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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

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.

Famous Artists to learn from!

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.

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.


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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