Jon Neimeister
Jon Neimeister
2D Art Lead at Hi-Rez Studios
Jon Neimeister
Hey, everyone! I hope you've all had a fantastic start to the new year and are excited to dig into the next segment of this course. I wanted to give a quick update on our plans for this year as there's been a slight change to our production schedule. I've accepted a new job on Hearthstone which is very exciting but also means I have to move across the entire country, which has been consuming every waking moment of the past month or so. As such, there will be a bit of a delay in the release of the next episodes until I can get settled into my new place and re-establish my recording setup. We have a LOT of great content coming for the course this year that I'm super excited to share, and I want to be sure I give it 110% effort rather than squeezing it in between a million other things. I do apologize for the delay, but I can promise the next section is gonna be awesome and well worth the wait. Thank you so much for your patience, and I can't wait to continue painting with you in 2023! <3
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chunzi
Can I use cap instead of Photoshop for this
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You can definitely use CSP! The first section of the course is focused a lot on tools, presented in Photoshop, but CSP has pretty much all the same tools and it should translate relatively well. :)
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Tsotne Shonia
I had some fun but at some point but I just hate painting backgrounds, man. Well, to be more precise, I feel so clueless as to how to make a "nice" background (and/or props) that I get demoralised to the extent that eventually I felt like I was "rolling through punches" to move forward and "finish" the piece. I don't want to "not do it" because I know that I want my finished artwork to have (even simple) clean backgrounds, but I clearly feel like I lack some knowledge or something. Anyways 'nuff whining (for now) Thanks for the lesson 🙂
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Hey Tsotne! Thanks for keeping up with all the assignments, it's been great following your work. :D Don't worry, it will get easier! The most likely culprit is that you're simply more experienced with figures than backgrounds, so you're hitting a bit of a wall where you know you can paint "better" than this, but it's not coming together the way you want for the background which can be frustrating. As with everything: practice, study, and reference is the key! Additionally, backgrounds are very reliant on perspective so investing some time into learning that can help a lot. This is also a very challenging assignment, we've been working almost entirely with reference up to this point, but if you invented the background from imagination that's a whole new problem to tackle. Did you have reference for this background or was it purely invented? I'll get deeper into this on the critique video, but for now I hope this helps. Keep it up, you're doing all the right things! :)
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Tsotne Shonia
Holy crap I am in awe!! I've been wondering forever how illustrators make those painting look so "professional" and nice, and these are like the golden nuggets of knowledge explained in a nice and clear way. I'm getting excited, Imma try all these things as soon as I can. Thanks Jon! :D
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Thanks, Tsotne! Appreciate you following along with the course, now that we've laid the foundation with all the Photoshop knowledge the coming lessons are gonna get really fun and dig into a lot more painting. :D
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Shivayan Bora
Hi, Just a question, as I am on the fences for purchasing this course. But just wanted to ask that if this course is good for beginners? I am a complete beginner in both drawing and painting but want to get into digital illustration.
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Hey, Shivayan! This course is definitely geared towards beginner and intermediate artists. More advanced artists can still get value from some on the in-depth Photoshop knowledge and processes, but overall the course is designed so that even if you've never picked up Photoshop before you'll have a solid foundation by the end of the course. The one caveat is that the course is exclusively focused on painting, which does rely heavily on drawing. It's never too soon to start learning painting, but the stronger your drawing skills are the easier it will be to execute the assignments. I think Proko's Figure Drawing course is a great place to start if you're brand new to art, but if you've been drawing / painting for a while and just want to level up this course is made for you! In regards to the rest of the course content, we have lots more coming up. "35+ lessons" was a baseline in our initial planning, but the course has been expanding while we've developed it and the "halfway" mark is still a ways off. Once we're through this Intro to Photoshop, the rest of the course will be exclusively painting focused and will be notably longer than the Photoshop section. :)
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