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    Starting a digital painting

    Hey everyone.
    I was wondering if anyone had advice on starting a digital painting. I'm wondering what steps people take when they create a painting and I am trying to get a sense of how to start one of my own.

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    Well, how do you start your traditional paintings? There's many different ways to do it (like starting with a tight sketch, loose sketch, no sketch at all, grayscale, etc), so I'd suggest trying things out to find the way most suitable for you.

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    I start with thumbnails, a loose sketch, a tight sketch, blocking in the colors with hard, round, opaque brushes, refining with smaller brushes and polishing with soft and transparent brushes...

    Grinnikend door het leven...
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    The same way you start any painting. Preliminary sketches, research, planning, prepare the final sketch, then start applying paint to the canvas and go from big blobs to small detail. The only change from the traditional is that you can apply paint directly to the sketch, without the need to transfer it to the support as an intermediate step.

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    Also, this: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...inting-In-PS-2

    There are also lots and lots of videos of people painting digitally on youtube if you want to see how people build up the image in action.

    My advice is: just do it. You'll make mistakes, and that's cool; just take the time to decide what went wrong and take steps to do better next time. Everyone's process is a little different, but the only way to figure yours out is through practice.

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    Here's a recent walk through of a digital process by dpaint http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...ragon-Portrait

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    I don't know why but it just feels different from starting traditionally. So it usually discourages me when I try. When I do a traditional drawing or painting I lay a base sketch and go from there depending on the medium, but for digital painting it feels....different

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    There is no reason for it to be different. It's just another painting medium, not something radically different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris532 View Post
    I don't know why but it just feels different from starting traditionally. So it usually discourages me when I try. When I do a traditional drawing or painting I lay a base sketch and go from there depending on the medium, but for digital painting it feels....different
    Everything feels weird when you're not used to it. Try several things enough times for them to become familiar, and then evaluate them based on performance.

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    Name:  Sketchbook_1_Lighting1.jpg
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    This is something I did this morning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris532 View Post
    This is something I did this morning
    Good start! Now, place a white sphere on a white surface with one light source, and paint that. Take your time, look carefully...

    Grinnikend door het leven...
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