Monday, January 17, 2011


So, I posted this in my DA journal, but considering no one really reads that, and I really would like some help, I thought I would post it here too, in case any wandering soul can help me:

I really, really, REALLY want to get better at digital painting this year. I was wondering if anyone had any tips, or knew any good tutorials out there for me? Whenever I open GIMP and get out my tablet it's like someone stuck a pencil in my hand for the first time ever, I swear. It's embarrassing, what with everyone I know pooping out amazing paintings all the time. Besides, it's something I've wanted to be able to do since maybe 7th grade...and I still have no idea how

Also, I got this really neato brush pen for christmas. It's a Kuretake brush pen and it looks super cool, it's straight from Japan. Which is sweet and all, except everything written on the box in in Japanese and I've never used a brush pen before, so I have no idea how to load the ink. Does anyone out there know??


  1. LOISH

    Like, I personally belive that the best way to learn something like digital painting, is to try to emulate someone's style who you think you'd be comfortable with until you gain the skill to branch out on your own. Loish, is my inspiration- her use of color and mixing is great and if you just stare at a piece for a while and attempt a similar coloring job, you'll find you've learned way more than trying from skratch!

    oh and you treat brush pens kinda like sumi brushes- just make sure to put the cap on super tightly as they dry out super quickly- but that's awesome! totally jealous!

  2. Digital painting is hard. Check out all the tutorials on DA, watch speedpainting videos on youtube, and try to paint from pictures. You can even use the eyedropper tool to pick colors from pictures. It's cheating a little bit, but I think it helps you learn what kind of colors to use and stuff.
    Also, experiment a lot with different brushes with different opacities.
    It can take some time to get used to a tablet! It helps if you have a decent sized one too.

  3. Emily- I love her! I only discovered her a little while ago, I couldn't believe it.
    And I've never used a sumi pen either? Lawl, I feel like such a retard

    Cuttle- Thanks, I'll try that out. I've got an 6x8 (I think? I measured it with my finger) that I've had for ages, but from what I understand it's a pretty decent tablet.