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Digital Art Foundations

Digital Art Foundations

An 8-week digital drawing and painting course for artists looking to familiarize themselves with using Photoshop and Procreate
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Learn digital painting fundamentals

Learn digital painting fundamentals
Take beginning steps to familiarize yourself with additional digital drawing and painting tools as well as foundation principles using Photoshop and Procreate. This class is fit for anyone looking to venture into digital drawing and painting (character and Illustration) that have only very basic knowledge of Photoshop or Procreate. In this class, you’ll learn the foundations of digital drawing, painting, and the basics for drawing human figures and environment compositions while pushing your design skill level a little further each week.

Questions regarding how to handle Photoshop and Procreate will be addressed by your instructor during the Q&A sessions or forum area. This workshop is also suitable for people using Clip Studio Paint. The course is built around helping you create your first digital paintings following Anne Pagoda’s illustration workflow.
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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 09, 2024

Course Format


Skills Level



8 weeks


Once a week


Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and working on assignments
Basic drawing foundations
Computer, Adobe Photoshop or Procreate, graphic tablet/Cintiq/Wacom

The more you know, the better.

Introduction to all the basic functions for digital drawing (brushes, eraser, warp tool, etc…). Working with references to draw a human figure digitally.
Values, basic face anatomy, basic painting techniques in black and white.
Painting a human face, eyes, nose, lips, ears and hair – or a full body in color. Bonus video: painting hair.
All the basics needed to paint different backgrounds for your character illustration.
Proper research is key to a successful illustration. We will walk through how to plan concept art / illustrations using two different project sketches of your own character (can be either human or creature / animal). We will also learn about thumbnailing, as well as the important differences between illustration and concept art.
Using your favorite sketch of your character from week 5, we will walk through how to develop it into a full illustration.
We will practice proper researching once more and work on our projects. Choose 1 of the 2 subjects and start painting it.
Finishing our projects. We will also discuss photobashing: what is it, and how is it used in the industry?

Taking your skills to the next level

Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist
Course Start: Jul 09, 2024
Anne Pogoda 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

Instructor's Gallery

Concept Art
Concept Art
Concept Art


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.

3x Payments


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Full payment


Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 09, 2024
Digital Art Foundations

What makes this learning experience unique?


Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.


Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.


I love it whenever Anne shows her work, progress, thoughts, and techniques. I think that’s the single most valuable insight to be able to see how professional artists paint.


I really enjoyed Anne’s Q&As and her sense of humor. She gave great feedback that helped us and it was never condescending. It always came from a place of encouragement.


Really thinks about suggestions for individual students to help them get to the next stage wherever they are. Never makes us feel stupid or lazy just because we’re not professionals yet!


Anne went out of her way to provide me with extra content to help me out with many questions that I had. She really devotes the time and effort required, to make sure her students can learn as much as possible. I am very grateful to have had such a dedicated instructor.


Anne was very resourceful and inspirational in all interactions. This was definitely a game changing experience for me.


She’s great about answering questions! Even going so far as to create new videos if we all needed more instruction.


She was always eager to find out what we wanted to know more about so she could incorporate it in her lessons.


Great introduction to painting in photoshop.


Anne is a very funny and informative instructor! Every one of her lessons is super enjoyable. She brings in a lot of industrial and commercial insight to the class, which is highly useful for those who wants to work in the industry in the future.


I started using photoshop for the first time towards the beginning of this course. The instructor really helped me with the learning process and I feel very comfortable using photoshop now. My artistic skills have really improved as well, and I think this course has helped me to get out of my comfort zone and study new things.


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