Put off by all the triple-figure fees? This school is free!
M att Kohr takes a slightly different approach to the other online schools listed here, as his website, Ctrl+Paint, is predominantly free. This makes it accessible for artists of all levels and the fact that most of the material is available through YouTube just adds to that philosophy. It’s a fantastic place to start developing artistic skills.
Ctrl+Paint focuses on digital painting, and its lessons are placed in order so that students are taken from the basics of traditional art techniques – learning how to study, create compositions, learn anatomy and perspective – through to digital painting techniques, using colour, rendering and more. It’s an incredibly thorough resource with well-explained lessons condensed to engage with the varied audience it no doubt attracts. New videos are released every Thursday and there’s free access to Matt’s Photoshop brushes and tools.
Premium lessons offer an in-depth look at key subjects over several episodes, with prices running from $10 to $55 (£7 to £39). The Concept Art Starter Kit, as an example, contains videos on design basics, creating boss and house designs as well as icons and general world design, and would be ideal for artists interested in working for an indie game studio.
This school consists of several bite-sized video tutorials. Matt Kohr (this image and below) has created a great, largely free resource.