Your Guide


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

Course Outline

Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker.

Karen is recognized for her love of nature and landscape paintings. Throughout this course, she will help you become a competent landscape painter by teaching you the fundamentals of painting, and to help you emulate the style of Bob Ross using digital techniques.

This course is loaded with wonderful brushes that you can use for class or you can purchase the full set of my custom brushes! These brushes are now exclusively found only at DAA .

1. Mystic Mountain
2. Sunset Aglow
3. Campfire
4. Blue Moon
5. Shades of Gray

Karen does provide several custom brush categories, which include essential brushes for class. Reference images will also be provided.

Video and PDF Instruction

As a student, you will receive hours of instructional videos. On top of the class instruction, Karen provides custom feedback to students through video responses and demonstrations. These student support videos are also available to all students to access, which furthers the student’s education.

Here is a list of some of the topics covered in class.

  • What you need to know when working from a photo reference.
  • Why you must love your photo reference at first sight!
  • Paint like Bob Ross, but master his techniques digitally!
  • How you “see” as an artist.
  • How to get your color right the first time.
  • How to use gamut masking.
  • How to see your sources of light.
  • The elements of color and how you can use it.
  • Color relationship and why it matters.
  • Atmospheric effects and how to use it to make your painting stand out from the rest.
  • Edges and depth and how to use it within your artwork.
  • What we can learn from monochromatic schemes.
  • How to divide your landscape into sections and why you should.
  • How to use your brushes effectively.
  • How to glaze for light and atmosphere.
  • How to use gradation within your painting and take it to the next level.
  • Learn everything about local color and the importance of it.
  • What you need to know about spotlighting and how to use it.
  • The “almighty horizon line” and why it is your first start to great landscape paintings!

  • Lesson Plan-Paint Like Bob Ross

    Lesson 1-Engaging Light
    In my first lecture, I'll give an introduction and class overview that will put you squarely on the path to engage your audience through the theatrical use of color and light. I will explain how you can use color and light to thrill you and your audience. You will learn about reflective light, spotlighting and edge lighting which creates that special and magical atmosphere in your paintings.

    Lesson 2-Believability
    Even a high fantasy project has to be believable in order to create an immersive experience for your audience. In this lecture, I will cover principles for understanding color and light on a practical level to give a compelling believability to your work.

    Lesson 3-Color Harmony

    Color is potentially complex and confusing but there are simple principles that can make color manageable for you. Deciding on the time of day and what that would look like in your painting is important to understand. In this lecture, I'll show you some of the ways of organizing the complexities of color into engaging harmonies that will create a sense of mood and environment in your work.

    Lesson 4 - Color and Storytelling
    I will focus on the profound relationship between color and emotion. Gaining an understanding of which color combinations elicit specific emotional responses in your audience will enhance your ability to tell a complex visual story. Do not underestimate the power of color in your paintings. I will explain how to decide on your palette based on using the color tools covered in your first set of videos on Gamut Masking.

  • Skill Level

    Beginner to Intermediate - Please note: Beginner Level assumes that you know how to:

    • Open a New File
    • Select a brush and import a brush category into Painter
    • Understand the basics of working on layers
    • How to add a new layer

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painter™ 2018 or greater is required. Students May work with Painter Essentials 6 or greater as well.

Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class. Some lessons will be focused on the most current version of Painter, however, every effort will be made to supply students with brushes that are compatible with the version of Painter they are using. 

A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting. I highly suggest using the Wacom Art Pen as well. The Art Pen is not mandatory for this class, however, consider purchasing one when you can for complete barrel rotation of your stylus. 

A system capable of running Corel(r) Painter™ 2018 or greater

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of Ram or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8 GB of Ram or better. Please note that specific system specifications are required for the different versions of Painter. Be sure you have what it takes before upgrading to newer versions, this includes both Mac and PC users.T

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 sublicensed, 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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