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Intro to
Environment Illustration

Formally named "Environment Diorama"

Tackle environments one step at a time!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 lessons

Launches: July, 2024

Lessons: Recorded lessons for self-study
Price: $195

Instructor: Diana Cearley


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Those who want to...


  • Gain confidence painting environments and backgrounds!

  • Learn how to paint rocks, trees, foliage, water, and more

  • Stop wasting time jumping from tutorial to tutorial

  • Improve faster with weekly professional feedback

Student work by Daniel Reyes


Have fun expanding your art skills, gaining confidence in the subject, and increasing your value to potential clients! Many artists are intimidated by environments and their visual complexity which is why we'll tackle how to paint the elements, such as rocks and trees, individually at first. Beginning with studies from observation of each element you'll apply that knowledge to new fictional versions. At the end of the class you'll combine those skills into a diorama illustration utilizing all the elements you've learned.

This class is a great introduction to painting nature scenes, even if you have limited digital painting or environment painting experience.


This class uses recorded lessons for self-study without feedback. You will be supplied the needed homework files and references for each lesson, and its corresponding video lesson. Lessons will be watchable here on the site (no downloading necessary except the assignment files) at your own pace. Most lessons have a paint-along section where you'll practice the techniques of the lesson along with the instructor so you are prepared for the assignments on your own. Instructor will be demonstrating in Adobe Photoshop, and all class files are in either JPG, PSD, or PDF formats.
Instructor feedback on your homework may be available at a premium rate during the seasonal classes. Spaces will be limited for feedback.

Will become available July, 2024


Skills & Difficulty


Student work created in this class:

"If environments are something you struggle with or aren't sure how to approach, the environment diorama class is perfect. You're given a process on how to tackle a number of natural subjects like trees and rocks and provided with knowledge that'll allow you to take them as far as you want to go. I highly recommend it."


Time: Based on student feedback, each lesson requires an average of 10-15hrs to accomplish the homework to a satisfactory level.


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


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 are joining the premium version of the class with live feedback.


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Will become available July, 2024

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