Otago Polytechnic

Digital Painting night class


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One weekly session per term: Tuesdays, 6.00pm-8.00pm

On campus 

18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
You can apply anytime by clicking the light blue APPLY button (directly above the fee shown to the right of your screen). This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.
Digital Painting has become a key element within the film and game industry's developmental pipeline.

In an industry that continues to grow, the ability to draw and paint digitally has become essential. If you have an imagination and a passion for film and games, why not give it go. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of Digital Painting in Photoshop. 

Throughout the course, we will focus on learning the technical skills needed but also cover what is expected of you as a professional artist working in the entertainment industry. We will dive into a checklist of visual design elements that must be considered when creating character art, environmental art, aspirational art, paint overs, matte painting and much more. This course will break down the process and take out the guesswork that comes with making a successful image.

Please note that the learning curb is pretty steep in week one so we do advise people to feel confident about picking up a new computer programme. It is not necessary for you to know Photoshop, but being familiar with computers is important.

2019 term dates 
Term one 18 February - 12 April  
Term two 29 April - 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September
Term four 16 September - 8 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).

You will study
  • How to use Photoshop for digital painting.
  • Key technical skills and tools used by professionals to speed up workflow.
  • How to communicate effectively with clients to minimise revisions.
  • How to use a digital painting tablet.
  • The fundamentals of drawing including, dynamic figure drawing, perspective drawing and the use of light and colour.
  • Portfolio advice and best ways to manage your online presence. 
  • Using textures and photographs for matte painting.
  • Proper file formatting for the use of games development.
  • Essential practices and resources you can use to continue to improve as a digital artist.
  • Fundamental design skills to help create effective designs and images

Tom Garden is a Freelance Artist working primarily within the games industry as a concept artist and 3D texturing and Modelling artist. He has over eight years’ experience working on a range of projects, from designing and visualizing characters, props and environments for an RPG game, creating assets and animations for multiple game companies, 3D modelling, texturing and rigging characters, working as an illustrator for an online comic series for the Australian Govt., designing and developing a side scrolling adventure game, writing and illustrating a comic series and working as a tattoo artist in Australia. More of his work can be found at tomgardenart.com


All classes are held in the Electronic Arts Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.

Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St). Electronic Arts is to the left on the ground floor at the far end of the corridor.


For enquiries, please email artnightclass@op.ac.nz 


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