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By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Boost Your Creativity: The 21-Day Drawing Challenge

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We all need creativity in our lives—whether we’re students, executives, scientists, designers, office managers, writers, teachers, or anyone else. So lynda.com created a new course designed to unleash and hone your creativity.

The 21-Day Drawing Challenge with Von Glitschka starts on Monday, offering a fun new drawing challenge each weekday (Monday through Friday) for 21 days. The final challenge will be August 29.

By David Mattingly | Friday, March 28, 2014

Digital Matte Painting is Just Good Painting!

Matte painting is just good painting!

Matte painting is meant to fool the viewer’s eye. It is a special effects technique that combines live-action footage with painted imagery that dates back to 1907— the very dawn of filmmaking. Mattes were originally painted on a sheet of glass, which was suspended in front of the camera. Today, with digital imaging, artists can work in Photoshop, and combine their paintings with a live-action plate in programs such as After Effects, Maya, or Nuke.

The tools and techniques I advocate aren’t just helpful for matte painting, but form the building blocks of all good paintings. If you want to learn the tools and techniques I use for creating a strong digital matte painting, here are five artistic principles to set you on the right path:

By James Fritz | Friday, January 31, 2014

Using perspective to draw in Illustrator: Pixel Playground

Using perspective to draw in Illustrator

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This week Bert kicks off a short series of tutorials showing how he created an illustrated magazine cover. Today’s technique is all about how to create a two-point perspective system in Adobe Illustrator so you can draw your artwork.

By Robin Schneider | Thursday, January 09, 2014

Photoshop for fashion illustration: It’s easier than you think

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If you learned to draw with a pencil, it can be scary to make the switch to digital illustration. I’m old school and learned to draw the traditional way: with pencils, T-squares, ruling pens, and an airbrush. I fought the move to digital for a long time—until I realized the computer isn’t the evil thing I made it out to be, but a new tool to add to my box of tricks. And not just any tool, but a power tool.

The good news is that you don’t need to master Adobe Photoshop to benefit from it. Learning just a few tricks has made a huge difference in my workflow: I can accomplish tasks in Photoshop that once took hours if not days to complete. I still draw my initial sketches by hand but scan them into the computer to color. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a scanner; you can take a photo with your smart phone and email it to yourself instead.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Use a Wacom tablet to improve your designs

Use a tablet to improve your designs

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Whether you’re designing a website, a logo, a product, a building, or an app, it’s valuable to begin that design process with a drawing. Drawing enables us to focus on the overall vision without getting distracted by details like color, font, or texture—which at this early stage are not important, and can actually hinder the development. The beginning is about the broad strokes, which is why drawing is such a perfect medium. Drawing on a Wacom is even more perfect, for a couple of reasons:

Greater accessibilityWe live in a world where the majority of the content we create (text, designs, messages, etc.) is digital, so having your initial drawings in digital form lets you share them more easily, and import them to other programs where they can be further refined.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Add shading to a drawing with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Last week Deke showed you how to transform his father-son drawing into a monster of serious proportions with some volumetric layer effects. Now learn how to add shading around his mouth to give him more expression. This technique uses a combination of shape layers and layer masks in Adobe Photoshop.

lynda.com members will have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.

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