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Digital Painting Techniques in Adobe Photoshop

Lee Kohse


Paint like the masters!

If you are interested in digital painting, this DVD is a rare treat! Join one of the entertainment Industry’s leading experts. Bloodfire studio’s Creative Director, Lee Kohse takes his vast experience painting for clients like Lucasfilm and DC comics and shows you exactly how it is done. Starting from a pencil sketch, Lee will digitally paint two complete projects. Watch as lee paints a fantasy piece featuring a dragon and fairy. Then prepare to be inspired as Lee paints a futuristic robot. Watch and learn as Lee unveils the workflow and techniques necessary for creating stunning work in Photoshop. As a bonus, you will learn how to use the Wacom pressure sensitive tablets. You will love his down to earth and witty style of teaching.

This is your chance to sit down with one of the industry’s leading experts and discover the secrets and digital workflow for the pros.

Lessons Include:

Watch as Lee sketches a comic book character and then paints 2 amazing pieces of art.

Learn the techniques to get you started on a lifetime journey of digital painting

Understand how to paint in Photoshop

Creating custom brushes

Repurposing brushes

Discover the workflow of the pros

Ideal for someone coming from a traditional background

Learn the techniques that were used by renaissance masters

Master the brush dynamics in Photoshop

Learn how to block out color

Work with shadowing and highlight techniques

Adding detail

Blend and composite your final piece

Watch two complete projects, start to finish (Portions are sped up so you will see every brush stroke without being bored).

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Product Description

Welcome from LEE

Overview of the scope of the DVD.

hair brush

Getting started creating custom brushes to paint with. A quick look at creating hair.

moon brush

Creating the main brush that you will use for the majority of the brush work.

Splatter brush

Creating a brush for special effects; learn to repurpose brushes.


An excercise to improve your brush skills. Sketching a cartoon character from Kindergoth. A look at using the Wacom Cintiq.

base color

Getting started on our fantasy piece. Using an alpha channel as vellum. Laying down the basic color palette.


Creating the background for the piece..


Blocking out the dragon.

fix eyes

Making adjustments to your reference as you progress through the painting.

roughing out dragon details

Beginning to rough out the details in the dragon.


Painting the fairy working with characters.

detailing dragon

Painting the details for the dragon. Working with shadow and highlight.

finishing dragon

Adding the finishing touches to the dragon. Making it look realistic.

ground details

Adding the detail to rocks, ground and cracks etc... texturing.

refining painting

Adding the finishing touches to the details of the painting.


Some tricks to bring everything together into a tidy composition.

robot 1

Beginning to paint the Sci-Fi Robot. Creating a paint palette.

robot 2

Continuing with the robot and adding details and working with the fire

robot 3

Finishing up the robot. Making it pop.
Lee Kohse

Lee Kohse

Lee Kohse is an artist from California. One day in 1994, he found a computer with Photoshop on it. He has been using it almost daily ever since. He has earned over 30 awards for Art Direction and design. His client list includes Nike, Verizon, Microsoft, Lucasfilm, Topps, Inkworks, DC Comics, IDW Comics, 20th Century Fox and he has produced art for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Aliens Vs Predator, Angel, and more. Currently he is the Creative Director of BloodFire Studios (, an indie comic publisher where he works with some of the best artists in the film and comic industries creating comics and original content for corporate clients as well as his own comic, Kindergot

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