From drawing to painting 3 steps transition. This video shows you how to make an easy transition from drawing to painting in three steps. A lot of people having a hard time transitioning from drawing into painting in general. Because the foundation of drawing is very different from painting, you will have to take a different approach. But of you are a good drawer, it will be easier for you to be a better painting as long as you understand the principles. I can really understand because drawing and painting to me use different mentality to execute.

from drawing to painting 3 steps transition

from drawing to painting 3 steps transition


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Drawing focuses on using lines to communicate. To add more detail, you will still use more lines.
Painting focuses on shape, the better the silhouette the better you can convey form. To add more detail, you will use value to define light and shadow. Light and shadow are the essences of all forms.

transition from drawing to painting 02

transition from drawing to painting 02

Step one, instead of using lines, you will start using shapes. You can start with an outline to create shape. A good outline will produce a great silhouette.
Step two, instead of adding detail by using lines, you must use light and shadow to create forms first. Clearly define light and shadow are the foundations of good painting. Also, you have to know how to render basic geometry forms. Basic geometry forms are hidden in all forms.
Step three, when applying detail, you will have to consider the value range of the light area and value range of the shadow area. Only use the value that belongs to the range of the area, do not mix them. Decide where the value range of light and shadow will be and you will be a fine painter.

transition from drawing to painting

transition from drawing to painting

transition from drawing to painting 03

transition from drawing to painting 03

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From drawing to painting 3 steps transition

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- 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. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • Xia Taptara

    There are techniques for lighting and it will take days to explain. There are two books that will really help you with that. “How to render” by Scott Roberson and Color and light by James Gurney. You can get those books from Amazon. Or you can take my digital painting 101 class. 🙂

  • Teijo

    Hi and thanks for great tutorials! One question: how do you design light in your paintings? i mean that when you paint scene from imagination and define light sources. How you know where the light hitting in characted and enviroment? This i found very hard to do when creating from imagination. Cheers!

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