Erika Wiseman (aka Erika the Goober) is a freelance artist specializing in digital illustration. She has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Louisville. Erika has been creating art for over 13 years, during which time she made a name for herself on Instagram.
In this course, Erika teaches you a tried-and-proven painting method that changed her whole relationship with digital art! In the past, she used to struggle with creating clean linework digitally, becoming frustrated with the long process and unsatisfactory results.
Today, she’ll walk you through her entire workflow of creating a beautiful illustration completely digitally from start to finish! You’ll learn pro tips and techniques to take your artwork to the next level, that will wow your audience and make you proud!
Erika will show you exactly what tools and features to focus on and which ones are non-essential to digital art. You’ll get a well-rounded overview of everything you need to know about digital drawing and painting in Photoshop, so you have the needed tools and confidence to create your own amazing artwork!
Photoshop may seem a little overwhelming at times. But rest assured that with Erika as your teacher, she’ll dispel any confusion, focusing ONLY on the essential tools for drawing.
Since the brush tool is the most important one for a digital artist, she will go over it in detail. You’ll learn its ins and outs, so you can adjust it to feel as natural and smooth as a regular pencil or paintbrush!
List of Recommended Brushes
One of the all important questions: How to start off your sketch digitally? You’ll learn exactly how in this lesson.
Erika will guide you through her entire sketching process and show you nifty tricks to help you on the way, such as: flipping your canvas to ensure your artwork is balanced, using the handy Liquify feature to adjust parts of your sketch, and duplicating layers to save previous versions, which you can restore if you need to!
1 Line-art image
In this lesson, Erika will discuss how to choose colors, different factors to consider and tips for creating a harmonious palette.
Follow along as she walks you through her entire coloring process and learn cool tricks along the way, such as: using the Clipping Mask and adjustment tools to easily change individual colors and locking pixels to prevent accidently coloring outside the lines.
At this phase, Erika tweaks the illustration more by darkening some areas, painting over some messy sketch lines, and do some blending to give it a polished look.
You’ll also discover a great time-saver tool: Masks! A mask will allow you to hide and reveal certain parts of your layer without permanently erasing them.
2 Bonus images
Let’s dive into the wonderful world of painting backgrounds!
Erika will demonstrate the tried-and-proven methods she uses to create them and explain essential concepts, such as how lighting affects your choice of color tones and understanding the division between the foreground, midground and background planes.
Discover useful tricks to unify the characters and background smoothly, making the environmental lighting and color affect the character in a realistic way. This prevents your character appearing out of place in the environment, avoiding that ‘cut-and-paste’ feel.
In this final lesson, the last few adjustments will be made to make the entire illustration pop with magic. Erika will teach you about ‘Adjustment Layers’ that sit on top of the layers like a filter. They can be adjusted separately from the artwork, giving you even more flexibility.
Learn how to add effects like blur, texture, contrast, the cool ‘Chromatic Aberration’ and perhaps a new tone that unifies the color palette of your illustration even more!
1 Layered Photoshop File
Set-by-Step Process File
Erika Wiseman (aka Erika the Goober) is a freelance illustrator and character designer who lives in the US. She loves drawing cute, colorful things and experimenting with new drawing techniques.
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