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07 July 2005, 05:58 PM
It can be a sketch or a full painting but make sure it's the oldest one you got.

Dr. Ira Kane
07 July 2005, 06:47 PM
I'm pretty sure it was sth like this :)

El Marco
07 July 2005, 07:17 PM
I only started digital painting about 4 months ago and this is my first attempt with my tablet.

I was just looking to draw anything so I drew a covert dentist.:shrug:

07 July 2005, 07:27 PM

07 July 2005, 07:42 PM
I stuck this over in was a quick sketch on the wacom (had it for almost a week now) then I decided to try to paint it.......

hopefully it will not only get easier, but it'll get better too... :shrug:


Ray Frenden
07 July 2005, 07:44 PM
I just started about a month ago. First attempt at a digital painting (Aside from one "pencil" sketch in painter.):

This is at about 60% done. I lost ambition and simplified the wing and polished it off some in photoshop. I just really didn't like the way it was turning out. Ah well, it was a first attempt.

Leonardo Vega
07 July 2005, 08:11 PM
This is my first painting. I did it as soon as I downloaded Painter IX trial! (I still have 12 days or so left lol) :)

07 July 2005, 07:59 AM
You were all so good from the first painting on. I have painted for several months and I still can't paint as good as you. I have a lot to go through.

07 July 2005, 10:02 AM

This one was my first fully finished digital painting, but I think my case was a bit different because I was already a traditional artist for many years before I started using digital.

07 July 2005, 02:12 PM
This is my first attempt at digital painting, I was quite into drawing manga at the time, this was painted in photoshop with a mouse

This is my first attempt at a more realistic painting with my wacom tablet

07 July 2005, 05:15 PM
i started digital paint 3months ago...this is my first try

07 July 2005, 05:28 PM
There was a thread on this before...have a gandour, pretty nifty stuff for firsts, lol.

first digital painting (

07 July 2005, 05:41 PM
This is the very first thing I did with the Wacom tablet I got back in March. I have no clue what it is, but it looks kind a cool. As for "very first one done with a mouse in MS Paint", I know for a fact that I didn't save it.

07 July 2005, 05:41 PM
first colored lineart:
first digital painting:
(meh I have been so occupied with the university, I rarely have time to do non-traditional stuff...) :shrug:

07 July 2005, 07:28 PM
*WARNING* Nudity

Hey I'm working on it! ^_^

07 July 2005, 09:01 PM
I used MSPaint many years ago on a Win 3.1 486DX to help with this illustration. Although a lot of the work was finalized on paper with a pen, I'd still consider this my first digital illustration because without the computer I don't think I would have been able to get everything to line up correctly.

Sorry, this one hurts your eyes if you stare at it too long. Inspired by M.C.E. of course. :D

A few years later I scored a Mac with Photoshop 3.0 from a friend and did the coloring of this one with a mouse. Sorry the image is really tiny. This is the only copy of this image that I could find (and yes, I too was seduced by the evil filter effects of Photoshop). :D

07 July 2005, 10:15 PM
well.....there are some far more superior first time pics on here than mine... :blush: ..but here is my first one that is not yet done; I just got my wacom tablet last week and I need to make some brushes for the fur, as I'm not happy with the brushes I have now but.....

and this one I put a little more effort into it but admittedly is not my best but is my first "finished" one.

Umm..his eyes are all black on purpose (it's a character) and I wasn't striving for realism, really - but DID utilize Enayla's tutorials on lips and eyes (didnt see the hair one until after this was finished)
It's a character in a novel I am working on and it's not how I see him in my head, so I am going to retry until I get it right. This is what I call serious doodling, but not serious work. lol

I'm still playing and doodling with the various programs: Corel, PhotoShop and PaintShop Pro 9, they were birthday presents and prior to that, I haven't done anything noteworthy with art for a couple of years and these are my first attempts at digital painting (I used airbrush for the most part, with some color pencil on finer details)

07 July 2005, 10:43 PM
i was.. i think 10 years old when i did my 1st digital painting.. i don't even remember of what it was. :D

07 July 2005, 10:52 PM
i was.. i think 10 years old when i did my 1st digital painting.. i don't even remember of what it was. :D

I did one with a mouse. :eek: I remember it. I still have it unfinished on my hard drive and I won't break anybody's monitor posting that. lol

Dr. Ira Kane
07 July 2005, 11:01 PM
Try us, Bohemiantoe :)

07 July 2005, 02:40 AM
I don't really mean to finish it, Dr. Kane and it's not a project or anything - it was just experimentation. lol

But here is the finished image based off the original sketch using a wacom. The mouse version has horrible mutated pixel effects and stuff.

I'm not happy with his lower lip. It was supposed to be "straighter"

07 July 2005, 09:43 AM
I've been learning to paint to supplement my 3d skills and just finished my first digital piece... was gonna post in finished work, but i think here is more appropriate.

Before that was a lot of sketches and tutorial stuff used in the learning process. I want to thank all you tutorial makers out there, I never would have made it this far without you guys! :thumbsup:

07 July 2005, 01:03 PM
Hey that's beautiful lighting and colours, quite the thing to show off here.

07 July 2005, 01:14 PM
Hey that's beautiful lighting and colours, quite the thing to show off here.

Ditto. That's nice, Yeoh.

07 July 2005, 02:17 PM
Wow, thanks guys. :)

There's still some issues with the coloring in there, it's not quite as good as the work in the finished gallery (which is ultimately where I'd like to be), so I was a bit too shy to post there. Here's the process, it might proove insightful... and it includes a *really* bad first coloring attempt.

Somewhere in the process, things just "clicked" and started to fall into place. After reading the recent tutorial on portrait sketching, I realised that all the while I had been concentrating too much on getting to the finish line and worrying how it would look. The breakthrough for me, was to not bother about proportions, pose or how it looks but to just work at light and shadow without thinking about anything else. The first coloring attempt was trying to do too much at one time, and it just ended up being a mess.

It was quite an amazing breakthrough for me to suddenly be painting like this, the difference is quite staggering. Hopefully my breakthrough and the self-analysis above can help another beginner reach theirs...

EDIT: The next thing to work on is detailing and hard edges I guess... everything is pretty smudgy atm.

07 July 2005, 02:43 PM
:applause: I really like it, it looks really dynamic, your process is admirable, I like your development. The initial sketch is very fresh. I enjoy good sketches a lot. I wanna see what you will make in 5 years from now. ^_^

07 July 2005, 04:10 PM
Here's what I consider to be my first effort...done back in the day...started out as a traditional oil painting copy of a painting by Odd Nerdrum, then got photographed, scanned, and completely redone in Photoshop. Boy, can I see lot of mistakes now...

Meh, I'm a nice girl, I just like wierd paintings. :)


07 July 2005, 04:50 PM
Here you go... vintage 1994 work... first of 8 illustrations for a computer art class project (college level) based on classic and modern illustrations (and in some cases, tellings) of traditional fables.

I first drew the illustrations on paper. Then, on a specially allotted date and time, all students who needed it got access to a flatbed scanner to scan in their hand-drawn images. After that, I used the class's long-forgotten, no-name Mac-based painting program to touch up and fill in the color (mouse-only, no layers).

After all of the illustrations were done, they were loaded into a multimedia display program of some sort (May have had "Lillypad" or "Frog" in the title) for display (testing this application was the driving force behind the project), and that was that!

Of course, I have no way of showing my really early work... I remember using a GIANT drawing tablet (can't remember the name of the company... it wasn't KoalaPad™) and accompanying paint program to copy characters from the NES Super Mario Bros game onto my (now defunct) Commodore 64. I used black-and-white enlarged pixel illustrations from the game manual for pixel placement, and screen images from the game/manual for color reference.

They came out looking quite nice (especially the red & green Koopa Troopas ), but I don't remember if I saved the work, or where I saved it if I did. And I really don't have any way to find the image on the 5.25" disks, or load it into anything if I could find it. :shrug:

P.S. - Of course, I would pick this thread to post my first image on CGTalk... :rolleyes:

07 July 2005, 06:36 PM
This is my first one from a while ago never actually took the time to try and finish it, dind't knew nothing about painting.(not much now either :P)

Mal de Ojo
07 July 2005, 12:41 AM
Im also trying to learn painting to supplement my 3d.
My first 2 scketches... also first time with a graphic tablet.

07 July 2005, 09:18 AM
Oz Haver: Thanks for your vote of confidence! I set my goals pretty high, but truthfully, if I could paint half as well as you, Luna, or any of the many wonderful artists on cgtalk, I'd be extremely happy. :)

07 July 2005, 03:14 PM
I used to draw in MSPaint... :D I think I was eleven when I did this one, couldn't find an older image.
This was supposed to be Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter book series (I was so addicted those days)

07 July 2005, 05:07 PM
Here's my first "complete" piece. Personally, I think it's an example of my noob skills.

07 July 2005, 06:03 PM
Wow. You were all so good from the beginning. I now remember that the one I posted wasn't acutally my first digital painting. I drew naked women in MSPaint looong time ago.

07 July 2005, 02:14 PM
Well I did a lot of sketches before I did my first actual paintings (e.g. the point where I dared to call them that) here's my first sketch:

DSG 001 (

the first serious thing must be this:

(it's not a paintover as such, but it's an exact copy of a photo by Adrian Belusic)

07 July 2005, 02:33 PM
Played with the filters on a scanned pic. First digital art by me :)

And this ( is the first thing I drew with a tablet. Done a month or so after the first pic in 2002.

07 July 2005, 01:34 AM
I am very new to the whole digital painting , heres my first fully done by me thingie majingie


clicky that to see it :)

07 July 2005, 03:34 AM
when i first got my paws on Photoshop 6... :)
first there was this ( then it became this...

(ahh good ol' smudge tool. heh)
and now, after working with my wacom tablet... i have NO IDEA anymore how i did that with a mouse! (took a while.) :P

07 July 2005, 05:04 AM
Oz Haver: Thanks for your vote of confidence! I set my goals pretty high, but truthfully, if I could paint half as well as you, Luna, or any of the many wonderful artists on cgtalk, I'd be extremely happy. :)

I have been doing art compulsively and obsessively for years and years and years, so when I switched to digital I sort of had a handicap. Practice makes perfect, but perfect is unreacheable in itself, so all we can do is keep practicing, everyone no matter how good they are still try and strive to get better. But believe in yourself and have patience too! The learning rythm and the process is different for everyone. :D

07 July 2005, 09:27 AM
Well, here's mine. ^_^

07 July 2005, 09:00 PM
@ Yeoh .. wow that image looks really cool! :)

so ... this is my first and only digital painting.
it's a copy of a reference by spawn ( (not an overpaint - but i picked the colors with the colorpicker from the original to use them in my image)

cheers chris

07 July 2005, 11:37 PM
Based off a Haiku, no ref used (can you tell? :D hehe) It's old now, and before i started to get serious about digital illustration. I just relocated, and landed a job, so I can now start working on illustrations. Hopefully I'll be able to post more work soon, and get some webspace so I can start a WIP when I feel more confident. I still can't "find" colors digitally, like i'm used to with traditional media, but i'm beginning to learn.

07 July 2005, 05:34 PM
Very nice stuff!

This is my very first post here at CGtalk and my very first digital-painting.
This was done in Photoshop 3 in 1997 (whoa thats old),
back then there were no layers available as far as i remember. clouds are a photo.

since then I made none – but now trying to get myself to!

08 August 2005, 06:41 PM
Wow alotta great stuff here, heres my first one

08 August 2005, 06:55 PM
Some of the entries here are really impressive for first times!

My first "real and serious" digital I did was this piece:

but my first painting using a graphics tablet was this one:

08 August 2005, 07:17 PM
My first digital picture was just a little lineart coloring for my neopets eyrie. But my first real (in my mind) digital painting was done with track ball, and i was trying to get a blended paint look, as opposed to just cell shading, and was something kind of inspired by one of my friends. Between those pieces, there is a lot of lineart coloring, but it's mostly cell-shaded, and just not very good at all.

First coloring--
First painting--

08 August 2005, 04:57 PM
Yeoh - Your perception and use of light is superb, no doubt aided by your 3d background. In a funny twist, I'm learning 3d to suppliment my 2d drawing :)

This image was completed when I purchased my first tablet. I had no interest in making the image smooth or realistic, I just thought it incredibly cool that I could "draw" in Photoshop :D

09 September 2005, 03:06 PM
Hah, sorry for digging out an old thread but I finally found something I could "share" with the community, haha.

God, this stuff is old, from around 1994-1995, I was around 15-16 at that time... All made with a two button mouse (a Wacom? what's that? haha) in Autodesk Animator (anybody remembers this program? it was GREAT for that time, what happened to this company??) under DOS, sitting in front of a 14'' CRT... Yeah, and it was one of the last times I painted anything at all, I basically stopped doing anything art related for almost 10 years short after that, with the exception of the occasional drawing once a year, which soon stopped as well... I just recently picked up drawing again, trying to work up the last 10 wasted years... :sad:

09 September 2005, 03:41 PM
I had animator pro, that was a cool prog. I use Combustion now, which still has some elements of animator.

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