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Digital Painting 101: The Complete Guide

Digital Painting 101: The Complete Guide
One thing I have to tell you guys who are interested in this (not my thing; I'm so bad at drawing, *stick figures* laugh at me—but I can write pretty well) is to try getting yourself a tablet laptop (NOT an iPad or Android slate) with a WACOM Penabled screen. My fiancee is a professional illustrator, classically trained, and she's so enamored of her now 3 year old Gateway C-140x laptop that I don't think she'll ever give it up as a drawing tool. Particularly if you're on a budget, you can get these laptops pretty cheap on ebay (she paid a lot more when they first came out, but today they can be found for about $350-400) and they're upgradeable to pretty recent Core 2 Duo processors if you need more heft. They run photoshop just fine in their stock configuration. Anyway, the reason why is because these laptops have a stylus, and the screen can detect up to 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. Not quite as awesome as a Cintiq, to be sure, but a lot cheaper especially for a student.

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The use of Silhouettes in Concept Design Silhouette thumbnails are among the most helpful and productive methods of design when it's necessary to produce a large quantity of variations of concepts within a short period of time. It's not a method used by all concept artist and it's certainly not a necessity to design a creature or a character purely based off of a silhouette shape. That doesn't go to say that all designers don't subconsciously focus on shapes and designs that make a strong impact on the viewer. We often refer to a silhouette as a black outlined shape, much like a shadow. This doesn't always need to be the case, as a simple line sketch or simple shades of value can still provide the same effect and are just as efficient.

How to Draw Ears For a video version of this tutorial visit In this tutorial I will go over the parts of the ear and suggest an easy way to remember all these complex shapes. At the end, I will show a step by step of an ear drawing. 20 best Illustrator tutorials Learn techniques for Adobe Illustrator across vector art, vector graphics, typography, pattern design and more. Adobe's vector design and art tool Illustrator can appear to have a daunting number of tools – tools that Adobe is adding to on a regular basis – but whatever you want to do with it, we have the tutorial for you here. Whether you want to create a stunning illustrations like Alexandra Zutto's owl (above), informative infographics or artful type, check out our list of the top 20 Illustrator tutorials, written by some of the world's leading illustrators and designers. Techniques covered here include faux 3D effects, linework, shading perspective, vintage effects and more. Some of these tutorials are designed to help you learn the new tools in Illustrator CC – and some will work no matter which version of Illustrator you own. Illustration tutorials for Illustrator

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Pencils, Pixels and the pursuit of Awesomeness By Bryan Tillman Now I want to talk about shapes. I know what you are thinking: Well, I’m glad you asked that question (if you didn’t, you should have). How to Think of What to Draw Edit Article Edited by Dvortygirl, Laptop123, Nicole Willson, Random and 41 others Have you been inspired to draw, including getting inspiration from famous artists, or are just doing it for fun? Add the Andy Warhol Pop Art Effect to Photos the Easy Way Andy Warhol is considered by many to be the greatest artist in history. His pop art paintings were realistic, vivid, and detailed, while remaining simplistic at the same time. Luckily for us, we can recapture the pop art effect, made famous by Warhol, quickly and easily with digital photo editors. Pop art originated in London in the 1950’s. In England, they referred to it as propaganda art because it was heavily based off of media, advertising, and popular, marketable subjects. In the United States, we refer to it as pop art, pop being short for popular.

The 100 Best Books of All Time Many publishers have lists of 100 best books, defined by their own criteria. This article enumerates some lists of "100 best" books for which there are fuller articles. Among them, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (Xanadu, 1985) and Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels (Grafton, 1988) are collections of 100 short essays by a single author, David Pringle, with moderately long critical introductory chapters also by Pringle. For publisher Xanadu, Science Fiction was the first of four "100 Best" books published from 1985 to 1988. The sequels covered crime & mystery, horror, and fantasy. Lists[edit]

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