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Digital Painting

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Hello there, my name is Waheed Nasir, and I would like to share my following tutorial on digital painting, here at I thank Chris Perrins for letting me have it here.
In this tutorial, you will be exploring the possibilities of digital tools for making a digital painting, in software like, Artrage, Painter, Photoshop etc. Here im working in Artrage, to have a more painterly look. Artrage don't give you any filter or blending modes, one has to do everything manually, just like in a real painting. that's why I love working in Artrage, though its not an easy job to handle things here, but one can achieve that unique look, in this amazing software.
I am sharing here a walk through of my painting procedure.
An important note here, is, that though I am writing down all the steps, there is a whole process of thinking behind each stroke and there is no rule, nor any formula for that, you have to follow your instincts with spontaneous actions to bring out what is there in your mind. I am sure my method of painting would help you in some way or the other.
What you see here, is my very personal style, so rather than copying each and every step, I am very sure you will be developing your very own distinctive style too, an ultimate goal of a real artist.

About this painting

I will paint in an impressionistic manner, with no definite shape, I will suggest things, make impressions of shapes and light. For me, a painting must look like a painting, not like a photograph.

Note: I do not take any reference, no tracing. No pencil sketch, I start directly with a brush and color.
I've decided to paint some flowers (Tulips) for u, a subject that would teach a lot in many ways

Step 1

I start by blocking in the main shapes first, go for bigger shapes, but here, I make marks for the placement of my subject, to make things easier for others.
Divisions and composition is all that matters in the start. I don't like to place objects in the middle of the picture plane, I like things a bit off centered.

Step 2

Define shapes with loose strokes of light and dark.
Note: One must know how to draw well before going into this style of painting, though I don't sketch/draw first when I paint (even in real painting), the drawing knowledge/rules help me throughout. When we sketch on a canvas with pencil first, we often end up with a colored drawing rather than a painting.

Step 3

More strokes are added for the background as well.

Step 4

More Strokes plus more color added.

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