Digital Painting COMP 9746


Our Digital Painting course helps further your passion for drawing and painting by teaching you how to use the pressure-sensitive technology of a digital drawing tablet. Learn how to apply the pen to screen just as you would a brush to canvas. Explore custom brushes, speed painting and matte painting as you learn how to render eyes, mouths, noses, skin and hair in order to create a lifelike human portrait.


Course Essentials:

You must have a tablet. You can use either a graphic tablet (touchpad and stylus) or a screen tablet (graphic tablet with a built-in monitor) that connects to computers. The recommended graphic tablets are the Wacom Intuos and Wacom Intuos Pro (any size). (Wacom is the industry standard, but other brands are acceptable.) The recommended screen tablets are Wacom Cintiq, Huion Kamvas Pro and XP-Pen Artist. (iPads are not ideal, but iPad users with a Macintosh computer can download Astropad to convert the iPad into a screen tablet that can be used with your Mac to run desktop software.) If you have additional questions about tablets, contact the department co-ordinator at


You will have the most success in this course if you have a basic level of computer literacy and have completed our COMP 9591 Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud course before you start this course.

Additional Information

Disclaimer: This course teaches basic principles and techniques for digital painting in desktop Photoshop, so there is no course content or instruction for using the Procreate app.

Hours and Fees





Course Sections

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course. However, check back often to see if we have developed additional schedules for the fall term (through to December). If you would like to receive an email notification when our winter term (January to April 2022) is released, complete our notification sign-up form.

Contact Information


Visual Arts and Design Department

Some courses require you to purchase a textbook. The cost of the textbook is not included in the course fee unless otherwise indicated. If there is a textbook assigned for this course, it will be listed on the bookstore website.