Just getting into digital painting... tips appreciated!



  • Here are my first attempts at digital painting/coloring. I have a lot to learn, any tips/feedback is greatly appreciated!

    I'm especially trying out the "cell shading" look. Am I close?

    Llama cell shading
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    Second llama attempt, variation on above (more "painterly" style) 0_1524536965504_Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 9.11.09 PM.png

    Dino cell shading shadow practice (NOTE: drawing is not mine, I just did the coloring. Image source)
    0_1524536769318_Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 7.41.51 PM.png Do the shadows make sense? Should they be stronger/darker?

    And my first attempt at a digital painting haha
    0_1524536890125_Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 9.27.54 PM.png

    Thank you, I really appreciate your feedback! 🙂



  • Oh, here's the first completely digital piece I've done. (Ignore the background! Haha)

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    I'm used to a pretty different coloring style, specifically traditional watercolors, and not a lot of strong, sharp shadows. I've been watching a lot of tutorials and working from references, but I just wanted to make sure I'm headed in the right direction! 🙂



  • What digital device are you using? What software/app?



  • @jimsz Hi, thanks for your question! I'm using Photoshop CC 2018 and a first-generation Wacom Bamboo Splash. It's ok, but I'm going to upgrade to a screen tablet in a couple weeks. (I'll probably go with the Huion Kamvas GT-191) I've found the most difficult thing to be inking. If I wasn't able to upgrade so quickly, I'd probably ink traditionally and scan my line art to color in PS. 🙂



  • @carey-bowden Let us know how you like the Huion. I want to get a screen tablet as well but Cintiq is not in the budget, so I am looking for alternatives.