Recommended Classes To Start With?



  • Hello! I'm new to SVS and really excited to dive in, but the list of available classes is almost a little overwhelming. I was wondering what classes you all would recommend starting with?

    My guess is that How To Draw Everything and Creative Composition would be good places to start, and I'm working on the Dream Portfolio assignment right now. But I'd like to hear your thoughts!



  • Hi @rwarner , welcome! They are planning to do a curriculum soon to help with which classes to take and in what order. Those two classes are the ones I started with! Still figuring it out as I go, but here is the course order recommended by Jake Parker when this question has come up in the past:

    PHASE 1: Fundamentals:
    HOW TO DRAW EVERYTHING
    DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS
    VISUALIZING DRAWING IN PERSPECTIVE
    LIGHT AND SHADOW
    MASTERING PERSPECTIVE
    CREATIVE COMPOSITION

    PHASE 2: Learning Digital
    BEGINNING PHOTOSHOP
    10 STEP DIGITAL PAINTING

    PHASE 3: Color
    WORKING WITH COLOR
    PAINTING COLOR AND LIGHT
    PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP

    PHASE 4: Characters
    DRAWING HEROES AND SIDEKICKS
    DRAWING ANIMALS
    DRAWING VILLAINS AND MONSTERS
    POSING CHARACTERS - CHILDREN'S BOOK EDITION
    STYLIZING HUMAN CHARACTERS
    BREATHING LIFE INTO YOUR CHARACTER DESIGNS

    PHASE 5: Illustration
    CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT DESIGN
    VISUAL STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES
    MIXED MEDIA-WATERCOLOR AND DIGITAL
    LUMINOUS LIGHTING IN MIXED MEDIA
    ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS PART1

    Also watch all the critique sessions you can. You'll learn a TON from those. There's hours of critiques we did for 3rd Thursday webinars you can see here.

    And watch the demos too. There's a lot to learn there as well.

    Hope that helps!


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