over it as I am not an animator. I will say I have fun with this, and you should too.

The Flip Book
About the Instructor
Rich Graysonn
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Aside from being an artist as long as I can remember I started offering a few tutorials on Youtube. Little did I know that by teaching people the fundamentals of art and anatomy i'd begin a new dimension to my career. Being a working freelance illustrator with a youtube channel is hard work, and I wouldn't change a thing. I steadily expanded my work from clients who needed branding to doing work on indie games and apps. i enjoy helping artists and non artist achieve that next level. The road to artistic expression and freedom is paved with hard work and dedication. There are setbacks and monsters to slay , but the rewards are great.