Computers have brought change to every corner of modern society. One of these corners is art. The internet is full of concept art, desktop wallpapers and many other kinds of image that have been drawn by some user at a computer.

When I bought myself a graphics tablet (roughly a week before this ible was published), I was dissapointed to find there are no beginner tutorials to digital painting. They either assume you have previous experience in some form of art (I suck at painting and drawing), or are so basic that they leave out the art.
So the aim of this little series of tutorials is to provide a few tutorials to teach people how to use their graphics tablet, but perhaps more importantly, leave the creative aspect in the drawers hands.

This is the first tutorial in a small series (I haven't decided how long). Other tutorials are:
Lesson 2: A feather

Step 1: Requirements and Tools

In traditional artwork, the artist has to draw every single thing, but in digital artwork, we are not constrained by physical tools. Through the use of various filters and brushes, what would have taken a painter hours, can takes us a few strokes of our digital pen. For this reason, I'm going to ignore software that focus' on emulating traditional media (eg artweaver) and instead use a digital image manipulation program. I'm cheap, and can't afford photoshop, so I'll be using Gimp.

- A computer (with enough specs to run Gimp properly)
- A graphics tablet (with drivers etc)
- Gimp (or photoshop if you can translate to the tools there. Note that I'm using v2.6 because v2.8 has some issues with my tablet)

- An hour or so
- Some proficiency with gimp, or the ability to use google
- The ability to move your hand
- The ability to see what's on the screen
- Some creativity.

So sit down at your desk, get comfortable, put on your favorite music, and let's start.
Thank you!! That tutorial was exactly what I was looking for. I'm interested but really don't (didn't) know anything about drawing tablets or the software needed to use one so I appreciate that this was very basic and you literally started from the beginning. Can't wait to get one and try it out :)
<p>Cool tutorial! Now all I need is a tablet and a whole lotta patience </p>
<p>Haha!! Thank you!! Just the tip on how to turn Gimp into a single window has made the tutorial worth following /blush</p>
I'm looking for a tablet and I can't find one that I'm sure will be a good purchase (I'm looking on amazon). Which tablet do you use? I think it would be helpful to know which one you use so I can take that one into consideration.
<p>just try everybody hero on the paper try other way </p>
<p>Mine is the same as his. We both use Genius .. mine (the one in the picture) is a little bet smaller than his btw. Anyway it's in any computer shop :)</p>
<p>too bad google is full off tutorials of people who are not experts</p><p>one week and you decided to create a tutorial? pfffff</p>
<p>The very point of this instructable was that I am not an expert. </p><p>An expert will expect a certain level of knowledge on a topic when they make tutorials. This tutorial was written for people who have zero knowledge of how to draw. </p><p>Funnily enough, this is my most viewed instructable, so it obviously get's something right.</p>
<p>Awesome tutorial. I did basic art in high school, but haven't drawn for a very long time. I bought a Wacom tablet, figuring it would be easy to get back into art, but found it easier to trace and copy! This is the first time that I really understand the difference between working on paper and digitally. Many thanks!</p>
<p>If you where in art school tracing is very important before you paint on canvas in natural way ,no one can cheat the line in digital world but according copy everything copy like old age we do sketch people's fig</p>
practise is what I need right now! A better tablet maybe... but I hope to incorporate it in my 2nd and 3d workflow!
<p>Excellent tutorial. Thank you. x</p>
<p>For me it was rather g.tablet testing than lesson. Because I'm very newb to 2D digital art and have more exp with 3d packages, my first reaction was: I'm better off and faster with blender for this task. My wife's reaction (she is an artist and I made her follow the steps as well) was a bit different: &quot;I'm better off with paper and pencils for this task&quot;.<br>Anyway, great tutorial, thanks. It really shows where the ART in DIGITAL world starts...</p>
<p>The pendanty jewelry thing looks like something my brother would make in Blender, but it's actually in Gimp. Nice job!</p>
Excellent tutorial. Thank you!
<p>&quot;On the gimp main box, click Windows -&gt; Single Window Mode&quot;</p><p>OMG I looked for this option for ever!! That one sentance makes the whole tutorial perfect!</p>
<p>I've been out of the loop doing any kind of art for a long time. And countless times lately I have picked up my pen and sat frustratingly staring into a blank canvas and end up either scrapping the drawing within a few strokes or just turning photoshop back off.<br><br>With this little tutorial it has made me think differently when drawing now AND you actually take into account the different layers and what modes they are in. (being self taught I had no understanding of this and many tutorials overlooked it)<br><br>Thank you for making this tut :) It makes the difference </p>
I am impressed. as far as beginner digital painting tutorials go ctrlpaint is an amazing resource for beginners and pros alike. its run by a very good artist that teaches basic drawing and painting techniques in a series of free videos. concept cookie is also really good. a lot of their stuff is free too. One more thing, most of the tutorials you'll find are for Photoshop which of you are a gimp expert you'll not have much of a problem with, but if you're new to Gimp and don't want to pay for Photoshop, look up &quot;Gimp Shop&quot; its a version of Gimp with a more Photoshop like interface. I've heard great things about Paint Tool Sai which I believe is abandonwear. I've not used it however. I have also played around with Krita which is another opensource painting program, it looks awesome but therr is no stable Mac version (windows and Linux work fine though).
Thanx Tyler!
I'm actually more comfortable working with Gimp. I've used it for making textures for 3D models for several years, and know the ins and outs of the program. I see no reason to change for any other software at this stage.
Great info thanx!
Fantastic tutorial! Really well written.

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