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By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Our 21-Day Drawing Challenge — in Action

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Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Here are Day One and Day Two:

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 today, 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 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.

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