Digital Painting: The Sketching Approach

A course by Julien Schleiffer , Graphic Illustrator, Animator, and Concept Artist

Graphic Illustrator, Animator, and Concept Artist. Strasbourg, France.
Joined March 2021

Learn how to unleash your creativity through the practice of sketching and create beautifully illustrated stories with Photoshop

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 95% positive reviews (37)
  • 666 students

Learn how to unleash your creativity through the practice of sketching and create beautifully illustrated stories with Photoshop

A course by Julien Schleiffer

Digital painting is an excellent storytelling tool for capturing the spontaneity of everyday life and depicting scenes or attitudes. Nevertheless, digital drawings often end up looking too perfect and their strokes very two-dimensional. This is exactly what Julien Schleiffer tries to avoid by playing around with sketching and exploring the evocative power of each line.

In this Domestika course, illustrate a story using digital painting as you would a sketchbook. Unlock your imagination with a few initial sketches for your narrative image, and before you know it, you'll have created a vibrant illustration of full light while also exploring the secrets of Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 17 downloads

French with subtitles in English
  • 95% positive reviews (37)
  • 666 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 27m)
  • 17 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: French
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Use digital painting techniques and sketching to tell an illustrated story, such as storyboard or graphic novel, and create a template in the form of a mood board or collection.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in digital painting, whether a beginner or a seasoned illustrator, who wants to learn to create storyboards and specialize in VisDev (visual development). This course is great for anyone looking to unlock their creativity.

Requirements and materials

In terms of materials, all you need is a graphics tablet and the digital painting software of your choice. Julien uses Photoshop, but you can also use Procreate or Gimp.

Basic notions of Photoshop or Procreate are useful for this course, although not essential.


Reviews

666 Students
37 Reviews
95% Positive ratings

Julien Schleiffer

A course by Julien Schleiffer

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Graphic Illustrator, Animator, and Concept Artist

From a young age, Julien has enjoyed observing people and their interaction with the urban landscape and embodying all this in his drawings. He taught himself illustration and digital painting after studying Applied Arts at the Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués, and later, a Master's.

As his work began gaining popularity online, he started to collaborate with clients such as Stella Artois, the SNCF, and Linkoffice. He has also worked alongside Quentin Bailleux on a film that pays tribute to a famous video game. Passionate about the digital world, Julien loves the imperfections in his drawings and recreating them using his graphics tablet.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basics of sketching

    • Inspiration: how to find our references
    • Introduction to tools used in Photoshop
    • The anxiety of the blank page: exercises to generate the initial movement
    • The Basics of Sketching: Capturing the Essence of the Human Figure 1
    • The Basics of Sketching: Capturing the Essence of the Human Figure 2
  • U3

    Project creation: sketch and composition

    • Research and composition
    • Sketch progress 1
    • Sketch progress 2
    • The sculpture of the blocks
  • U4

    Color and light

    • Color harmony 1
    • Color harmony 2
    • Color harmony 3
    • Color harmony 4
    • Lights and Shadows: How to Find Balance 1
    • Lights and Shadows: How to Find Balance 2
    • Lights and Shadows: How to Find Balance 3
    • Overall image reading and final details 1
    • Overall image reading and final details 2
  • U5

    Going further

    • Alternative views of staging
    • Formatting the evolution of the project
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Painting: The Sketching Approach

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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FAQs

Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Digital Painting: The Sketching Approach. Illustration course by Julien Schleiffer

Digital Painting: The Sketching Approach

A course by Julien Schleiffer
Graphic Illustrator, Animator, and Concept Artist. Strasbourg, France.
Joined March 2021
  • 95% positive reviews (37)
  • 666 students