Creative Media Education

Short Courses

Digital Comic Illustration Short Course

Date & Time

  • 11 October, 6 weeks,
    Sundays and Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm


  • SAE Digital Comic Illustration Certificate

Course Fee

  • AED 5000


What you need to know about this course

This is an introductory short course to principles of digital illustration in a comic book and animation style. The contents are focused on fine art principles and methods on how to integrate these techniques into a digital workflow. 

What you will learn:

  • Digitally draw and paint characters and environments.
  • Prepare a collection of up to 20 illustrations.
  • Learn professional software techniques for digital illustration.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the digital illustration workflow.
  • Step by step instructions, starting from sketch to finished illustration.
  • Learn to customize user interface for improved working methods.
  • How to work with different brushes and palettes to create textures.
  • Introduce students to basic fine-art concepts.

Here is a short video about the course:


  • Beginner to intermediate


  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Intermediate Photoshop skills.


  • Students will complete 2 assessments and are graded on how well they have grasped all aspects of the techniques and theory taught during the short course. Both assessments have a weight of 50% each.


  • Photoshop interface for the digital painter
  • Fine-art drawing exercises
  • Drawing with a Wacom tablet
  • Setting up layer and introduction to two basic drawing styles, gesture and contour
  • Finding accurate tones and values
  • How to smoothen edges and create textures
  • How to adjust Photoshop controls to further enhance your digital painting.
  • Still-life painting
  • Toning in grayscale
  • Measuring techniques for accurate angles
  • Environment painting
  • Introduction to perspective
  • Working with thumbnails to create believable environments
  • Penciling characters
  • Digital Inking: How to polish your pencils into finished inked linework
  • Speed painting
  • Introduction to quick tonal studies
  • Introduction to color
  • Rendering in light and shadow
  • Creating character model sheets for comics and animation
  • Bringing it all together and final portfolio submissions


Bingu Ratnapala

Bingu Ratnapala is a classically trained artist in illustration, cartoon animation and preproduction techniques. He has worked as a concept artist, illustrator and storyboard artist for clients such as Etihad Airways, Nissan, Interpublic and Mbc studios.