Course: Beginner Digital Drawing: Free GIMP and Budget Tablet

Beginner Digital Drawing: Free GIMP and Budget Tablet

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  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course


Welcome to my beginners course on digital drawing using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). My name is Brian Jackson and I'm a top rated Simpliv instructor. This course provides an introduction to both digital drawing using a tablet and the GIMP program. Hardware and software usage details are woven throughout lectures on fundamental drawing techniques and example drawing workshops. Each section concludes with a workshop in which all the previously discussed features are demonstrated followed by a project you can work on independently and submit for review and comment.

In an attempt to get you drawing fast, this course begins with tablet selection and installation and basic GIMP usage. That's enough to get you drawing. Then we'll add information on using layers, and digital editing.

Unlike other courses, this course assumes no former knowledge, begins at the beginning and teaches you drawing and the software rather than simply having you watch me draw (though you'll get plenty of that as well).

This course is designed for drawing and illustration enthusiasts who would like to learn how to draw digitally using a tablet and the free GIMP software product (that runs on Windows 10, Mac OS and Linux). The ideal student is someone new to digital drawing and possibly even drawing itself. Someone who has an idea trapped inside them that they need to express through a creative medium.

Thanks for your interest in GIMP digital drawing. I hope you're excited to get started. If you are, go ahead and click on the enroll button. 

So, I'll see you in the classroom,


Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in avoiding the cost of Photoshop
  • Anyone interested in getting their feet wet in digital drawing
  • Anyone on a budget needing to produce digitally drawn graphics
  • Anyone wanting to take their basic GIMP knowledge to the next level
Basic knowledge
  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level
  • You should be running Windows, Mac OS or Linux (Windows 10 demonstrated)
  • You will need to purchase a digital tablet (recommendations included)
  • You will need to install the free GIMP software package (instructions provided)
What you will learn
  • Draw digital images for use in designing book covers and web graphics
  • Color black and white drawings quickly and easily
  • Learn the fundamentals of drawing and digital tablet use
  • Share your ideas with the world
Number of Lectures: 36
Total Duration: 02:53:22
  • Course Overview  
Tablet Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Tablet Fundamentals  
  • Selecting the Perfect Tablet  
  • Configuring Your Wacom Tablet Using Windows 10  
  • From Paper/Mouse to a Tablet  
  • Tablet Fundamentals Workshop  
  • Tablet Fundamentals Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Tablet Fundamentals  
GIMP Fundamentals
  • Introduction to GIMP Fundamentals  
  • Installing the GIMP  
  • Starting the GIMP  
  • Screen Layout and Configuration  
  • New, Save, Open, Close, Export and Quit  
  • Simply Drawing Using a Digital Pen  
  • Undo and Undo History  
  • Finger Gestures: Zoom, Pan and Rotate  
  • GIMP Fundamentals Workshop  
  • GIMP Fundamentals Section Project  
  • Conclusion GIMP Fundamentals  
Drawing Using Layers
  • Introduction to Drawing Using Layers  
  • What Are Layers?  
  • Adding, Moving, Copying, Deleting, Renaming and Grouping Layers  
  • Reference Images and Tracing  
  • Background Layers and Gradients  
  • Two Layer Mask Applications  
  • Drawing Using Layers Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Drawing Using Layers  
Digital Drawing and Editing
  • Introduction to Digital Drawing and Editing  
  • Selecting, Deleting, Moving, Copying, Resizing and Rotating  
  • Drawing Straight Lines  
  • Drawing Rectangles, Squares, Ovals and Circles  
  • Creating Picture Frames and Matting Your Work  
  • Digital Drawing and Editing Workshop  
  • Digital Drawing and Editing Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Digital Drawing and Editing  
  • What's Next?  
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