Fancy yourself an artist? Here’s the ultimate step-by-step guide to becoming a 21st Century painter!
Do you want to be a digital artist, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’ve done a Google search before, but felt overwhelmed by all the information, or intimidated by what the authors assumed you already know.
I’ve realized that there’s not enough beginner-friendly material out there for people who want to try digital painting. That’s why I’ve put together this comprehensive guide to explain everything you need to know to get started. From the tools, software, process, and features–this guide is everything you need to jumpstart your new hobby (or career) ASAP.
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What Is Digital Painting?
So you might already be familiar with traditional media, such as watercolor, oils, or acrylic – and now you’re wondering.. “what is digital painting?”
Digital painting is a new medium that lets us create beautiful artwork, without the messiness of painting with inks or oils. It still requires many of the same skills and techniques as traditional painting (no, you can’t just create art at the click of a button… yet), but it’s also easier in many ways.
Instead of painting on canvas or paper, digital painting allows you to paint directly onto a computer, which has a number of amazing advantages:
- It’s a lot less messy, and you can do it in even the smallest spaces – as long as you’ve got space to set up your tablet (and possibly a computer), you’re good to go!
- It’s a lot faster, as you don’t need to wait for paints to dry
- It will allow you to work faster and more creatively – you can use powerful digital tools like layers to unlock entirely new ways of working
The only things you need to get started with digital painting are a graphics tablet, and painting software of your choice.
Don’t worry if you’re unsure where to begin – in this guide I’ll walk you through it all step-by-step.