Learning to Paint

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I am currently teaching myself to paint digitally in Photoshop. I’ve never painted, digitally or traditionally, and it is an interesting challenge. To train myself I’ve been watching a lot of tutorials on Youtube. I’ve also subscribed to the video lessons of Will Terry, a prominent Children’s Book Artist.

With painting I need to think about how the light and the volume of my subjects interact. I have background in film and photography so the concepts of lighting area easy enough to understand, but translating that to hand drawn images is taking a bit of practice. I think that I am starting to get the hang of it though. My wife, who is a teacher, and I are collaborating on a Children’s Book. I knew that I wanted the book to have a painted look to it so it was a good excuse to finally teach myself the ways. The painting below is my first attempt at painting anything. There are a lot of flaws that bug me about it, but for a first attempt I don’t think it is that bad.

I’ll be posting more from this book as it progresses, so stay tuned.