Digital Painting Fundamentals

Course by Jon Neimeister
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Jon Neimeister
I'm excited to share this course with you all! If you're interested in learning the ins-and-outs of digital painting, I'm here to help.
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @Jon Neimeister, do you have any experience with Krita? Can I use it for this course? Thanks in advance :)
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John B
Hey Jesper, the course is meant to be software agnostic so you should be able to benefit from it regardless of what you use. The only thing that you won't benefit from are the photoshop shortcuts that he may mention throughout the lessons. The core concepts will transfer to any program though.
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tintin
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tintin
Can you point out what's wrong with my picture pls
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lorditamar
Is there an option for a refund? In the rare case that upon checking some of the full course disovering that it is not benificial for me?
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John B
You just have to email support@proko.com you can also open a ticket in the help tab in the bottom right corner of the website.
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Nicole Drews
In case you haven't found it yet, this is taken from the Overview tab in the Premium Benefits section: "Money Back Guarantee We offer no-questions-asked refunds within 30 days of your purchase. Our goal has always been to create a happy, thriving community. If you are not thrilled with the product, then we have no interest in forcing you to keep it."
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Sean Ramsey
Hey all, just wanted to give an update that the latest critique video is taking a bit longer to finish up than we expected so we're aiming to release it early next week. Very sorry!
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Nicole Drews
thanks for the update:)
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Yuki Tsubaki
I can't learn any of Digital Illustration and Advanced Techniques. what do you mean?
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Nicole Drews
The course is still live and lessons are coming out every 2 weeks or so atm
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Yuki Tsubaki
What is it like when the number of lessons you can learn is 0?
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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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Jon Neimeister
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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Alexander Works
I think it's pretty much specifically for beginners even; considering the first part is teaching you photoshop. Actually it's been my biggest concern about the course, it's already got 17/35 supposed courses, so like half of them are done and the first half is still about photoshop introductions mostly.....
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Tsotne Shonia
Hello. I mean not to be disrespectful, and I understand that people are busy and random things can happen that make it very difficult to stick to schedule. Plus, we were told that lessons would come "loosely" weekly, which doesn't imply a strict schedule anyways. But despite all of that, I am quite disappointed regarding the situation on the last two months. I couldn't find the exact dates of the lesson releases, but from what I can gather, the 4th lesson came out on 27th of march, and the next one on 16th april, and we've had no news since then. I'm writing this on 2nd of may. This is closer to a monthly release. Also, Jon mentioned he'd be critiquing the students work, but as far as I can see, the few reviews are all from other students. Perhaps what frustrates me the most in this situation is the fact that we are not even told what's going on. Everyone acts like this is normal. Could we at least have some explanation? Is it going to be like this all course long? As someone who bought this on presale last year, and was quite excited, this is very annoying. Perhaps I am in the wrong and my expectations were just too high. If that is the case, I understand that these things should be taken in consideration when purchasing yet-to-be completed courses on Proko. I hope I'm not sounding needlessly rude. Please understand that I don't mean to cause negativity, and am asking for at least clarification.
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Sean Ramsey
Hi Tsotne, Editor here. Really sorry about the delay in content. We were really pushing to get the next lesson out last week but had some unexpected delays on our part and we're really sorry for stuff not coming out as fast as we'd like. Our goal is to release one a week for the next several weeks though if that's any consolation. Again, sorry for dropping the ball on that.
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szanatielod
Hello! I would also like to share my toughts. I am very dissapointed in this course. I was very excited to finally start it, and as a complete beginner I could not wait to jump into the world of painting and learn all the fundementals and tips and tricks that comes with the craft. The schedule of the program is shambolic. It was stated that the new lessons will be released weekly or biweekly, yet we can be happy if we get one every month. I am sure that the instructor is busy and this is more of a side project for him, and I would not mind if it was kept by more than one intstructor, but I feel like this is unacceptable. Most of the lessons so far were in timelapses. I am truly a beginner and do not have any experience when it comes to drawing or painting. These timelapses are not that useful for me because more than often I have no idea what is going on, what brushes are being used in what way. I understand that most people know it better and more obvious to them, but I feel like that the course sometimes are not that beginner friendly, and if you add to it the fact that the instructor promised to review and advise on the works we have done, and have not delivered, it leaves me very unsatisfied. The course started off pretty well, I enjoyed it at the beggining, but for now I am very dissapointed and if it was a possibility I would refund the course.
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davesmithart5
When can we expect the next lessons? It's been a WHILE now.
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khantrv
Hello! I'm a beginner in digital art and want to be able to make professional level concept art. I am familiar with all the fundamentals except color. Will this course go in depth into color?
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M Wells
Color isn’t that important. Value is what’ll matter in grand scheme of things.
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Elizabeth C.
Hello! Is there a fifth video that isn't visible on the course page? I've watched all of the current available videos (4), but the course page is saying that I am 83% complete. If you watch 4/5 videos that makes 83% completion, but only 4 videos are available so maybe video 5 is posted but not released? Not sure if I'm making sense or not. Thank you for the course! The instruction is great and I'm having a lot of fun with practicing!
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Alex Otis
Hi Elizabeth and thank you for taking the time to reach out. This issue should now be resolved.
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jasonj33
Definitely looking into taking your course here, question for you though. I'm shopping around for a desktop computer currently, I've done the math and know what I'd be spending for a desktop. But, I'm currently taking another digital painting class and I'm getting by on my Surface Pro and I'm just now learning how to use Procreate. So with that being said, does this course require a lot of horsepower to get the assignments completed, could I just kinda get moving and then keep going after I've purchased my new computer?
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jasonj33
Good to know thanks, I'm shopping for a newer computer currently. I'll just utilize my Surface Pro for now whilst I'm getting all the specs down for my new computer.
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Jon Neimeister
Most of the course will be about theory and process, you can get full value out of the course with a Surface Pro and Procreate. In (some) professional contexts, you'll want a computer with decent specs as you'll be working on high resolution images with lots of layers, and the faster your computer is the more you can utilize digital tools without things getting laggy. For example, the images I do for work are 8000px wide and often end up being a gigabyte in file size; not everyone needs to work this large and complicated but it's fairly common.
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soul11
I'm Filipino, can I buy? this course ? this course is demo video?
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Dan Casagrande
I understand the lessons will be shared on a weekly based, is that correct? Any particular day of the week?
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Jon Neimeister
Apologies for the delay, I wanted to be sure I had all the right information before responding. :) Our current plan is a "loosely" weekly schedule. We are not on a completely fixed timeline, so some episodes will be one week apart, others may be two, and there will be a slightly longer break between the four major sections of the course. This is for two reasons: 1) We want to be sure to give students time to ingest the information and (for later lessons) do the assignments. As this course is currently "live" we want to give everyone an opportunity to follow along in real-time and get support from myself and fellow students. 2) We want to be sure everything is of the highest possible quality! A lot of work is invested into each lesson, and some take longer than others to produce. Our priority is delivering the best possible education, so we never want to rush anything out for the sake of a fixed timeline. That said, Lesson 3 is currently slated to be released next week, with a followup the week after that. So for expectations, you can expect a new episode every week or two, with breaks in between the four major beats. I know the timeline may seem long, but we have lots of great content to come! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions (And @ me so I get notified!)
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Oleksandr Klakov
I don't think it's the case for now
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Jumana Saadeh
I'm an intermediate artist, I know almost all the fundemetals Jon talked about in the first video, but I only bought the first part of the course, is it too beginner for an intermediate artist like me? Do I need to buy the second half of the course to get some value?
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Jon Neimeister
The difficulty will scale up throughout the course. While the first part will be laying the groundwork for beginners, the second part will get pretty in-depth into key painting concepts. Part 3 will mainly be about process, applying all the information from parts 1 & 2, then part 4 has a variety of helpful techniques specific to digital painting. The first half of the course should definitely provide you with some value!
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reesabird
Will the first video lesson be available today as proposed?
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Laura Avino
i hope so! I am really hype up! But at least for other courses they released them relatively quite late in the date (depending on the time zone obviously you are)
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andrea ghirardini
Hi all, I am planning to use Krita ideally,
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adowbooo
Hi! just bought only the second part of the course as I am relatively fine with fundies and I am broke lol. Do the lessons in the second part get uploaded once all of the materials in the first part are all uploaded? Considering there are around 35 lessons, does that mean that I'll only be able to access the course after 17 weeks if the goal is one lesson a week?
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Katey Jensma
Hi @jayrvillalobos and @adowbooo this course is "In Progress". Our goal is to deliver a new lesson on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The lessons will be published in order.
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jayrvillalobos
I’m following this question. I bought this course 3 months ago, how long should we wait to get into the second part of the course?
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Daniil Pershin
I’m a beginner, and I hope this course will help me to improve as an artist. I’m looking forward to start learning with your lessons.
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macili
When will we be able to view the course ?
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Lukas Helgesen
Just signed up. I'm hoping to finally boost my 2D skills to pro level quality! With that said, will Jon be able to give feedback if our assignments are posted to the community? Thanks!
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