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Learn to paint from imagination in less then a year guaranteed!

The learning path of the Digital Painting Academy is more than a course, it's a learning journey to help you paint at a professional level in no time.

In a nutshell, here's what you can look forward to:

No matter where you start, having a clear path to reach the next level is all you need!

  • A clear learning path to learn to paint from imagination
    You’ll learn the 5 building blocks needed to paint from imagination. No more copying preference pictures.

  • Access to our Deep-Dive library of tutorials 
    In addition to our learning Path, you’ll get access to our tutorial library, teaching complementary topics like the anatomy of the human body, creatures, special effects, and more.

  • 300+ bite-sized video lessons packed with actionable tips
    Lessons that are designed to give you the greatest results in the shortest amount of time. Perfect, even if you have only a few minutes per day.

  • Monthly Q&A and feedback with a professional artist
    Each month, you can submit your questions and artwork to a professional artist- you get answers and personal feedback.
I got more out of this than I did in a full-semester class at university and didn't have to take out a loan to do it. The videos are amazing and in-depth, and the structure of the class is perfectly paced to take you through the process of painting without overwhelming you.
Jennifer Deweese
Graphic Designer

Let me ask you…

Digital painting is your passion... but is it also driving you nuts?

When you sit down to paint…
Do you hear yourself say things like…

"Rendering skin tones is IMPOSSIBLE!"
"I can't figure out how coloring works"
"Perspective and proportions are SOOOOooo HARD!
"I don't know which brushes to use"
"Sketching on a tablet is WAY harder than on paper"
... and so on?

If these sound familiar, then I know your pain. I too was frustrated by my slow progress as a beginner artist.

With lots of time, mistakes, and frustration, I finally figured out what it takes to sharpen my skills. My method has worked for over 9000 other digital artists, and now I’d love to help you do the same.

digital art for beginners

My story…

I always loved art but I wasn't naturally talented.

After I left college, I did what most people do: I got a "REAL" job. And, big surprise — it wasn't what I expected it to be. I spent 10 years of my life working as a graphic designer thinking it would let me be creative.

The reality was placing corporate logos next to stock photos, next to blocks of text. That might be someone's idea of a dream job, but it wasn't mine, and my soul was slowly dying.

The truth was that I always loved to draw, even as an adult. I spent a lot of time trying to learn everything about illustration all at once...

But the learning curve was so steep, there was so much conflicting information on the internet, and I felt really discouraged…

If you feel this way, I understand and I want to help!

My story…

I always loved art but I wasn't naturally talented.

After I left college, I did what most people do: I got a "REAL" job. And, big surprise — it wasn't what I expected it to be. I spent 10 years of my life working as a graphic designer thinking it would let me be creative.

The reality was placing corporate logos next to stock photos, next to blocks of text. That might be someone's idea of a dream job, but it wasn't mine, and my soul was slowly dying.

The truth was that I always loved to draw, even as an adult. I spent a lot of time trying to learn everything about illustration all at once...

But the learning curve was so steep, there was so much conflicting information on the internet, and I felt really discouraged…

" If you feel this way, I understand and I want to help! "

Truth is…

Learning Digital painting doesn't have to be hard and frustrating.

I know! It seems as you have SO MUCH TO LEARN! That you'll never get there. You can drive yourself nuts trying to learn it all from YouTube videos.

Or even worse, having your favorite artist telling you all you need is "practice". Practice WHAT?? Practice HOW???

For years I thought learning digital painting was the hardest thing someone could do. I thought you needed to be born with talent to really make it…

I thought I'd never become skilled enough to become a professional artist, let alone make a living from my art.

But I was wrong…

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Truth is…

Learning Digital painting doesn't have to be hard and frustrating.

I know! It seems as you have SO MUCH TO LEARN! That you'll never get there. You can drive yourself nuts trying to learn it all from YouTube videos.

Or even worse, having your favorite artist telling you all you need is "practice". Practice WHAT?? Practice HOW???

For years I thought learning digital painting was the hardest thing someone could do. I thought you needed to be born with talent to really make it…

I thought I'd never become skilled enough to become a professional artist, let alone make a living from my art.

But I was wrong…

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Meet your instructor…

Today I'm a full-time Professional digital artist traveling the world and making a living from my art.

I'm David Belliveau, lead instructor and co-founder of the Digital Painting Academy. I have been teaching thousands of students with my online courses, many starting their own artistic journey.

My personal goal is to help you improve your digital art skills to reach a professional level - so that you can start painting from imagination FASTER!

I want to teach you the same exact step-by-step roadmap that helped me reach a professional level. I call it the "Active Learning" method!

A clear path to reach a professional level…

Learn to paint from imagination faster while following a clear learning path

No matter your level, we guarantee you'll have painted your first illustration 100% from imagination in less than a year. All you have to do is follow the path.

NEWBIE LEVEL - Master your software & basic tools

If you’re a newbie, you probably started exploring digital painting no more than a couple months ago. You feel excited, and you’re ready to start creating, BUT… you probably feel like your lack of knowledge about your software is slowing you down.

After going through the Newbie Level of the Academy, you'll be able to:

BEGINNER LEVEL - Lear a professional workflow

If you’re a beginner, you’re starting to have more fun as you get comfortable with your tablet and software. You probably have a few random paintings done already. But… the results aren’t to your expectations yet!

After going through the Beginner Level of the Academy, you'll be able to:

ADVANCE LEVEL - Paint from observation with ease

If you are an advanced artist, painting subjects like portraits from reference pictures doesn’t feel overwhelming anymore, but you are still having a hard time painting people that look realistic.

After going through the Advanced Level of the Academy, you'll be able to:

SKILLED LEVEL - Paint illustrations beyond observation

If you are a skilled artist, paint anything from observation is a done deal and you start trying to push the boundaries to paint from imagination, BUT you still rely on reference pictures heavily

After going through the Skilled Level of the Academy, you'll be able to:

PRO LEVEL - Paint illustrations 100% from imagination

If you’re a pro artist, you now have an artistic process to be able to paint anything from imagination. Your task from here is to build a portfolio.

After going through the Pro Level of the Academy, you'll be able to:

Having this chart printed in front of me is motivating me to keep going, especially when I see I have gotten the first two badges in just over 60 days and achieving great results even without any prior experience in digital art before joining the DPA! Great way to reflect where one is and where one wants to be!
Alicia Garcia
DPA Student - Level Beginner

Learn to paint from imagination and beyond…

By joining the academy you'll get Immediate access to our 8 sequential learning Paths

We've created the perfect step-by-step learning program for you!

Learn every topic needed to paint from imagination. Everything is broken down into manageable pieces, packed with exercises, and put into the right order for you. All you need to do is start at the beginning, go through the modules, exercises, and homework to see progress. You'll gain momentum like never before.

FOUNDATION PATH - Develop a professional workflow while learning the basics of digital painting

ADVANCED PATH - Master advanced techniques to take your paintings from "not bad" to "WOW"

LIGHT & COLOR PATH - Use lighting, shadow, and color to stir powerful emotion in your audience

ANATOMY PATH - Finally master anatomy so your characters and portraits look stunningly realistic

PORTRAIT & CHARACTER PATH - Bring your portraits and characters to life with all the right details

PERSPECTIVE PATH - The underlying structures you need to build complex scenes and landscapes

ENVIRONMENT PATH - Add a beautiful environment to your scene with lush foliage

FANTASY PATH - Create epic scenes and stunning special effects for your paintings

The Active Learning Method
What Is That Exactly?

Most people practice 'passively', thinking: "If I practice I'll get better naturally". This is a popular misconception.

Progress, real progress, only happens when you have a goal in mind and know how to deconstruct complex topics into manageable smaller chunks of information. This is what "Active Learning" means.

Lucky for you the Digital Painting Academy has already laid down the groundwork for you. We have broken down every complex topic with clear step-by-step processes that follow the 7 key steps at the heart of the Active Learning Method:

  • Work with a goal or a destination
  • Create step-by-step learning paths
  • Practice with ultra-focused exercises
  • Set a timeline and deadlines
  • Track your progress and be accountable
  • Surround yourself with like-minded peers
  • Create a daily art habit

Every Learning Path inside the Academy follows these 7 key steps, so all you have to do is follow the steps and enjoy the ride.

Got questions? Now you can finally get answers!

Get Feedback On Your Work by a professional Artist All Year Around!

Digital Painting Academy (DPA) members connect with other digital artists across the globe in a private online community away from the "trolls" of social media.

Post your work and receive critiques and feedback from your DPA tribe, and give your valued feedback to others too.

PLUS… Academy students enjoy LIVE Q&A sessions every month with a professional artist! You'll get the opportunity to submit your work for critiques and paint-overs by a professional artist and get your burning questions answered live.

So you can learn not only what to improve, but also how to actually do it!

After Before
Thank you for putting together such an accessible and understandable program. I've learned more about digital art in the past week after joining DPA than I was able to do in nearly two years of trying to make sense of random YouTube tutorials on my own. As a fledgling artist, I'm eternally grateful <3
Katika Schneider
DPA Student
I’m really impressed with my progress and I have been attending courses online and tutorials and so far nothing matches what you guys offer. […] Great work David and team. Super thankful for the support in this transformation.
Alicia Garcia
DPA Student - Level Beginner

Sharpen your skills with our…

deep-dive Library

In addition to the Learning Paths, Academy members get access to the deep-dive library of turials.

In each Deep-Dive, you'll focus on mastering one top digital art skill with the entire DPA community! We all go thru the same lessons and practices together, at the same time.

Each topic covers a skill that every viral artist acquires. Skills like anatomy, facial expression, composition, gestures, and more!

Every new Deep-Dive includes a community-wide challenge AND a new set of video lessons and assignments to help you apply the skills you're learning.

With these Deep-Dives, you'll learn new skills and techniques, be motivated to create artwork consistently, and start building your art portfolio.

A community of friednly artist

Growing as an artist is more fun with friends!

As a member of the DPA, you can access to private

  • Share your artistic journey with friends
  • Get peer-to-peer feedback
  • Get accountability all year long to reach your goal
  • Work on fun collaborative projects
  • Participate in friendly competitions and more

Finally, An Affordable
Alternative to Art School

Everything you need to succeed at a fraction of the cost of art schools.

If you’ve ever looked into art school, you probably already know… high-quality education is expensive! Not anymore. In the Digital Painting Academy, you get all of the benefits of a traditional art school (and more!), for just a fraction of the price:

Professionally Produced Video Lessons

YouTube and Gumroad videos will only get you so far. Our classes are all professionally produced, so you don't waste your time with low-quality lessons.

Easy-to-Follow Step-by-step Learning Paths

Feeling overwhelmed by it all? Follow our world's first "Foundations Roadmap", and you'll always know the next step you should be taking.

Support, Guidance, and Accountability

Practicing by yourself is important, but it's only half of the equation. Get live feedback & critiques from an expert, so you know exactly what you need to work on.

Connect With Other like-minded Artists

Build your network, and meet other highly motivated artists just like yourself, all helping each other to succeed!

YES!! You Get Free Bonuses When you Join!

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Join the Academy and Get All These FREE Bonuses!*

YES!! You Get Free Bonuses When you Join!

- You'll get immediate access of all of these bonuses when you enroll. -

Join the Academy and Get All These FREE Bonuses!*

YES!! You Get Free Bonuses When you Join!

- You'll get immediate access of all of these bonuses when you enroll. -

Join the Academy and Get Almost $500 in FREE Bonuses!*

*The 5 sample learning paths ebook and the speed building program are available with the yearly subscription only.

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Get the going pro masterclass as a free gift when you enroll today!

Do you dream of becoming a professional artist one day? With this masterclass, you're going to get real-world experience, and learn what it's like to work for a client!

  • You don’t have to starve to be an artist… learn how to build a career doing what you love!

  • Valuable insider tips & tricks on what works- and what doesn’t.

  • How to promote yourself tactfully, build a rockstar portfolio, and get your work out in front of tens of thousands of people.

  • Lessons & advice on taxes, business licenses, different types of contracts, invoicing, and more.

  • How to work with clients and protect yourself with strong contracts.

  • How to price appropriately, and get clients who are happy to pay you what your work is really worth.

  • Everything you need to kickstart your creative career!

Over 3h of actionable tips and tricks to kick start your career

Everything from how to find and approach clients to how to create a strong portfolio.

These are all essential skills that will prepare you for life as a professional artist.

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I’ve been struggling for some time to seriously start painting digitally. The Digital Painting Academy gave me the tools and approaches to finally jumping the border from traditional or half-digital to a complete digital workflow without putting me in a strict corset that wouldn’t have fitted to my life.
Thorsten Piepenbrink
Designer @ Grafips
I really enjoyed the organized structure of the courses. The foundations and the modules for individual aspects such as hair, skin tones or anatomy made it easy to divide my studying time into smaller chunks. That really helps with the motivation to continue learning and painting!
Julia Klein
Artist
I love the site and can't begin to tell you what a difference it's made for me. I went from 'I have an art degree' being the funniest joke I could tell to actually making work that looks good.
Sami Yuhas
Writer
I feel far more comfortable with digital painting now. I don't struggle with smooth blending and I've learnt lots of easy tips and tricks that make it easy to fix mistakes or to really push the drawing to the next level. Basically, I've learnt how to use technology efficiently to create beautiful paintings.
Salwa
Designer

Who Is This For?

The Digital Painting Academy is especially helpful if any of the following apply to you:

Will This Work For Me?

If you've read this far then I know you're serious, but there could be a few thoughts running through your mind. Things like...

“I don’t have enough time to go through this.”

What’s waiting for you inside is the ultimate shortcut – I’ve condensed 10 years of my personal struggling into power-packed modules. The Academy is self-paced with quick 5 min videos, so you can literally fit lessons in every day no matter your schedule. This could cut YEARS out of the time it takes you to become a professional artist… so, the question really is, do you have time NOT to do it?

But I get it. We’re all busy. It’s a matter of asking yourself, “is it worth the time to develop the skills to earn an income as a concept artist, digital illustrator, or graphic artist?” If you’re serious about your art then the answer is “YES!”

“I think I’m too old to become a professional artist.”

Art is of the mind, not the body. Believe me, you can earn an income as a concept artist, digital illustrator, or graphic artist no matter how “old” (or young) you are. I didn’t even begin painting properly myself until I was 30. And not long ago, I had a number of students turn professional after they retired from their “pay the bills” job. 

The “age thing” is a mental roadblock that’s keeping you from realizing your true artistic abilities that simply haven’t been uncovered yet. And together, I’ll help you discover them as we create your stunning portraits together. Yes, “together” because you’ll have accountability and community support along the way. Fact is, it’s never too late.

“Why should I invest in this, when there’s a ton of free resources available online?”

I call it the “YouTube Vortex” that brings you down a rabbit hole so deep you can’t even find the entrance of how you got there. The same thing happens when scrolling forums, reading articles, and chewing through books. The problem is that nothing is linear. Free content doesn’t provide support, community, accountability, and feedback. Think about all those unfinished paintings you’ve started and then… *look a shiny object*. Yeah, I’m talking about THOSE.

Have Additional Questions?

The Digital Painting Academy is your one-stop solution to becoming a world-class digital painter!

We’re on a mission to give you a better education than a traditional art school or university (which often cost $30,000+/year), for a fraction, of the price!  We’ve had multiple students tell us that they learnt more in our lessons than at their art school, and we’re hoping we can do the same for you.

In a nutshell, the Digital Painting Academy contains a huge library of professionally-produced classes, downloadable exercises, and premium resources to help you become a world-class digital painter. And to guarantee your results, you also get monthly live feedback and critiques on your work from a seasoned expert.

The Digital Painting Academy currently costs $45/month or $400/year. 

Please note that it is a subscription. You get access to everything immediately upon enrolling, and get to keep access for as long as you keep your subscription active.

We don’t lock you into any contracts or do anything shady, and you’re free to cancel your subscription any time you’d like.

If you’re a complete newbie, the very first thing you’ll learn is how to get started with your tablet and software, and how to make your first marks.

More advanced artists can skip ahead a few lessons, and dive right into mastering the fundamentals of painting. Through a series of fun, project-based classes, you’ll learn key skills like

  • Sketching, proportion & measurement
  • Rendering and lighting
  • Advanced techniques for working with color
  • How to build a good workflow, fix your mistakes, and push your style
  • Portrait details like skin tones, hair, textures, anatomy, and more

Once you have mastered the Foundations, you can dive into more advanced lessons, where we cover topics like:

  • How to fix dull & muddy colors
  • Painting clothing, jewellery, and other accessories for your characters
  • Painting landscapes & foliage
  • Designing epic dragons, and painting special effects like glowing embers, flashing spells, and fiery explosions
  • Creating your own powerful brushes, and using them to add details and textures

And much more!

Yes! We make it really, really easy for you to cancel your subscription (it only takes 2 clicks from your Account Settings), because it forces us to work hard to keep your business.

You’re not locked into any subscriptions, and are free to cancel any time you’d like.

Yes, and in fact we many students happily following along in just about any software you can name!

The only thing you definitely need is a tablet of some sort, whether that’s a graphic tablet like a Wacom or Bamboo, or a display tablet like an iPad Pro or Cintiq. You won’t be able to follow along with a mouse. Click here for more info on what kinds of digital art tablets are available.

I’ll be teaching in Adobe Photoshop – and while I highly recommend it, you’ll be able to follow along in any software of your choice, whether that’s Krita, Procreate, Clip Studio, Corel Painter, or others.

The lessons in the Digital Painting Academy will be most useful for beginner and intermediate artists.

That being said, we also have a number of advanced artists who stay in the Academy to go professional, and for the sense of community and monthly feedback on their work!

Absolutely not! I didn’t have either when I started out.

I’ll show you tips & tricks to improve your drawings in Photoshop, and show you how to paint heads & portraits from any angle.

Yep… you’re covered by our 30-day, no-questions-asked guarantee!

In other words, if you aren’t happy for any reason, just let us know and we’ll give you your money back. We obviously don’t think it’ll come to that, but if you’re even the least bit worried if this will work for you, then put your mind at ease.

You either get the results you want or you get your money back. It’s as simple as that!

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  • 8 Learning Paths with over 300+ Step-by-Step Videos covering a HUGE range of topics! (Value $400/Year)
  • 50+ Downloadable Exercises, to sharpen your skills​
  • Monthly Live Q&A workshops so you can get feedback on your work
  • Supportive private community, so you can get support and accountability​
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If you can imagine it, you can illustrate it.

(Yep, really!)

PICTURE THIS:

You sit in front of your computer and start painting effortlessly…

  • The captivating cover art from your favorite books & graphic novels.
     
  • Those vivid, detailed scenes in the games you can’t stop playing.

  • The stunning portraits and whimsical characters you see on your Instagram feed and think: “UGH! I wish I could do that myself…”

Ready for the good news? 👇

If you can imagine it, you can illustrate it.
(Yep, really!)

You just haven't had the "clear path" you need to get there... until now!

Inside The Digital Painting Academy, we'll show you how. 💪

You’re here because

You’re ready to Go Digital!
(For real this time)

  • Whether you’ve got a traditional art background, dabbling in watercolors, sketching, and more

  • Or you’ve already taken the plunge into the world of digital art but you’re still searching for a solid process that works

  • Or even if you’re starting totally from scratch: learning foundational art skills AND digital painting at the same time (kudos to you)! 

We know there’s one thing that every digital artist wants:
👉 to make truly epic art!

“This is what made the difference for me”

“Before joining The DPA, I felt like I was lacking those fundamental skills I needed, like how to best use my tools to make things look realistic and give it that extra “oomph”, like in the games I love. I needed some steps to follow.

Since joining, I know how to manipulate layers in my art, and use the tools to my advantage to really bring out light, colors, shadow and contrast. It makes everything look more dramatic. Plus, I feel I have more discipline and I’m making art on a more regular basis.

Ami Jackson
DPA Student

The only problem?

Your skills…. don’t match your vision (yet)

  • Software struggles + searching for the perfect brushes, shortcuts and commands takes up too much time ⏱️ and stops you from getting in “the zone”.

  • So you watch a few YouTube videos from your favorite artists & teachers, but they don’t explain all the steps they took along the way — leaving you in the dark without a clear plan to improve.

  • And whenever you dare to break free from a reference picture to unleash your own creative genius…

… You end up with dull or muddy colors, shadows that are too light or too dark, and proportions or perspectives that look wonky 🥴 — leaving you wondering where it all went so wrong!

If you spend more time hitting CTRL + Z than you do creating, it’s time for an intervention ✋

Piecing together random info from free videos, books, and confusing courses… but still not improving? It’s because you’re missing the big picture!

Inside The Digital Painting Academy, we’ll help you create your first (or next) masterpiece — start to finish, one simple step at a time.

“The best classes I’ve ever taken. Totally worth the time and money!”

“I’ve had an iPad but I didn’t really know where to begin. I didn’t know much about Photoshop and using the software, creating layers… it’s just different from the relationship you have with a page. It was intimidating.

I wanted to create more complex illustrations, work with light and shadows, textures and create nice compositions. I tried a few courses on Skillshare but there was no sense of community or people I could relate to.

The DPA is way more engaging than a simple class because you’re really pushed to create your own art based on the ideas they share with you.

Now, I’m excited about my craft, my skills and my potential. I have more confidence and a step by step process I can follow to create the things I want to create.”

Daniella Oro
STUDENT

How does the
Digital Painting Academy work?

Bottom line…

Go from “Newbie” to “Pro” in the next 12 months

Stick with us, and you’ll go from “Newbie” to “Pro” in the next 12 months & digitally illustrate ANYTHING you can imagine with confidence.

We help you finish more paintings, turn random “practice” into a clear path to improvement and build your personal portfolio… every single month!

Inside Digital Painting Academy, we help you focus on the next right thing, one step at a time — so you can make progress faster, and create digital art (just like the artists you admire) sooner.

Also…

We show you how to:

  • Make REAL progress you can see, instead of waiting for months or years to create art that makes you proud!

  • Hone your skills & conquer your tools instead of drowning in info-overload or focusing on the wrong thing

  • Enjoy the process of digital painting and do it more often… whether it’s for a daily creative boost or a few sessions per week

You should know, we have some strong opinions…

You DON’T need to bounce between dozens of tutorials or techniques — the kind that make you feel more confused than before you started! 

You DO need to learn the RIGHT techniques in the RIGHT order, with the RIGHT practices to help you nail it! (Yep,  it really can be that simple!)

We're here to help you master
3 key areas of the digital art process 🎯

01

Develop ALL the skills you need to digitally illustrate portraits, characters, objects, and scenes from observation and, eventually, from your own imagination.

02

Break the process down into bite-sized steps, so you can make progress in as little as 10 minutes at a time (and create an enjoyable art habit that sticks).

03

Build a professional-level portfolio of work one piece at a time — that you can sell, use to get clients, or simply keep as a way to track your growth as an artist.

Learn a professional workflow ✏️

We show you how to create a workflow and a way of “thinking” about your art that will help you create more confidently, get stuck less often, and, ultimately, make the digital art you imagine with total freedom.

If you want to create art more consistently, take your skills to new heights, and build a killer portfolio of work that showcases your skills (and might even score you some paying clients), there’s no better place to be than The Digital Painting Academy.

I really enjoyed the organized structure of the courses. The foundations and the modules for individual aspects such as hair, skin tones or anatomy made it easy to divide my studying time into smaller chunks. That really helps with the motivation to continue learning and painting!

Julia Klein
STUDENT

I love the site and can't begin to tell you what a difference it's made for me. I went from 'I have an art degree' being the funniest joke I could tell to actually making work that looks good.

Sami Yuhas
STUDENT

I feel far more comfortable with digital painting now. I don't struggle with smooth blending and I've learnt lots of easy tips and tricks that make it easy to fix mistakes or to really push the drawing to the next level. Basically, I've learnt how to use technology efficiently to create beautiful paintings.

Salwa
STUDENT

Or, keep reading for a tour of exactly what’s inside!

The 3 step journey of the
✨ Digital Painting Academy✨

01 Observation - 02 imagination - 03 portfolio

01

ZERO TO HERO

FIRST: Confidently Create ANY Digital Painting from Observation

Your first 90 days inside The Digital Painting Academy is a step-by-step journey that will take you from total newbie… to learning all the FUN-damentals to illustrate ANYTHING digitally from observation.

Here’s what you’ll learn in just the first 90 days, as you progress from Newbie, to Beginner, to Advanced!

  •  ✏️ The foundations of digital illustration, including observation, sketching, lines, and form
  • 💻 How to effortlessly choose, navigate and organize your digital tools and software for maximum creativity (and all the time-saving shortcuts you never knew you needed!)

  • 🎨 The essential elements of lighting, color, and perspective you need to illustrate and render digital paintings from start to finish (with a simple process you can follow every time). 

short and to the point…

Each of the 300+ videos inside The DPA are usually 5 minutes long or less, broken down into the essential info (and taught in the right order) you need to make progress without getting overwhelmed.

🎯

What you’ll achieve:

In just your first 90 days inside The Digital Painting Academy, you’ll follow our step-by-step method to sketch and render dozens of digital paintings from observation — like objects, icons, animals, and even portraits!

You’ll even make your first digital illustration (hint:🌵) from start to finish within the first 60 minutes of joining!

⭐️ Newbies:

This is the fastest, simplest path 🏃‍♂️ to start making digital illustrations you’re excited to share with the world — even if you’re starting from zero (you’ll be a hero in no time!)

✨ Non-beginners:

Even if you're already at ease with your tablet and pencil, we help you fill in gaps in your process you didn’t know you had 🔍 so you can create high-quality paintings in less time!

“Thank you for putting together such an accessible and understandable program.

I've learned more about digital art within a week of joining DPA than I was able to do in nearly two years of trying to make sense of random YouTube tutorials on my own.”

Katika Schneider
STUDENT

“I got more out of this than I did in a full-semester class at university and didn't have to take out a loan to do it.

The videos are amazing and in-depth, and the structure of the class is perfectly paced to take you through the process of painting without overwhelming you.”

Jennifer Deweese
STUDENT

We even have members that have studied art, illustration or animation at university — and many of them say that The Digital Painting Academy is the first place that broke digital painting down into a process that got them results. 💪

02

UNLEASH YOUR IMAGINATION

SECOND: Advanced Techniques to Bring Your Vision to Life!

Ready to bring your imagination to life? 💫 Whatever’s in your mind’s eye, this is the part of The DPA where you’ll learn exactly how to do it.

As you progress from “Skilled” to “Pro”, you’ll build skills you need to illustrate more complex compositions and scenes… and do it 100% from your own imagination 🧠!

We’ll guide you through:

  • 💡 The finer details of light, shading and color theory required to render more complex digital scenes and forms.

  • 📐 In-depth instruction & practices on perspective, proportion, and how to enhance your entire composition.

  • 🔍 How to deconstruct your own art and critique your work to find mistakes and potential issues.

If you’ve ever wondered… 💭

We break everything down into a clear process to follow, with plenty of exercises to practice each step of the way.

  • How do I add depth and atmosphere to my digital paintings?

  • How can I create dynamic lighting in my digital art?

  • What’s the secret to crafting eye-catching compositions?

🎯

What you’ll achieve:

As you journey from “skilled” to “pro”, you will create an entire illustration of a scene and character, totally from your own imagination — using digital tools and effects to turn your vision into reality! (Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through each step!)

Plus, you’ll complete dozens more illustrations along the way.

“I’m going outside of my comfort zone and making the things I see in my head.”

“I’ve watched YouTube videos and read books, but there wasn’t a pathway to follow. It felt haphazard and I didn’t like what I was producing. So I’d just fizzle off and lose momentum.

When I found Paintable I could tell there was a structure to the way David teaches. I like the short videos and how easy they are to follow. Even after the first 2 videos, I found that I was able to actually achieve the outcomes David was teaching… and it looked really good!

I’m painting digitally every day now and enjoying the process so much more. My wife and kids are commenting on what I’m making and how much better it is.

Peter Valsan
STUDENT

03

BUILD YOUR DIGITAL ART PORTFOLIO

THIRD: Work on real professional project briefs all year long!

We know creating a portfolio can be overwhelming—cue the dreaded "blank canvas syndrome." 😱 But don't worry, we've got your back with a ready-to-go plan!

Enter the "Portfolio Builder Program", including:

  • 🎯 New professional briefs inspired by real-life clients, complete with deliverables, deadlines, specs, and resources

  • 🔦 Spotlight lessons from our Deep Dive Library (more on that below!) to help you break big projects into bite-sized steps

  • 🎨 Exclusive access to DPA community feedback and step-by-step videos of a working artist tackling each brief from start to finish!

Get the blueprint

Ever wondered what it's like to work like a pro? The Portfolio Builder program is your VIP pass! 🎟️

From game cards to character splash art and beyond, it's the perfect recipe to add new illustrations to your portfolio every month and develop a creative process that'll make the pros envious. It's like having a blueprint to create new illustrations.

So, let's get those creative juices flowing! 👊

🎯

What you’ll achieve:

The digital artist’s holy grail: overcome blank-page syndrome for good and a stunning new project to add to your portfolio… every single month!*

Blank-page-syndrome: BE GONE! 🪄💨

(Oh, plus the chance to practice your skills on interesting new projects, build a pro-level workflow, and learn what it takes to nail the brief every time)

“A complete digital workflow”

“I’ve been struggling for some time to seriously start painting digitally.

The Digital Painting Academy gave me the tools and approaches to finally jumping the border from traditional or half-digital to a complete digital workflow… without putting me in a strict corset that wouldn’t have fitted my life.”

Thorsten Piepenbrink
STUDENT

deep-dive

Want the keys to the digital art kingdom? 🔑

It’s called the Paintable Deep Dive Library 📚 and it’s all yours from the moment you join!

The Deep Dive Library is our massive collection of mini-courses on essential digital illustration topics! We're talking anatomy, portraiture, character design, landscapes, and more!

When you’re ready to go deep and really improve your skills in a certain area, this is the place to go. With dozens of in-depth mini-courses, you'll master:

  • 👁️ Realistic facial features like eyes, lips, noses, ears, and neck

  • 🧑‍🎨 Head construction, skin tones, expressions, hairstyles, and movement

  • 🦸‍♂️ Epic character designs, gesture drawing, and clothing illustrations

  • 🏞️ Vivid landscapes, lush trees, leaves, and logs

  • 🐉 Conjuring and painting mythical dragons

  • ✨ Details like jewelry, animal fur, fire, spells, lighting, and special FX

  • 🖌️ Mocking up your work like a pro and creating custom brushes

  • 🌄 Setting the mood with light

  • 🎨 Perfecting local color, color adjustments, and fixing dull or muddy colors

The best part? The library is constantly growing with fresh classes and tutorials. 🌱

Just dive in whenever you like, and watch your digital illustration skills skyrocket! 🚀

Add amazing extras
to help you progress faster 🎁

01

bonus 01 - Value of $150

Get Lifetime access to the One Week Portrait Masterclass!

NEW for 2023, this mini-class will help you make art a regular, sustainable part of your life. Inside, you'll find:

  • Solutions to the biggest barriers to making art… TIME! And how to staying on track, and building a lasting art habit

  • Custom-made schedule builder to maximize your unique time constraints

  • A sneak peek at how David organizes his personal calendar to fit creativity into his busy weeks

It’s the perfect place to kick off your journey inside The DPA.

02

bonus 02 - Value of $150

Creating your personal time management & daily
practice plan! ⏰

NEW for 2023, this mini-class will help you make art a regular, sustainable part of your life. Inside, you'll find:

  • Solutions to the biggest barriers to making art… TIME! And how to staying on track, and building a lasting art habit

  • Custom-made schedule builder to maximize your unique time constraints

  • A sneak peek at how David organizes his personal calendar to fit creativity into his busy weeks

It’s the perfect place to kick off your journey inside The DPA.

After Before

03

bonus 03 - Value of $500

Professional feedback & expert paint-overs 🖌

Join our monthly live Q&A sessions for Academy members to get personalized feedback from a pro artist, or pick up new ideas as you watch fellow DPA members get feedback on their work!

While we can’t give feedback on everyone’s art, we always make sure to pick the submissions that everyone can learn from. These paint-over sessions show you exactly what to do to level up your illustrations.

You'll also get access to:

  • The recording, just in case you can’t be there live

  • Our 5-year archive of time-stamped Q&A sessions at your fingertips

  • A private DPA Discord channel to connect with fellow members and share feedback

04

bonus 04 - Value of $800

Lifetime access to the "Going Pro" masterclass!

Wondering what it takes to make it as an artist? The Going Pro Masterclass is your step-by-step guide to finding clients, selling your work, and navigating projects like a pro.

You'll learn:

  • How to sell yourself as an artist without the sleaze factor

  • Creating a client-magnet portfolio and getting noticed

  • Landing your first paid commission and winning projects

  • Must-know contract details, including sample contracts

  • Charging for your work, negotiation, and dealing with revisions

  • Legalities of freelance work: taxes, licenses, and IP protection

“I see a pathway where I could
do this as a career”

“Art instructors aren’t always great at explaining their process. What is that brush doing, why did you do that stroke, what’s the purpose? I couldn’t follow their steps or express what my imagination was telling me to do. I was frustrated with the results of what I was making.

I now have a methodology to refer back to. Before, I was using tools and effects randomly. Controlling colors was hard. I felt my work looked childish and dull, and I couldn’t organize the layers in my photoshop file.

People are noticing that my art is stronger now. I see a pathway where I could do this full-time as a career.”

Joao Miguel
STUDENT

Ready to Join The
⭐️ Digital Painting Academy? ⭐️

Get the A-Z of digital painting, and a start-to-finish process to take your illustration skills to new heights (in just a few minutes a day)

Whether you're painting for pleasure or pursuing pro-level digital art, The Digital Painting Academy has your back! 🎨

Here's what your membership includes:

Join now and create your next (or first) digital painting within 60 minutes of signing up! 🖌️

Get started today:

Most Flexible

$ 44 99
(Monthly Subscription) Pay as you go
  •  
No commitments - cancel any time in 2 clicks
Risk-free 30 day money back guarantee!​

Best Value

$ 399
(Annual Subscription ) + “Going Pro” Masterclass FREE!
  •  
No commitments - cancel any time in 2 clicks
Risk-free 30 day money back guarantee!​

SAVE $140

The Paintable Promise:

Spot The Difference in 30 Days, or It’s on Us!

We want you to see how fun and achievable creating digital art can be! Just 30 days from now, you could be:

😍 Finishing more art and building your portfolio

🎨 Enjoying a motivating and fun regular art practice

💪 Confident with your tools and software

🚀 Creating a streamlined workflow for faster, freer work

🌟 Making art that gets better each time you try!

With our proven path, this is 100% within your reach—and we back it with a 30 Day money-back guarantee.🎖️ Just follow the path, do the practice exercises, and commit to showing up just a few minutes at a time. If you don't see a significant difference in 30 days, we'll refund your money. Simple!

But, we think you'll want to stick around 😉 You can also cancel your monthly membership anytime with just 2 clicks.

"Every portrait that
I'm doing (…) is better
than the last"

Amanda Gremba - Paintable Student 💬

"The progress that I've made is insane"

Taryn Peterson - Paintable Student 💬

"If you try it, you are going to love it"

Miguel Olalder - Paintable Student 💬

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Hi there, I'm David! 👋
lead instructor and co-founder of The Digital Painting Academy.

For the past 10 years, I’ve been obsessed with everything Digital Painting.

Just like you, whipping up one-of-a-kind creations is my ultimate happy place . I loved being able to take my art and my ideas along on my travels, painting on my tablet while I roamed the globe. 🌎

But, there was a hiccup. I spent heaps of time practicing and imitating others' work, wondering why I wasn’t progressing like I wanted to!

So I went on a quest 🚀 to create the most effective pathway to creating stunning digital illustrations.

Then, I turned everything I’ve learned into what’s waiting for you inside The Digital Painting Academy.

We’ve already helped over 9000 people (and counting) improve their digital art, including:

BEGINNER ARTISTS 🌱

If you’ve never successfully completed a digital painting you’re proud of OR feel overwhelmed by the software and tools, The Digital Painting Academy is where you will find your confidence.

Step by step, we’ll show you how to master the process of digital illustration so you can make art you love and can’t wait to share with the world.

EXPERIENCED ARTISTS 🎨

You’ve been making digital art for a while now, but you’re still not able to create what you envision in your mind, at a standard you’re happy with.

We’ll help you take what you already know, fill in the gaps, and create a workflow that helps you create stronger art and enjoy the process too.

ART LOVERS 🤩

You want to make art a bigger part of your life, but you’ve tried a bunch of things that never really “stick”.

You get bored, or discouraged or frustrated… and you’re starting to wonder if maybe you’re just not disciplined enough to do this thing.

We turn the process of learning into something you can do in just a few minutes a day, and we’ve designed The Academy to help you get quick wins from the moment you join.

ASPIRING PROS 💼

You dream of earning an income from your art — like paid commissions, prints and stickers, or even landing a job as an illustrator full-time.

Everything inside The Digital Painting Academy is designed to help you build a workflow that is worthy of a professional artist — and the confidence to match.

(Plus, if you choose the “annual” membership option, you also get access to our “Going Pro” Masterclass, which covers everything you need to know about finding clients, doing the work and getting paid.)

No matter what, we want to help you whip out your iPad or laptop and simply start creating — knowing that you’ve got what it takes to bring your vision to life!

If you want this too, then The Digital Painting Academy was made for you!

“The DPA showed me a way of thinking… I don’t get stuck anymore.”

“Other courses were really inaccessible. I needed help breaking it down into a process. I was looking for a workflow that worked for me consistently. Colors, shadows… I wanted a way of thinking.

Since joining the DPA, I feel like I’m getting a university education based on how thorough everything is. You walk away knowing the direction you need to go in so you can finish the work.

I’m finishing work more often and I don’t really get stuck anymore. I have a way of approaching my art now that makes me feel so much more confident.”

Georgia B.
STUDENT

Questions you might have about joining us…

The DPA is an online membership that provides step-by-step tutorials, resources, and support to improve your digital painting skills. 🎨 You’ll follow a structured learning path, from newbie to pro, with access to live Q&A sessions, a supportive community, and feedback from professional artists (even if your art isn’t chosen to be critiqued, you will learn so much from watching others get feedback!). Everything is recorded and you can go at your own pace.

Plus, you’ll have access to the portfolio builder, featuring briefs and guidance to help you add a brand new painting to your portfolio every single month that shows off the skills you’re building! 💪

You’ll master digital illustration techniques in the RIGHT order, from observation and sketching to lighting and perspective. Plus, you’ll learn how to effectively use your digital tools, master color theory, shadows, proportions and build your own creative workflow.

Portraits, characters, landscapes, animals, icons and more — we’ll explore it all inside The DPA, in a structured path that means you’ll never get lost. (Plus, there’s the deep dive library with mini courses on topics like anatomy, special FX, and so much more!)

Ultimately, the goal is to help you master your software and tools, and be able to create any digital painting from imagination within the next 12 months… with noticeable progress in your skills in just the next 30 days! 🖌️

The DPA is best for beginner to intermediate level artists who are looking for a path to improve their skills, master their tools and software, and sharpen their workflow. You’ll pick up valuable lessons and techniques to help you grow and refine your digital painting skills.

Nope! DPA welcomes artists of all backgrounds and experience levels. 🎉 We’ll guide you through the basics and help you progress at your own pace, so you’ll never feel left behind.

Absolutely! The DPA’s bite-sized lessons (typically 5 minutes or less) make it easy to learn and practice, even with a busy schedule. 📚 Plus, our flexible learning paths let you progress at your own pace, so you can become a better artist without feeling overwhelmed. 👌

The DPA offers a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to learning that leaves no stone unturned. It’s focused on the big picture and teaches the right skills in the right order. 🥳

You’ll never have to “guess” or piece together different ideas again. The unique structure of The DPA will help you stay motivated and make real progress in your digital art journey.

DPA is designed to keep you engaged and motivated! With our supportive community, interactive live sessions, and step-by-step learning path, you’ll find it easier than ever to stay consistent and see your skills grow. 🌱

While you will need a drawing tablet and digital painting software, DPA doesn’t require any specific tools or software. We’ll help you choose and master the tools that work best for you, so you can focus on your craft! 🙌 

No worries! Our live Q&A sessions, private Discord channel, and supportive community are here to help you overcome challenges and find solutions. 😊 You’ll never be alone in your digital art journey.

📧 Just shoot us an email at [email address]! Our friendly team is always happy to help with any questions!

What if…

This could be the year that you brought your creative dreams to life? 💫

Digital Painting Academy is your fast track to creating the digital art of your dreams, with a clear learning path and monthly practices to build an amazing portfolio. 🌟

If you’re overwhelmed by all the information out there, let’s simplify:

No more aimless “practice” for months or years, hoping your art will magically improve.

Instead, follow the learning path to learn a repeatable process for creating any kind of digital art you can imagine. We make it simple, doable, and downright enjoyable! 😁

Ditch those boring exercises and hours-long art sessions.

Got 10 minutes a day? That’s all you need!  Our 5-10 minute lessons come with practice exercises for immediate application. ⏰

No need for an art degree, loads of experience, or being a “natural talent”.

Digital Painting is for everyone! We help you fill in any knowledge gaps, from newbie to pro. 🎨

If you’re ready to:

🎉 Unleash your creativity with confidence and freedom

📈 Boost your skills in a clear, fun, and manageable way

🛠 Master digital painting tools for limitless creation, anytime, anywhere!

💰 Explore selling your art or earning an income from it

🌟 Add brand-new illustrations to your portfolio every month

Just choose your plan below and let's kickstart this art adventure together 🤝!

Ready? 👀 See you on the other side!

Ready to Join The
⭐️ Digital Painting Academy? ⭐️

Get the A-Z of digital painting, and a start-to-finish process to take your illustration skills to new heights (in just a few minutes a day)

Whether you're painting for pleasure or pursuing pro-level digital art, The Digital Painting Academy has your back! 🎨

Here's what your membership includes:

Join now and create your next (or first) digital painting within 60 minutes of signing up! 🖌️

Get started today:

Most Flexible

$ 44 99
(Monthly Subscription) Pay as you go
  •  
No commitments - cancel any time in 2 clicks
Risk-free 30 day money back guarantee!​

Best Value

$ 399
(Annual Subscription ) + “Going Pro” Masterclass FREE!
  •  
No commitments - cancel any time in 2 clicks
Risk-free 30 day money back guarantee!​

SAVE $140

Want to save $140 per year?

Upgrade to an Annual subscription now to pay $33.33 per month, billed annually ($400/yr).

It's like getting 3 months in the Academy FREE!