Introduction to Digital Art for Beginners with Emily Brady
6 week course - Tuesday Evenings

A course for newcomers to digital drawing and painting who would like to take advantage of this versatile medium and expand their skills.

Now a mainstream art-form in its own right, digital art created on computer or tablet allows artists to experiment freely and produce high-quality images from real life or imagination, and then manipulate in ways not possible with traditional art media.

For this course you will need:

  • Either a tablet computer  and stylus (eg iPad pro, Surface pro, Lenovo Touch, Cintiq Companion)
  • Or a laptop with a tablet and stylus attachment (eg Wacom Bamboo, Wacom Intuos, Huion, UGEE)
  • And drawing software:

For Laptop one of the following: Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, GIMP, Artrage, Paint tool SAI
For Tablet one of the following: Procreate, Brushes, Autodesk Sketchbook, Clip studio Paint)

  • Your charger (don't get caught short!)
  • A sketchbook for planning and doodling

Please contact us if you need help choosing hardware or software; we can't provide loan equipment but we can offer advice!

The 6 week course structure:

Session 1 - Using layers in your work. (cel shading)

Our first week will focus on cel shading, a technique used in the animation, illustration, and comic book industry where outlines, shading and flat colours are drawn on separate layers.
This creates sharp and vibrant images that are easily edited.

Session 2 - Sketching from real life

This session will focus on using your digital drawings as a sketchbook to create quick and versatile observational drawing that you can later adapt for your work.

Session 3 - Painting digitally

This session will look at how to use the different types of brush you have available in your programs. Hard brushes or soft edges? Blending and textured brushes, what do they do?

Session 4 - Using References

This session we'll be looking at how to use one or several reference images in a digital work. Please have with you a few digital photos or sketches in your notebook of things you'd like to draw.

Session 5 - Using textures and patterns

In this session we will look at how you can create texture and pattern in your work by using imported files and applying them to your work..

Session 6 -Transformation tools

Earlier in this course we used selection tools to move or resize a piece of our drawing, but now we will use them  to completely change our drawing! We'll be looking at creating buildings and interiors and how we can turn a flat drawing into a 3D perspective drawing.

Student Materials: Please bring a sketchbook at least A4 in size and note the device recommendations above.

  • No previous experience is necessary just a willingness to have a go!
  • Step by step demonstrations
  • Variety of digital techniques and styles to explore
  • Small class sizes - max 7 students
  • Work along with your tutor
  • Refreshments included
  • An opportunity to make creative new friends!
  • Course cost £110 for all 6 sessions

If you have any questions prior to the start of the course please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dates coming soon:

How to book your place

Introduction to Digital Art For Beginners takes place at Vitreus Art's Northants Studio near Towcester. The course is structured as a 6-week term and bookings are for all sessions, on the dates above.
Sessions book up early - secure your place on our next course below!
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Learn how to create art on your iPad or other device on this introduction to digital art at Vitreus ArtLearn how to create art on your iPad or other device
Step by step course in ceating art in a tablet or ipad at Vitreus Art with Emily Brady
This structured step-by-step course is for absolute beginners!
Emily Brady is a renowned digital artist and teacher - your tutor for the Vitreus Art Introduction to Digital Art
Emily Brady is a renowned digital artist and teacher
Discover your own artistic abilities as well as those of your tablet on this course with Emily Brady at Vitreus Art
Discover your own artistic abilities as well as those of your tablet!

About Emily Brady

Emily is an accomplished art teacher and professional artist, working in traditional media and on digital devices. As well as teaching and producing art to commission, Emily has developed a reputation for producing highly respected graphic novels and digital art for electronic games.