Ctrl+Paint

Put off by all the triple-fig­ure fees? This school is free!

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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.

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