Paint What You See - Intro to Digital Painting Premium class

Ina Tsetsova, Illustrator

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11 Videos (1h 22m)
    • Introduction

    • Choosing a Good Reference

    • Some Color Theory (Part 1)

    • Some Color Theory (Part 2)

    • Some Color Theory Part 3

    • Analyze Your Reference

    • Painting Timelapse (Part 1)

    • Painting Timelapse (Part 2)

    • Blending Modes

    • Gradients and Adjustment Layers

    • Textures and other tips


About This Class

In this class, you will create a finished artwork based on a reference image. 


Whether you are a traditional painter just starting out with digital art or you are a complete beginner, in this course I will teach you how to choose a good reference image, how to start and finish a painting, and all the steps in between. Even though this course is aimed at beginners, to make the most of this class, I'd recommend you have a basic understanding of Photoshop. 


The techniques and workflow, you will develop in this class, can easily translate into your future work, whether it's from reference or imagination. 


We'll take the following steps to complete projects:

1. Choose a good reference. The first stage will cover the importance of a solid reference. I will teach you what makes for an attractive and balanced composition. I will also discuss why drawing from reference is one of the best ways to learn digital painting.

2. Analyse your image. Before the painting process starts, we'll take a look at the underlying shapes and colors. I will explain techniques on choosing the right hues and values, blocking in shapes correctly, and spotting errors. Don't worry, if you are a complete beginner, I will discuss color theory too.

3. Start painting. In this stage, we'll get to the good stuff - painting! I will cover blending, brush strokes, and texture.

4. Complete your artwork. And we're almost done! In this final stage, I will take you through the final touches and edits you can do to make your end result even better.  


3 of 4 students recommendSee All

One of the best I've taken so far. Ina gives a smooth, detailed lecture and demo on how to paint digitally. It was interesting and easy to listen to. She provided good examples and had a wonderful voice! Would take more classes from her in the future!
Lindsey Ayres

Illustration and Graphic Design Student





Ina Tsetsova


I have been drawing and sketching since I can remember, starting with images from kids encyclopedias, cartoons, and comics, and eventually moving to digital painting. Entirely self-taught, I have accumulated the knowldge of dozens of artists from books, blogs, and videos, over the years.

I graduated with an MA Honours in History of Art from the University of Glasgow in 2013. I have been exposed to the methods and works of the best traditional painters and sculptors and have studied in-depth what makes their art so successfull. I use this knowledge every day I paint. Having seen amazing works of art all over Europe, I appreciate the traditional look and feel and try to recreate it in my own work.

I am currently freelancing and working on personal projects. You can find my portfolio at http://