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12 December 2005, 10:46 AM
Well i just recently purhcased a wacom Graphire4 Tablet and i was woundering if i could get some tips on painting with it. i have been using photoshop for almost a year now so i know how it works. but i have problems with the conceptual elements of my work. what im saying is i need tips or any good tutorials on how to define a painting without sketch lines.

i dont know how to explain this correctly i guess. but i dont know how to make a piece look good without the sketchlines inplace after ive applied the base colors and detailing.

12 December 2005, 06:23 PM
ideas and technique I guess take time, but as far as straight up structure, setting up a horizontal line and perspective lines, might be a way to go. Check out these site, mostly matte painting related.

There alot of that here:

Also, some serious training, I cant hype enough about the mattepainting DVDs at gnomon, there are also other ones you might like how to design a car, architecture, people, creatures.
Most are photoshop, but a couple are painter, so if you want PS specific make sure on that.
Even the techniques in painter for me are great, but if youve only been in PS for a year, get PS specific titles. (

click the 'analog' button

12 December 2005, 12:47 AM
digital character design by don seegmiller is a book that is full of invaluable information. therer is a photoshop and a painter version of the book.

12 December 2005, 05:19 AM
thanks guys. ive been looking for that first site posted. but there is somethings i still cannot figureout. simple stuff really. such as do you paint on the canvas straight or do you use layering...or do you smudge to blend or something else?...i guess at the moment im not really cut out for this kind of me a dreamer..but i will become great.

12 December 2005, 11:05 PM
all those questions are answered by doing... there is no real answer to those actually there is the answer is 'yes'.... right now just paint. when i was younger i puchased a set of water colors and would just paint for hours without instruction... digital art should be the same. there are no rules in art just create... heck you might even come up with techniques that others never thought of

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