How to get better at digital painting.

How to get better at digital painting. This post has 5 steps that will help you understand how to progress in digital painting the easy way.
I have so many people asking how do I get better at digital painting and color.

Great Exercises for Artists who wants to paint better. Tips and technique for artists.

1) Try painting with just TWO color ONLY, just Black and White (no pressure sensitive and value inbetween). Or for fun you can try any other color and white or Black background. Try to utilize and understand positive and negative space.

2) gray scale illustration (from black to white or Achromatic color scheme) get it nail down as much as you could.

3) Also do a monochromatic color scheme painting and focus on getting the correct value (with its value) (monocromatic).

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4) After you try the above three exercises for a few weeks, you should learn more about how you can achieve certain result you need. At this point, try Analogous color scheme and Complimentary color scheme. *You can even them on the same painting and see how different it looks and which is more compelling to you.

5) Do a gray scale and apply three colors (of your choices) palette.
Go read Photoshop tutorial overlay mode and Photoshop tutorial using multiply mode.  Both should help you understand how to apply color

Highly Recommended
If you want to know how to select color and palette, Richard Schmidth’s book is what I highly recommend. He explain value, color, and how to figure. He is one of the best contemporary artist/ Oil painter. Color and value Principle also apply the same to digital painting. It’s one of the best book ever recommended to me. He is a true master. -Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting
(Richard Schmidth) -Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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  • Tuấn Anh

    excellent tips!

    Do you think practice with mouse instead of tablet is good? I cant wait for my wacom shipping to my house, just want it right now and start practising!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Thanks, mouse is not made for painting. Tablet is. Good luck with the new tablet.