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Karen Bonaker

Welcome! I look forward to watching you grow as a digital artist, and I want you to know that as an instructor, I am committed to your artistic growth. You will find I am only an email away, and I strive to respond to all emails within twenty-four hours, I am available for any questions or problems you might encounter in class. You will never be stuck or unable to progress, and I think you will enjoy yourself. See you in class!

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course


In this class Karen Bonaker, Elite Corel Painter Master, Corel Certified Painter Educator,  will share her workflow, specific brush steps, and the thought process for creating digital landscapes in the plein air approach. Karen will show you how to select the appropriate color and values. She'll also talk about choosing the right brushes and textures to complete this intermediate approach using either Corel Painter 2018 or Painter Essentials.

These concepts are transferable in various software, including any painting software (even older versions of Painter!) Karen will also include some of her custom Landscape brushes and provides a link where you can purchase the "Mystic Mountain" brush category which Karen frequently uses in her landscape paintings. Students will be encouraged to use the default brushes within the Painter software version of their choice. The brushes Karen will use are suggested only, and not required to complete this course.

Learn how to simplify form, create strong value contrast, and use expressive brushwork to communicate your rendering efficiently.

NOTE: this class will be a pre-requisite for the upcoming Part 2 in Digital Landscape Essentials. Students may enroll at any time, all video is avaialbe to you upon registration and you may begin your class. Live session videos are posted at completion of the session and are downloadable or you may stream them as well. 

Skill Level

 Intermediate-Students should have some experience with Painter this class is not appropriate for the complete Beginner user.

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painterâ„¢ 2016 or greater is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.

A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting

A system capable of running Corel(r) Painterâ„¢ 2016 or greater

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of Ram or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8 GB of Ram or better


Before Class-What You Will Learn

Learn how to simplify form, create strong value contrast, and expressive brushwork to communicate your landscape rendering effectively.

Lesson Subjects

  • Factors That Affect Overall Tone or Value-Your PDF library will explain these concepts and you will use it as a guide
  • An Introduction to Digital Landscape Painting
  • Digital Landscape Painting Fundamentals and Getting Started
  • How to form an idea.
  • Using Grass brushes
  • Painting Sky and Clouds
  • Details and Final Considerations 
  • Setting Up The Canvas-The canvas is the gateway to your landscape painting. The first mark or color that you convey will dictate much of what comes after it from color to mood.

Lesson Goals

Complete Your Landscape Paintings

  1. Students will complete at least two paintings as a requisite before moving on to Part 2 in this series of Digital Landscape Essentials, coming soon.
  2. Students will work from a sketch of a simple landscape
  3. Students will work from a photo reference of their choice, or from one provided in your class resources however your first lesson will work on developing your imagination and painting from scratch.

Class Overview -What Will I Receive For Joining This Course?

  • Me! I am here for you during the entire course! Should you have any questions I am more than happy to help you on your digital journey.
  • Image Resource files. High-quality reference images for your use in class.
  • Custom Brushes
  • Hours of high-quality video which you may download or stream at any time.
  • Live Webinar Paint Along Sessions

Who Is This Course For?

  • People who love to paint with Corel Painter! 
  • Digital Artists 
  • Art enthusiasts

Terms of Use Digital Art Academy

Thank you for enrolling in Digital Art Academy (DAA)! 

By purchasing this course, you are agreeing to these terms for personal or professional use: 

 - This license extends only to the original purchaser and cannot be sub-licensed, resold, transferred or redistributed in any manner. 

 - Any course you have purchased from DAA cannot be resold, shared, loaned or redistributed on its own or used in a product offered for sale where the item can be extracted. Any course you have purchased from DAA cannot be used to create derivative action, presets, brushes, digital textures, images you offer for sale.  

 - You may not redistribute or post any DAA course to the internet for any reason.  

 - You are, however, welcome to use resources in this course in the creation of your art that you offer for sale, your client work - personal and professional.  

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