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digital art help!

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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
well see i got this awesome new computer but i never drew on it before. So my problem is can anyone help with me being good at drawing on it like any tips? what program best works? where could i find tutorials?
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
anyone need help?
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miasmic-mind Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
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pauscorpi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
frankly, I do all my work on Photoshop because:
1. it is just a tool, once you get used to it and customise your brush settings so you are comfortable with htem, the sky is the limit!
2. I need it's image -editing ability and can't be bothered to switch between programs.

That said, I recommended only if you are going to do some heavy-duty digital drawing/painting. If you are beginning and need something basic, just try out any of the free trials and see what program you feel most comfortable with it.

DA is full of good tips on digital , just check out the resources section. That is only for the digital aspect of it, though. No program will make you better at drawing. That you can only improve with practice, study and observation. Basically, practice and patience :)
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PuteraMujahidIslam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me, Paint Tool Sai is perfect if you have tablet. But if you don't have one, you can start with photoshop. I don't have tablet yet, so I'm using Photoshop.

The best tool in photoshop is Pen Tool... =) I'm using only mouse and laptop pad mouse, you can see the result of my arts. Even though they aren't so beautiful, yet I'm learning. So, in my opinion. Every person have their expertise. Try using Photoshop first, if you have any question on the use of it, you can ask me. I'm glad to help you my friend =)
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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
yay thank you i need all the help i could get :D
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PuteraMujahidIslam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Send "note" to me about your question if you have one =) alright? I'm always ready to help you.
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I-kill-u-in-ur-sleep Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
In my opinion paint tool sai is the best, I mean photoshop is best for just like editing your work, while on sai you can actually draw and have more tools to deal specifically with it. :D I hope this helps~ If you have naymore questions for me just ask! :iconbrohugplz:
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I-kill-u-in-ur-sleep Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
In my opinion paint tool sai is the best, I mean photoshop is best for just like editing your work, while on sai you can actually draw and have more tools to deal specifically with it. :D I hope this helps~ If you have naymore questions for me just ask! :iconbrohugplz:
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kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You seem to work a lot on paper; you might want to try mixed mediums (as in, digital art with traditional art elements (or the other way around but that's much rarer).

Most digital art programs allow you to import scans and to work on them (with color, for instance); it can be a good starting point to learn how to handle color (think of it as exercise).

Also, if you notice working with a mouse is too troublesome for what you have in mind (most likely if you go for digital drawing / digital painting), think of obtaining a pen tablet (the Wacom tablets are probably the best out there).
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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks! i appreciate you taking the time to look at what i already have to give me some good advise but i think i see what your getting at like try a little tracing to get a good feel of the program im using also i already have the tablet part covered just needed some where to start thank you again. :D
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kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I wasn't talking about tracing.

Simple example (you can do that with FireAlpaca and I'll use the FA interface, but it's interchangeable with most other editors - FireAlpaca is free and is a relatively introduction to digital painting and digital drawing, though you'll probably want to move to bigger names if digital color becomes important to you).

Open one of your images in FA. On the right, select the (currently unique) layer (the square representing the image) and set its blending mode to "Multiply".
Then, create other layers below it (you can move them around by click and drag), and put color on these (where you put color is defined by the "active" layer, which is the one highlighted).
See what happens with different settings (in FA, the brush is relatively minimalistic).

That'd be called digital coloring. You can also draw on computer, but that requires a little more dexterity with the pen tablet (you'll probably need to build that up). Or paint without an initial image ("digital painting"). There are tons of possibilities.

Experiment. That's where everything starts :)
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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
gotcha wow you know alot about digital art huh
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kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm aiming to become a specialist, so yes, I'm starting to know a few things ^_^
But then again digital art is equivalent to traditional art in terms of possibilities. You can never know too much :)
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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
thats a good point well guess i should get to learning
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kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good luck with that :)
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
There's no one program that will work best, it all depends on the artist. Most programs have a free trial period though, so I suggest trying out a few different programs to find one that works best for you. Some of the biggest programs are Photoshop, Paint tool SAI, and GIMP. There's lots of others though.

You can find tutorials on the tutorials section of this site, here: [link]

The biggest tip I can give you is to not expect amazing results right off the bat. Digital art takes just as much time and effort to learn as any other type of art. Don't try and make a finished, polished piece your very first time. Take time to get used to your program and play with it so you know where everything is and the basics of using it.
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TakkunZX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks so much thats some helpful info
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome, I'm glad I could help. :hug:
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