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Digital Creations

Concept Art & Effects with Photoshop
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Created by Hardy Fowler
Last updated 2/2016
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Digital Creations: Concept Art Objects & Effects with Photoshop

If you are a student with plans to enter the field of conceptual art and illustration or already work in the business but want to learn an exciting way to build a strong client base and improve workflow, this course is perfect. However, the course is also beneficial for virtually anyone interested in painting cool armor and weapons on the computer.

How to Transform the Ordinary into Something Extraordinary with Digital Painting

  • Master key elements of art and illustration
  • Understand how to stand apart from the competition
  • Benefit from basic and sidebar methodologies
  • Optimize existing or gain new knowledge

  • Content and Overview

    By applying everything learned in this course, you have incredible opportunities to work within multiple industries, including film, video game, print and fine art to name a few. Digital art is used in the conceptualization of environments seen in blockbuster films and video games.

    Other courses tend to skip critical steps or gloss over information, but with this digital painting course, everything you need to get started is provided. This course will take you through the process of creating believable and compelling concept art objects step-by-step using Adobe Photoshop.

  • Simple Exercises - we will learn the basics of rendering metal, wood, "jewels" and glass containers. All skills that every concept artist must master in order to create professional level weapons & armor concept art.
  • Full Scale Projects - we will apply what was learned in the exercises to three simulated real world assignments. Students can choose to render a suit of armor, a pistol or a sword (or try all three!)
  • Special Effects - we will learn to render realistic magical effects such as smoke, fire and lightning.
  • After completing this course using Adobe Photoshop, you will have the ability to render these commonly sought after assets with confidence and ease.

    Who is the target audience?
    • This digital art class is perfect for beginners seeking to break into the digital art field.
    • Novices and even professionals will also benefit a great deal from this class. Refine your methods and increase the marketability of your work. Level up!
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    Paint realistic objects & effects commonly found in concept art and video game illustrations.
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    Create amazing digital environment paintings with Adobe Photoshop! Break into an exciting and growing digital art marketplace. Focus their imaginations into an easy-to-follow process that yields amazing results.
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    • Photoshop and a pen tablet (Wacom Intuos 3 recommended) along with a creative spirit are all that is needed.
    • A general understanding of art fundamentals and a basic knowledge of Photoshop is recommended.
    Curriculum For This Course
    Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 01:32:38
    Introduction & Basic Setup
    2 Lectures 02:59

    This lecture gives a very general overview of the course and outlines what will be covered.

    Preview 00:46

    In this lecture, we discuss equipment requirements and basic setup. The brushes that I use are available for download as an .abr file.

    Preview 02:13
    Simple Exercises
    4 Lectures 26:16

    In this lecture, we will begin rendering some simple geometric shapes so that they look like believable metal. We will discuss the shiny luster of metal and how to apply highlights, core shadow and reflected lights to make it believable.

    Preview 06:21

    In this lecture, we will add some finer detail to our metal object rendering exercise. These will include seams, scratches, rivets and rolled edges.

    Preview 05:24

    In this lecture, we will learn a very fast and easy technique for rendering realistic wood grain.

    Rendering Wood

    In this lecture, we will learn how to render realistic looking glass jewels and glass containers. Special highlights will be used to add additional realism.

    Rendering Jewels & Glass Containers
    Full Scale Projects
    3 Lectures 55:53

    In this lecture, we will render a pistol. We will break it down into simple shapes and refine it into a polished illustration.


    In this lecture, we will render a suit of armor. We will break it down into simple shapes and refine it into a polished illustration.


    In this lecture, we will render a sword. We will break it down into simple shapes and refine it into a polished illustration.

    Special Effects
    1 Lecture 07:30

    In this lecture, we will learn techniques for creating realistic smoke, fire and lightning magic effects.

    Special Effects - Smoke, Fire & Lightning
    About the Instructor
    4.5 Average rating
    505 Reviews
    2,775 Students
    3 Courses
    Professional Illustrator & Concept Artist

    Hardy is a professional concept artist and illustrator working in New Orleans, LA. He has designed and painted hundreds of characters and scenes for numerous entertainment industry clients and is one of the lead illustrators for the Warhammer 40K franchise. He has had artwork featured in elite digital art annuals such as Exposé. Hardy is also a certified medical illustrator and has a detailed knowledge of human anatomy as it applies to visual art.

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