Aaron Blaise: How to Paint Light

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Original price was: $70.00.Current price is: $40.00.

Aaron Blaise shows his approach to on How to Paint Light. In this course artist and animator Aaron Blaise (“Brother Bear”, “Mulan”, “The Lion King”) takes you through his easy to follow approach and explains how he thinks about painting light to create believable images. Aaron has been a professional artist for over 30 Years!

Watch as Aaron creates original images right in front of you and explains his thought process in real time. He takes it from the very beginning and teaches you the basics through more advanced techniques. Then he guides you each step of the way.

Note: While Aaron works in Photoshop for these demos, the same approach/thinking & principles apply in any software or traditional medium.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Simple Shapes in Light & Shadow
  • Creating “Realism” & 3D Effects
  • Understanding shadows
  • Basic & Advanced lighting on Faces
  • How Value, Hue and Color Temperature effect light
  • Painting Techniques & Tips
  • Value & Color Illusions
  • Lighting a scene to create a sense of Atmosphere & Drama
  • Alternate Lighting of a Scene to change the mood!
  • Working with Colored & Bounced Light
  • + Much, Much More!
  • PLUS you’ll also get a bundle of bonus material including:
    • Layered files & jpegs of the final images that Aaron creates in the course.

Aaron has an engaging, entertaining and approachable teaching style that people really love. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist these fun and engaging videos will teach you something new!

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In this new 10+ Hour course world renowned artist, Aaron Blaise teaches you his approach of How to Paint Light.  This course is instructional, entertaining and fun to watch. You will be watching right over his shoulder as he explains his process and thoughts. Watch as he demos for you in REAL TIME.

This course is perfect for artists of all ages, skill levels and professions.

This course may be streamed online or downloaded. We recommend you stream the files. The total download content of this course with Bonus Material is approx. 7+ Gigs of data this is a HUGE course.

About Aaron Blaise:

Aaron has nearly 30 years of professional art experience. He was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1989 and spent 21+ years helping create films such as: "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and more. During his time at Disney, Aaron designed and animated numerous animal and human characters. In 2003 he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-directing the film "Brother Bear" You can follow Aaron and see more of his art on Instagram. You can also see videos of his work on YouTube or follow him on Facebook.


Subtitles & Closed Captions Currently Available for this Course:

  • English CC
  • Español

Copyright Notice – The images, photos, videos, files and content of this course materials are licensed for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not distribute, post or attempt to resell them.


10 reviews for Aaron Blaise: How to Paint Light

  1. Manikandan V (verified owner)

    Best course and must have for creating life like art, thank you so much Aaron.

  2. Hilde (verified owner)

    All the courses are an absolute treasure, but this one on “How to paint light” is a very special gem. If you only follow one tutorial in your life, let it be this one.
    I watched the entire course with my jaw dropped of amazement what wealth of knowledge Aaron has (and uninhibitedly shares) and how much I learned what would otherwise take me a lifetime to know or even never. I feel like I’m looking at the world with my eyes open now. Seeing light and being able to translate it to my (watercolor) art and bring so much depth and added realism (although I prefer a more stylized style) to my work.
    Thank you Aaron for making learning art accessible to everyone!

  3. kalle.tjarnstrom (verified owner)

    I’ve bought many of Aaron’s courses now and I can’t with words describe how much they have given me!

    Aaron is an amazing artist and his work is incredible! But he is also a great teacher. When I discovered creatureartteacher I was fumbling around in the dark. I liked to draw people but didn’t really understand how to get the drawing from a skiss to a painting. After just three months of watching different courses I can now create paintings I wouldn’t even be dreaming about before.

    I have just bought this course and are already amazed “but not surprised “ by the value and how much you can learn from it.

    Thank you Aaron for sharing your knowledge and creating this courses. I’m forever grateful.

  4. Erica Bey (verified owner)

    I really needed help understanding lighting as I was struggling with it and this course really helped me have a break through with lighting. Now with continuous practice I am finding myself improving. This course is also nice to have to go back and rewatch videos after you completed the course for continued understanding of how light works.

  5. kenrick.wu (verified owner)

    This is one of the best introduction to lightning courses I’ve seen in a while, Aaron has a clear unique approach to teaching these difficult subjects to beginners. I highly recommended it for anyone who struggles to understand lighting and colour that has eluded them for years.

    Keep up the great work Aaron and crew.

  6. Maedeh Ashrafizadeh (verified owner)

    Aaron Blaise is a very talented artist and animator. He has innovative ideas, clear explanations, and detailed step-by-step instructions in all his courses.

    I found this course really useful and I would highly recommend it to others who struggle with lights and shadows (it’s complicated!).

  7. bebop_321 (verified owner)

    A game changer for every artist interested in the study of light and color! A very easy, understandable approach that takes you from the very fundamentals of light over simple 3D forms, to the real application of the principles of illuminating/coloring over complex subjects such as faces or a full scene. As always, Aaron’s friendly way of teaching makes everything easy to follow and to digest. This is easily one of the bests courses available on Creatureartteacher!

  8. martine (verified owner)

    This, again, is a great set of tutorials. I love that it is all so very hands-on. The pace is steady. Nothing is skipped or fast forwarded, and by seeing how Aaron is working, listening to how he explains things, and – most importantly – drawing along with him, you not only get the theoretical knowledge, but also a great practical understanding of how to approach challenging lighting situations.

    The basic artwork is provided, and although I felt that I could learn even more by starting each drawing from scratch, you can actually start throwing light on things right away.

    Highly recommended!

  9. Simone Föhl (verified owner)

    A systematic, easily understandable approach to coloring and lighting. The videos lead from the basics of lighting cubes and balls to painting a beautiful, complex landscape. The lessons are clear and in-depth. I was especially happy that they are designed for students to paint along during the demonstrations!

  10. Creation Design (verified owner)

    Thank you Aaron for your lovely lessons!!!

    Fans what are you all waiting for? If you want to learn about light please subscribe or buy it right now to learn everything about light! This is another very long lesson that so much of Aaron heart been poured into about light! If you done the beginner wildlife lessons then this is the next step if your learning. You cannot perfect your painting with out understanding about light!

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