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How to draw and paint - 95 pro tips and tutorials. Every month, ImagineFX magazine is inundated with queries from digital artists looking for advice on a specific problem they are having with their drawing and painting projects – as well as their usual hit of hints, tips and inspiration.

How to draw and paint - 95 pro tips and tutorials

ImagineFX has a wealth of professionals on hand to answer those questions, provide tips on how to draw better, and provide tutorials for those learning how to draw and paint. They can even come to the aid of fellow pro artists who have become frustrated by a specific technique. Here is a collection of those digital painting and drawing tips and tutorials, gathered together in one mammoth feature to help you improve your artwork. Most of the articles are Photoshop tutorials unless otherwise stated but the tips apply to other photo editor applications whatever software or hardware you are using – and some will even be of use to you if are a traditional artist.

Happy drawing! Here's what's included in our mega-list: Get started over the page! 15 fantasy portrait tips. Fantasy portraiture is my favourite subject.

15 fantasy portrait tips

Bringing an original character to life is exciting, but can be difficult to achieve. To avoid mistakes and save time I try to follow a few rules. But they're really just guidelines, so feel free to adapt, change and test other techniques that might better suit your painting process. The most important thing to bear in mind is to take your time.

This is the best advice I can give, because nothing good comes from rushing a painting. Take your time – nothing good comes from rushing a painting. 10 top tips to improve your sketching skills. How to use reference images correctly: 8 essential tips. If you are an artist, working in a representational style, chances are that you have used a reference in your work at some point.

How to use reference images correctly: 8 essential tips

Virtually every artist needs to utilize a reference out of necessity, convenience, or some combination of both. Every project is different, but there are some key principles I can give you to help use reference correctly. Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to paint predominately from life. This has given me an understanding of how cameras distort or change reality. Having a photo reference can be a powerful tool. Surface fragments: How the Old Masters created the look of Gold in Painting. The detail (above) from Van Loo's painting, Marie Leszczinska Queen of France, is fascinating to me.

surface fragments: How the Old Masters created the look of Gold in Painting

I've been trying to figure out why I think his rendering of the gold table is unsuccessful. Though he's obviously a meticulous craftsman and clearly spent ages with a magnifying glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, there's something overwrought about the brushwork. His table looks plastic, but it took me a while to figure out why. Holbein was, of course, a master at painting the detailed effects of light and shade on any number of textures. I examined his Portrait of Charles de Solier (above) for clues as to his technique for painting gold. Art Advice I'd Give Myself If I Had to Start From Scratch. How to Choose Colours that Work! Foundations of Light and Shadow. The Value Game. Kim Jung Gi Sketch Collection, News, and More! How to Draw: Foreshortening with the Coil Technique. Marshall Vandruff. 3d Total Digital Painting Tutorials.

Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw Cartoon Hands. The human hand is probably one of the hardest things to learn how to draw, since it can take many forms and, thus, express varied emotions.

Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw Cartoon Hands

In cartoon it is no different. You need to be able to draw hands in different angles, which are dynamic and attractive in the eyes of the viewer. Don't underestimate the power of a well drawn cartoon hand - it can save your art from the monotony! Several times I have been asked by some people in the comments of my tutorials how do I draw characters in many poses and different expressions.

The case is that, with practice, you begin to develop your own drawing style and without that other people know it, you begin to use some shortcuts in your art. The fact is that doing this with hands is very difficult! The hand consists of several different bones, particularly the fingers, which means that they have different sizes and could bend in different directions.

Starting from the back of the hands, let's draw the following simple semi circle: How to Transform Your Imagination to Reality.  Posted on 28.

How to Transform Your Imagination to Reality. 

Apr, 2010 by DAS Team in Articles Hello, my name is Nick Deligaris. I’m 28 years old and I have studied graphic design for 4 years. However, I work professionally mostly as a freelance illustrator and 3d artist. I was keen on pencil drawing since I was a child, I came in contact with Photoshop 3 and 3ds max 2 for the first time when I was still in high school. The method, technique, or strategy if you prefer, that someone will follow in the artwork creation process play a critical role in the final outcome. My favourite software tools are Photoshop, 3ds max and ZBrush, and my hardware tools are a PC and a Wacom tablet. The first step of creation is always a rough sketch, and it is usually the most difficult and sometimes the most time-consuming part. The second step is to organize all the scene elements in layers, so that we can work on the composition more easily and efficiently.

For more information, visit: How to improve your drawing. How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting. The problem is knowing how to choose and use a good photo.

How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting

This is an important step to the success of your finished painting. Problems can arise when the artist relies too heavily on photographs for their soul inspiration because photos obviously lack the depth, value, color and saturation of reality. For instance, the beautiful colors and details of a shadow are generally lost within a photograph, as explained below in Rusty’s demonstration. This is why most professional artists make outdoor plein air sketches of their landscape subject, along with reference photographs to be used in the studio.

I know from experience that those little plein air studies are valuable color and value reference photo material for a studio landscape.