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    How to digitally paint figures?

    Anyone know a good step-by-step retard friendly digital painting tutorial for figures? Preferably one that doesn't involve starting with a drawing? I can already draw figures but I can't PAINT them to save my life. I have to "stay within the lines" on separate layer, I can't even paint on TOP of them. It always looks like they melted into fluffy putty. Doesn't matter if I block it in or anything. I can paint anything else in the world just not figures of any kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auwnja Taunghe View Post
    Preferably one that doesn't involve starting with a drawing?
    Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Auwnja Taunghe View Post
    I can paint anything else in the world just not figures of any kind.
    Somehow I doubt that.





    Anyway, to answer your question...

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    Always remember to start with BIG strokes. They define the overall form.

    Then you'll need much fewer tiny strokes to add the requisite detail


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    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/ when this site comes back up, look into his videos (EDIT: http://vimeo.com/ctrlpaint his videos are there).

    Youtube is a good place to research also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auwnja Taunghe View Post
    Anyone know a good step-by-step retard friendly digital painting tutorial for figures? Preferably one that doesn't involve starting with a drawing?
    ... What?.. o_O

    I can already draw figures but I can't PAINT them to save my life. I have to "stay within the lines" on separate layer, I can't even paint on TOP of them. It always looks like they melted into fluffy putty. Doesn't matter if I block it in or anything. I can paint anything else in the world just not figures of any kind.
    Judging by your sketchbook, you are overestimating your figure drawing ability. Which is also why your painting melts into fluffy putty: the makings of the putty are already in the drawing.

    So:

    1. There can be no good painting unless you base it on a good drawing.

    2. When an artist begins a painting, he starts with preliminary studies. Most of these are sketches and drawings. Often there will be many, many preliminary drawings for one painting because mistakes are cheap when you sketch but very expensive when you paint.

    3. Get Loomis's "Successful Drawing" and / or "Figure Drawing", and practice drawing. Hard. With pencil. Not with computer.

    4. Learn the fundamentals of drawing well. Structure, perspective, lighting, anatomy. These are the prerequisites for painting as well.

    5. FYI, painting digitally uses the same principles as painting with real paint. You can practice with anything. Try oils or gouache.

    6. When looking specifically for "digital painting tutorial" you'll mostly find ones that deal with technique and quirks of the medium, and what you need are the fundamentals of painting.

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