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Digital Painting Tutorials: A Sampler of Methods and Techniques

Digital painting has created new frontiers in design rendering. From portraits to still life, landscapes, space, action sequences, children’s book illustrations. Concept art, character design, science fiction, fantasy, full-length movies, and so much more.

Bitmap and vector programs are used to create digital painting projects. But the textures, lighting, brush techniques of digital paintings can be best achieved in bitmap applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook, and GIMP.

These digital painting tutorials start out from the basics and may be studied at your own pace. They are not speed painting or process reels that assume we already know what the artist is clicking. But do have a bit of practice sketching and drawing beforehand. Then these tutorial links will be gateways for to discover more techniques as you build your skills in digital painting.

Painting A Landscape, by Alain Descamps

Painting a Landscape, by Alain Descamps

Quick and Easy Cloud Tutorial, by ~kayoru

Quick and Easy Cloud Tutorial by ~kayoru

Common Digital Painting Mistakes, by Natasha Cirisano

Common Digital Painting Mistakes, by Natasha Cirisano

Free Digital Painting Tips with Bobby Chiu

Learn to Paint Realistic Skin Tones, by Ricardo Guimaraes

Learn to Paint Realistic Skin Tones, by Ricardo Guimaraes

Skin Painting Tutorial by ~CrazyDwarf

Skin Painting Tutorial by ~CrazyDwarf

Foal Digital Painting Tutorial by ~feverpaint

Foal Digital Painting Tutorial by ~feverpaint

Digital Painting Tutorial: Secrets of Fabric, by Lauren Cannon

Secrets of Fabric, by Lauren Cannon

How To Draw An Eye, by Stephanie Valentin

Digital Painting Tutorial: How To Draw An Eye, by Stephanie Valentin

Ultimate Guide to Drawing Faces, by Marta Dahlig

Ultimate Guide to Drawing Faces, by Marta Dahlig

Digital Painting Tutorial: Painting An Apple, by Hatice Bayramoglu

Painting An Apple, by Hatice Bayramoglu

Create a Photo Realistic Digital Painting in Photoshop, by Zhiyi Zheng

Create a Photo Realistic Digital Painting in Photoshop, by Zhiyi Zheng

Iron Man Mask in Illustrator and Photoshop, by Abduzeedo

Iron Man Mask in Illustrator and Photoshop by Abduzeedo

Painting a Candlelight Composition, by Hatice Bayramoglu

Painting a Candlelight Composition, by 3d2dizayn

Digital Painting Tutorial by Randy Bishop

http://youtu.be/GiPgUI0jZFI

Create an Adorable Children’s Illustration, by Liran Szeiman

Create an Adorable Children’s Illustration, by Liran Szeiman

Create a Photo-Realistic Fried Egg Using Digital Painting Techniques, by Zhiyi Zheng

Create a Photo-Realistic Fried Egg Using Digital Painting Techniques, by Zhiyi Zheng

Create a Science Fiction Environment With Photoshop, by Nat Monney

Create a Science Fiction Environment With Photoshop, by Nat Monney

Digital Painting Tutorial: Making of Where is the Yum Yum?, by Ken Barhelmey

Where-is-the-Yum-Yum-by-Ken-Barhelmey

Digital Painting Tutorial: Liberate Your Colors, by Bao Pham

Liberate Your Colors, by Bao Pham

Making of ‘Funfair’, by Daniela Uhlig

Making of 'Funfair', by Daniela Uhlig

Making of the Photographer, by Raul Ovejero

Making of the Photographer by Raul Ovejero

Paint a Fun Alien Diner Scene in Photoshop, by David and Sarah Cousens

Paint a Fun Alien Diner Scene in Photoshop, by David and Sarah Cousens

Digital Painting Tutorial: Exotic Landscape, by Simon Dominic

Exotic Landscape, by Simon Dominic

Digital Painting Tutorial: Making of Sentinel, by Bob Nolin

Making of Sentinel, by Bob Nolin

Digital Painting Tutorial: Soldier Process, by Joseba Alexander

Create a Heroic Firefighter Painting in Photoshop, by George Patsouras

Create a Heroic Firefighter Painting in Photoshop, by George Patsouras

Digital Painting Tutorial: Making of Bronze Dragon, by Kerem Beyit

Making of Bronze Dragon, by Kerem Beyit

Digital Painting Tutorial: Making of Knight, by Youichi Shimazaki

Making of Knight by Youichi Shimazaki

Digital Painting Tutorial: Making of 9 Sqrm Production by Tomasz Jedruszek

Making of 9 Sqrm Production by Tomasz Jedruszek

Every work of art starts with a single stroke. There are hundreds of tutorials and compilations on the Web. But most are too awe-inspiring to begin. This post is for those who want to start somewhere. If you have the software installed, and a mouse, or better yet, a digital tablet and stylus, then you can try out any of these digital painting tutorials!

 

 

Henry Has

Written by Henry Has

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