Finally - A Class Where Details Are Welcome!

You’ve probably heard art teachers and mentors telling their students to avoid committing to details too soon -”general to specific”...and often in critiques you’ve probably been told that you got too caught up in the details or that your details are grabbing too much attention away from your focal point. Well - in this class we are going to focus on the details. Being able to understand the structure of different textures will help you create more convincing focal points in your work. Going through the exercises in this class will help you become a better painter in edge control, light and shadow, form, and color predictions.

 This is an advanced painting observation class that can be executed in either traditional or digital paint. You will be able to download a template to either print and paint on or work digitally in a program like Photoshop or on a tablet like iPad.

In this class you will learn:

  • Basic repeating structures found in most textures

  • How to draw and paint each simple structure

  • How to control and paint various edges

  • How to make basic color predictions

  • How to examine various textures and identify key features

  • How to paint textures and details

Use our template to explore our suggested textures list or choose your own.

Self Directed Class:

If you take the self directed version of this class you will be given the same class materials and assignments from the interactive class, however you will not receive feedback or be able to ask questions. But you can still complete the assignments for your personal improvement and seek feedback in our SVS forums. 

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About the Instructor


Will Terry

Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 26 years. He got his start working for magazines and newspapers in the Washington D.C. area. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, WSJ and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for a number of publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Penguin. When he's not mountain biking, hiking, or snowboarding he works out of the office in Provo Utah. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1

    • Week 1

    • 1 class intro

    • 2 Light and Shadow review

    • 3 Painting edges demo

    • 4 Various texture forms

    • Texture forms

  • 2

    Week 2

    • Week 2

    • 1 Color review

    • 2 Predicting Colors

    • 3 Smooth Reflective Surfaces

    • 4 Dull and Shiny Surfaces

    • 5 Transparent Objects

    • 6 Translucent Objects

    • 7 Different Values and Colors

    • Sphere Templates

    • Reference Images For You To Paint

  • 3

    Week 3

    • Week 3

    • Assignments for Painting Texture

    • Intro to painting textures

    • Swiss Cheese Demo

    • Cantaloupe Demo

    • Fur Demo

    • Tile Roof Demo

    • Water Demo

    • Sub Surface Scattering

    • Templates

    • Reference Photos

    • Will Terry's painted textures

  • 18


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