Jon Neimeister
Jon Neimeister
2D Art Lead at Hi-Rez Studios
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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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Mike Karcz
At 4:08 - 4:09 in the video, how was the toning done? I'm seeing something to do with the gradient....
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Hey Mike! The toning was done with a Gradient Map, which we'll discuss in detail in an upcoming lesson. Feel free to experiment with it yourself, and if it's confusing you can just paint normally with reddish-brown colors as well!
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mposlavs
How do you use and organize your layers throughout your process? Whenever going through the painting process myself I have moments of confusion of whether or not I should be blending in one layer, or should be keeping my tones separated. In addition, I am unsure whether or not I should be incorporating my line work within the same layer as the paint over or if I should paint over on top of the lines on a separate layer. I understand that I do not have to follow a strict layer process, but it would be helpful for future paintings. Is it possible to show snapshots of your layers in future videos?
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We'll be talking a lot about layers in a lesson coming very shortly, followed by a full demo on using them from start to finish on a painting. For these initial exercises I'd keep it simple and use as few layers as necessary; for these my structure was basically Background (block-in), Drawing, Painting. If you're comfortable adding more and want to try feel free to test it with these exercises, and we'll be showing more and more layer techniques as the course progresses. :)
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Richard Kennaway
How much use are you making of multiple Photoshop layers in this demo? Is it all on a single layer?
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This painting is basically on one layer. We'll start adding more in future assignments and lessons, and I'll point out how and why they're used when it happens! :)
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Christopher Lebreault
Is there a skill level you suggest we be at? I've found it difficult to follow along as I've not dont the proko figure drawing course and I'm not familiar with blending and values, especially with the digital tools.
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The figure drawing course is a great place to start, as good painting relies heavily on good drawing. The stronger your drawing skills, the easier it will be to follow along with the painting course. That said, the first part of this course is just to go over general principles and get some practice using your tools. We'll discuss values, theory, and process in greater depth in Parts 2 and 3!
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