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Traditional Painting Techniques Applied Digitally

From this department you will learn traditional oil painting techniques transformed into digital painting techniques. We take valuable old school wisdom and apply it to new school digital fine art.


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Digital Painting Part One - The Set Up
Digital Painting Part One - The Set Up Welcome to our first digital painting here at Painting Tutorials Online. In part one we walk you through how to set up for your digital painting. When working with multiple pieces of photo reference, how do your make you image believable? This part one has three chapters. We take you through our photo reference selection to a virtual mock up of the painting . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Two - Adjustments
Digital Painting Part Two - Adjustments Alright so we have walked you through the set up in part one. Now it's time to show you how we adjust everything. We want to teach teach you how to thoughtfully go about making your digital paintings really work on all levels. In this part two we will talking about composition, value, perspective, light as well as color. . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Three - The Underdrawing
Digital Painting Part Three - The Underdrawing In this part three we complete our underdrawing. We start form a blank digital canvas. This digital underdrawing is all old school. Not too many photoshop tricks, just pure drawing for the sake of drawing . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Four - The Underpainting
Digital Painting Part Four - The Underpainting In this part four we complete our underpainting. We start to lay in color over our underdrawing. This digital underpainting is quite simple. We basically do our best to lay in our first go through with color. Our min objective to keep the drawing yet cover all of the white canvas . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Five - Painting the Figure
Digital Painting Part Five - Painting the Figure In this part five we start painting the figure within our digital painting. We focus on getting a first go through down on our digital canvas. Our focus is mainly painting an anatomically correct figure. . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Six - Painting the Portrait
Digital Painting Part Six - Painting the Portrait In this part six we start to paint in the details of the head and neck. Painting a face sideways is always a challenge. We trust you will learn a great deal just by watching these two short tutorials. We are going for a likeness in this part six . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Seven - Painting the Background
Digital Painting Part Seven - Painting the Background In this part we mainly focus on the background. We add tons of texture to all of the stone. We also finish off the background landscape. Plus block in the foreground grass. This is certainly a fun part where the painting starts to come alive . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Eight - Second Go Through - The Figure
Digital Painting Part Eight - Second Go Through - The Figure In this part eight we go through painting the figure a second time. In this digital painting tutorial we work mainly in layers. In this layer we will show you how we render the skin tone in a semi realistic, semi painterly way . . . keep reading
Digital Painting Part Nine - The Close
Digital Painting Part Nine - The Close In this part nine we close out the painting. We finish up the foreground foliage. We also tweak minor issues within the painting. In our third chapter we close out the tutorial with a visual synopsis of the painting . . . keep reading