Frank Calicó is a character designer, illustrator, and comic artist. His character designs and comics have received international awards and nominations from Norma Comics, Wacom, Webtoon, and SMAC, amongst others.
Would you love to be a digital artist and create fun cartoons and comics, but just feel like you don’t have time to draw? Do you struggle to develop your digital drawing skills, feeling like it’s an insurmountable goal? Well, take heart!
In this beginner-level course, Frank Calicó teaches you the art hacks to quickly level up your skills and master digital drawing techniques fast, saving you a ton of time and needless effort.
This course was carefully created based on hundreds of questions received on social media from people just like you—those eager to improve their digital drawing game!
He will teach you the essential tools and skills needed to start right away with Clip Studio Paint (or other similar software) and skip all the stuff that you DON’T need to know. Not only that, but you’ll also discover cool shortcuts and nifty tricks to speed up your workflow, making the process that much more enjoyable!
Frank demonstrates each concept very clearly in an easy-to-follow manner. You will feel like you’re learning from your bestie. With his engaging tutoring style, you’ll be drawn into the world of digital art and motivated to apply your new skills right away!
Get to know your teacher, Frank Calicó, who will guide you through the process of learning to draw in Clip Studio Paint.
In this introduction, he will give you an overview of the subjects covered so you know what to expect in this course.
In this lesson, Frank addresses the big question: Do I need a graphic tablet to start drawing? If so, which one?
He presents the pros and cons of different drawing software and hardware, giving his own personal recommendations.
Additionally, you will learn the HUGE importance of shortcuts and how to use them when starting out.
1 Shortcuts Guide
Using references is the first step in learning to draw—and an essential one!
Frank will introduce some apps and sites that can be used to gather references as well as tips for saving them.
You will learn a secret of experienced artists: the correct way to trace references as a useful learning exercise.
This lesson is loaded with tips, instructions and demonstrations on the first step of your illustration: the sketching phase!
You’ll learn how to set up your canvas properly; work with brushes; start off your sketch; modify it; use the line of action, volume and perspective; master modifier keys; touch up your sketch and more great stuff!
Inking is an important step in creating a clean, professional-looking illustration.
Watch Frank ink a character in real time, explaining exactly what he’s doing as he goes (and why!) and which tools are best suited for inking.
He teaches how to use different layers, to make the inking process easier and faster, and tools like ‘Auto-Select’, ‘Stabilization’ and ‘Adjust Line Width’ to draw clean line art and adjust it easily.
1 PSD Layered File
We are at the fun part at last: coloring your artwork!
First off: You’ll master the bucket tool and learn its most useful parameters.
Next, you’ll discover some cool tricks and techniques, for making quick color adjustments without having to repaint, and blending modes for shading your artwork.
1 PSD Layered File
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Frank Calico describes himself as an illustrator, comic artist, and pirate! You’ll see that these qualifiers fit him pretty well! Whether it’s fan art or personal creations, his heroes are dynamic, stylized, and very buccaneer indeed.
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