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Your painting tutorials has made it less scary for me to try digital paint which I have a great interest of. I thought I never be able to digital paint when I look at the works of Professional Artist like yourself but you've made it possible for me to be able to try digital painting can't thank you enough.
so there is not just 'one' texture color eh? i used to keep using one color for the whole skin and it doesnt turn out realistic. after i see this tutorial, i realize you need to use lighter color for lighter skin part and darker color for skin areas that are darker (mid tones and shadows)
You can probably get by with one single colour, but the wonders of skin & light reflection mean that there's hardly ever just the one. There will be colours that are so subtle you wouldn't even think to use them. Experiment.
It's all about understanding lots of different things - colour is just one of them. Blending, tone, contrast, form - it takes a while to grasp them all effectively. Yes, patience is important. Computers help make things a lot easier, there's no doubt, but knowing how to control the computer and make it do what you want is key.
I'd recommend watching some of my painting videos, especially the Big Red Speedpaint, featuring Hellboy. From start to finish took 1 hour and the videos are slow enough to be able to follow. It might help you see the stages involved & a bit of my process. It makes explaining how I paint a lot easier too!
Hope that's useful to you & cheers for looking at my stuff.
Hey, thanks! I'm finding it fairly smooth, and digital work is expanding my skills far faster than pencil ever did. Some people find learning the programs and techniques difficult from a traditional background, but I had no such issues. How about you?
Same here really. I worked with pencil for a long long time - maybe 24 years or so - before I even considered digital work. When I was at school, computers weren't an option as it was all such new technology.
Having that solid foundation of the understanding of lights & darks, working detail to the right level... it all came in so handy when I started to make the transition. Admittedly I don't draw with graphite anywhere as often as I should, but I like to keep my hand in.
I wish I had a greater pencil base in some areas, like anatomy and sketching, but I'm far too impatient to stick to them. I worked seriously in pencil for about a year before going digital.
Lately, I've been finding myself turning to more custom brushes when I need to detail, and the painstaking, hand-painting has faded into the background a bit, which I'm a bit uncomfortable with. I definitely need to be doing more pencil work as well.
Whenever I do get around to pencil work (I'm doing a montage of faces slowly right now) I remember how wonderful they are. I love pencils too haha.
The best advice I can give, if you're looking to develop & maintain your own style, is to limit your use of custom brushes - at least other people's custom brushes. It just takes that individualism out of your work.