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Getting Started With Digital Painting: Creating an Animal Character From Scratch

Leigh Rooney, Artist + Teacher + Learner

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10 Videos (1h)
    • Hello and Introduction to Materials

    • Pick an Animal, Stylize, and Sketch

    • Setting Up Your Workspace, Testing Brushes, and Creating Libraries

    • Start Painting!

    • Creating a Solid Fill Layer

    • Adding Outlines and Details

    • More Painting: Mixing and Blending

    • Adjustments and Adding More Texture

    • How to Save Files

    • Bye and Thank You!

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About This Class

Artist and teacher Leigh Ann Rooney will guide you through the basics of creating a character suitable for a children’s book, comic, or whatever else your imagination can think up!

This course covers the foundations of creating a digitally painted character in Adobe Photoshop. We will go over each step of the process from picking an animal and designing your character to creating a finished image that can be sent to a client or added to a background.

No experience with Photoshop or traditional painting needed.

Don’t be intimidated by Photoshop - you got this!

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Designing a character: stylizing an animal
  • Using Photoshop brushes for a painterly effect
  • Mixing and blending colors
  • Adding texture and dimension

Materials you’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Drawing pen tablet such as Wacom Intuos (optional but helpful)
  • Paper and pencil, charcoal, and/or ink (optional)

Link to my beginner Photoshop class:
Link to my digital textures:

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Fun class! It really is start to finish - and everything in between! I like how text bubbles pop up to emphasize the techniques to use. The instructions are clear and concise. Thank you!
Jessica Sanders

Artist, Instructor, Designer





Leigh Rooney

Artist + Teacher + Learner


Thanks for stopping by.

I've been making art for as long as I can remember and I'm passionate about passing on all the skills I've learned. I have an MFA in painting and I've taught at colleges, high schools, middles school, art centers, and online. I have TONS of ideas for Skillshare courses so make sure to follow me to get updated when I create a new course.


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