DIGITAL ART FOR BEGINNERS
I really wish i knew how to do this, but i don’t even know where to start well. I am here to answer your questions. Music. Today, Music, hi, everyone welcome to my channel. My name is joanna and i am here to help you start your digital archery i’ve been getting a lot of messages lately from people asking me jonah. I really want to start painting digitally, but i don’t even know where to start what program should i use? What tablet should i buy? Am i going to have to spend a lot of money just to start? Well, i thought i would make a video explaining all of those things going over several painting, softwares that i know of and drawing tablets and giving you some information about them, as well as my own personal opinion, to start off. If you want to be able to draw digitally you’re going to need a tablet, there are an insane amount of tablets for sale. At this moment when i started out, the choices were very limited, to say the least. My first tablet was a wacom bamboo. I went on amazon to try to find it to tell you guys the price and i don’t think they sell it anymore. Here is my bamboo. I bought this when i was 14 years old, which is well over 10 years ago, and i used this for a really long time. So, if you’re starting out you don’t, really need to invest in something that’s very expensive, something.
This simple could really help you out. When you’re just learning the basics after my bamboo, i upgraded to an intuos pro a wacom intuos bro here’s, my wacom. This i used for a few years and i was using it on pc with photoshop and the tablet connects via usb cable. You have all these buttons you can configure to use as shortcuts, for example, to choose a brush to choose an eraser to select. You can also configure your tablet to be used with your right or your left hand. This is a bit more expensive and it doesn’t have a display so you’re going to have to learn your eye hand, coordination because you’ll be drawing on the tablet and looking at the screen. But that is something that you can get around in. In a short amount of time – and i know a lot of great artists – that to this day, haven’t upgraded from monitors and do amazing work, so that’s not going to stop you wacom was the initial brand for drawing tablets and, in my opinion, it’s still one of The best in terms of price quality, it still holds up on its own Music. However, in the meantime, some of the brands have entered the market. We have the xp pen, which is a much cheaper alternative, and you have regular tablets as well as display tablets. Those in which draw straight in the tablet, without having to look at your screen, there’s, also huion, i’m, not sure, if i’m pronouncing it right but huion, which is being greatly used nowadays by a lot of answers.
It’S also cheaper than wacom uh it’s, a bit more well known than xp pen and i’ve, heard great reviews about it. I’Ve never used any of these um. I have pondered before getting my ipad. I did wonder if i should get an xb pen um, but i ended up going with the ipad. Then you have the wacom cintiq. The cintiq is sort of the holy grail of wacom it’s quite expensive, but it is a very, very much quality hardware um. I do not own a cintiq, but i have tried working on one and it’s very very then you have the ipad, which is actually what i use and what i’ve been using for the past year two years. Maybe – and this is my ipad – and this is my most priced position – um – i love it. I would never trade it for anything and yeah. I can’t live without it. I am a slave to ipad and procreate. Then you’ve got tablets that have their own operating system. These tablets, you do not have to have a computer or a mac to work with you draw directly on them, they have their own ram, they have their own memory and it all stays within that tablet. Those tablets. We have examples. Like the microsoft surface, there are some asus and as well as hp, and they are very good but quite pricey as well. Then you have the cheaper alternatives but they’re not as high quality, and you might not get great results with them.
You can always draw on your phone by buying a stylus, but i’ve never tried it, but i wouldn’t recommend it uh it will. It will take you a really long time to get the same results that you would get with a tablet, and you will need a lot of patience. You can also buy a regular tablet and there’s some free software. You can install and using the stylus again. You can get some pretty good results. Another thing to keep in mind when buying a tablet is pressure sensitivity without pressure sensitivity, your tablet is not going to do much for you pressure sensitivity is what allows you to vary the opacity of your brush in one single stroke, as well as thickness of stroke, A tablet without pressure sensitivity is pretty much the same as using your mouse. When it comes to software. There are an endless amount of programs out there for you to use. Some are free, some are not so free and not so cheap. There is the basic one which is the most used uh in the industry and that’s photoshop. Everyone knows photoshop um. It was the one i used before i switched to ipad, and it is the one that i love the best, because it does have a lot of features that you can use for your photo and and your drawings photoshop, however, does come with a price. There is a monthly fee that you have to pay for it still from adobe.
You have illustrator. Illustrator is another great program that a lot of people use. However, illustrator is more tuned to vector design rather than painting. So, if you’re, starting out with logos or icons or anything vector based illustrator, is probably your best alternative. Another program that i’ve heard about is coreldraw. I did use coreldraw a few years ago about a decade ago. Uh. However, i did not use it for drawing at the time i didn’t use it for photo editing uh, so i cannot attest to the quality when it comes to drawing. However, at that time it was one of the biggest softwares out there for the design painting industry. Nowadays, i don’t know how much it holds up to the standards. However, it is extremely expensive. It is 300 something dollars a year. Then you have clip studio paint, clip studio paint is very well known and a lot of people and a lot of very, very well known artists use it. I have never used it myself, so i cannot give you my own personal opinion about. It is also paid it goes somewhere between 50 to 215, if i’m not mistaken. The last program that i’m going to be mentioning that is paid is of course, procreate. However, i believe that procreate is incredibly cheap, ten dollars and you pay it once and you have it for the rest of your life. Procreate is my favorite program to use. However, there are some drawbacks because it is on the ipad.
There are some restrictions in memory, so you won’t be allowed to have as many layers as you would have on photoshop, for example, because of memory restrictions you, depending on the size of your canvas, you will have a limitation to layers to the quantity of layers. It is great for painting, however, photoshop does have more features that you can get so sometimes i do paint in procreate and then export the image into photoshop, so i can tune it to my liking. Now, on to the free software, the first one i’m going to mention is is a very old program. It has been around for a while. However, it is not the greatest option out there and since it’s free, you have many other choices that are also free. So why settle for a lesser program? In my opinion, then we have autodesk sketchbook autodesk sketchbook is also free. It does have a very pleasing layout to it it’s very minimalistic and very easy to navigate um. It has some really cool organic brushes. It almost feels, like you, are painting on your own sketchbook or in a real real life. Physical canvas. If you are having trouble going from traditional to digital, this might be a good option for you to start off with, or if you really just like that, traditional feeling this would be a good alternative for you. The next one i’m going to be talking about is medi back. Medibang is another program that’s been around for a while, however, it is more suited for comics um.
It is great for creating panels for inking, so i wouldn’t recommend it as much for painting. And finally, we come to my favorite free software, and that is critter. Critter is the best free software that i have ever tried. I before i got uh photoshop. I did work on creator for a while. First, i started on i upgraded to clip studio paint and then i discovered critter and critter is pretty much incredible. It is made for painting it. Has that going for it that photoshop doesn’t have the layout is very similar. I think this is the best program out there. In my personal opinion, there is also a paint tool side that i forgot to mention, and that is also a very good option. Thank you so much for watching. I hope that these tips will help you on your journey into digital art.