Digital Painting – CGMA – David Merritt 
Digital Painting – An 8-week course on the basics of painting digitally for building strong art foundations
Conquer the digital art medium
Designed for both beginners and experienced artists, this course will focus on the fundamentals of painting. The first lessons will introduce you to the medium, while later lessons will explore more advanced concepts such as edge control, value, and composition. We will practice painting from both observation and imagination!
What You Will Learn
- Week 1 | Primitive Forms
Week one begins with a quick introduction to the medium itself along with the various tools at our disposal. We’ll explore the anatomy of light and shadow, and study the simple beauty of primitive forms.
- Week 2 | Painting Material Surfaces
In week two, we’ll dive into surface materials, color, and texture. We’ll explore the fascinating ways in which different materials reflect light, and how to capture that broad range of effects in our work.
- Week 3 | Painting From Observation
In week three, we’ll paint directly from observation. To do that effectively, we’ll need to be able to simplify the great complexity of the world.
- Week 4 | Seeing Shapes
During week four, we will focus on seeing and designing shapes which are fundamental to great composition. We will explore the concept of Notan and the surprising advantages of working with self-imposed limitations.
- Week 5 | Master Studies
Week five is all about standing on the shoulders of giants. We will study master artists from both the past and present, so that we can absorb some of their hard-won knowledge and continue to pass the torch forward.
- Week 6 | Skills in Isolation
This week we will focus on optimizing our practice of painting by focusing on specific skills in isolation, such as edge control, lighting and color.
- Week 7 | Digital Drawing
In week seven, we will explore the importance of drawing fundamentals, how drawing fundamentals relate to painting, and how they both influence style in creative drawing.
- Week 8 | Finishing Touches
In this final chapter, we’ll put what we’ve learned to practice, and talk about finishing paintings.