New Online Course: Getting Started With Digital Painting: Creating an Animal Character From Scratch

I just published a new Skillshare class for beginners learning how to paint in Photoshop. 

Here's a link:

The course has one hour of step-by-step video instructions to get you started with digital painting. Here's an outline of what to expect:

Artist and teacher Leigh Ann Rooney will guide you through the basics of creating a character suitable for a children’s book, comic, or whatever else your imagination can think up!

This course covers the foundations of creating a digitally painted character in Adobe Photoshop. We will go over each step of the process from picking an animal and designing your character to creating a finished image that can be sent to a client or added to a background.

No experience with Photoshop or traditional painting needed.

Don’t be intimidated by Photoshop - you got this!

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Designing a character: stylizing an animal
  • Using Photoshop brushes for a painterly effect
  • Mixing and blending colors
  • Adding texture and dimension

Materials you’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Drawing pen tablet such as Wacom Intuos (optional but helpful)
  • Paper and pencil, charcoal, and/or ink (optional)

My first Skillshare course!!

I created my first course for Skillshare!! 

I learned a TON about filming and editing and I'm already planning new courses so make sure to follow me on Skillshare so you know when I post something new.

If you've never heard of Skillshare, it's a monthly subscription website with millions of students and teachers. Teachers post video courses on everything from cooking, knitting, business, and all kinds of art. The classes are project based so you will finish the class having created something new. You can connect with other people taking your class and the teacher. You can take as many classes as you want.

Use this link to get your first two months free:

My class provides step-by-step instructions to created detailed illustrations. This course focuses on coloring detailed hand-drawn illustrations and it will take you through all the steps from sketching to saving for web or print. Advanced techniques are used, but the step-by-step instructions are suitable for beginners, Photoshop experts, and everyone in between. A lot of options are discussed so that you can create a unique and original illustration. You will find your personal style of working with Photoshop and learn to have fun and be creative with the program.


I made a new pack of tree illustrations for Creative Market. Here's the link:


You can purchase and download these illustrations. I love Creative Market because you are purchasing a license to use the images however you want to and there are so many amazingly talented artists on the site.

I have a lot of ideas for more packs to add to my shop - just not enough time to make them all as quickly as I would like to! My goal is to create one Creative Market product or one Skillshare course per month. I work slow and like to make high-quality things so I'm working on giving myself realistic goals - we'll see how it goes.

Digital textures licensing

I just became OBSESSED with Creative Market.

It's a place where artists can upload products for other artists to use with a license so they can create their own products.

I was creating handmade ink textures for my digital illustrations which I love doing but I know not everybody has time to do. So, I made a pack of 25 digital textures that anyone can buy and use to make their own designs. 

Here's what they look like: