Digital Art Foundations

An 8-week digital drawing and painting course for beginning artists looking to familiarize themselves with digital tools and foundation applications

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn painting fundamentals

Take beginning steps to familiarize yourself with digital drawing and painting tools as well as foundation principles. This class is fit for the very beginner artist or anyone looking to venture into drawing and painting. In this class you'll learn the foundations of digital drawing, painting, and the basics for drawing human and animal figures. You will learn through in-depth mentored online training on how to handle Photoshop and a drawing tablet while pushing your skill level a little further each week. The workshop is built around helping you learn to manage the software and tablet while creating your first digital painting.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignments
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Computer, Adobe Photoshop, graphic tablet/Cintiq/Wacom
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing foundation

Digital Art Foundations WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction to all basic functions for digital drawing (Brushes, eraser, warp tool, etc...)
Values, basic face anatomy, basic painting techniques
Custom brushes for digital painting, lasso, color tools (such as colorous)
Painting a human face, eyes, nose, lips, ears and hair in color
This sets the foundation for week 6 to 8 since we combine everything learned so far in one assignment
Planing concept art or illustration, project sketches 2 different suggestions / can also be creatures or animals | I can‘t stress enough how important proper research is which is why we will do that here. | We will also learn what thumb-nailing is and the very important difference between illustration and concept art.
We practice proper researching once more (Because of its importance) and work on our projects.

Taking your skills to the next level

Lectures by Anne Pogoda

Anne Pagoda is a freelance artist and instructor whose client list includes ImagineFX, Phoenix Film, Teamworxx, FremantleMedia, Grundy UFA, UFA Film & TV GmBH, RTL Group, Pro 7, Ronin Film, Ballistic Publishing, Falkemedia, Cornelsen, Imagine Publishing, Focal Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Virgin Lands Animated Pictures, Kinesthetic Games, Gamomat GmBH and btk-ak


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Feb 11, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019




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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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