Digital Painting from Blank Canvas to Completed Product
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 something unique and cool on the computer.
How to Transform the Ordinary into Something Extraordinary with Digital Painting
Content and Overview
By applying everything learned in this course, you have incredible opportunities to work within multiple industries, including entertainment, law enforcement, and medical. Digital painting is widely used in the creation of characters seen in blockbuster films, promotional materials for video games, costume and mask design, and detailed illustrations used by medical professionals, and this course paves the way.
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 an amazing digital character illustration step-by-step using Adobe Photoshop.
When finished, you will have created a digital painting of a character face and will possess basic skills for creating pieces to share or even use in an upcoming project.
After completing this course using Adobe Photoshop, you will have the ability to create polished illustrations from scratch. Included in the course are rough sketching, inking, basic mark-making and rendering, using quick mask mode to block in, blocking and painting, skin tones, and polish and presentation.
Introduction, Equipment Requirements and Course Overview
High resolution images showing the sketch, ink, final process breakdown are available for download below.
By popular demand, I've recorded a video of a female character portrait. We'll discuss a few special considerations when painting a female character and have a good refresher on the general steps of this process too.
Knowing how to realistically render cloth and drapery is a must when creating full figure character illustrations. Here, we will cover the basics of how to make marks that give a realistic sense of cloth. Three rough examples will be painted.
Here we will cover how to add photo textures to your character's clothing using the Soft Light layer blending mode. This is a great finishing tough to give the clothing some realistic punch.
This is a comprehensive video tutorial showing a male character rendered from scratch. We discuss everything from ideation to finishing touches. All techniques covered to this point will be used along with several new techniques. This is a more advanced challenge so it is recommended that you attempt this only after completing earlier sections.
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.