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  • Keywords: 2D

COURSE OVERVIEW

Do you have a desire to learn digital art or improve on the art that you are already creating?

Are you striving to learn all the basics when it comes to drawing and painting the human figure, creatures and animals?

Have you been thinking about a new career path and are looking for a mentored program to help you in your venture?

Then this workshop is for you! In this CGWorkshop you'll learn the foundations of digital drawing, painting, and the basics for drawing human and animal figures. In the Absolute Beginners CGWorkshop you will learn through in-depth mentored online training in how to handle Photoshop and a Wacom 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. You will be able to create your own art digitally by the end of week eight.

You'll learn to draw convincing figures, analyze the forms and shapes and quickly progress from black and white painting to colour. You'll work on a portrait painting of your choice and create your own painting at the conclusion of the course.

The Absolute Beginnners program also includes the basics of animal drawing and painting effectively, making the course two complete eight week workshops in one. Returning students are also welcome with intermediate and advanced level course content designed to help them find and develop their own unique style and approach to working their personal projects.

What you'll learn

By the end of this CGWorkshop you will be able to use Photoshop and its tools for digital painting. You will be able to break figures and backgrounds down into forms and planes and understand how to use basic light structures in your work. You will also know some fundamentals of anatomy.

If you elect to take the Absolute Beginners (AB) Stream you will also be able to paint convincing figures and backgrounds on your own.

If you elect to take the Mastering Animals (MA) Stream you will be able to draw and paint convincing animals with the correct proportions, movement and anatomy. You will also be able to design creatures.

WEEK BY WEEK OUTLINE

Week 1 - Drawing Digitally and Proportions

By the end of this CGWorkshop you will be able to use Photoshop and its tools for digital painting. You will be able to break figures and backgrounds down into forms and planes and understand how to use basic light structures in your work. You will also know some fundamentals of anatomy.

If you elect to take the Absolute Beginners (AB) Stream you will also be able to paint convincing figures and backgrounds on your own.

If you elect to take the Mastering Animals (MA) Stream you will be able to draw and paint convincing animals with the correct proportions, movement and anatomy. You will also be able to design creatures

Week 2 - Portrait Basics (Black & White) / Animals in Space

Absolute Beginners (AB) will learn how to work with planes to draw a basic head, and what brushes are best for making a value study of a head in black and white.

Mastering Animals (MA) students will learn how to draw an animal in space.You will be required find reference of several animals in interesting poses or observed from an unusual angles and draw them for practice.

Week 3 - Portrait Basics (Colour) / Painting Fur

Absolute Beginners (AB) students will be introduced to layer settings and learn to to apply colour to their value study. You will also explore how different colour settings will change the overall impression that is going to be created around your portrait. You will create 3 different color setups (of your own) for later comparison.

Mastering Animals (MA) students' goal is to pick 2 to 3 different animals from a folder that will be provided and draw them using the methods that we have learned in lesson 1 and 2, before adding fur to all or part of them.

Fur studies will include:

1. The overall proportions of an animal connected to The form and masses of the body.

2. The pose of the animal and its relation to the space that it sits in.

3. The texture and overall behavior of the fur.

Week 4 - Skin & Drapery Painting / Color Blending /Herbivores

Absolute Beginners (AB) students will be provoded with references of statues and will practice drawing portions or the entire figure focussing on skin and drapery. This is a black and white exercise which will be used to practice seeing forms when painting.

We will also learn:

1. Breaking down the body into planes.

2. Studying light and form using the planes.

Mastering Animals (MA) students will begin full color studies of animals developed in the previous week investigating skulls and the muscles around them. We will study the facial skull and muscles of horse and ox.

Week 5 - Full Body Study (Colour) Or Still Life / Carnivores

Absolute Beginners (AB) students will examine some portraits made by old masters and talk about colours and what impact they have on a painting. We will also observe the effect that light has on a subject during painting and students will practice illustrating a full body figure using colours of their our own.

Students who'd rather like to explore light and color in more basic terms will have the option of painting a still life..

Mastering Animals (MA). Following on from the previous week's assignment students will study a lion and a dog. Emphasis will be on getting to a point where students are thinking firstly about what they are observing and analyzing what they are going to draw before putting pencil to paper (or stylus to tablet). You will also learn to flip your study and the reference picture often so you can spot mistakes an fix errors on your study.

Week 6 - Brainstorming Thumbnail Sketching & Custom Brushes/ Making Dragons

Absolute Beginners (AB) students will move to a new assignment and learn to create thumbnails in order to brainstorm figures. This assignment will help you with in the assignments for week 7 and 8..

The week 6 videos will explain custom brushes and how you can use them to create forms that encourage you to creatively see new forms and create alternative compositions for figure (or creature) painting.

Mastering Animals (MA) students will receive a very cool description/brief on a dragon that they are to illustrate.

Week 7 - Big Master Study Or Own Painting

Absolut Beginners (AB) students will commence their master study assignment. You will choose an old master pinting  to study. It must contain at least one full body figure and a background. You will be required to:

1. Paint a full body in color

2. Add a background to your painting

3. Work with textures

Mastering Animals (MA) students will continue to work on the dragon of their own design. In-depth one-to-one video feedback will be provided to ensure students receive sufficient coaching to successfully complete their final piece.

Week 8 - Free Assignments Continued

During  week 9 master studies will be finalised. MA students may undertake an additional assignment.

In-depth one-to-one video feedback will be continued coaching students to successfully create a portfoio piece.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Software Hardware

  • Adobe Photoshop

Hardware

  • Graphics Tablet (Wacom is the prefered brand among artists)

Ability

  • Mastering Animals Students require some basic skills in drawing and have an interest in the animal form

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