by Ronald Bien . September 8th, 2010
Painting is one masterly form of art that technology has helped elevate. Not only are effects more easily and better achieved, but design software has also made this art form even more accessible to a designer with a computer, an eye for detail and a genuine desire to learn. If you’re one of those designers who aspire to create digitally painted artwork like these, we think you’d learn more than a thing or two in this collection of tutorials. Read through them, study the variety of techniques they employ, and come out an accomplished digital painter in your own right!
Learn how to paint wavy hair digitally. Get all sorts of helpful advice, from which brushes to use to what steps to take to make the hair shine.
This tutorial will show you how to make this prototype from start to finish. It also contains pro advice on how to create that texture from scratch.
Learn how to create the highlights and shadows on this mutated version of Link, from the Legend of Zelda. You will also learn how to make all those textures.
Learn how to create a digital painting of President Obama using Photoshop and a graphic tablet. This tutorial also includes a video of the painting in progress.
Learn how to paint a realistic female digitally starting from grayscale! Work your way from there to creating these realistic colors.
Learn how to paint lips that are sensually life-like. Get expert tips on how to achieve those highlights to make painted lips look more realistic.
Attempt painting a realistic portrait and see the progression from conceptual drafts to the final artwork with this tutorial.
The tutorial will demonstrate how to create an image using ten color palettes and standard Painter brushes.
There are ways to make painting fabric easier. In this guide, learn what brushes could be used to simulate the texture of which fabric.
Here you will learn how to apply basic painting techniques on Photoshop with the help of a graphic tablet.
This tutorial will help you create an abstract dragon using different textures that you can find anywhere in the web or from your personal files.
With the help of this tutorial, you will be able to construct feathers and angel wings that aren’t necessarily very angelic.
Learn how to paint intricate details, from highlights to cobwebs.
See how a traditional painter works on this dragon using Photoshop.
Hours of painting have gone into this piece, complete with all the details. Learn the processes that have gone into this painting through this tutorial.
This tutorial will show you how to create a fantasy image to accompany a story aimed at a younger audience.
With this tutorial, you will be able to make a digital painting inspired by the video game Bioshock. You will also learn how you could add invaluable textures to your illustrations.
It’s impossible to make a good painting without a good sketch. Check out how this bronze dragon progressed from an intricate line drawing to this fierce finished design.
Learn how to create old-fashioned pin-up artwork digitally.
This painting has a nice, fluid oil feel to it. Learn how to simulate the warmth and energy that seems to exude from this piece in Photoshop.
This tutorial will show you how to simulate action and movement in a digital painting. You will also see how to construct tension and drama in a scene so that it feels like you are looking at a movie still.
If you are new to digital painting, this one is a must read! Learn the basic know-hows, as well as the slightly advanced techniques, in how to simulate skin, cloth and hair textures, as well as how the play of light can give more life to your piece.
Get expert advice on how to create eyes that show character, mood and beauty.
This digital painting was started in Adobe Photoshop and finished in Corel Painter.
The title of this tutorial comes from the three extruding lines on the wall in the background. Learn how to do grayscale shading, create rough colors and then render them in this beautiful tutorial by Henning Ludvigsen.
Inspired by a friend whose ice cream suddenly acquired a small insect, Daniela Uhlig has fun creating this strange situation depicted in this graphic, completed in this very painterly 3D tutorial.
This tutorial combines dark humor with irony in this digital painting of a mermaid and a group of painterly pirates. See how it started from a small doodle on Photoshop and ended up as what it is now.
Learn how to create all that texture, illumination and drama by enhancing light and shadows in this tutorial.
This tutorial will show you how to create Hecate, the Greek goddess of the crossroads.
Paint a realistic portrait in less than half the usual time using a combination of oil and acrylic techniques and digital painting.
Learn the basic anatomy rules and discover techniques that will make painting hands easier than ever.
This tutorial has no text, but shows you a step by step guide on how to create those puckering lips.
Yes, that’s actually a painting and not a picture. Learn how to create this from a sketch, to an underpainting, and finally to the finished product.
Create an enchantingly beautiful faerie scene with this tutorial, starting with some simple sketching on paper.
Light gives life to what we see. Here, you will see how drama has been achieved by simulating light.
This tutorial attempts to catch the feel of traditional Chinese paintings and poems in a very modern digital painting.
Get the step-by-step procedure on how to paint this face from a scanned sketch using Photoshop.
Create a detailed pin-up of Wonder Woman using helpful insights in this tutorial. The concept of chiaroscuro helped make this pin-up work.
Learn how to use perspective in your digital paintings.