15+ Amazing Digital Painting Tutorials

These days when you talk about painting, it doesn’t mean that you take a piece of paper, a pencil and start sketching.  These days there are painters that never touch any paper or pencils when they decide to create a painting. A lot of these “modern” painters use programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator and make use of their touchscreen computer or tablet. In the list below I collected 15+ amazing digital painting tutorials to help you inspire or get you started on your first digital painting, however you need at least some decent painting skills before you get started on these tutorials, if you are new to painting these tutorials are not for you.


The Abstract Dragon: Illustrator JS Rossbach shows you how a popular fantasy theme can be viewed in an abstract way.


Umbrella Sky: Looking back into the Vaults of CGSociety, we found EXOTIQUE 3 cover artist, Marta Dahlig’s ‘Umbrella Sky’ staring back. In this celebrated walkthru, Marta shows us how she digs into the details, building on a dream.


Making of “My Prince”: The girl in the picture is a young witch with mysterious magic, the baby dragon is her pet. The baby dragon looks up to the sky naively, strains the leash, and wants to fly into an adventure. Overall, I want to create a peaceful scene, just like we are holding our own pets, and that makes you feel warm, or even like the feel of pride.


Old style pin-up art: See the creation process of a modernised pin-up artwork from the start and get the know-how to do it yourself, with the help of Henning Ludvigsen.


Children’s Book Illustration: Nick Harris prepares a fantasy image to accompany a story that’s aimed at a younger audience.


Creating ‘Broken Link’: This tutorial is going to focus on design choices and a little bit of theory.


Red Assassin: Here’s how I do my painting. This is a work in progress so you’ll see the steps I do in creating a piece.


Making of Three lines: Henning Ludvigsen is a Norwegian digital artist with basic traditional art education and with over 13 years of experience in digital art, design, and illustration.


Painting realistic hands: Learn the basic anatomy rules and discover techniques that will make painting hands easier than ever, with Marta Dahlig.


Frank Frazeta style: I don’t know a single fantasy artist who isn’t influenced by the art of Frank Frazetta. A combination of his innate sense of movement, the energy, the raw pulse of life he put in his images, his skills in anatomy and storytelling propelled him to the top of the illustrators’ pyramid. I’m going to show you my way of interpreting the legacy this artiste extraordinaire has left us.


Digital Painting Tutorial by Dianae.


Wonder Woman Pin Up Tutorial: In this Photoshop tutorial I will show how I used Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to create a digital illustration of a voluptuous Wonder Woman pin up. The tutorial reveals one of my digital painting techniques with a step by step walk through including images for each stage and layer settings. Enjoy!


Basic PS Painting Tutorial: Its very basic from shortcuts to blending or painting feathers and wings and fabric.


Christian Grajewski – Scene Rendering.


Bioshock Videogame Digital Painting: In this walkthrough I explain how I used Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to paint a character from the new videogame Bioshock for GamePro Magazine. This walkthrough gives you an overview on how to use textures in a digital painting. Enjoy!


Tutorial of Digital Painting President Obama: In this tutorial created by Kyle Lambert, a specialist in digital painting. You will learn all the steps to create a digital paint of President Obama, it also comes with a video that shows the whole process of creation.


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    Posted by Gertrude Pelletier on December 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Oh my! This is great stuff! I mean so helpful stuff for struggling artist! Thanks for sharing!

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