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Digital Painting Fundamentals

with John Derry

Video: Welcome

Learn all about digital painting: mixing paint, working with layers and brushes, using color creatively, sketching, and painting with photographs.
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  1. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Advantages of painting digitally
      1m 12s
  2. 5m 41s
    1. Customizing mouse behaviors
      1m 39s
    2. Introducing the concept of axes of motion
      1m 5s
    3. Using the pen tablet and stylus
      1m 38s
    4. Understanding the Intuos and Cintiq options
      1m 19s
  3. 11m 11s
    1. A world of options
    2. Emulating analog media with Painter
      3m 43s
    3. Going beyond traditional image editing with Photoshop
      3m 16s
    4. Painting with the iPad app Procreate 2
      3m 30s
  4. 17m 3s
    1. Introduction to brush mechanics
    2. Brush tips: Variations on a theme
      3m 34s
    3. Brush color behavior
      2m 44s
    4. Brush and surface interaction
      3m 8s
    5. Emulating media via physical modeling
      3m 34s
    6. Through the looking glass
      3m 9s
  5. 16m 11s
    1. Introduction to abstract painting
    2. A great way to explore brush qualities
      6m 46s
    3. Using color to express emotion
      4m 30s
    4. Layers as a compositional tool
      4m 14s
  6. 8m 9s
    1. Introduction to sketching as creative self-expression
    2. Preliminary sketching
      1m 15s
    3. Paint to your skill level
      3m 24s
    4. Going back in time: Undo
      2m 32s
  7. 8m 36s
    1. Interpreting reality with digital painting
      1m 10s
    2. Working from a still life in a home or studio
      1m 32s
    3. Using a photo to capture and edit a still life
      4m 35s
    4. Exploring some tips for working on a portable tablet en plein air
      1m 19s
  8. 20m 50s
    1. Dipping a paintbrush into a photograph
      1m 17s
    2. Separating brush work from color and composition
      4m 39s
    3. Use a dry brush to smear a wet photograph
      10m 26s
    4. Work nondestructively using layers
      4m 28s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Funnel a photo through your brush
    2. Using the funnel method to act as a paint reservoir
      10m 26s
    3. Sit back and let the app do the heavy lifting
      6m 39s
  10. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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Digital Painting Fundamentals
Video duration: 0s 1h 49m Beginner


Never painted digitally before? You don't need a lot of special equipment to get started, just some creative ideas, a computer, and the right software. John Derry will help you learn the rest: mixing paint, working with layers and brushes, using color creatively, and sketching. He also covers uniquely digital techniques, such as dipping a paintbrush into a photograph or painting with cloning. Even if you've never picked up a conventional paintbrush, the techniques in this course will help you start creating your own unique works of art.

Topics include:
  • Customizing mouse behaviors
  • Using a pen tablet
  • Painting with Painter, Photoshop, or apps like Procreate 2
  • Working with brushes
  • Using layers as a compositional tool
  • Painting from life
  • Using a photograph as your paint
  • Clone painting
Painter Photoshop SketchBook Pro Wacom Procreate


Hi, I'm John Derry and welcome to Digital Painting Fundamentals. Painting as a medium has existed for thousands of years. The earliest known paintings are found on cave walls in France and are estimated to be over 32,000 years old. Painting is a uniquely human activity that strives to manifest our ideas and emotions into a physical form that can be viewed by others. Simply put, painting is creative personal expression.

Throughout its history, both the mark making tools and media of painting have evolved. From computing technology, digital painting has been introduced and is the focus of this course. Throughout the course, I'll be emphasizing digital painting's expressive capabilities. It is the artists' inner emotions that are at the heart and soul of any painting. We can be inspired, uplifted, enlightened, depressed, disgusted, bored with, and angered by an expressive content of a painting.

The point being, that it both transmits and arouses emotion in its viewers. This course can't teach you how to express your inner emotions. That's something each of us must do in our own way and in our own time. However, learning about expressive tools like digital painting is one way to gain an insight into creative expression. If you finish this course with a desire to learn more, then you may well be on your way to developing your own unique expressive voice. Now, let's get started with digital painting fundamentals.

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