Introduction to Digital Painting

Introduction to
Digital Painting

6 Week Workshop

Course Length: 6 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 (Summer 2019)
Price: $899 *

*Includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee
Seats are limited

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Capture the World Around You

The character, creature, environment, prop, and background designs that determine the look and feel of your favorite movies, TV shows, and games all probably started with a painting.

In Introduction to Digital Painting, you will learn to understand the basics of what makes a successful painting, to choose the right tools, and to apply these skills to your own interests and career path. You’ll learn the fundamentals of the painting process as well as time-saving workflows within Photoshop. Storytelling is also an important part of any visual medium, and you’ll learn how to use digital painting to share your own stories.

This workshop can be for students with little to no painting experience. Using Photoshop, we’ll start with the very basics of what is needed to create a successful painting using digital workflows. Students with traditional painting experience will also find value in learning how to transition to digital mediums.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have created a final illustration of your own design and gained valuable knowledge of the tools needed to keep refine your craft of visual storytelling.

An example of the digital painting process

Note: If you have some basic drawing skills, that’s great! If you’re less confident in your drawing or design skills, line art will also be provided for each assignment so you can fully participate in the painting exercises regardless of experience level.

This workshop utilizes Photoshop workflows and techniques for all demos. The Photoshop brushes used within the workshop will also be provided. Students may use any painting software package they choose, but note that the brushes provided are only Photoshop compatible. The majority of workflows and painting techniques can however be applied to any painting software package.

Industry Professionals Mentor You to Be Successful

Animation Mentor mentor Justin Owens
Justin Owens

Justin Owens is Animation Mentor’s Director of Curriculum --leading demos, tutorials, and the weekly campus video news. He worked previously as lead Art Director for several projects at indie game studios, and as a freelance designer and 3D generalist.

Whether its landscapes or characters, Justin is always interested in the storytelling opportunities of paint. His digital painting skills are bolstered by over 7 years of working in oils and other traditional mediums. An experienced teacher, Justin is ready to help students at any experience level develop their painting skills and reach their artistic goals.

Wednesdays | 6:00 - 7:00 PM Pacific Time
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Who is This Workshop For?

  • Open to English speaking students who are 18 years or older
  • Anyone looking to study painting fundamentals using digital workflows
  • Experienced painters looking to translate their skills to a digital medium
  • Previous painting experience is not required!

Workshop Format

  • 6 week online workshop so you can learn at home on your own time
  • This workshop meets for one live lesson with your mentor every week
  • Each week you’ll get a recorded video critique of your assignment so you can refer back to it anytime
  • There are no grades for this workshop
  • Project-based learning with demos and exercises to help you learn by doing!


  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of class
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Have intermediate software computer skills, and meet the minimum computer system requirements
  • Photoshop or equivalent digital painting software
  • A tablet or other digital painting device (Wacom tablet or cintiq or equivalent)
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