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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!

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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 skilled landscape painter by teaching you the fundamentals of painting skies and clouds.

This class will concentrate on painting clouds and skies in the manner of John Constable. Constable is recognized for his landscapes, and cloud paintings, which are mostly of the Suffolk countryside, where he was born and lived. He made many open-air sketches, using these as a basis for his large exhibition paintings, which were worked up in the studio. His pictures are extremely popular today, but they were not particularly well received in England during his lifetime. Constable believed that his paintings should come as directly as possible from nature. He made hundreds of outdoor oil sketches, capturing the changing skies and effects of light.

Students will work from direct observation using photo reference or from imagination. The focus will be on creating paintings which indicate a low horizon line in order to emphasize the sky and clouds. Students will explore why the placement of the horizon line is important to composition and learn to recognize several types of compositions from L-Shape to Triangular.


Karen will provide several custom brush categories including her exclusive Cloud brush category, which includes essential brushes for class. Reference images will also be provided.

Live Webinar Sessions:
Students will enjoy two live webinar sessions. If you are unable to attend a live session, you will find the recorded session in your course lessons by the end of the day.  

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

Lesson Plan-Constable Clouds

  • Lesson 1- The Anatomy of clouds
    In the first lesson, I  will introduce you to the anatomy of cloud in lecture format. You will begin to understand the basic shapes of clouds and which brushes will give you the desired effect.

  • Lesson 2- Understanding Values
    In this video, you will discover how value can be broken out into basic planes within your image. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. I will introduce you to using a grayscale chart and how it can help you identify values in your source image or painting.

  • Lesson 3-Developing An Eye for The Landscape
    This video will help you identify and breakdown the landscape into a series of planes.

  • Lesson 4- Cloud Types and Formations

  • Lesson 5- Your Brushes
    Learn how to create storm clouds, thunderheads and most ethereal clouds you have ever painted!

  • Lesson 6-Composition Dos and Don'ts

  • Lesson 7- Exercise
    Paint a Stormy Sky
    Paint a calm sky

    What You Will Take Away From This Class
  • Break down the landscape into manageable broad planes.
  • Understand what differentiates landscape from other subject matter.
  • Identify the focal point in a landscape scene.
  • Determine the lines in a landscape and how they lead the eye.
  • Learn the common Dos and Don'ts of landscape composition design.
  • Be able to see or design a landscape composition that has the best chance of success.
  • Reconstruct a troubled composition to increase success.

  • Skill Level

    Intermediate to Advanced

  • This course is written for Intermediate to Advanced Digital Painters

  • Consider enrolling in Digital Landscape Essentials Part 1 which will provide you a solid foundation to build on.

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painter™ 2018 or greater is required. 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 this stylus boasts 360-degree barrel rotation. 

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.

Terms of Use Digital Art Academy

Thank you for enrolling in the 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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