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

      1:14
    • Pick an Animal, Stylize, and Sketch

      5:42
    • Setting Up Your Workspace, Testing Brushes, and Creating Libraries

      6:06
    • Start Painting!

      9:40
    • Creating a Solid Fill Layer

      8:40
    • Adding Outlines and Details

      3:50
    • More Painting: Mixing and Blending

      13:15
    • Adjustments and Adding More Texture

      8:29
    • How to Save Files

      2:56
    • Bye and Thank You!

      0:36

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: http://skl.sh/2luAtTF
Link to my digital textures: https://crmrkt.com/jyOlWb

10 of 10 students recommendSee All

It is very professional and not overwhelming with cool tips!
I've been wanting to learn how to do this. Thank you for a great class.
Brenda Reeves

Artist and Writer

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

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Leigh Rooney

Artist + Teacher + Learner

Hi!

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.

 

See more of my art on my website: http://www.leighannrooney.com/

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