I ensure you after spending some time you’ll get a strong foundation in digital art tools and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying this tangible mediums
Let’s start off by talking about digital art: “It’s not difficult as you think”. Here, we’ll dive into ways that you can speed up the learning curve and bump-start your digital art skills.
Your Materials/Tools are same as with Digital Art vs. Traditional Art
At least, you won’t be using paper, pencils, and brushes for your digital just like in the traditional way. Before you dive into digital art world, it’s important to understand which tools or softwares you want to use and how to use them. If you’re like me, you love any excuse to buy new technology and play around with it.
Instead of grabbing some inexpensive paper and pencils, you have to purchase or download some softwares and tolls to make your first digital art stroke. You also have to learn some basics to how technology works before you’ll be able to get started with any art. Starting any new work or technology you’ll have to face some hurdles or problems that you may don’t have with traditional one.
Here are some types of technology/tools you’ll probably be considering:
iPad and Apple Pencil
iPad remains an incredible creative tool Apple iPad supports technologies like palm rejection and pressure sensitivity, both of which are fundamental to most digital artists. The Apple Pencil gives you almost everything you need to sketch, draw, and colorize artwork on your touchscreen device.
A Paperlike screen protector for iPad, which gives iPad a textured surface that feels similar like traditional paper. After using how precise and quick Apple Pencils are, they really do feel like traditional pencils, awesome.
A graphics tablet is another tool which connects to your computer. You draw on the tablet’s small surface with its included pen and your drawing shows up on your computer screen. This designing tool is really cheap in comparison to an iPad and Apple Pencil, which can make a good way to test drive the digital arts. Graphic Tablet is user friendly but having different learning curve than the iPad and Apple Pencil.
For artists and illustrators who want a portable drawing and painting device, it’s more than a match for the Microsoft Surface Pro or Wacom MobileStudio Pro (unless you prefer the extra three-inches of screen that you get from the 16-inch Wacom
Drawing tablets that look like iPads that are made just for digital drawing, Some drawing tablets are very high quality and pricey. Like the iPad option, you can draw right onto the tablet and see your art come to life right there. A lot of professional artists use them, but I don’t suggest them until you’re really committed to digital art. With a drawing tablet, the only thing you can do is digital art work and illustrations so you want to make sure you’re going to use it enough to justify the price
Difference between drawing tablet & graphics tablet is that one has a screen on which you can see your work while you do it and the other one does not. Graphics tablets need to be connected up to a computer to be used. Drawing tablets can be used on their own as the screen shows you what you’re drawing as you draw it.
you can draw just with your computer. A lot of people do this with Adobe’s Illustrator using any type of laptop or desktop you have. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a really interesting option in the digital art world though. The Surface Pro is one of those computers that has a touchscreen and can be turned into a tablet at any time. What I like about the Surface Pros is that they’re big, beautiful, and have the power of a computer in something that you can use as a tablet. The Surface Pro is a really cool choice for digital art, but like I said with the iPad option, it’s nice that you can use it for other things as well.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets work well with pens, but they are clearly the third choice for any artist who doesn’t need Windows for other purposes. Like Apple, Microsoft also charges separately for pens and keyboard covers.
After reading all of that, I am sure you’re excited to buy such a convenient technology. Whichever camp you fall in, there’s no doubt that diving into the tech side of things is a necessary part of digital art
Many Techniques Perform Same Function with Digital Art vs. Traditional Art
When you learn traditional art you figure out how to shade, color, crosshatch, paint, and blend your materials on your paper. It takes some time, but you get the hang of it. You switch over to digital art this thing is also easier you just use different software tools like brush tool, color palette, textures, shadows and lighting effects. You just have to familiar with these tools and their functions.
Some websites like Youtube, adobe.com also provide learning tutorials on designing softwares, designing tools from basics to professional zone. Udemy is another paid learning platform has thousands of good quality video tutorials.
In traditional art just rubbing your pencil lines to get the shading you’re looking for but in digital art you create a bunch of layers with different colors that all lay on top of each other in a certain way.
A lot of digital artists use things like layers, opacities, and hex codes to achieve their shading, blending, colors, and other artistics effects. Basically, they use the tech to their advantage. When you’re just getting started on digital art world, this can be really tricky.
In digital art you can use the same principles, techniques for shading, blending, and color mixing on a digital platform what makes digital art so distinct as you would traditionally also. It’s why you can look at a piece of artwork and feel like it’s glowing or that the colors pop in a certain way. In a lot of ways, these techniques are what make digital art so special.
Digital Art Platforms Can Do Things You’ve Never Even Thought About for Your Art
Digital art platforms can do some different things that you wouldn’t even think about in relation to your traditional art. Here’s a short list of things you can quickly and easily do with your digital art:
- Instantly erase without leaving any marks
- Instantly copy and paste any part of your work to a whole new canvas
- Instantly change your pencil, pen, or brush to an almost endless amount of choices
- Instantly choose any color you can imagine
- Use a number of different “mediums” in your work without having to get any more supplies or tools
- Make certain parts of your work invisible while you work on other parts
- Completely start over with parts of your work
- Animate your cartoons
- Resize your canvas
This is just a short list. People who hate stray pencil lines, these things are really cool and easy.
All of these features don’t make digital art more difficult than traditional art, but it does force you to think outside of the box. When you dive into digital art, you’ll want to spend some time understanding everything that it can do.
At the end of the day, Digital Art is not difficult as you think than a piece of paper. From my experience, you’ll love all of available features once you figure them out. Tech comes with as many challenges as it does benefits. Go in with the mindset that you’ll need to learn the tech along with the art before you get started and you’ll make your life a lot easier.
An Easier Colors Understanding for Digital Art vs. Traditional Art
Digital art platforms give you access to almost any color you can think of. If it has a hex code system which can be found on the color wheel in any designing software.
A color palette, in the digital world, refers to the full range of colors that can be displayed on a device screen or other interface, or in some cases, a collection of colors and tools for use in paint and illustration programs. The color palette reveals a lot about the electronic design of the device or technology, and its visual capabilities for human users.
The digital color palette emerged from the earliest computers, which only had monochrome displays. Early examples include the Teletext format with a three-bit RGB eight-color palette and the Apple II personal computer with a 16-color palette.
To make the most out of your digital art experience, you’ll want to play around with colors and start to understand how they work on your digital platform
Brushes, Pencils, and Pens Act on a Digital Platform
Digital art platforms like are absolutely incredible given how realistic their brushes, pencils, and pens are. In market many digital artwork that looks like it could have been done traditionally. Experimenting with all of the different tools and seeing what they can do is one of favorite pastimes.
Designing softwares and tools do a great job replicating different types of brushes, there are just certain things that can’t be done digitally. For example, the texture of acrylic paint is something that many painters know and love. Procreate’s acrylic tool can’t give you those moist bunches of paint you get with a heavy brush stroke, nor can it give you that same shine.