Today we’ll take a quick look at some training resources available to you right on your computer. Some of these are free, while others are very reasonably priced. This is by no means a complete list. It’s just the ones I know of that seem worth checking out. If you know of others, please feel free to mention them in the comments. And now it’s time for class!
First off, there’s John Derry’s new 90 minute video called “Portraiture: From Photo to Painting.” For a mere $20, you can learn at the feet of master…well, maybe not at his feet exactly. Derry is one of the “founding fathers” of Painter, and he continues to be actively involved in the community, especially as an instructor. This is a download of the webinar from November 2009. So if you missed it, here’s your chance. This is a beginner’s introduction to using Painter to turn photographs into paintings.
The Digital Art Academy offers a variety of online classes. They combine PDF files along with video tutorials, as well as interaction with the instructor. Instructors include Anne Carter-Hargrove, Marilyn Sholin, Scott Deardorff, Karen Bonaker, Jill Garl, Tim Shelbourne, and Susi Lawson. Prices are very reasonable, especially for training of this quality.
Craig’s Tutorials is a single page of tutorials, some in video format, for beginning Painter. Free.
Imagine FX magazine’s website offers 150 tutorials from past issues of the magazine, all free. There’s a ton of content here. Tutorials consist of PDF files to download along with support files.
LVS (Leader in Virtual Studies) is an online classroom similar in concept to the Digital Art Academy, above. A large range of subjects in addition to digital art are taught here. Courses run from $12 to $30.
Xtrain offers video training in everything from web design to basic drawing to digital photography to digital art. There are some free videos here, as well as paid.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out the Resources and Links page for more training resources and lots of other interesting, helpful stuff.
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