Posts tagged digital art
Posts tagged digital art
I’m sick of looking at this. I love it don’t get me wrong, but sheesh!!!
I love monster girls.
Finally done!!! I really love how the mouth turned out extra so since it was the most challenging part.
This commission was wonderful - I knew I was going to have fun when the they said they wanted something aquatic related, and it was from this post meaning I was able to help my friend more!!
SAM SPRATT’s 2014 PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY
In short: Reblogs and Likes of this picture are each entries to have me paint a personalized portrait of you.
In slightly less short: Longtime followers are no stranger to these contests but for those new to this or me, I’m an illustrator (my work: www.samspratt.com ) who has worked with National Geographic, Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Game Informer, Angry Birds, Wall Street Journal, among others – creating album and magazine covers, advertisements, and posters – but a big part of me being able to do all that has been you sharing my work over the last 3 years. As my small way of paying that forward, I’d like to paint for one of you as I would for my clients, but ya know … for free. Maybe you want that regal portrait of you in a velvet smoking jacket to hang over your mantel, maybe one of your loved one, favorite character, or perhaps you just want me to paint you however I see fit (warning: this will 100% involve dinosaurs) – if you can think it, I’ll probably paint it – and I’ll work with you to make it something special.
As usual I’ll also be sending signed prints and haikus about your eyebrows to extra winners. The contest will stay open for about a week then I’ll randomly draw winners. You can enter on facebook and twitter for extra entries but be cool and don’t spam your followers.
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Fyeahletsart is an art blog that is run by a student who is also embarking on their artistic journey! Here, I will post resources, tips and tricks I’ve learned, feature artists, and guide myself and also you into becoming a better artist. So hit that follow button, sharpen your pencils, and let’s go!
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Let’s talk tools!
A lot of this may seem obvious. But there is no better place to start than from the very beginning.
I’m going to do a brief run through of the basic tools one will need to equip their self with in order to begin learning how to draw.
Note: A lot of beginners are manipulated into thinking that certain tools or brands will make them a better artist. It’s not the most expensive pen you have that will make you draw better, but what you do with it!
The most important tool one needs to have on hand is a pencil. A regular number 2 or standard 2B pencil is fine to start off with. Pencils comes in various forms of hard (H) or soft (B) leads. And the higher the number, the harder or softer the pencil will be. Which ones to use is your personal preference that you will develop as you experiment with the way that you draw. For myself, I prefer pencils with softer leads. They tend to allow a broader range of values and line variations.
Any type of pen, preferably a drawing pen or a sharpie marker. I believe that it’s important to work in pen because you can’t erase which trains you to make better decisions when drawing.
An eraser. But be careful! Erasers shouldn’t be used to get rid of “mistakes” as much as they should be used as a tool to help you draw. A common thing I see beginners do is erase constantly. I see them erase a million times over, line after line and it’s painful to watch. Try to use the eraser as little as possible and you will make less mistakes. Trust me on this.
A sketchbook. Sketchbooks come in all shapes and sizes. A cheap one will work fine and there are lots of ways to even make your own! I will make another post about the importance of keeping a sketchbook because it’s a really great tool to have when wanting to improve at a constant rate and to see the progress you make the more you draw.
For digital artists, a tablet and an art program are the basic things you need. I recommend practicing in traditional just as much as you work in digital format. And remember that, just with traditional tools, the type of program you use will not make you draw better. A program is merely a tool that an artist uses to create their work and how they use the program is more important than what program is used. I like Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai, but there are many free alternatives such as The Gimp.
Earlier in this post, I said that the pencil was the most important tool. Well, it is or else you wouldn’t be able to make a mark on the paper. But an equally important tool is the eagerness to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Remember that it is not an immediate process by no means. You must study and you must practice in order to become better.
I also think it’s important to remember that no matter what type of art you are doing, whether you want to draw anime or imitate the styles of the renaissance masters, all types of art start from the same basic foundations.
A video showing my art progression from 2002-2013. I tried to put them in order as much as possible.
Things to take away from this:
- Back up your shit (losing years of art is devastating)
- Hard brushes can really accelerate progress
- Improvement is a result of many things, one of which is persistence. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s crap, it is still a form of progress.
- Failure is a matter of perspective. Many of these I considered failures at the time, but now with a different set of eyes, can see their potential. So don’t throw anything away, you can use it later.
- Don’t wait for things like style or technique. Start drawing now. They will fall into place. What’s important is to sketch every day, even if it’s something brief.
- Lemon Jelly ‘79 (aka the Shouty Track) is a great song.
I’m considering making some video tutorials on digital painting for beginners. If this interests you, send me a note and tell me what you’d like to learn! Thanks.
Nice fire tutorial by ~windancer53 ^.^