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Advanced Digital Painting – Video only tier!

Illustration from a Client Brief
Illustration from a Client Brief

I am pleased to announce that the “video only” tier for my Advanced Digital Painting class is now available for purchase!

The class is 10 weeks long and includes 25 videos totaling more than 1,500 minutes. You can purchase the video only tier by sending $250 to my Paypal account (daarkenart@daarken.com) with a note letting me know that you are purchasing either the Advanced class demos or the Intro class demos. You then need to create a free Vimeo account and send a message through Vimeo to my user (Daarken). I will then give you access to the videos.

Since this is a “video only” tier, you won’t receive any of the files or references I mention in the videos, you will only receive the videos. If you want full access to everything, you will need to take the class.

In addition to receiving the videos, you will also receive access to the private mentorship forum. You can upload your homework assignments and chat with the other students taking my class. Instructions for how to gain access to the private forum can be found in the F.A.Qs on the Enliighten site.

Take a look at the course outline!

Week 1 – Clothed Figure I
Most figures need some type of clothing. This session will cover how to clothe your figures and topics like action folds and materials will be discussed. Paintings will be done from photo ref.

Week 2 – Clothed Figure II
Unlike week 1, this session will cover painting clothed figures from your imagination with an emphasis on depicting different materials and textures.

Week 3 – Character Design
This session will cover how to design a character from a silhouette and how to take it to finish. You will also learn what makes a good character design and what you should think about when you are designing your own characters.

Week 4 – Turnarounds
Learn how to do turnarounds of your character design from week 3. These are important if you want to go into the film or video game industry.

Week 5 – Character Portraits
Give your character designs some interesting faces. Different ethnic groups will also be covered during this portrait painting session.

Week 6 – How to use Photo Ref in Illustrations
Many people shy away from using photo ref because it is considered “cheating.” This session will show you how to use your own reference in your illustrations and how it will benefit your career.

Week 7 – Illustration From a Client Brief
Create an illustration from an actual professional client brief. Style guides will also be provided so that the students can create an accurate illustration based on the assigned IP.

Week 8 – Battle Scenes
Battle scenes are commonplace in the gaming industry. This session will go over composing large battle scenes and how to portray depth, scale, and imply a larger force without having to completely paint every detail.

Week 9 – Sci-Fi Illustration
Instead of focusing on the fantasy genre, this session will cover the sci-fi end of the spectrum. Gas masks, robots, and space ships, oh my!

Week 10 – The Business Side of Illustration and Concept Art
Students usually know how to create a good portfolio, but they rarely know how to actually submit one or who to contact at perspective companies. This session will cover the business side of the industry and will cover topics like contracts, invoicing, taxes, and self-promotion.