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Digital Painting Tutorial Part One: The Basics by Laitma Digital Painting Tutorial Part One: The Basics by Laitma
A tutorial/walkthrough on how I paint digitally, since I've had quite a few people ask! This is long overdue, really, but I hope that it proves informative/useful to some of you guys, and sorry for my wordyness! I can't make any sense unless I'm trying to tell a story. ):


For those who don't know, Oekaki is a browser-based (online) drawing system where you draw via an Oekaki applet (such as Chibipaint, PaintBBS or ShiPainter, which is what I used for this tutorial here) and post it onto an "Oekaki Board" (BBS, bulletin board system) for fellow users to see and comment on! Many oekaki applets have the fancy feature of recording Animations, which are stroke-by-stroke replays of the painting of a picture. I have an animation of the painting used for this tutorial, check it out!

To get pressure sensitivity in Oekaki, download the JTablet Plugin!


Any comments, critiques or notes gladly welcomed, it's been a while since I've done a tutorial. ...And yes, I still put together all my stuff in MS Paint. Shhhh I'm a very simple person. >_>;;

Anyway, I hope that this will be of use to some of you, and see you in [PART TWO: THE WALKTHROUGH]!

Tutorials that I found useful when learning how to paint skin:

Drawn at Craic Oekaki
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D-E-A-R-E-S-T Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I THOUGHT LINEART WAS A REQUIREMENT TO PAINT OH MY GOD THIS IS LIKE  CHRISTMAS THANK YOU SO MUCH KIND STRANGER YOU HAVE SHOWN ME THE LIGHT
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Laitma Nov 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahahahah, ohmygosh I'm so glad that I could be of help!  It definitely helped me a lot to realize that lineart actually just made painting harder, so I'm glad my tutorial could be of use!  C:  Good luck!!  :D
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KingdomHeartShera Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This and the other parts are really, REALLY useful, and thanks so much for writing down your process!
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Laitma Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Just hope that it's of help!
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KingdomHeartShera Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it is! :) It really is. I need to get back into digital painting.
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PagodaComics May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooooooh, thank you very much for sharing your experience. I'm a "pencil person" and just recently figured that HOW big mental step is to break away from lines and go with painting blocks. In black and white I manage to replace lines with shadow-light blocks but when I also have to add colours I feel lost all of a sudden. XD
And yeah that "zig-zag" was another problem that I didn't know for a while and that picking wrong colours will make it bland ugly and you have to include more saturated colours inbetween. (Ah I wonder if it made sense ^^' )
Anyway, thanks again, it was a good read and it was nice to see it in breakdowns why dodge doesn't work, makes sense now. :lol:
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Laitma May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww man, I'm just so super-freakin' happy to hear that it helped, that my silly ramblings-on could be of use-!
I just recently picked up a regular old wooden B pencil, and even that helps, before I used a 0.7 mechanical pencil so I was still being waaaaayy too obsessive with my lines, it really does make a difference what kind of marks you're making on the page-!

I'm glad if this could be of help though, seriously! :heart:
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PagodaComics Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, thank you very much! =)
Hehe, I should do some other techniques again. Tomorrow I'll paint some, watercolour work. Hope it will come out well because it's commission, wish me luck~ (haha I know it's silly you might read this message only a week later so.. XD)
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Laitma Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Uooooooooooooh, watercolors~!!! I'm excited to see those~! <3
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:eager: It's like Christmas! The tutorial I've been waiting for! :iconlawooplz: It's super clear and explains everything fully! It's two Christmases at once! :iconhurrplz:

Excuse me. I have some studying to do. :iconsnootygplz:
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