10 Tips for Beginner Digital Artists

10 Tips for Beginner Digital Artists

hi everyone so in this video I'm going to be telling you my top 10 tips for beginner digital artists but this could really apply to any digital artist because it just depends if you know these tips or not and I was just making a list of all the things that really helped me when I was first beginning digital art because it can be really really hard to get the hang of it it took me a long time to get the hang of digital art and I'm still learning new things and I still definitely have a lot to improve on but these are the things that can really really help you just like improve your workflow and just improve your work in general so the first thing is you don't need fancy equipment to do digital art there are tons of free open-source drawing programs other than Photoshop that some people would argue are as good as Photoshop that you can use and they're completely free there's one called Krita which I've seen a few artists use and it looks really really good and there's also GIMP which which is another free one that is fairly popular and there are probably other ones those are the the two that come to my mind that I see a lot of people using and you also don't need an expensive tablet you can make art on a really cheap small tablet so when you're just starting out find a cheap tablet and use one of the free programs or if you want to use a relatively cheap program like paint tool Sai that's the one I use it's around 60 ish dollars 50 60 that's what it was when I purchased it it could be more now I'm not sure but use a cheap program or a free program like Krita or gimp I'll put the links in the description it's not sponsored but these are just some really great programs that I've heard of and I personally use paint tool Sai and it's great and it's really lightweight and it runs fairly well on computers because it's so lightweight and you achieve tablet you don't need a fancy Cintiq tablet you know you don't need a large tablet just find find a tablet that is in your budget and that will be good enough for digital art all you need is a working tablet with pressure sensitivity of course but most tablets have that I think my second tip are brushes and I see a lot of artists asking other artists like what kinds of brushes they use and honestly I don't think brushes matter as much as people think they do it depends on the artist though because I know for me I use one brush to do a whole drawing a whole painting I use the same tool the same brush it's just like a regular brush tool that I've kind of changed the settings on to make it blend a bit more I use that for everything and I've heard of other artists that you can save a brush for everything and like more professional artists use the same brush for the whole drawing and it's really just a matter of finding of those few brushes that work really well for you and those will just end up being your go-to brushes so don't worry about finding fancy brushes because honestly you can do a whole painting with one brush another thing is keyboard shortcuts now I don't know all of the keyboard shortcuts or it just depends of what program you're using but there are some like Universal ones like controls ed is undo and there's keys you press down to scroll and zoom in and it just makes things easier to have a keyboard while you're working it makes things so much faster and I didn't know this for the longest time well I knew it but I didn't really implement it because the first tablet I had I used it with my laptop and the tablet sit over top of my keyboard without pressing any keys down just the way my laptop was built so I never used a keyboard when I drew I just use the Express keys on the tablet because of that I never really used keyboard shortcuts like I used some because of the express keys but I didn't use all the other ones and then and then I got a Cintiq and I didn't have a keyboard for it I got that about a year ago and I didn't have a keyboard for it so I just use the Express keys again but recently I got a keyboard for that and things just got a lot easier and I also discovers new keyboard shortcuts like if you use the square bracket it increases your brush size and decreases your brush size and that's really really useful and just look around and try to find the keyboard shortcuts for your program look it up online and try to learn them because it will make everything just so much easier so another tip and this has to do with when you're actually doing the painting is having two views of the painting open at the same time so you can see it zoomed out really small and you have your window where you work where you can zoom in and that way you can always see your painting from a distance because it's really important to look at your work from a distance because if you're so caught up in the little details and you finish this part you zoom out to look at it it might not look the way you thought it would because things read a lot differently when you're standing far away from them and that's usually how people look at art anyway is kind of standing back from them and you can easily do this with traditional art because you just you just take a few steps back and look at your painting but what digital art you have to constantly zoom out so for this you just make a new view of your drawing and have it it might be on the viewfinder it might have to make your own new window you see you're drawing from a distance and that is really really helpful and I would 100% recommend that also if they are doing more of a painting kind of drawing rather than like flat colors if you if you do this sketch and then do the base colors underneath the sketch and then you make a new layer on top of that to start painting over it make new layers as you go so you can check your progress so that if you're about to make a big change make a new layer paint your new change on that layer and that way you can flip between that layer and the old layer and see if it looks better or worse in that way you can easily go back to another step of the drawing and rework it or erase parts that you don't like that you did because if you do everything on one layer it's hard to see like how your drawing is progressing and it's hard to tell if you're making it better or worse so definitely make new layers as you go over top of the paintings you can check your progress okay here's something that I just discovered because of the artists that I watch on Twitch and it's a program called pure ref I think that's how you say it but basically it's a little window that states open on top of all your other windows so you can always see your reference pictures and you just drag and drop your reference pictures into it you can save each like collage of pictures ooh min zoom out and move them around and it stays on top of your drawing program so that way no matter what you can always see it and it's just a really good way of having your reference photos out it's like pinned in a certain spot and you can drag it around if you right-click with your mouse and resize the window and place it wherever you want and then your reference pictures will stay there so I'll put the link to that in the description it is such a useful program not sponsored but it is great I really really highly recommend using this another thing that kind of applies to all art in general but it's something that can that can kind of trip you up in digital art is make sure that your shading with different colors are the same hue so is your going to be coloring something and say it's blue don't just shade it with a darker blue shade it with a darker reddish blue or a darker purple Allu and just combine as many like combine more than one color into your into one color so so it's not just blue in the whole color it's like different she was just in it it just makes everything a lot more lifelike another thing that can help you when you're painting digitally if using different layer modes so like overlay screen multiplies like all those different modes do something they can really help you decide where to put your lighting they can help you easily darken a whole area of your drawing or easily lighten the whole area I'm going to be doing like a little demonstration on the screen here on paint'll side kind of showing you what each of the layer modes look like there are two versions of painful sigh right now I usually use version 2 but the layer mode I don't think are finished on version 2 they just don't seem quite right so just showing you on the first version of painful side and they all can kind of add a different effect to your drawing depending on what color you put in you can lower the opacity of them overlay is really useful for finding new possible colors you can use or just like changing the mood or the atmosphere of your drawing so I would highly recommend experimenting with the overlay layer mode and multiply can help you shade things but make sure that it's not making everything look too grey make sure that you're using different colors to shade with like purples or blue instead of just a darker version of the same color another tip is to flip your canvas as you work because this helps you notice the flaws in your drawing because it could look totally fine one way but when you flip it it'll look kind of weird and lopsided want to make sure that looks good both ways left and right flipping it back and forth make sure that it looks good as you flip it that's why you might see in some speed paints where the artists drawing flips back and forth as they work on it because they're making sure that it looks good as a whole composition forwards and backwards another tip is to make a layer over top of all your other layers and put it on color mode some programs might not have this but put it on color mode and make it like a gray or black or something without any color and then you'll be able to see your drawing as just values and this is really important because you always need to check your values when you're painting it should have a good balance of dark to white so black and white it should have a good balance between those and if it looks good at a black and white drawing minute then the colors you chosen are probably good as well because the more contrast too has it just has a better impact overall and it can look more more realistic and it's just always good to have a balance of your values because it just makes the whole drawing look a lot better and more professional I think I might have more than 10 tips now but another one is too if you find it hard to sketch digitally bring in traditional sketches to your digital programs you can take a picture of your traditional sketch bring it in and then trace over that as your sketch or as your liner and you can even colorize that using overlay or other layer modes and paint over it as this it's a as if it says digital and traditional drawing like a traditional it that's I think that's what people call it so I hope you learned something from this video these are just the 10 things that I use all the time when I'm doing digital art and the 10 things that I would highly recommend to anyone starting off with digital art or if they just want to learn like a new tip these are my go-to answers if people asking for assistance or advice about digital art so I hope you found them helpful let me know if you have any more tips in the comments and thanks for watching Oh

34 thoughts on “10 Tips for Beginner Digital Artists”

  1. As a pencil and paper person, I'm scared to try digital art because I'm so used to the sound and feeling of the paper being drawn on. Also if I scoot closer to the drawing it's a lot easier to see the art than on tablets in my opinion ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  2. “you can make art with a cheap tablet”
    i wanted to get one but my dad said “if you’re getting one, you’re getting a good one” so today we ordered a wacom cintiq 16 ._.

  3. PRO TIP don't speak on or recommend programs YOU HAVEN'T USED YOURSELF!!!! IT INSTANTLY TOOK YOUR CREDIBILITY, and I can't trust your opinion now. How are you gonna promote something you've only HEARD about? No ethos skills

  4. if i could get any tablet on this entire world i dont care which one would i have cuz i rlly want one but i cant get any even the cheapest one

    no its not about money, i just cant order anything yet this crap of country i live in dont even know what the hell that is-

  5. Does anyone know if there's a way to use the same function of View>New in Firealpaca? I can't figure it out but that would be really helpful.

  6. Never understood why they don't make Paint Tool Sai for Mac????

    So im looking at Krita / Medibang / fork out for photoshop

  7. If you want to invest in $100+ of software, you can get the Wacom Intuos Draw Mini Bluetooth, and you get 3 different softwares, including clip studio paint pro

  8. personally i hated gimp, it wasnt the best. Krita is amazing. love using it. but out of all the programs i have tried PaintToolSAI was thee best <3

  9. I use Autodesk Sketchbook, is there another way for me to do the "new view" so I can look at my piece from a distance while I am working on it?

  10. Out of all the other 'professional' youtubers, great tidbits and suggestions. Like literally heavenly music to my ears because I am attempting digital art now that I have a tablet but this isn't my first time, well first time in 9 to 10 years I should say it would be but your discussion is so far more better and valid. Adorably amazing piece by the way. thumbs up and a sub hope we can collab a discussion together as a stream on anything to do with digital or traditional art ^.^

  11. I know how to do digital art, but… my Art has been recently been deteriorating… so I’m watching this to get a fresh start!

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