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How to: Digital Painting Photo Realism in Photoshop

Portrait of a Child
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 7h 37m
Language: English
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In this course, I show you my process for practicing being a better artist by creating a photo real portrait from scratch– using a photo reference. This, in my opinion, is a VERY helpful exercise for all artists who want to be able to memorize depth and realism techniques for their paintings that they create from the mind. Think of it in terms of a musician practicing chords or scales before writing an actual song. Or even musicians who cover other bands songs before they create their own. I pick up a lot of detail and anatomy by simply studying real photos and then applying those similar parameters to original concepts from my mind. 

You will learn

✓ This exercise conditions the artist to become better at many facets of painting. It is a lot like a musician practicing chords and scales to become a better performer.


• You will need PC or Mac computer, a graphics tablet (i.e. Wacom intuos, Intuos, etc)

This course is for

• Students who wish to improve their realism and depth in their paintings.
Commercial Illustrator, animator, and creator!
Chris Scalf is an illustrator specializing in digital art and animation. His primary focus is commercial art, creating everything from storyboards and animatics to final art and finished animation. 
Over the years Chris has developed unique strategies and skills that have allowed him a nation-wide agency reputation for continuously delivering high volumes of exceptional art on tight deadlines, and doing it all on budget.

In addition, Chris is also recognized globally for his work in genre publishing (for example his work on Star Wars Comics and books.) He is also known for his original work and tutorials centered around fantasy, and photo realism art.

Chris started drawing as a young boy and was influenced by his love for the sci fi and fantasy genres. He never had any formal art training which allowed him to discover un-conventional routes giving us today’s exceptional work. His first published art was with G-Fan magazine which lead to working with companies such as Dark Horse Comics and Maximum Press, and eventually publishing his own comics under the Realm Press banner. Those early experiences taught him how to face grueling deadlines and conditioned him to turn around high volumes of quality art in a short periods of time. In those days, it was all traditional art, and difficult to produce giving Chris the incentive to explore and embrace the developing digital world. Chris was then able to harness his newly developed talent into becoming one of the countries top commercial artists we know today, currently working for many adverting agencies and publishers.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 7h 37m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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