Digital Basics TRACK: Week 3


Create 8 cubes that each have the texture of a real life object. Try to choose as many different textures and colors as you can!

texture ideas

candy, food, glass, bread, meat, minerals, fabric, crystals, metal, wood, translucent objects, fur, plastics, rocks, insects, fantasy textures (fairy dust, Kryptonite, etc.)

reference images

We recommend drawing from objects in real life when you can!

You can also shoot your own photos, find photos online, and also uses these albums on our free reference photo collection: cacti, bread, rocks, glass, wild mushrooms, water falls, guinea pigs

digital techniques
  • Blending
  • Brush opacity
  • Layer opacity
Recommended software

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe Fresco, MediBang Paint, Gimp

Artists for inspiration

Nick Cave, Alberto Giacometti, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Yoshimi Futamura, El Anatsui

Digital Painting: Texture Cubes

Enhance your digital painting skills with this prompt, which asks you to paint a broad range of textures, as three-dimensional cubes in digital media. Creating a convincing sense of texture in your digital art will greatly impact your range and visual vocabulary as an artist. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Elements of Art: Texture in 3D

Texture is one of the Elements of Art that is readily seen in 3D artworks. Materials, surfaces in 3D artworks vary tremendously and contribute towards the character of an artwork. This video provides examples of contemporary art and images from art history where texture plays an integral role. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Art Prof Teaching Artist Cat Huang.

Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

Tag us on Instagram with #artproftrack to show us what you make! We love sharing what you create in our Instagram Stories.