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Intro to Digital Painting - AYOP

Intro to Digital Painting - AYOP

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Each week students will receive a video lecture and demo along with video paintovers of every single assignment. Each video will have full audio commentary. Students will also receive all of the material covered in the lecture as well as the PSD of the painting featured in the demo.

Students will also have access to online resources and a private forum where they can post their work and give each other critiques. Live chat sessions (standard & premium tier only) will be scheduled to go over each assignment and to discuss any questions or concerns the students have regarding the lecture/demo.

Higher tiers offer advanced options, such as personal assignments based on the individual, a portfolio review, contact with art directors, and 2 additional weeks for a total of 12 weeks.

There is also a public Facebook group that anyone can join. I show sneak previews and keep everyone updated on the progress of both classes. This is separate from the private forum.

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Modular Options

• Upgrade from 10 weeks to 12 weeks (video only). Only available to economy and standard tier students – $110

Payment Options 

• US Military Discount (proof required) – 20% off


Intro to Digital Painting is a 10-12 week course dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of drawing and painting using a digital medium. A portfolio and a working knowledge of Photoshop is required for this class.

Lectures and assignments are based on the fundamentals of drawing and painting, therefore no painting from imagination will be covered in this course. Not enough people focus on the fundamentals, but without them, you won’t reach a professional level.

In addition to the assignments, students are required to keep a physical sketchbook. Sketchbooks can be uploaded to the forum. If you don’t have a scanner, you can take pictures of your pages with your phone or camera. You will need to fill at least one page per week. These sketches should be of studies from life, not imagination.


Week 1 – Composition & Thumbnails
Before learning how to paint, you need to learn how to compose your image. If your composition fails, a well rendered painting will fail as well.

Week 2 – Value Studies
Artists will always tell you that values are more important than color. Without a solid foundation in values, a colored painting won’t be able to stand on its own. Focusing on values first will also help you learn how to render objects without having to worry about color. Once you learn to render objects, then you can begin thinking about color.

Week 3 – Materials & Textures
In this session you will learn how to paint different types of materials and textures based on how you render an object through the use of edges and brushstrokes.

Week 4 – Still Life Painting
Foundations are an important part of learning. Still Lifes are important because they teach you how to render objects, compose images, and understand light and color.

Week 5 – Light & Color
Color is another problem many beginning artists have. In this session we will talk about using light and color to convey emotion, as well as talk about how to add color to a black and white painting.

Week 6 – Master Studies
In this session you will create master studies from different artists. This will help you learn and understand how an artist solved a particular problem and help you to see and recognize color, value, and composition.

Week 7 – Movie Stills
Movies are a great source for learning. Doing a study from a movie still will help you learn how to tell a story through the use of color, lighting, and composition.

Week 8 – Landscape Painting
This session will cover painting landscapes and will include discussions on how to paint various environmental elements. Other topics like atmospheric perspective and creating depth will also be covered.

Week 9 – Figure Painting
Drawing figures can be challenging, especially since we are so critical when it comes to critiquing figures. This session will focus on the human form and will cover exercises and techniques on how to paint a successful figure.

Week 10 – Heads & Hands
Heads and hands tend to be the hardest things for people to paint. Whenever there is a figure, people almost always look at the face first. Many times you will see a beautiful painting, but the hands are extremely crude. This session will help teach you how to paint heads and hands using reference, which can then be applied to imaginative work. 

Week 11 – Painting Animals (Premium members only)
This session will focus on painting animals and how to render different types of materials such as fur and scales.

Week 12 – Architecture Painting (Premium members only)
Being able to paint architecture is an important skill, especially if you plan on going into the film or game industry. This session will talk about how to paint architecture from life and/or photos.

Additional information can be found by visiting the mentorship section of my Enliighten site.

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