Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Copy an illustrator

This week's assignment will be to illustrate the word "SKATE" in the style of your favorite illustrator.

The size will be 12" high by 8"wide. Please include 3 or 4 examples of your favorite illustrator's work with your finished painting. This assignment will be due on the Monday the 26th of July.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


This assignment will be to make a dinosaur scene using custom brushes that you will make. I would like you to make at least 4 custom brushes and use them throughout your illustration. The size will be
8 x 14 horizontal/landscape at 200 dpi. Attached is a simple reminder of the steps to make brushes.

You can make dinosaur brushes, plant brushes, bug brushes... let your imagination roam.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This week's assignment will be to an actual illustration assignment I had from a while back. I will attach the story. The image size is 14 x 10 landscape format @200 dpi. I would like you to work up the illustration in full black and white to figure out the values, then finish in color by glazing transparent color over the top.  I do this is by using a multiply and overlay layer over the top of your black and white underpainting and adding hue. Once the color is established, flatten down and paint opaquely on top. You will need to research Environments, wigwams, clothing style for the time period and anything else you can think of to make this authentic. Get creative with the Cheeno or he will feel disrespected and we don't want that.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

stained glass

This assignment will be to make a painting that resembles stained glass by using the line tool for the lead and bright colored panels for the glass. Pick a scene from your favorite disney movie and illustrate it. We will add texture to the glass to give it a unique finish.

Keep your design simple.

Here are some examples from my last class.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Digital Painting 1 Summer 2017 Syllabus

Syllabus/guidelines summer 2017

1. 12-14 paintings will be our goal for the semester (roughly one a week).
2. Paintings due on Monday BEFORE class.
3. Send finished assignments (Jpegs) to my personal email
4. Critiques will be on Mondays. You will be asked to critique so be ready.
5. Grading will be based on attendance, participation in class and effort toward the assignments.
6. After 3 absences, 1/3 letter grade will be taken off for every absence after.
7. Every 2 late assignments will cost 1/3 letter grade.Every missing assignment will cost 1/3 letter grade.
8. Mondays will be critiques and demos, Wednesdays will be one on one help with the current assignment.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Oct 3 Assignment

Mark Summers:

Here is a video I found on Vimeo: it doesn't really have any information about HOW he creates his art; but it does zoom in pretty close so you can see what kind of stroke patterns he uses.

Cheers all.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


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