Digital Painting Course

Introduction to Digital Art:  Ideation and Conceptualization through Digital Media

Class details:

  • For teens and adults

  • Times:

Mountain View, CA:

Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm

San Jose, CA:

Saturdays 6:00 - 8:30 pm

San Francisco, CA:

Sundays 1:00 - 3:30 pm

This course is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of art through digital media. You can bring your own computer and tablet or an Ipad Pro/Apple Pencil. Procreate and Photoshop will be covered in tandem. 

 

If you are considering a career in visual arts; if you have some experience in traditional media and want to translate your skillset to digital media then this class is designed for you. 

Taught by professional concept artists Ali Naqvi in Mountain View and San Jose, and Kelsey Martin in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

Dates & price:

 

  • Mountain View: Wednesdays 6:40-9:10 pm

INTRODUCTION: October 16, 23, 30

CHARACTER DESIGN: November 16, 13, 20, 27

LOCATION DESIGN: December 4, 11, 18, January 8

 

  • San Jose: Saturdays 6:00 - 8:30 pm

INTRODUCTION: Sept 28, October 5, 12

CHARACTER DESIGN: October 19, 26, November 2, 9

LOCATION DESIGN: November 16, 23, December 7, 14

 

  • San Francisco: Sundays 6:00 - 8:30 pm

INTRODUCTION: October 6, 13, 20

CHARACTER DESIGN: October 27, November 3, 10, 17

LOCATION DESIGN: November 24, Dec 1, 8, 15

Course schedule:

 

  • 1. Introduction

    1. How to setup a document to get started

    2. Introduction to tools used in creating artwork

      1. Brushes

        1. Size and shape

        2. Opacity

        3. Flow

        4. Texture

      2. Layers

      3. Image Manipulation

      4. Zoom

      5. Keyboard Shortcuts


 

  • 2. Silhouettes

    1. What is a silhouette?

    2. Why are they used in concept art

    3. How can they be used effectively

    4. What are the right brushes and image size to create the best candidates for your work

 

 

  • 3. Refinement through layers

    1. Adding details to characters with new layers

    2. How to use reference images

    3. How to add details with zoom

    4. How to add color with layers

    5. Image manipulation

      1. Exposure

      2. Hue

      3. saturation

 

 

  • 4. The face

    1. Facial composition and anatomy

    2. Expressions

    3. Hair

    4. How to put a face together


 

  • 5. Basic Anatomy

    1. Realistic vs stylized anatomy

    2. Action lines

    3. Symmetry

    4. Refinement through layers

    5. Free transform and scale

 

  • 6. Gesture drawing

    1. What is Gesture Drawing?

    2. Lines of Action

    3. How can Gesture drawing be incorporated into your work

    4. Using layers to refine gesture drawings


 

  • 7. Clothing and Assets

    1. What should a character wear

    2. How to draw fabric

    3. Creating your own assets

      1. Weapons

      2. Belts

      3. Shields

      4. Helmets

    4. Using layers to add assets and clothing

 

  • 8. Color and Lighting

    1. What is the right brush to use for color and light

    2. How to does light behave around an object

    3. Shadows

    4. How light impacts color

    5. The selection tool and what it can do to help

    6. Color manipulation

 

  • 9. Environments

    1. Thumbmails: Create quick sketches using only values

    2. Creating and using custom brushes

    3. Refinement through layers

    4. Adding textures from photographs

 

  • 10. Perspective

    1. How to draw in perspective

    2. The illusion of depth

    3. Values in perspective

      1. Color

      2. Hue

      3. Saturation

      4. fog

 

  1. Storytelling

    1. How to tell a story with your characters and environments

    2. Composition, color and lighting to set the mood

    3. Storyboarding to pick candidates for Splash Art

 

  • 11. Final Illustration 1

    1. Create splash art with your own character and environment

 

  • 12. Final Illustration 2

    1. Finish creating splash art

Artwork by Maria Zhalnina

Artwork by Jeongwoo Woo

Artwork by Maria Zhalnina

Artwork by Ali Naqvi

Artwork by Gloria Felix

Our calendar for the 2019-2020 school year:

 

First day of trial (demo) classes: Monday, August 19, 2019

First day of fall classes: Tuesday, September 3d, 2019

Thanksgiving break: Monday, November 25th, 2019 - Friday, November 29th, 2019 - Thanksgiving break camps

New Year break: Monday, December 23th, 2019 - Friday, January 3d, 2020 - winter art camps, no classes

Spring break SF: Monday, March 30, 2020- Friday, April 3, 2020 - spring art camp in San Francisco

Winter Break MV: Monday,  February 17, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 202 - winter art camp in Mountain View

Spring break MV: Monday,  April 6, 2020 - Friday, April 10, 2010 - spring art camp in Mountain View

Winter Break SJ: Monday,  February 17, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 202 - winter art camp in San Jose

Spring break SJ: Monday, April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020 - spring art camp in San Jose

Summer break: Monday, June 8, 2020 - Sunday, August 9th, 2020- summer art camps, limited classes

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