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Material Rendering  through Props

Paint believable materials and fun fantasy props!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 weeks

Begins: Oct. 10th, 2023

Lessons: Live online with feedback
Price: $695

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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Tuesdays 3pm - 5:30pm

Oct. 10th - Dec. 5th (no class Nov. 7th)

(Classes prior to Oct. 29th are in GMT+1 time zone, later lessons are in GMT)

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 multi-prop 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 lay the foundation for those aiming to be professional illustrators or concept artists. As such, this class will require moderate intensity and time to complete. The information 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 students should already have foundational drawing skills and knowledge of basic shading, as they will not be covered. Some experience with digital painting is recommended. Note, Clint 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: Read the most frequently asked questions about classes here.

"Excellent value, excellent instructions and the extra content is a lot deeper than what you usually get in online classes."-Student Feedback

Students will also receive access to a variety of resources and upcoming events!


DISCORD: You will have access to two private class Discord rooms on the Swatches server ( where you can socialize with your classmates whether through messages and images or video chat.


PORTFOLIOS: Receive free access to two upcoming live presentation on portfolios: Concept Art Portfolio (Dec. 12) and Illustration Portfolio (Dec. 14th). For Concept Art Portfolio you'll join Diana Cearley for a presentation where she'll address a variety of topics on building a concept art portfolio including choosing a direction when you're starting out, personal artwork vs professional artwork, what to do if you aren't finding work, and practical info on types of files to use and how many images to include.

For Illustration Portfolio you'll join Clint Cearley as he addresses common issues on building an illustration portfolio such as what skill level you should be at before looking for work, how to build a starter portfolio that can get you work earlier than most, what kind of images should and shouldn't be included.


CAREER: Students who complete their assignments on time and finish the class (whether joining live or absent), will be invited to attend a bonus Career Discussion (Dec. 10th) with Clint and Diana Cearley. This will be a practical and candid discussion on making a living as an illustrator and concept artist in the today's industry. Topics such as income, finding clients, and pitfalls to avoid, will be covered. Questions will be welcomed.


PDFs: In addition to the recorded lessons, every week you'll also receive a PDF copy of the class presentation for future referencing and saving.


Student work created in this class: