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Skill Level: Intermediate  |  Instructor: Clint Cearley  |  Duration: 8 lessons (avg. 1.75 hours each)  

Registration Period for Feedback Option: June 3 - June 28, 2024   |  Feedback Course Sessions: July 8 - Sep. 2


You'll learn how to paint 10 distinct materials such as leather, brass, glass, rock, and iron and we'll cover the factors that give materials their unique look so you can apply the points to your own work after the course.


Paint-alongs are included throughout the lessons where we will paint together in real-time as I guide you through the processes you'll use in your homework.


The individual studies will culminate into illustrating a customized fantasy multi-prop arrangement!

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

Class Trailer

  • 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


This class is available for self-study (no instructor feedback) and with instructor feedback. Both versions use the same recorded lessons and class files. Instructor will be demonstrating in Adobe Photoshop, and all class files are in Photoshop compatible formats. Upon registering and creating a profile, lesson videos will be watchable on the site under My Courses after logging in.


Instructor feedback on your homework may be available at a premium rate during the seasonal classes. Spaces will be limited for feedback.


Student work created in this class:


Skills & Difficulty


Time: Based on student feedback, this class requires an average of 15hrs to accomplish each lesson's assignments 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.


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 for the feedback version.

What Students Are Saying

"It's incredible how well Clint and Diana convey complex problems logically in an attainable systematic way. The amount of knowledge I gained from the Materials course has become invaluable for my artistic career. I have improved tremendously thanks to the solutions and processes that are taught by the Swatches team!"


Both course options use the same recorded online lessons

COURSE (Self-Study)

Sign-up Period: Always Available

Instructor Feedback: No

Payment: $195

COURSE (with Feedback)

Sign-up Period: June 3 - June 28, 2024

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Number of Students: 15 max

Payment: $695

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