Digital Painting 101

I’ve been researching Photoshop techniques for digital painting this past week because my current process is too slow and clumsy to be effective in a professional setting. The following videos are the best I’ve found introducing basic techniques. And they’re short, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored.

When I first watched these videos, I’ll admit I knew most of what they demonstrated already, but the little tricks and tools I didn’t know have completely changed how I approach digital painting. And for someone who’s not experienced with Photoshop, these will be pure gold.

If you don’t watch any other video, watch the last one. The artist does a painting only using the techniques he shows in the first four parts. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with such a simple process.

Part One: Navigation

Part Two: Brush Basics

Part Three: Mixing Color

Part Four: Layers

Part Five: Putting It All Together

Source: Ctrl+Paint

Reading List

Michelle’s Must Reads

  • Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel
  • Beginner’s Buide to Digital Painting in Photoshop from 3dtotal Publishing
  • Character Mentor by Tom Bancroft

Haven’t Read Yet But Come HIGHLY Recommended

  • Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney
  • The Skillful Huntsman: Visual Development of a Grimm Tale at Art Center College of Design by Khang Le
  • Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist by James Gurney
  • Directing The Story by Fancis Glebas
  • Prepare to Board! by Nancy Beiman

Useful for Reference

  • Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses by Buddy Scalera
  • Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Simon