Intro to Digital Painting

Concept Art and Illustration > Intro to Digital Painting

    Teacher Information

    Diana Van Damme is a freelance illustrator best known for her fantasy illustrations. During her career, she has created artwork for various clients in the video game, comic book, tabletop and publishing industries such as Hex Entertainment and Aethera RPG. Diana’s artwork has also been featured in ImagineFX and Infected by Art.

    Course Outline

    Class meetings typically begin with a lecture and live demonstration of digital painting techniques in Photoshop. Students then complete digital painting exercises in Photoshop while receiving one-on-one feedback and coaching from the instructor.

    The instructor will adjust the weekly flow of subject matter to best suit the student’s learning speed. The following topics will be covered:

    Review and strengthen your linework and drawing fundamentals while becoming proficient using your tablet so you can competently create basic digital sketches.

    Learn to accurately render the basic geometric shapes (primitives) so you can gain a better understand of lighting and form which is essential for digital painting.

    Become proficient using the most essential basic Photoshop tools and adjustments that concept artists and illustrators use everyday such as brushes, the opacity slider, the lasso tool, etc. so you can learn to use the same tools and methods as the professionals.

    Gain the knowledge required to optimize your digital workspace, streamline your workflow and improve your overall productivity in Photoshop.

    Understand how to apply some basics of colour theory as well as key principles you can use to create and paint with an appropriate colour palette so you can take the first steps towards eventually creating stunning digital full colour concepts and illustrations.

    Learn how to create and customize your brushes to improve your workflow efficiency, explore inspiring shapes and textures and create the desired effects.

    Gain proficiency in properly arranging multiple layers so you can isolate and edit each component of your image without affecting the overall quality or integrity of the image, thereby building a non destructive workflow.

    Finally apply all that you have learned into creating a final project that will set the stage for your future growth as a concept artist or digital illustrator.


    Saturdays from 3 PM to 6 PM

    Date of first class: July 13th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom left of this page.



    Do you possess some traditional drawing fundamentals but are a novice when it comes to using Photoshop and painting digitally? Do you wish to learn the basics of Photoshop and become proficient in using your Wacom tablet so you can eventually create fantastic digital paintings? Photoshop is a very powerful tool used by concept artists and illustrators in the video game and film industries. Students aspiring to work as professional artists in the industry should become adept at painting digitally with Photoshop.

    In this introductory course, you will learn the most essential tools and the best ways to work in Photoshop so you can become competent and comfortable while painting digitally. You will learn how to best optimize your digital workspace and toolset thereby improving your speed and control while drawing. You will also learn key fundamental art skills and as well as how to draw and paint effectively using your tablet so you can become skilled at sketching digitally. Under the guidance of a professional digital artist, you will develop good digital painting habits, and learn to avoid common pitfalls and bad habits so you can start building a powerful and efficient digital workflow from day one!

    A strong foundation in the essential art fundamentals is also key for anyone to be successful while painting with Photoshop. In addition to learning how to best use the software, during this course, you will also strengthen your core drawing abilities. You will do this through a series of exercises that will enhance your linework and hand drawing skills while using your pen and tablet. You will learn to accurately render the basic shapes so you can gain a better understanding of lighting and form which is critical to any successful concept or illustration. Finally, you will learn key fundamentals of colour theory and how to create an appropriate colour palette so you can competently add colour to your digital paintings.

    By the end of this course, you will have learned the basics of a powerful digital painting system that will kickstart your progress towards becoming a professional digital illustrator or concept artist. You will have learned the essential tools and techniques that will allow you to use the software efficiently and effectively so you can transition into the more advanced digital courses. With the foundation in digital painting that you will acquire in this course, you will be well on your way to creating fantastic digital artwork that you can be proud. Most importantly, you will have a solid base to build on so you can attain professional level digital art skills.


    This class is for beginners and Drawing from Life or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

    You also need to have a laptop with Photoshop installed and a tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion). And you need to have some basic skills in Photoshop and be comfortable drawing and painting in Photoshop and know how to use layers and the basic tools (all things you can learn quickly with free tutorials online).

    Language requirements : You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


    This introductory course has been added due to popular demand and we expect that it will fill up very quickly $470. $430.

    Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.


    • Strengthen your art fundamentals and become proficient with using your tablet so you can create competent digital sketches
    • Gain proficiency in the most essential Photoshop tools and adjustments that concept artists use everyday
    • Gain expertise in creating and customizing your own brushes in Photoshop to improve your workflow, explore inspiring shapes and create desired effects

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