Digital Painting: From Sketch To Final Painting

Ngandu Tshimanga, Animator, Illustrator and Filmmaker

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5 Videos (44m)
    • Digital Painting Class Intro

    • Ideas and Inspiration

    • Sketching and Fundamentals

    • Colouring and Rendering

    • Finishing Touches


About This Class

Introduction of Ideas and Inspirations

Before starting to work on the painting, it's good to have a rough idea of how you want you want your art to look like. A rough graph of keywords definitely helps illustrate an image or even can spark an inspiration if one is out of ideas. Mood boards or references  are also welcome in this plan as they help bring ideas for a mood/atmosphere, colour references and also can be even used as photo textures. 

The Big Step

The first stage is the most important but yet the most creative part as the sketching stage will be the deciding factor for how the composition will help tell the narrative to the spectator. This is also the stage where basic fundamentals (shapes,values, lighting, anatomy, volume and perspective) are the most crucial to remember as they contribute making your piece looking like a masterpiece if done with proper care and patience, as you practise and familiarise yourself with the fundamentals, sketching and creating thumbnails the practise of it will eventually pay of and you will not only become faster but you will also gain a better understanding for art.

Finishing Touches

This is the point you can relax, zoom in at your composition and you start working on those little extra details that will make things pop out a bit more, intensified the values when needed, tweak with the hues and maybe add a few photo textures here and there and play with photoshop's effects until you reach the point where you look at your art and stare at something you are proud of.





Ngandu Tshimanga

Animator, Illustrator and Filmmaker

Ngandu is an enthusiastic and determined computer animation graduate and a freelance artist with knowledge in filmmaking, animation and concept art practises.

His love for art begun at a very young age when his passion and inspiration was sparked by watching Sunday morning cartoons, drawing on the walls of his house and playing video games.

He demonstrates a flair for innovation; providing creative, engaging and interesting art, animation and film solutions. Has developed the ability to generate creative ideas and carry them through to completion. Has gained a wide range of experience with small independent studios alongside industry’s known talented artists for video games and other exciting projects. Approaches all tasks with energy, focus and commitment.