Characters in a Scene: Sketch to Digital

Patrick Brown, Digital Artist and Hobbyist

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21 Videos (3h 18m)
    • Trailer

    • Setup and preperatons

    • Line work (Part 1)

    • Line work (Part 2)

    • Line work (Part 3)

    • Flat Colors

    • Shading (Part 1)

    • Shading (Part 2)

    • Shading (Part 3)

    • Lighting (Part 1)

    • Lighting (Part 2)

    • Lighting (Part 3)

    • Details (Part 1)

    • Details (Part 2)

    • Details (Part 3)

    • Background (Part 1)

    • Background (Part 2)

    • Background (Part 3)

    • Background (Part 4)

    • Background (Part 5)

    • Background (Final part)


About This Class

Concept art, game design, character design: they all rely on a solid basic sketch, a sense of color, and line drawing skills. You will learn how to work with strong outlines to hold the artwork together and I will explain my style of colouring, lighting and shading. I will also explain how to use different brush presets to get those nice textures that really bring the picture to life.

What You'll Learn

It’s great for an artist to be able to draw on paper, but if you have sketching skills and an artistic eye, this class will challenge you to take it to the next level. Not only will this refine your skills, but it will also make your work relevant in an industry that is mostly all digital.

  • Setup and preparations. I'll walk you through sketch preparation and digitizing your work.
  • Line work. We'll go over brushes and digital line weights.
  • Flat colours. We'll give your piece base colors.
  • Shading & lighting. You'll add depth and shading, and add colog.
  • Details. You'll add details to your work to make it more interesting and complete.
  • Background.  You'll fill in the background to complete the narrative.

What You'll Do

You will select a character, scene, or topic that sparks your interest and will motivate you in your work. This could be from a video game, movie, or TV show. With the efficiency tools, rendering techniques, and coloring tips, you'll create a final digital illustration of your scene.

  • Deliverable. You'll create a digital rendering of your favorite scene or character in Photoshop.
  • Description. You'll sketch your concept and character, and digitize that sketch in Photoshop. You will add line, color, dimension, and texture to your piece with efficiency and technique. You will finish the piece with lighting and effects.
  • Specs. By the end of this class, you will have a final digital rendering of a character in a scene.

Be sure to check out this beginner class on sketching your character, Characters in Motion: Capturing Motion in Illustration.

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gives a solid process to stay on task with new projects. Thank you!
The best artistic course on Skillshare yet
Watched it through fairly quickly one time to get a feel for the course, but everything contained within was really well laid out, and explained very thoroughly. Great job of showing the processes, their impact, and explaining why certain choices are being made and how they cause an effect on image cohesion, quality, and the overall tone. Excellent course!





Patrick Brown

Digital Artist and Hobbyist

Patrick has lived in Australia his whole life, and started drawing at the age of 5. By the time he got to college, he learned how to use Photoshop to make his art digital and more dynamic. He has always drawn inspiration from the media: games, movies, and even TV series. If he likes something, he draws it. Most people call him a fan artist, but he likes to think of the media as giving him a reason to draw something so he can improve his work.