Digital Art Foundations | CG Master Academy

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Digital Art Foundations

An 8-week digital drawing and painting course for artists looking to familiarize themselves with using Photoshop and Procreate

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn digital painting fundamentals

Take beginning steps to familiarize yourself with additional digital drawing and painting tools as well as foundation principles using Photoshop and Procreate. This class is fit for anyone looking to venture into digital drawing and painting (character and Illustration) that have only very basic knowledge of Photoshop or Procreate. In this class, you'll learn the foundations of digital drawing, painting, and the basics for drawing human figures and environment compositions while pushing your design skill level a little further each week. Questions regarding how to handle Photoshop and Procreate will be addressed by your instructor during the Q&A sessions or forum area. The course is built around helping you create your first digital paintings following Anne Pagoda's illustration workflow. 


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and working on assignments
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Computer, Adobe Photoshop or Procreate, graphic tablet/Cintiq/Wacom
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing foundations

Digital Art Foundations WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction to all the basic functions for digital drawing (brushes, eraser, warp tool, etc...). Working with references to draw a human figure digitally.
Values, basic face anatomy, basic painting techniques in black and white.
Painting a human face, eyes, nose, lips, ears and hair - or a full body in color. Bonus video: painting hair.
All the basics needed to paint different backgrounds for your character illustration.
Proper research is key to a successful illustration. We will walk through how to plan concept art / illustrations using two different project sketches of your own character (can be either human or creature / animal). We will also learn about thumbnailing, as well as the important differences between illustration and concept art.
Using your favorite sketch of your character from week 5, we will walk through how to develop it into a full illustration.
We will practice proper researching once more and work on our projects. Choose 1 of the 2 subjects and start painting it.
Finishing our projects. We will also discuss photobashing: what is it, and how is it used in the industry?

Taking your skills to the next level

Anne Pagoda is a freelance artist and instructor whose client list includes ImagineFX, Phoenix Film, Teamworxx, FremantleMedia, Grundy UFA, UFA Film & TV GmBH, RTL Group, Pro 7, Ronin Film, Ballistic Publishing, Falkemedia, Cornelsen, Imagine Publishing, Focal Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Virgin Lands Animated Pictures, Kinesthetic Games, Gamomat GmBH and btk-ak


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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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