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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

Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker.

Course Outline -Part 1-Enchanted Waterfall-This class starts January 15th

Lesson 1
In lesson one, I will demonstrate how to set up your canvas and create the initial background which will serve as your starting point.

Lesson 2
Lesson two will show you how to blend and soften the background and how to set your brush up to complete this step.

Lesson 3
Lesson three will show you how to create the shapes of trees and begin to fill in the important elements of the painting.

Lesson 4
Lesson four will demonstrate how to create soft and hard edges, dark and light values to accentuate depth.

Lesson 5
In lesson five I will show you how to begin the process of adding limbs, branches, and tree trunks by selecting the right brush and paper texture.

Lesson 6
In Lesson six I will show you how to develop the waterfall and add highlights and blending.

Lesson 7
Lesson seven will demonstrate how to establish the principle rocks and cliffs

Lesson 8Lesson eight will demonstrate how to create foliage

Lesson 9Lesson nine will demonstrate how to add additional detail to your evergreen trees by using specific brushes.

Lesson 10This is the point of the painting where you can start to follow your artistic muse. More details, highlights, and finishing touches.

Lesson 11Video eleven will show you how to add lighting to your painting to accentuate the mood. 

Part 2- Magic Markers-Painting With Markers-This class starts March 14th

Lesson 1Introduction to Marker Brushes
Lesson 2Your Custom Marker Brushes, Let's Get To Know Them!
Lesson 3Graphic Illustration With Markers
Lesson 4Traditional Landscape With Markers
Lesson 5Using and Creating Selections With Marker Brushes
Lesson 6Final Painting Project

Part 3- Why Storytelling Is Important-Learning To Create Story In Your Paintings-This course starts May 16th

Nothing is more important than learning to tell a story. In this class, you will go on an adventure of your own and discover how to create compelling paintings that describe a story. Students will pick diverse subjects and create paintings or storyboards encompassing the subject. Karen will assist you as you develop your story based on the subject matter, mood and skill set. 

  • 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

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. My courses include a live webinar session which is recorded for you. 

 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 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 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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