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An Artist Palette

Learn to create unique and beautifully crafted images in Photoshop & Topaz using these painterly techniques, with Award Winning Digital Artist - Julie Powell

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Learn to create unique and beautifully crafted images in Photoshop & Topaz using these painterly techniques, with Award Winning Digital Artist - Julie Powell.

How do they create such painterly images from simple photos?

Invariable the most often question I get asked is, “How did you DO that?” or “HOW did you create that background?”, with my Digital Fine Art pieces, the soft tones, the painterly ‘feel’ the softness yet with all the details.

In this class we look at creating backgrounds, but all HOW I create my images, in detailed screen capture videos. Follow me as I edit each image. There is audio commentary on what technique was applied, when where and how. There are Speed Edits to see in a few minutes an entire piece come to life, as well as Photoshop walk throughs that discuss various approaches and learn new skills, like the Mixer Brush.


Your Instructor


Julie Powell -DA
Julie Powell -DA

Moving beyond the realm of simple photography, Julie Powell creates surreal, whimsical and fantastical works of Digital Art, often capturing emotion and moments in time along with symbolism to explore reality on a slightly different level.

Julie is heavily inspired by colour and texture from the Masters; Degas, Rembrandt and Monet, as well as modern artists, with their use of light, colour and texture to add surrealism and atmosphere, giving the viewer a glimpse into another world.

At times delving deep in the human psyche and covering dark themes of evil, sadness, loss and depression, most images reflect themes of Redemption, Salvation, Motherhood and Femininity. Exploring freedom and release through artistic pursuits in pure fantasy, with dreamlike images. Occasionally exploring the darker side to Human Nature.

Julie uses the camera and computer as her canvas, her brush, exploring both natural and man-made environments as inspiration for her art. Planning and executing conceptual photography shoots, to then build on and expand on the PC. She works with colour and light, as well as texture to create images with such depth that they almost glow with light. Digitally hand painting many of the elements, especially the light that make up these images, she explores various themes of Mother, Mother Nature, Femininity, Release, Salvation, Good versus Evil. Julie gains inspiration from colours, dreams, music, books and stories, sometimes movies, a piece of cloth, a flower, sunlight playing over shadows.


Course Curriculum


  Paper Daisy
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  Bird and Hibiscus
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  Hibiscus & The Bumble Bee
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  Floral Symphony
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  Summer Holidays
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  Beach in Pastels
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  Fine Art Nude
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  Fur Baby Portraits
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  Tawny Frog Mouth
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I don't have a big fancy DSLR camera
That’s OK too, you can use a point and shoot camera or even your Smart Phone, you can more often than not use whatever lens you currently own, pretty much any camera, as long as it is in focus, we can create art from pretty much anything.
I am not really very proficient in Photoshop
I do NOT cover the basics in Photoshop in this class, it is aimed at uses who have a basic understanding of Photoshop, including layers and masks. However, I cover enough to get you started in my Photoshop 101 classes, on my Digital Artistry website…and it is 100% FREE.

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