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Digital Drawing Tutorial by nortagem Digital Drawing Tutorial by nortagem
This is a digital drawing tutorial for beginners.
I've recently discovered myself how to use a graphic tablet
to achieve high-level artworks, and would like to share that
knowledge with you.

This tutorial is designed for those who know how to
draw traditionally.
There's no 'magic trick' here, I'm
just giving you the tools that will allow you to use your
drawing abilities with a computer, which I think has many
new possibilities for an artist.

Full view to watch this tutorial.

View the end result Here.

The second part of this tutorial, Digital Painting, can be found here



Thanks for the DD!
I'd like to thank everyone for their :+fav:'s and lovely comments. It's awesome!

And I truly hope this tutorial will indeed help you become a digital artist!
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Given 2010-06-19
Suggester's words: Digital Drawing Tutorial by ~nortagem looks very detailed and really helpful. I'm not a digital artist myself, but this really motivates me to start using my tablet some more! ( Suggested by Anoya and Featured by FantasyStock )
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm thinking about purchasing a digital drawing pad for myself. Do you have any recommendations? 
Anton1973 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Thanks for this....muchly appreciated :)
CheesusCrusty Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Building up a good color pallet seems to be the key to shading the drawing. Did you sample the colors from the image itself or did you sample it from the already existing color pallet and expand it that way? My biggest problem with giving my drawings a plastic look is my inability to creating a good color gradient/color pallet, so I would really appreciate a short instruction on how to build up the color range. Also, that fur seems to be a lot of work ;_;
Kunoichi98 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
In step 8, how do you get the sampled colors? Do you leave it off the the side, or on a blank patch? I'm sorry if I'm bothering you, but I'm completely new at this and I really want to try digital artwork. Again, sorry if I'm bothering you about this! Sweating a little... 
nortagem Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Hey, to sample any color on stage, just make sure the brush tool is selected and hold the ALT key down. You should see the mouse cursor change into the Eyedropper tool. Alternatively, you can hit the 'I' key to directly select the Eyedropper tool.
Now, with the eyedropper tool selected, click anywhere on stage to sample that color. That's it!
Also, you can click the foreground color selector and choose a color manually.
If you want, you can also create custom color swatches to be used throughout your work. Here's a tutorial to do so:
Kunoichi98 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! I'll watch the video and try it out today! Hopefully, with some practice, I might get the hang of it!!! :D
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this was amazing, really!
stevep12 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
very nice work!!!
tpablo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thanks a lot!
selenaloong Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you helped me very much on the brush setting! thanks!
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