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By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 26, 2015

All the Tools You Need to Start Sketching Landscapes


tools for sketching landscapes

In his beginner-level course, Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape, award-winning artist Will Kemp helps you develop the confidence to get outside and begin sketching in natural settings.

You’ll soak up the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, of whatever you’re sketching as you compose and balance the scenes that are in front of you.

Anyone can do it! You just need the right tools.

If you’re ready to sketch like a professional artist, check out the materials Will recommends for getting started:

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Our 21-Day Drawing Challenge — in Action


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


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 9, 2014

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

Experimenting with color choices

Explore this course at lynda.com.

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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