Material Rendering    through Props

Paint believable materials and fun fantasy props!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 weeks

Begins: January 12th, 2023

Lessons: Live online with feedback
Price: $650

Instructor: Clint Cearley


Those who want to...


  • Learn how to paint materials that feel authentic and believable

  • Understand what gives materials their unique looks

  • Improve the overall impression of their art with better rendering

  • Begin building the skills and pieces for prop illustration work



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Thursdays 3pm - 5:30pm (GMT)

January 12th - March 9th (no class February 9th)

Each week we'll learn how to paint a common material such as leather, brass, glass, rock, and iron. We'll breakdown the factors that make those materials have their unique look so you have a thorough understanding of the subject. Throughout the lessons there are paint-alongs where we will jump into our painting programs together and I'll guide you step-by-step through the processes you'll use in your homework. The individual studies will culminate into illustrating a more complex fantasy prop or arrangement to add to your portfolio.

"Clint's class was incredibly detailed and thorough, I never felt lost and by the end of the class was confidently rendering multiple textures."

-Student feedback on this class


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Catch the weekly teaching in the live Zoom session or watch the recorded lesson later. Review of homework will be provided during the 2.5hr lesson time. Lessons will come with assignments and opportunity to ask questions.



Practice what you learned from the lesson with the provided assignments then upload no later than 12 hours before the next class. Allocate 15 hours per week to complete the homework to reach a satisfactory level.



The instructor will review your previous homework and give suggestions for improvements during the following week's lesson. Feedback may include a drawover, paintover, or discussion (situation dependent).




Founder and Senior Instructor

Clint is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked on Magic: The Gathering, D&D, Smite, Artifact, and for companies such as ImagineFX, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. He served as a Senior Art Supervisor with Blizzard. Trained in traditional and digital media, Clint has twenty years of experience teaching art and is the creator of the Swatches Youtube art channel.


This class is designed to build necessary skills for those aiming to be professional illustrators or concept artists. As such, this class will require moderate intensity and focus from the student to complete. The teaching and skills being taught will only be gained with hours of intentional practice on the homework assignments and following the processes that will be exampled. Serious art students should find the class and homework enjoyable, educational, and challenging. Hobbyists are welcome but they will likely find the homework assignments more intensive and regimented than they are used to.


This class is intermediate difficulty, meaning that students should already have foundational drawing skills and knowledge of basic shading, as they will not be covered. Students should have some experience with digital painting and be familiar with their program of choice. Note, Clint and Diana will be using Photoshop for all classes but you may use the art program of your choice. For a guide of the tiers, go here: Tier Examples

If you are unsure if you have the skill necessary for this class, please contact Clint at and include a link to your online gallery, and we will let you know.


FAQ: Go here to read the most frequently asked questions about classes.


Student work created in this class:


Time: Based on student feedback, this class requires an average of 15hrs per week to accomplish the homework to a satisfactory level.


Subjects: The homework props are subject to change from term to term in order to keep things fresh and interesting. You may not practice the exact same items you see in the student gallery.


Discord: Every student will have access to their classes' private Discord room where they can chat with classmates, share images, and see relevant class updates from your instructor


Setup: Students will need HD video streaming speed internet, Adobe Photoshop (or similar digital painting program), and a drawing pad and stylus (like Wacom or Gaomon). A microphone and webcam are also recommended if students plan on joining the Zoom lessons live.

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"I've been doing digital painting seriously for 5 years now but I've had trouble leveling up from creating mediocre illustrations. I accumulated a lot of knowledge through paid courses here and there but didn't know how to use what I learned practically. I came into the course expecting to get better at rending materials but I ended up learning the important of having a clear and repeatable system, how to observe references without relying on them too heavily, and what it takes to create images on a professional level. I created work I was proud of and learned tips and techniques I can take into work outside of class."

-Student feedback for Material Rendering through Props


Homework reviews commonly (but not always) come with a paintover in addition to the verbal feedback. In order to improve your chances of getting a paintover, send in your homework on time or early.