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: http://skl.sh/2tsuOkR

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)

Digitally Coloring Hand-Drawn Art & Isolating Line Work

This is a tutorial I made about some techniques I've adapted from other tutorials on how to digitally color my drawings. I like the look of hand-drawn ink illustrations, but watercolor doesn't give me the effects I want. So, I've taught myself some simple ways to add color digitally to get the look I want. 

This tutorial covers some techniques I've learned from other artists. I digitally color my handmade ink drawings using two different techniques. First is a simple multiply and paint technique. The second part of the tutorial shows how to isolate line work so that the drawing can be digitally colored without using multiply.