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If you’re looking to develop your artistic side, now is your time! It’s never too late to start learning how to draw or how to create beautiful pieces of digital art.
Here are 10 top-rated online courses so you can begin your learning journey now.
The foundation to digital drawing, first of all, is drawing. These comprehensive course teaches the basics so you can, as the title suggests, go from beginner to advanced. With over 36,047 ratings and an average rating of 4.5 stars to back it up.
Here a promising review from the course’s page:
Filled two huge sketch books and can’t believe how much my artwork has improved. The lectures are clear and very easy to follow. …. Amazing course, thoroughly enjoyed it. – Stevie Jade R.
Another foundation of digital art, and with a 4.5 stars rating, as well. If you don’t have any digital art software, this is also perfect for you, since it doesn’t require any (neither does course 1). Ideal place to start.
Promising review from the course’s page:
This is hands down a must take course for anyone wanting to learn perspective or to refresh their “perspective” on the topic. [The instructor’s] voice, pacing of the content, and overall personality makes the learning process very enjoyable. I’ve been a hobbyist artist for many years and have always struggled with perspective. …. In a matter of a weekend. Literally a weekend. I now have a full grasp of one, two, and three point perspective. With the knowledge and tools provided from the course I can continue honing my skills. I’m more confident than I’ve ever been to purse my artistic endeavors in ways I’ve always wanted. – Focused Bit
The course promises that by the end of the course, you will be able to draw nearly anything. One course that here as a LearningWhere writer, am planning to start soon.
The reality of how much I enjoyed this course, or rather, what I got out of this course didn’t come until the second to the last lecture. I was doodling along while I watched and then I glanced down and realized, wait! Did I sketch this stuff? Without even knowing it I had improved by leaps and bounds. It truly was inspiring to see that through this course I may have overcome that “aspiring artist” hump. Great course. – Luke Harris
This course revolves around the basics of graphic design, if you’re looking to have a better overview of it. And according to user ratings, it gets the job done, and greatly helps. The work is done on the free web application Canva. If you’re not too familiar with the website and prefer a course that doesn’t involve it, look in the next item.
Delving into digital territory now, this would be the perfect Photoshop course for any beginner. Comprehensive and top-rated at best, the course promises that you will surpass the “intermediate level”. Once you become familiar with photoshop, digital art inevitably becomes that much easier.
Another option for Photoshop training; this course is shorter than the previous one. While the previous has over 27 hours of footage, this one counts with 12 hours. A good option if you’re looking for a course that’s less time-consuming.
Equipped with over 4.5 hours of on-demand video, this course is free and well-received with a rating of 4.5 stars. 4.5 hours, 4.5 stars, not bad.
This is a great course. Every tool is explained so well and I truly understand the tools so much better now. I had been looking for this kind of course. All the other courses I took before try to explain the basics and tool uses but suddenly they take you into super complex examples that we just end up more confused than before the course. This is the perfect course and then FREE. It doesn’t get better than this. – Roberto Cortez
As the course descriptions says: “The Character Academy Course is modular by design, easy to grasp, and allows you to learn in a well paced, structured way.” Focused on character drawing, this is a course that can take your drawing skills to the next level.
If you’re someone who’s already in intermediate level at digital drawing, this course is for you! Labeled as “Intermediate”, this course focuses on illustrating faces, specifically. The 4.7 star rating makes it one of the best received courses on this list.
After going through the first tutorial I noticed an immediate improvement in the quality of my skin rendering. The technique also sped up my process overall. Lighting and color is something I struggle with, especially with skin, so this was a massive help! – Angie Gomez
More graphic design-oriented (not so much drawing or painting), perfect for those looking to delve into web design. What makes this course special is that it teaches how to use your design skills to make a living out of it, rather than just teaching design itself.
The course is simply brilliant and the way it is taught is exceptional. Wish I had found it earlier, would have saved me hours of effort. Exactly what I needed to kick-start my freelance web design career. – Kamesh K S