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Intro to Digital Painting


Throughout this workshop you will learn digital painting skills in Photoshop. Intro to Digital Painting is a prerequisite for our more advanced courses including Digital Painting 1 and Environment Design for Games. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting digitally. You will learn the interface of Photoshop and from there learn about composition, value, colour theory, observation, texture and lighting.

This cours­e is aimed at begin­ners and will give you the per­fect foun­da­tion for your art career.

Each week you will watch a demo of the instruc­tor paint­ing live, you are wel­come to paint along with the instruc­tor and ask ques­tions. After each class you will receive your home­work assign­ment for the week, and at the begin­ning of each class you will receive feed­back on your work.

Topics that will be covered throughout the 12 week workshop:

  • Learning photoshop interface and how to paint on your Wacom tablet.
  • How to generate ideas and gather reference.
  • What is shape design and why it's important.
  • Composition and how to create compelling paintings.
  • Introduction to perspective.
  • Learn about painting with value and the importance of colour theory in your work.

The hardware requirements for the workshop are:

  • Laptop (MacBook Pro or i7 PC laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended).
  • Wacom tablet. Any size is good.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Photoshop

2020 - Semester 2
Jul 30 - Oct 29

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Course Full

Instructor Bio

Nathan Elmer

Nathan Elmer is a Concept Artist who currently works at CDW Animation, freelances, and teaches digital art/design workshops. He initially studied Design and Illustration, then transitioned into Entertainment Design through CDW Studios. He has gained further experience working hard on various projects, and learning from many great artists involved in the Adelaide and CDW game/VFX community. Nathan has worked in both game and animation production, and enjoys the continual learning that comes with Games and Art/Design. He has worked for companies such as Defiant, Aconyte Books and more recently Coatsink Games.