Pop Culture Character Painting in Photoshop

A course by Sam Gilbey , Artist

Artist. Bedford, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021

Bring your favorite movie character to life by learning how to paint a realistic digital portrait from scratch

  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1358 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Bring your favorite movie character to life by learning how to paint a realistic digital portrait from scratch

A course by Sam Gilbey

Everyone has a favorite movie, and of course, a favorite character. Digital artist Sam Gilbey is inspired by his passion for pop culture to create striking images of film characters. He’s worked with clients like Empire Records, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and Marvel.

In this online course, Sam takes you step by step through the process of creating a cinematic portrait of your favorite character. Learn how to use Photoshop’s tools to bring painterly portraits to life.

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What will you learn in this online course?

25 lessons & 22 downloads

  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1358 students
  • 25 lessons (5h 38m)
  • 22 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration of your favorite movie character in Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn to recreate a character from a movie with a cinematic touch in Photoshop.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Photoshop is required.

To take this course, you need access to the software. A graphic tablet is optional, but beneficial.


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1358 Students
49 Reviews
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Sam Gilbey

A course by Sam Gilbey

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Sam Gilbey is a British artist specializing in painterly pop culture portraits. He’s been drawing for as long as he can remember, and started illustrating professionally in 2004.

Throughout his career, he’s created officially-licensed artwork for films and series like The Avengers, BoJack Horseman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and many more. He’s also collaborated with clients like adidas, Activision, Apple, Audi, The BBC, British Airways, Disney, Edgar Wright, Empire Magazine, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian, Lucasfilm, and many more.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing to Paint

    • Workstation and Brushes
    • Light, Shadow and Depth Studies
    • Research and Photography References
    • Initial Sketch and Rough Background 1
    • Initial Sketch and Rough Background 2
  • U3

    Painting Your Portrait

    • The Main Portrait: Underpainting 1
    • The Main Portrait: Underpainting 2
    • The Main Portrait: Finessing 1
    • The Main Portrait: Finessing 2
    • The Main Portrait: Finessing 3
    • Details of the Hair 1
    • Details of the Hair 2
    • Details of the Hair 3
    • The Hands 1
    • The Hands 2
    • The Clothing 1
    • The Clothing 2
    • The Clothing 3
    • Finishing the Background
  • U4

    Completing the Artwork and Sharing It

    • Effects and Texture
    • Final Details and Colour Grading
    • Cropping and Exporting
    • Sharing Your Work Online
  • FP

    Final project

    • Pop Culture Character Painting in Photoshop

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Pop Culture Character Painting in Photoshop. Illustration course by Sam Gilbey

Pop Culture Character Painting in Photoshop

A course by Sam Gilbey
Artist. Bedford, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1358 students