So Kian on the forums has been mentoring me in digital painting for just under a week now, the actual ‘mentoring’ stage is done over msn messenger, as the real-time format is just a lot more practical. However I think that a lot of people who are in the same boat as me, i.e. people who know diddely squat about painting digitally, would benefit from what I am being taught, so I thought I would upload the assignments along with any critiques, or lessons I have learnt.
I am well aware that a lot of what I am going to cover is pretty ‘well duh’ stuff, its simply aimed for people as stupid as me.
First I am going to post my setup, as I know I was very curious at one stage as to what I would actually need to paint digitally. Its all recently bought and I shall probably be paying it off for the rest of my days.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1720, with a CORE 2 DUO T5450 1.66GHz processor, 17.0” widescreen, 250 GB hard drive, 2048MB cache and dedicated graphics.
I don’t really know what half of that means and I am aware that’s its probably all a bit overkill for what I am currently using it for. However the important things I was advised to get for a good digital painting set up by numerous people was a big cache, dedicated graphics as opposed to shared, a duo core as opposed to a single and as big a screen as I could afford.
I have an intuos wacom A4 sized and the thing is huge, again probably overkill for what I am currently using it for but I’m glad I have it. Having said that if anyone is in a position where they really cant afford one bigger than A5, I really wouldn’t sweat it. Having received this thing I think A5 would have been fine at least for the time being.
Ok so next I’ll post my first two assignments.