This course is part of our Full-Time Program and will not be recorded.
Digital Painting for Entertainment Art will synthesize the lessons learned from Color Theory, Composition classes, and Painting classes and applying them to the digital world. Emphasis will be placed on the development of coherent, solidly painted compositions using Photoshop. Other topics include lighting, brushes and filters. Students should expect to do a lot of homework in this class.
Week 1 Working on one layer, no Control Z and working strictly in gray scale so we can learn to push pixel paint around
Week 2 Direct Lighting from Spotlight – Using mostly Lasso Marquee Tool to build the bulk of the image both in notan then in gradation, then polishing it by painting out the edges
Week 3 Natural Lighting – Building the painting in layers and learning their functions to speed up the painting process without the need for labor intensive rendering
Week 4 Direct Lighting – Working with layers, marquee tools and introducing the healing tool
Week 5 Natural Lighting – building the image using funky or odd brushes, learning about the natural brushes and building brushes to suit the image need
Week 6 Foreshortened Exercises – building a foreshortened pose(s) using layers to develop the image, and developing visual narratives from the poses presented
Week 7 Colored Lighting Schemes – using all the tools learned and building under various colored lighting schemes
Week 8 Colored Lighting Schemes – using all the tools learned and building under various colored lighting schemes and building into the paintings a visual narrative from imagination
Week 9 Imaginary Painting – developing images based upon the model’s pose from life but working on designing something fantastical or sci-fi related
Week 10 Speed Painting – learning to paint with efficiency using each students favored tool sets
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date.
Computer with Display or CINTIQ Graphic Display Wacom Tablet and Stylus / Mouse
Adobe Photoshop (current version or older)
As much RAM memory as possible / 1 gig minimum External Hard Drive or high capacity memory stick (16 gig). Power cords
You may use a good laptop alone or with a display in conjunction with a Wacom Tablet, Stylus, and mouse.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. If you need help with Zoom, please let us know and we will schedule a short tutorial for you prior to your class.
Ron Lemen has had an eclectic artistic past, working consistently in the entertainment art industry and as an art instructor. Ron first went in to the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving on to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso.
Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 20 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Upper Deck, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Disney, and more. In addition, to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 16 years.
Course Changes or Cancellations
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change class/workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.
If a class/workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another class/workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
Refunds and Transfers
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable.
There are no make-ups available for online courses. Students are emailed a 10-day access to each recorded session, made available the next day after the live session.
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