This digital stuff is so confusing!

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    @Nancy-Gormezano Thank you! I'm glad to know it isn't just me 🙂 My husband is a software developer but I can't ask him anything or there will be grief for us both 😉 He's also not an artist. I appreciate your offer of sitting down with me. I might take you up on it someday! First, though, I better find out exactly what I am asking questions about 🙂 I will keep looking at videos and telling myself to be patient. Time, time, time. Maybe I can just start by using it to fix my traditional art without having to redo the whole thing, that might be where to start. It's nice to know there is someone nearby 🙂 Are you a member of scbwi?

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    @Katrina-Fowler Thank you! Thanks for not sweet talking it. I have the tablet (a cheap one) and I am going to just learn what I can and try to be patient. That's hard for me 🙂 I want to get it all at once...oh well. This will be character building if nothing else 🙂 Thanks again!!!

  • The first steps are really time consuming. I gave up so many times, before I decided and dedicated the time to actually learn it to some level. Some basics are necessary. yeah, but after that I recommend you to find a process of some other artists, and try to mimic them. And they usually give some technical tips too along the way. There are some videos on youtube, and Will Terry shows his process in a 10 steps course. Try to paint few pieces with this process and if it doesnt suit you try to find a different one. Eventually you will get comfortable with some process. And you wont even have to know everything there is about gimp or photoshop or whatever are you using.

    Btw. choosing the best software is another story 🙂

    And dont be discouraged that 90% of tutorials out there are in photoshop, 90% of features are in all painting programs, you might need to google where this particalar feature is in this program, but usually it will be there, somewhere and usually very similiar.

    Personally I ended up using Clip Studio Paint. But I started on Sketchbook Pro, and I recommend it to any beginner, its cheap, its simple and I think you can learn to use it really quickly. Gimp on the other hand... I hate it and it feels to me that it hates me too, never does what I want 🙂

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    I agree with the other comments that it really does take a lot of time to learn digital, just like watercolour, oil or other traditional mediums so don’t be hard on yourself for that.

    Your idea to get started by altering your existing work digitally is a great one, IMO. It’s a really useful skill to be able to alter traditional work if there’s a mistake or an ink blob or you just want to change a colour - so many advantages of just learning these things. By doing this you’ll learn the basic tools of your chosen software and you’ll be able to progress without getting the frustration of not being able to create a beautiful finished piece from scratch, straight away.

    Also, what I like about starting traditionally and finishing digitally - this is my current preferred method of making art - is that you keep the traditional feel, and the style that is already ‘you’ from all the hours of traditional practice - but you can build on it in the final stages and make it better without the risk of messing it all up.

    Even if I’m doing a piece entirely digitally, I can’t actually draw very well using my tablet, so I always draw in pencil before scanning in for the digital stage. So that’s another way to consider. But everyone is different and you’ll find a way of working that will suit you. Good luck, will be good to see your progress 🙂

  • Go to Intro to Digital Painting lessons plus try rotating the image or canvas when drawing or painting digitally.

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    @Jiří-Kůs thanks for your encouraging word.

  • @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen I feel your pain!

  • It takes ages to learn software, I would advise you read the manual first and get a good idea of the interface and what the different buttons and tools do first. Concentrate on one software at a time, if you switch fro one to the other all the tie it will be really confusing for you because the interfaces are all slightly different.
    I also agree that is an excellent (and free) resource for beginners in digital painting, I wish I had it 10 years ago.

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    @Durrell-Odom Definitely looks like I will be using Thank you so much!

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    @Christine-Garner I hope to choose just one 🙂 I am definitely going to try cntrlpaint! It looks like just what I need!

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