Principles of Digital Painting for Portraits

A course by Rodrigo Rivas (Ruiveran) , Illustrator and Concept Artist

Illustrator and Concept Artist. Lima, Peru.
Joined July 2020

Learn to master lighting, shadowing, and coloring techniques to bring your illustrations to life

  • 97% positive reviews (143)
  • 3306 students
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to master lighting, shadowing, and coloring techniques to bring your illustrations to life

Adding realism to digital painting by combining shape and depth can be a true challenge for an artist. Using different drawing techniques, Peruvian illustrator and concept artist Rodrigo Rivas creates lifelike compositions that are transformed into unique portraits.

In this course, Rodrigo guides you through all the concepts and tools you need to create a realistic digital illustration. Start by learning about the artistic concepts behind light and shadows and see how to use them to add volume and depth to your compositions. Explore your imagination and turn your ideas into reality.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 26 downloads

Tonal values and colors
15 minutes, 21 seconds
Using brushes and shortcuts
14 minutes, 52 seconds
Painting the still life
11 minutes, 33 seconds
The mood board
13 minutes, 10 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (143)
  • 3306 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 35m)
  • 26 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a digital portrait based on references by combining different lighting, shadowing, and coloring techniques

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

New and experienced artists who would like to improve their digital painting and portrait painting techniques.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, a basic knowledge of Photoshop is needed. You also need to be curious and have the desire to learn and develop as an artist.

As for the materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed, as well as a graphics tablet.


Reviews

3306 Students
143 Reviews
97% Positive ratings
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Rodrigo Rivas (Ruiveran)

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Illustrator and Concept Artist

Rodrigo Rivas is a digital illustrator and conceptual artist from Peru who is dedicated to creating characters and stories through painting. He has worked as an illustrator for advertising, editorials, storyboard animation, video games, and more.

In 2019, he was part of the campaign team for the Pan American Games in Lima and was a finalist for the 2019 National Comic Contest. Currently, he is a freelance illustrator who focuses on perfecting his techniques and sharing his personal projects on social media.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do on the Course?
  • U2

    Basics of digital portraiture

    • Basics: secrets to a good portrait
    • Tonal values and colors
    • Using brushes and shortcuts
    • Painting the still life
  • U3

    To paint!

    • The mood board
    • The sketch
    • Raising the light with grays
    • Applying the color
    • Polishing the image
  • U4

    Final adjustments

    • Brightness and color dodge
    • Adjustment Layers
    • We export the image
  • FP

    Final project

    • Principles of digital painting for portraits

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Principles of Digital Painting for Portraits. Illustration course by Rodrigo Rivas (Ruiveran)

Principles of Digital Painting for Portraits

A course by Rodrigo Rivas (Ruiveran)
Illustrator and Concept Artist. Lima, Peru.
Joined July 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (143)
  • 3306 students