Lessons and Resources

100 Series Courses

Skill Lessons- something for everyone from beginners to experts just wanting a refresher

101- Intro Into Digital Art

(February, 2020)

Layers, layer styles, paths, masks, file formats and more...


1. Laying out your program to work for you/Introduction to File Formats

-The New Canvas Screen: DPI and PPI, print vs web settings, making presets file formats
-Guides, Grids, and Rulers: creating bleed and cut line presets
-Photoshop Panels and Clip Paint Palets: setting up your workspaces to suit your needs
-Intro into Raster and Vector

(Photoshop and a brief dip into Clip Paint)

2. Raster Tools and their uses

-Brush tool, Eraser, and eyedropper (to be continued in detail in part 4)
-Selection tools, cut tools, and transform tools
-Fill and Gradients
-Layer Blend modes such as multiply, screen, and more
-How to use Gradient mapping on a greyscale image

(Photoshop)

3. Setting up your Tablet hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts and intro to Vector tools.

-Using your tablet hotkeys
-Layer Masks
-Path Tools
-Text tools (and a cool little thing I learned during class about how text tools can follow a shape or path!)
-Paths for symmetry and perspective

(Photoshop, some Clip Paint)

4. Brushes and the Liquify Filter

-What are your basic brush tools
-What do all the presets do
-Mixer brushes and smudge tools
-Liquify filter
-Creating a custom fairy light brush with colour dynamics
-Creating a custom hair brush
-Creating a directional chain brush

(Photoshop)

101- Shapes and Shading

(Coming April, 2020)

Going into how to break objects things down into their most basic shape and how to shade them to make them appear more 3D.


1. Basic Shapes

-Basic building shapes
-Basic drawing shapes
-How to break down simple objects
-Intro to object gestures and timed gestures
-Looking at other art for breakdown inspiration
-Blending shading to create gradation
-Experimenting with shading orders

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: Take 3 objects and break them down to their most basic shapes. Shade 2 (messiness encouraged)

2. Stacking Shapes and Using Reference

-Finding shapes in shadow and form
-Stacking shapes to build anatomy (using noses)
-Simplifying objects to find your shapes (using hands)
-Working from largest object to smallest object
-Using relative sizing
-Using shapes to make a foreground, mid ground, and background (using landscapes)
-Using relative spacing
-Ambient lighting

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: Sketch 1 complex object- find your shapes! Find 1 reference image and find the shapes built with shadows.

3. Shading Techniques and Directional Lighting

-Hatching and cross hatching techniques
-Tonal and Smudge shading
-Stippling and scrumble
-Hard cell and soft cell-style techniques (digital)
-Direction, height, and intensity in lighting

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

3. Shading Techniques and Directional Lighting

-Standard 3/4 lighting, normal intensity
-Top down lighting, normal intensity
-Bottom lighting, normal intensity
-High intensity, front light

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

101- Colour Basics

(Coming August, 2020)

How colour is used in a digital and traditional format, how to bend colour and how light affects colour.


1. Colour Theory

-Check back for more soon....

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: Create a colour wheel (Advanced: Create a colour wheel out of a design)

 

2. Values and Tones

-Check back for more soon....

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: Guess the values, reverse: exchange greyscale for colours. 

 

3. Colour Blending and Bending

-Check back for more, soon....

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: check back....

 

4. Complex Colours- Skin and Lighting

-Check back for more, soon....

(Photoshop or any drawing medium such as pencil, charcoal, ClipPaint, Gimp, etc...)

Homework: check back....

 

200 Series Courses

Apprentice Level Lessons- how to take skills such as lighting, shading, form and function into your next works, as well as a little bit more specific lessons like design, and how to start becoming more proficient at translating inspiration

201- Character Design

(September, 2019)

Check back soon for more details...


201- Intro Illustration

(October, 2020)

Check back soon for more details...