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Digital Art

Do you enjoy creating digital art?  Then this is the group for you!  Discuss all aspects from tablets vs. mice to your favorite digital art programs. Ask questions, share tips, tricks and techniques.

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Welcome to the Digital Art Group!

 

This is the place to discuss digital art - share tips and techniques, learn about different computer programs and tools, and ask questions.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Before uploading your digital art, make sure your work fits this definition: "Computer-generated art that is created by hand (i.e. using a tablet, stencil etc), either from scratch or from a reference source."

 

Under this definition, photographs that have been slightly tweaked (photo-edited) are not accepted as "digital art" on this site - for example, running a photograph through a few Photoshop filters and displaying it as a finished work of digital art. Even though this can result in some beautiful imagery, we decided early on that we don't want photography on this site because there are many sites out there to share photos, and feel that edited/filtered photos belongs on a photography site and not here.

 

Click here to read more about the distinction between digital art vs digital photo editing, to help determine whether your images belong on this site or a photography site.

Discussion Forum

Stylus/Brush Pen Recommendations for iPad

Started by Thaneeya McArdle. Last reply by Jo Flockton Sep 21. 24 Replies

Can anyone recommend a good stylus for use with the iPad? I like the idea of a brush/pen combo so I've been looking at these two:Sensu Brush…READ MORE

Tags: pen, recommendations, brush, stylus, digital

What is your favorite program for creating digital art?

Started by Cat Lengyel. Last reply by Cortrell Harris Sep 18. 21 Replies

What is your favorite program to use when you want to create digital art?Do you prefer to use a tablet & pen or old fashioned mouse & mouse pad?For me, I fell in love with PhotoImpact after taking an online class and currently use…READ MORE

That heartbreaking moment when.....

Started by Margaret Brock. Last reply by Cortrell Harris Sep 18. 5 Replies

When you realize that a drawing that you've been working on for days is ruined because you accidentally erased a huge chunk of carefully shaded area.I'm going to cry now.READ MORE

Getting used to a Wacom tablet

Started by Margaret Brock. Last reply by LordSlip. May 27. 9 Replies

I notice that several folks are on the fence about your Wacom tablets. When I first started using one, I was "photoshopping" people out of pictures for a friend. I got the hang of the tablet and pen pretty quickly because I had a clear path to…READ MORE

Billy Corgan digital painting

Started by Sandoz Driftwood. Last reply by LordSlip. May 27. 1 Reply

Billy Corgan of the Smashing PumpkinsAdobe…READ MORE

Latest iPad/Procreate creation

Started by Margaret Brock. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle Feb 13. 7 Replies

This is my latest effort. I don't usually add colour and when I do, I'm afraid I overdo it. In this one, I was learning how to fake gradients in Procreate. I think I did ok on the gradients or shading, but I still got too much colour on the piece.…READ MORE

Post your finished digital Art here for Show & Tell!

Started by Cat Lengyel. Last reply by Thomas Marino Jan 14. 116 Replies

Your work can be any size, any medium, as long as it is created on your computer and as long as it is finished.  There will be a separate thread for works-in-progress, if you want feedback on a piece before it is finished. Please check out the…READ MORE

Digital Art Programs

Started by Cat Lengyel. Last reply by Tim James Dec 19, 2013. 9 Replies

Are you looking for a program to create digital art?  Here are a few free programs to get you started! General Digital Art:GIMP http://www.gimp.org/Paint.net …READ MORE

Drawing tablets? cintiq or something else?

Started by Mika vahlqvist. Last reply by Margaret Brock Dec 15, 2013. 10 Replies

I'm thinking of getting a drawing tablet where you draw direcly onto the screen..i have been thinking of a cintiq 22 hd..but they are quite expensive, and as a hobbyist it might be overkill..i have also looked abit on budget versions like the…READ MORE

Tags: Yiynova, tablet, digital, cintiq

The Lamp Post Guild...

Started by Bill La Rue Sep 17, 2013. 0 Replies

...is a sort of online college of art that specializes in "teaching professional illustration to aspiring artists and help(ing) them make a living doing what they love".http://www.lamppostguild.com/They…READ MORE

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Comment by Jo Flockton on January 31, 2014 at 5:02am
For those interested in making pattern brushes in Procreate, found this page of "Zentangle grid seeds" (new phrase to me) that would work great for making pattern brushes. http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/eine-interessante-mu...
Comment by Jo Flockton on January 29, 2014 at 7:50am
Just found those pesky pixels! Thanks so much Margaret! I'm getting the hang of this but get easily frustrated at each new roadblock. So glad you're here to advise me, lol!
Comment by Jo Flockton on January 29, 2014 at 7:44am
Thanks Margaret! I'll see if I can find those stray pixels between patients. Then I can finish the centre. I want to try this on a rectangular canvas and turn it into colouring pages. Different colour finishes and put them together like a Warhol (eg Marilyn Monroe)
Comment by Margaret Brock on January 29, 2014 at 7:31am
Jo, I hate it when that happens! At some point, you did some erasing and missed a few tiny bits. Just use an eraser to go over the middle of the drawing and test again. If there is even one stray pixel on the drawing it will look "huge" when you use the brush.
Comment by Jo Flockton on January 29, 2014 at 6:57am

Margaret, I've been playing with the tutorial in procreate for making pattern brushes (http://procreate.si/forums/index.php?topic=1132.0) and also the link at the bottom for Design Sponge and how to make a repeat pattern (http://www.designsponge.com/2008/05/welcome-julia-and-how-to-make-a...) I've been working on a dragonfly repeat pattern and tried to test once I'd moved all the picture pieces to the four corners. I've tested at this stage and there appears to be some dots showing up in the repeat, which I can't see on the drawing. I'm trying to figure out how to erase this part of the pattern repeat, hoping you have some insight.

Comment by Jo Flockton on January 29, 2014 at 4:44am
Terry, thanks for the design seeds link, that's going to be useful. I've already got it bookmarked in my Procreate folder!

Thanks, having lots of fun making pattern brushes. Started one yesterday based on this tutorial, http://procreate.si/forums/index.php?topic=1132.0 at the very end of the tutorial there's a link shared on making repeat patterns, http://www.designsponge.com/2008/05/welcome-julia-and-how-to-make-a...
I'm trying one with dragonflies (what else!?!)but have not finished the whole pattern yet.
Comment by Terry Carter on January 28, 2014 at 11:57pm

Thank you for the info, Jo. I think for now I will keep using what I have been. My favorite stylus after trying lots of them including the Sensu brush is the little $5.00 plastic one they sell at the check out counter at Walgreens. They come in bright colors and are light and thin. I don't want anything that will scratch my screen that's for sure. 

Love your patterns and those gloves look interesting. I don't have too much trouble with my palms resting on the iPad, but good to know.

I was on FB today and someone shared this awesome site for colors When you see an image on the site that you like, you press on it and select "open" in the window that appears - then when it opens, you press on the image again and select "copy" then pull it into Procreate when you first start your new drawing by selecting "import" when you start and then "Clipboard". Here's the link: http://design-seeds.com/index.php/search

Comment by Pat on January 27, 2014 at 11:57am

Great info Jo and your patterns look great.

Comment by Margaret Brock on January 27, 2014 at 11:35am
Jo, I like your pattern brushes! Well done. Good solution for palm rejection. Palm rejection is already part of iOS, Apple uses it in iBooks - open a book, plant your thumb on the screen and swipe the page with your other hand. It doesn't always work right which could explain why they haven't made it available to developers.

I use a homemade stylus that is as long as a normal paintbrush. I find I have better control with a longer stylus, my hand doesn't block my view of the screen and never gets close enough to the screen to need palm rejection.

My slightly long fingernails make pinching the screen difficult, but one of those smart finger gloves solves that problem ( my hand gets warm though LOL
Comment by Jo Flockton on January 27, 2014 at 10:43am

I've been doing all my digital art on an iPad and find I need a glove for palm rejection when drawing. I found this great link, from the Procreate website, that describes how to make a glove.  http://procreate.si/forums/index.php?topic=1960.0  The pictures above shows the one I made, from a pair of gloves bought at the dollar store. The final glove is made from both gloves, one inside the other, because the thickness is necessary for the iPad not to register your hand resting on the screen.  I also came across the following link that uses a sock, you would have to make sure the sock is thick enough or double up the thickness as with the glove. http://life.paperblog.com/learn-how-to-make-an-ipad-drawing-glove-2...

 

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