Design Digital Painting
Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional techniques such as pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolor, oil painting, impasto, and all colors are used. are applied using digital tools, using a computer program that provides a virtual canvas and software-specific tools. It is used by many artistic professions such as illustration, concept design (for video games, television or the big screen), comics, coloring, storyboard, advertising, graphics …
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What are the tools needed for digital painting?
I tested a lot of hardware and software in the past but here is the material that I use now for my color illustrations and my colorizations:
Macbookpro 15 ‘: A computer certainly expensive but what is good … I can not live without it. If you do not like macs, you have not tried them yet. Simple, fast, efficient. I have mine since 2009 and I have never had any problem. Since I’m no longer on Windows I feel like reliving. Once again it’s a budget, but what a good investment! I hear some people say to me again: “yes but for the same price you can have three PCs as powerful” … it is absolutely true to the extent that one does not count the expenses of anti-depressants.
Wacom Intuos: For the graphics tablet, I started to buy the “Bamboo” model, but I soon regretted it. I think it’s better to invest a little more in the tablet rather than end up with a very small area. A good tip: take a tablet of the same size (or close) as the screen on which you draw. The Bamboo model is more suitable for photo editing jobs that do not require great precision. I carry my Intuos everywhere in the same cover as my MacBook when I have to move.
Wacom Cintiq: My precieeeeeeuuux. My desktop graphics tablet. The price makes you think twice, and I do not recommend it to beginners. Keep in mind that such tablets exist for those with high demands. There is nothing like drawing directly on your screen, we find practically the sensations of traditional drawing, especially on very responsive software like Sketchbook Pro or SAI Paint Tool. Of course, even if nothing replaces the pleasure of drawing on paper, I love this tablet and I use it for 90% of my digital work. Note: If you work on macbookpro you will need an adapter of this type (personally I have the version made in Apple).
Digital painting software: I have tried a lot. Of course, Photoshop does well because once you have mastered it you can do anything with it: drawing, illustration, colorization, speed painting, matte painting, photo editing, photo editing: it does everything except coffee. Since the license is quite expensive, some will prefer Photoshop Elements, or Gimp (free). One of my favorite drawing software is Sketchbook Pro, cheap, intuitive, fast. For aspiring painters I recommend Artrage Studio Pro which really simulates the natural effects of traditional techniques. I used Corel Painter a lot of time, but I do not find it intuitive or stable, although some of these tools are unique, I do not recommend it to the beginner.
Coolorus: An indispensable external module for photoshop that allows you to find your color palettes and preserve clean colors throughout the digital painting. I highly recommend!