Digital Figure Painting
Learn to digitally paint the head and body to bring your human characters to life!
Teacher Artwork by Sunshine Kim
This class is currently unavailable. However, this class might be back in the future, if there is enough interest. You can express your interest and reserve your spot for a future term by clicking on this button.
Digital Figure Painting
Understanding the fundamentals of digital figure painting is a key element to bringing characters life and vibrancy, and can bring concepts or illustrations to a polished and professional level.
Through demonstrations and exercises focusing on understanding the basics of colour, values and material studies, our instructor will guide you in rendering the head, body and clothing of a character. You will also be instructed on topics such as clothing drapery, lighting scenarios, painting skin tones and shape design. By the end of this course, you will have a completely rendered character from imagination.
- Course Type Inactive Classes
- Duration 10 weeks
Level 2Level 2
Second level classes are for students who have a good foundation in the basics of realistic drawing (such as perspective, proportion, shading and colour theory) and already know how to use Photoshop, but need more in-depth knowledge to create professional and complex artwork.
This level is about expanding knowledge, strengthening skills, and transitioning to the world of concept art and illustration.
- Language English
"Sunshine was such a great, fun instructor! I enjoyed her weekly assignments."( Spring 2023 )
"Sunshine's class was a lot of fun, logging into Zoom every week was very entertaining and educational! The art studies she taught, and her advice, was extremely useful. She also had great stories about the industry, and went above and beyond to support her students. Sunshine, you're awesome!"( Spring 2023 )
Note: This class will be offered online only
Term: Spring 2024
Class Timings: TBD
Date of first class: TBD
Duration: 10 weeks
Please note that our classes times are listed as EDT (GMT-4) but that starting on Sunday, November 5th, 2023, all class times will go into EST (GMT-5).
If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.
It should be noted that students should set aside a minimum of 3 hours per week to complete assignments for this class. Students may even require a bit more time (4-5 hours per week) depending on how quickly they can work through assignments.
To enroll in this course you should have:
- Some intermediate drawing and basic digital painting skills (use of proper perspective, proportions, shading and colour).
- Proficiency in all basic Photoshop tools.
- Ideally completed our Intro to Digital Painting, Drawing the Human Form, Analytical Sketching classes or have equivalent practice/experience.
If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.
Language and age requirements
You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please be advised that there could be artistic nudity in our classes. Students should be 14 years old to enroll.
- A desktop computer or laptop with Photoshop installed*
- A graphic tablet with pressure sensitivity (from brands such as Wacom, Huion, or Xencelabs), OR a tablet-laptop hybrid (also with Photoshop installed) with pressure sensitivity (such as the Wacom Cintiq Companion or Microsoft Surface Pro).
Please note that the vast majority of our digital classes are taught using Adobe Photoshop and that this is also the recommended program for students to use. You may consult our FAQ for more information on other software which may be potentially used for class, however, please note that no technical assistance will be provided by instructors on the use of alternative painting software as they may not be familiar with the program.
Please ensure that all of your hardware and software are functioning properly before the start of the term; there will not be any time to resolve technical issues in class.
*Please consult our Tech Requirements below for more precise computer specifications.
Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes
- A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
- A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
- Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
- Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
- Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10
Syn Studio Recommendations
- A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
- Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
- High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
- Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.
*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.
Introduction: Understanding Light and Shadow with only using two values, black and white. Students will focus on exercises that cover value structure and value control
Learn about the fundamentals of composition and colour theory, and how lighting colour and composition can help tell a story in your work.
Explore how to digitally paint different types of materials with a focus on fabrics, materials and organic elements that are commonly used in character design.
Strengthen your understanding of the human skull as well as the basics of the facial features and proportions of the human head.
Learn how to paint different skin tones, and how to depict them realistically in different lights and different times of day
This week, we focus on body structure by examining the bones and muscles of the human figure and how to efficiently simplify it.
Practicing gesture figure drawing is a key element to becoming proficient in being able to quickly apply anatomy to memory.
Learn about costume for characters by studying shape design, drapery and its unique folds.
Week 9 and 10
By putting everything together, create a unique character in your final project, and get the chance to ask questions with industry guest speakers.
Questions and Assistance
Please consult our FAQ; most of the commonly asked questions are answered in detail there. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to fill out the form below, or, send an email to [email protected]
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