Digital Art Foundations

An 8-week digital drawing and painting course for beginning artists looking to familiarize themselves with digital tools and foundation applications

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn painting fundamentals

Take the beginning steps to familiarize yourself with digital drawing and painting tools as well as foundation principles. This class is fit for the very beginner artist or anyone looking to venture into drawing and painting. In this class you'll learn the foundations of digital drawing, painting, and the basics for drawing human and animal figures. You will learn through in-depth mentored online training on how to handle Photoshop and a drawing tablet while pushing your skill level a little further each week. The workshop is built around helping you learn to manage the software and tablet while creating your first digital painting.

Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and assignments
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Computer, Adobe Photoshop, graphic tablet / Cintiq / Wacom
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing foundation

Digital Art Foundations WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction to all basic functions for digital drawing (Brushes, eraser, warp tool, etc...)- work with references to draw a human figure digitally.
Values, basic face anatomy, basic painting techniques in black and white.
Painting a human face, eyes, nose, lips, ears and hair - or a full body in color. Bonus video: painting hair.
All the basics needed to paint different backgrounds for your character illustration.
Proper research is key to a successful illustration. We will walk through how to plan concept art / illustrations using two different project sketches of your own character (can be either human or creature / animal). We will also learn about thumbnailing, as well as the important differences between illustration and concept art.
Using your favorite sketch of your character from week 5, we will walk through how to develop it into a full illustration.
We will practice proper researching once more and work on our projects. Choose 1 of the 2 subjects and start painting it.
Finishing our projects. We will also discuss photobashing: what is it, and how is it used in the industry?

Taking your skills to the next level

Anne Pagoda is a freelance artist and instructor whose client list includes ImagineFX, Phoenix Film, Teamworxx, FremantleMedia, Grundy UFA, UFA Film & TV GmBH, RTL Group, Pro 7, Ronin Film, Ballistic Publishing, Falkemedia, Cornelsen, Imagine Publishing, Focal Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Virgin Lands Animated Pictures, Kinesthetic Games, Gamomat GmBH and btk-ak


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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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