How to get Started with Digital Art
So let’s get into it. Música, hey dominic, lauren, wright artist here my question, for you is: what do you think is the best tablet for beginners thanks so much um? We have to start now all right. So the best tablet for artists that are starting out with digital art is by far the ipad air or the ipad pro, pero eso es. Not the tablet that i started out with. I started out with a cintiq 12wx and back then, when i bought it it was 2012 and i had to pay a thousand dollars to get it. So you know i was uh, Sabes, selling my xbox and my video games. I sold part of my comic book collection to get. It only made a couple thousand – Dios mío, but it was that tablet that helped me get my foot in the door um and you know i created a bunch of different artwork for children’s books back then i that’s when i started getting hired for doing, covers For like teen novels um, so that that’s, that was a great tablet and the equivalent of that tablet today is the wacom one. The only thing about that tablet, Aunque, is it’s, not an all in one device. It’S a you know, drawing tablet screen which works extremely well, but you need another computer in order to use it. So you have the tablet we have to plug it into a laptop or a desktop computer in order to draw on it compared to the ipad air and the ipad pro it’s, an all in one device.
So i recommend you know one of those two tablets or the ipad to start out with your digital art, career, Oye, just out of curiosity. What tablet do you use and the towel that i use now is the cintiq 24 hd that i have behind me and then, when i’m on the go, i use the ipad air both are great tablets, but you know not necessary for starting with digital art. You know there you can use the um the 22 hd cintiq tablet um, you know if you want to work with the wacom one that i discussed earlier, like those are also very proficient tablets hey there. So i want to ask you which programs do you use for coloring thanks for answering all right, so when i’m coloring the programs that i use when i’m at home, i use photoshop and then, when i’m, on the go and using my ipad air, i use procreate. Hey dom quick question: what brushes do you use here? We go again: Bien, so that’s a question i get, Creo, Probablemente 10 veces al día. Is the brush question? What brushes do i use to make my art um? So i have a bunch of special brushes that you know i use and i’ve i’ve made several of them that i use in photoshop that are also compatible for procreate, so whether i’m, here working on the big cintiq tablet or i’m on the go with my ipad.
I use those photoshop brushes that are compatible for both when i’m, not using photoshop or procreate. I use clip studio, which is my favorite program for doing, ink, work and lining work, and i use the mapping pen or the texture pin um. But you know if i don’t feel like jumping back and forth from program to program. I have my own pencil set and my own uh inking and lining set that i use for both photoshop and procreate as well. Hey i’ve got a stupid question uh what size canvas? Do you use uh when you make a big piece? Bien, so the canvas question so most artists work at 11 inches by 17 inches at 300. Dpi uh me, Por otro lado, i’m a crazy person that works at 24 inches by 36 inches at 300. Dpi hold up wait a minute, and the benefit of this is um. You know you’re able to work with a wide range of different clients um. So you know i’m working with different art galleries right now and they like to have their pieces produced on canvas at you, Saber, 16 inches by 24 inches or a 24 por 36 inch canvas um. But at the same time there may be a comic book shop that wants to make a variant cover of that same canvas, and so they need that that piece produced at um. Sabes 6.8 inches uh by 10.5 inches for the comic book cover size and then let’s say you know i’m working with a game company and they want to create.
You know cards uh for a board game from a cover that i did um. You know they’ll need that artwork produced at three inches by three inches or you know two by three inches and the thing about digital art is, you can always scale down you can’t scale up. So if i was working at 11 inches by 17 inches and i created a cool cover for a comic book company and then the art gallery approaches me and says: hey we want to make that on a canvas um. You know that that piece isn’t going to be able to scale up as well, because it was produced at a smaller size, um, and so this is why i work at such a huge size is because i have a lot of different kinds of clients, and i Work with so many different kinds of companies, i try to make sure that once i do a painting once it uh, it works for all these different companies – nice hey there. What are two essential items that every digital artist needs, especialmente en 2021? Bien, so two essential tools that every artist need. Primero, you need some way to store your files um. Sabes, Creo, it’s always dangerous keeping your files just on your desktop computer or on your ipad. So i highly recommend always having a google drive or upload your files to your icloud and the reason this makes life easier is there’s, always a safe place for your files, and it also frees up space on your device, and the second thing that i think every Digital artist needs is a color wheel and i think that color will need to be specific to you and your style of art.
Sabes, i see a lot of artists, make the mistake of always using the eyedropper and with the eyedropper. You have a tendency to kind of pick colors that don’t complement each other, they don’t go together and i think that’s, a huge fundamental of art is knowing your color theory and by having your own dead set color wheel. It helps you, Sabes, solve these issues. I have my own color wheel and because of that i have a consistent style with my artwork, so i highly recommend you know you can use my color wheel. You can create your own color, rueda, um, but that that’s another thing i think artists definitely underestimate hey what up dominic. My question has to do with color. Do you work in rgb or cmyk and why being in the printing business it’s a big deal to choose wisely, so give me your thoughts? Bien. This is probably the hardest question to answer, but probably the most important one so to understand what color space to work in you first need to understand: how does color and light work so rgb is measured in light, so everything we see around us, whether you see It on a screen, su teléfono, your tv is measured in rgb, which is red, green blue and all the colors. We see that’s. What it’s made up of that is crazy. Por lo tanto, con eso, you have more options of color right compared to cmyk. Cmyk is four colors and it’s thinking in regards to print.
Así que, when you see a comic book when you see a magazine, all of those are printed in cmyk, which is cyan, magenta, yellow and black. So i personally like when you have those options um, i work in rgb because you have all of the color options to work with things are getting pretty serious, and so i use my color wheel for all my different colors, but at the same time i use Different uh, you know image adjustments, sometimes i’ll uh bump up the vibrance or the saturation, and that can kind of skew some colors and make you know some colors uh that wouldn’t be available in print. So the solution for this is, i work in rgb, but then i convert my files to lab colors so lab, and what that is is lab is a file type that allows your printer to have more control of your file and the colors that they can work With um, this isn’t the case for every printer, but the printers that i work with they always you know, ask me to work in rgb and then send them a tiff file so that it doesn’t reduce the file size and doesn’t compress. Any information from when i painted the piece and then have that tiff file have the color setting to lab. So hopefully that answers your question. I always recommend just talk directly to your printer and ask them like hey what should i work with and or work in and and what kind of file do you need and what does it need to be set at, because every printer is different? So let me show you what that looks like.
I want to show you what happens when you have your piece set to rgb and you print it that way or if you set a piece to cmyk and you print it that way and then, when you set it to lab or a lab color and show You what that looks like as well, so let me show you, Bien, así que aquí está, a piece that i did, and this was done with one printer that worked with cmyk. So this piece right here was printed with the four colors, so cyan magenta, yellow and black. So you can kind of see the colors. They look good um. En mi opinión, they look a little dull and the reason i say that is because then there’s this piece right here, and so this one was actually printed with rgb and you may be confused like how did they do that? Bien, they were working with a digital printer and so now there’s a lot of digital printers that are able to you know, read and print rgb files, not all printers have an expensive digital printer that can do this. So if you look at the colors here, there’s the cmyk and then there’s the rgb on the digital printer and then my favorite. This is a canvas done with lab colors and so with the lab color. I sent this to the printer and they were able to bump up the vibrance and the saturation because they had all the lab colors in a tiff file which had all the color information.
Whereas these two pieces had a limited amount of color information, and this one had the full color information for the printer to adjust, hey dominic question for you: how do you use reference when you’re sketching or research before you start a sketch to end up with this Beautiful artwork that you create so this question right here probably deserves its own video um. But to summarize it real quick for you, i think every artist should use reference and how i use references. I always open up a new document or i’ll create a folder on my computer. That has all the different images of things. I need to know for that piece. So sometimes the client will reach out to me and say hey. I need this specific character and you know so. I look up that character and pull up all these images of like what does their anatomy look like and maybe there’s um, Algunos, you know photo stills or maybe there’s some toys or statues that show how their their costume reacts: different lights and shadows um. So that’s kind of how i organize my reference, i uh i always recommend to spend like an hour to two hours, just gathering reference, because you know you didn’t invent this world. I didn’t invent this world, so there’s no reason for you and i to memorize how everything works um, so hopefully that answers that, but um i’ll definitely do a more in depth. Video on this concept, uh in the future, so that’s all the questions we have for today, but if you guys have a question feel free to drop it in the comments below.
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