Digital Drawing

How to Use Photo Studies to Develop your Art Skills: A Digital Realism Painting Course

By Robyn Leora Lowe

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29 lessons
Running time
18h 17m
By Creator
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1. Go at your own pace in this 20-week online course
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3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
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How to Use Photo Studies to Develop Your Art Skills

a Digital Realism Painting Course with
Artist, Robyn Leora Lowe


Have you always wanted to take your realism/semi-realism paintings to the next level? Do you see artists create super realistic portraits and wonder how they do it?
Photo studies are one of the best tools out there to do that and they are used by professionals all the time. They allow you to focus on finding your exact style, learn new painting methods, and develop an understanding of different materials, colors, anatomy, and more.
In this portrait-focused course, you will learn exactly how to properly use photo studies to drastically improve your painting skills at a rapid pace!


This exciting course is for anyone interested in speeding up the process of developing their own high-quality realistic art style from beginner to intermediate.
You should have the drive to dramatically improve your skills in every area of realism through studying photos and applying those skills to gorgeous works of art.


After completing this course, you will have a vastly better understanding of the elements of realism and be able to use your new skills and enhanced craftsmanship for all your future art.
You will learn how to use photo studies as a tool for greatly improving your artistic abilities. You will also learn how to make a digital painting look like a stylized photo, use digital art tricks that I use in all my work, render all types of materials such as skin, metals, fabric, etc., add your own unique artistic touch to portraits, and so much more!
High-quality photo studies will be produced by you as a result of this course.

Step 1: How to paint in the style of realism

Step 2: Advanced portrait techniques

Step 3: How to create gorgeous, realistic photo studies

Step 4: Efficient digital painting techniques


  1. Meet Your Instructor
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Introduction to Materials 

Chapter 1: Introduction to digital painting

  1. The setup 
  2. Digital painting basics
  3. Sphere study demonstration

Chapter 2: Elements of a good photo study

  1. Picking a solid reference
  2. Getting the right proportions
  3. Choosing colors
  4. How to stylize your photo study
  5. The art of observation 

Chapter 3: My process for every photo study

  1. Stylizing
  2. Linework
  3. Laying down colors
  4. Rendering
  5. Final touches

Chapter 4: Realism painting techniques

  1. Edge control
  2. Understanding texture 
  3. Qualities of different materials and surfaces

Chapter 5: Challenging Portrait Study

  1. The base
  2. Hair tips
  3. Skin tips 
  4. Final touches of a portrait

Chapter 6: Using reference in original art

  1. How to properly use reference in original art 
  2. Combining several images as a reference
  3. Taking your own reference 

Bonus Chapter: Social Media

  1. How to use photo studies to grow social media
  2. Methods and benefits of growing an audience 


1. Congratulations on completing the course, what's next?

Meet Your Creator

Robyn Leora Lowe

My name is Robyn and I am a full-time freelance artist in the gaming industry from the United States.
I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design at the top of my class with a degree in Illustration.
As an artist in the gaming industry, I have had the opportunity to work with major companies like Ubisoft, Aristocrat, and more using many of the skills taught in this course.
Even though I am drawing all day for work, I draw even more in my free time because I am absolutely addicted to improving my skills every day.
I have always loved realism and stylized realism ever since I started taking art seriously 9 years ago.
I love going overboard with details and playing around with colors and lighting. I get many questions about how I do what I do, so I am very excited to finally be able to share my knowledge here!
  • This class uses Adobe Photoshop CC/CS
  • Adobe Photoshop is a subscription-based paid software
  • To take this class, you need to have access to Adobe Photoshop
  • The class will fully cover how to use and apply the program
  • People who want to learn in more details on how to use photoshop
  • People who want to expand their knowledge in photo studies and digital realism
  • People who want to develop their skills in digital realism painting
  • People who want to be able to illustrate and paint their favorite photos

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Installment Payment

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Class Preparation

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