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Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!
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Getting started with Digital Art: Beginners Tips and Tricks!

What is Digital Art?
Digital art is a broad term that encompasses various forms of artistic expression created using digital technology. It involves the use of computers, specialized software, and other digital tools to produce visual or interactive art. Digital art can take various forms, including 2D illustrations, 3D sculptures, animations, digital paintings, virtual reality experiences, and more. This medium allows artists to explore a wide range of styles and techniques, offering new possibilities for creativity and artistic expression.


Choosing a device and software!

1. Laptop Users:
– Free software like Krita or ArtWeaver can be excellent starting points for beginners.
– If you have the budget, Adobe Photoshop is widely used in the digital art community for its powerful features and versatility.




2. iPad Users:
– Free apps like IbisPaint or MediBang work well on iPads.
– If you have the budget, Procreate is highly recommended for its user-friendly interface and advanced features.



Advantages of Digital Art!

Versatility and Experimentation: Digital art allows artists to experiment with various styles and techniques easily, from traditional painting and drawing to 3D modeling and animation, without the need for different physical materials.

Non-Destructive Editing: Artists can make unlimited changes to their work without damaging the original, thanks to features like layers and undo/redo functions, offering greater flexibility and room for creativity. ENDLESS UNDOs

Cost-Efficiency: Digital art reduces the cost of art supplies since there’s no need to purchase physical materials like canvases, paints, or brushes. The initial investment in hardware and software can often be more cost-effective in the long run.

All-in-One Workspace: Digital art consolidates all artistic materials into one software, eliminating the need for physical storage and making everything easily accessible from a single device. Digital art also offers various tools and shortcuts to speed up the drawing process, such as selecting, transforming, and duplicating elements with ease.

Common mistakes!

Many artists make the mistake of using black and simply lowering the opacity when painting shadows, which is WRONG. It’s important to consider factors like colour temperature, subsurface scattering, bounce light, and ambient occlusion to create more realistic shadows. Understanding these principles is crucial for achieving good lighting in art.

Artist: Samdoesart

Visual Arts Centre Professional Manga Drawing & Digital Painting Course

Composition in art involves arranging visual elements to create a visually pleasing and impactful artwork. It guides the viewer’s eye to the FOCUS and conveys the artist’s message.

Many artists encounter difficulties with human anatomy and maintaining accurate proportions in their work. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, tackling this fundamental aspect of art is common. To improve, observe real-life subjects and references. By actively observing and internalizing these proportions, artists can improve their understanding of the human form in their artwork.

Visual Arts Centre Professional Manga Drawing & Digital Painting Course

Famous Artists to learn from!

Visual Arts Centre Professional Manga Drawing & Digital Painting Course

Yoneyama mai

Yoneyama Mai is a distinguished Japanese artist and animator, known for her significant contributions to renowned anime productions and her ability to convey emotions and movements through her art. She creates captivating bold and vibrant works.

Visual Arts Centre Professional Manga Drawing & Digital Painting Course

Sheya Chen

Sheyan Chen creates engaging and immersive visual experiences through illustrations, animations, and indie games. The way she paints lighting and her choice of colours are outstanding.

Visual Arts Centre Professional Manga Drawing & Digital Painting Course


Wlop is a renowned digital artist celebrated for their atmospheric and intricately detailed artwork, which tells compelling visual stories. His ability to convey mood, emotion, and storytelling through captivating compositions and technical mastery has earned them a dedicated following and high acclaim in the digital art community.

With digital art, the possibilities are limitless! With the power of digital tools and technology at your fingertips, you can bring your artistic visions to life in ways you never thought possible. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, the world of digital art offers an expansive canvas for you to explore and express your ideas. 


Want to create stunning artworks like these? Come and join us at our Digital Painting and Manga Workshop!


Monday: 5-7.15pm, 7.30-9.45pm

Tuesday: 3.30pm-5.45pm

This 2 hour 15 minutes per session course is suitable even for beginners.

Course Fee: 12 sessions at $1188nett / 24 sessions at $2188nett

What You’ll Gain:

Beginner-Friendly: Perfect for newcomers to digital art, we’ll teach you how to sketch captivating characters and backgrounds.

Subject Matters:

* Painting backgrounds

* Character stylization

* Illustrations

Skills You’ll Develop:

* Learn basic human anatomy

* Learn shading and lighting

* Gain observational skills on composition

* Understanding color theory and mixing

Art materials and tools will not be provided for this workshop.

Please bring your own drawing tablet and stylus. 

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Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.