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April 22nd, 2013 #1
How do you learn to paint digitally?
Hello People of Conceptart. I am the newbie that loves to ask questions
I am still practicing the anatomy stuff I told you I was going to (currently working on head angles and improving a lot with loomis ball method). But I am aslo trying to learn how to paint with a tablet . I mostly want to learn to paint realistic humans with a tablet on a digital medium. My goal is to one day paint something like this:http://mythicsonofgod.deviantart.com...51341754&qo=93
Practice is the key of course.
However I am aconfused on the"when,how and what to practice part". Because I don't know how to start or the steps to follow (I don't want to try run before learning to crawl as a baby lol, as I always do).For instance I tried to paint skin with my limited knowledge on blending (cartoony character)http://mythicsonofgod.deviantart.com...csonofgod&qo=0, but I think it's obvious for me that I lack some previous knowledge I should have had mastered before attempting this one(don't know wich knowledge however).There is so much information on the net about digital painting I don't even know where to start! or when I should have previous knowledge before trying something new.
I would like to start from the very basics before going for complex stuff. I heard that the best way is learn to shade basic shapes on black and white and then learn color theory and apply it, what do you think?.
I would appreciate a lot if you could guide me a bit on what to practice and the steps (the order I would have to learn stuff) I should follow inorder to learn how to digitally paint.
note the only traditional medium I have acces right now is watercolors :/ (Altough I would take a tablet over them any day).But if you guys think traditional mediums are essential, I would give them a shot again .
Thank you and best regards!
Last edited by FallenLegend; April 22nd, 2013 at 04:10 AM.
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April 22nd, 2013 #3
Forget painting. Learn to draw to a certain level of accuracy first. Let your goal be 500 drawings/sketches of inanimate compositions; everyday objects, still lifes, buildings, cars, etc... anything in front of your eyes that won't move long enough to finish a sketch. Use strictly pencil or pen on paper.
That's "what and how". "When" is whenever you have time.
Btw, the painting you mentioned as your goal is not too good. If you need to have role models, look for them amongst master artists, not mediocre ones. If you feel you have trouble discerning between two, consider attending an introductory class on western art history.
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April 22nd, 2013 #4
You learn to paint digitally by learning to draw in pencil, first. Then painting with real paint. Then you'll be able can do it digitally too.
Beginning right away with digital tools is more frustrating than useful. So learn to construct a simple form first, and start studying lighting in pencil. Still life is considered best for it, since it cannot run away.
BTW, if you think that sample you've linked is a really good painting, you have to develop a better eye for good painting. It's rather pedestrian, and certainly not very painterly. You should strive to learn to paint much better than that, not like that.
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April 22nd, 2013 #5
Thank you for your help.
Last edited by FallenLegend; April 22nd, 2013 at 02:54 PM.