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Digital Portrait Painting

An 8-week course on creating fantasy portrait illustration through the usage of composition and strong dramatic lighting

Course Categories
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Head Drawing and Construction
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Head Drawing and Construction
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Head Drawing and Construction
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Basics

Research/finding the concept, idea/photo references | Harmonious color scheme: color temperature, color theory, contrast, symbolism in colors | Preparatory sketch/ thumb sketching/ the good brush/apply the first colors | First lighting

Week 2 | Compositions

Dynamic composition | Working the background: the importance of it, empty space | Character placement, front, ¾ and profile | Light: dynamism, contrast, first steps

Week 3 | Facial Proportions, Part 1

Facial proportions: architecture, defining facial features, color blocking | Skin colors, skin brushes, texture | Eye shape, color, and details | Eye contact: captivating the viewer, emotions

Week 4 | Facial Proportions, Part 2

Mouth: lips, shape, expression, & texture | Nose & ears | Main light, sculpting the face with shadows & light, volume | Perfect blending (how to)

Week 5 | Silhouette & Hair style

Designing the hair style | Photoshop brushes for painting hair; hair colors and textures | Define silhouette, body attitude | Second light source

Week 6 | Storytelling

Realistic details, fantasy touch (like scars, veins, etc.) | Costume: fabric, pattern | Adding useful items/elements and play with symbols to create a strong background story | Good integration, interaction between elements

Week 7 | Dramatic Lighting

Improving the light and mood | Soft vs. strong light | Contrast, brush, layer mode | Ambient light, bounce light, special effects | Mood

Week 8 | Perfecting Everything

Final adjustments | Light & color correction | Final touches | Add more mood and intensity to your portrait and just have fun!

Digital Portrait Painting
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Mélanie Delon is freelance digital illustrator with much experience with clients and publications, they include Spectrum, Ballistic Publishing, Ubisoft, TOR Book, Random House, Orbit Books, Penguin, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Imagine Fx magazine, and Elixir 1, Norma Editorial, D’artiste Digital painting 2, Elixir 2 2007, Opale 1 2014.

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The Mysterious Mermaid: Crafting Story With Details
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Accessorizing an Aristocrat: Details That Bring Life to Digital Portraits
Accessorizing an Aristocrat: Details That Bring Life to Digital Portraits
Painting a Fantasy
Painting a Fantasy
SPRING TERM REGISTRATION
Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021
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$699
COURSE BEGINS
April 21st

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Anne Goodman

I think Melanie is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I appreciate both her thoroughness and attention to detail!

Neil Campbell

Having a specialist such as Melanie provide insight into her way of creating portraits was very interesting and valuable, and the techniques she showed were incredibly useful too.

Cathia Nofziger

Having a specialist such as Melanie provide insight into her way of creating portraits was very interesting and valuable, and the techniques she showed were incredibly useful too.

Ilona Winkler

Mélanie is by far the best instructor I’ve had at CGMA so far. She is an amazing artist and shares her knowledge! And she also gives helpful feedback, like really telling you what does not work in your drawing and why.

Agnes Buronyi

Melanie is a very nice and helpful person—she actively participated on the forum, answered every question, and her feedbacks were great. She really cared about her students and helped us to improve.

Alessandra Divizia

Amazingly talented artist, and very kind and thoughtful teacher.

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Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industry’s best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

Digital Portrait Painting
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SPRING TERM REGISTRATION
Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021
ONLY
$699
COURSE BEGINS
April 21st
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