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Some advice for beginners in digital paintingPeriodically, I have people ask me about how to get started in digital painting. I decided to write up something to use in the future as a response to that particular enquiry, since it's far from a simple answer. You could call it my lazy reply. To be fair, it's a pretty loaded question, and it seems a lot of the people who ask don't realize how much they're actually asking. I'm not a teacher or personal tutor, mind you, so this will have to do.
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First of all, one of the most important things for you to know is that digital painting is not some magical solution to making awesome art if you can't already do so with regular drawing materials. I don't know why I have to say this, but it seems like a lot of new people have this idea. The basic skills you require to produce a digital painting are the same skills you'd use to produce a traditional drawing of the same quality. The software does not do the work for you. If you're aspiring to paint, whether digitally or traditionally, you need t