Tutorials!

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My painting tutorials by Griatch-art

Introduction

Over the years I have produced a range of tutorials on artistic use of the computer. Most of them concerns rather general concepts and can hopefully give something regardless of which program you are using or even be of some interest for traditional, non-digital artists. Some examples of my art can be found in the gallery.

That said, to get the most out of these you should know that I mainly use the open-source image manipulation program GIMP. I also work a lot with the painter program MyPaint. These are both very powerful programs capable of great artistic expression. Being open-source programs, they are both legally free to download and use without any cost. They exist for many platforms, including Linux, Mac and Windows, so they are worth trying out if you haven't already.

The tutorials listed below tend are (very roughly) beginning by covering the basics then going onto small tricks and particular effects. They then gradually expand into bigger projects and creating more complete works. You don't have to do them in any order though - the latter ones may on occation refer back to the earlier ones, but it shouldn't be a problem. If you are just starting out in making art on the computer in general and GIMP in particular, I suggest checking out the first few at least before trying the larger ones. A lot of people have, creating some really cool stuff from them in process!

Each tutorial has an image (which might link to the deviation being created) and one or more links. The links lead to the actual tutorial. If one link is down, try another one. All tutorials are hosted outside DA, such as on GimpTalk or on my own website.

Oh, and if you like these tutorials and want to bookmark/fave them, you can fave this journal entry or the tutorial deviation.


Tutorials, in rough order of complexity

Beginning with GIMP -- starting tutorial for new users
www.gimptalk.com/forum/beginni… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Setting up GIMP for artistic work (also Beginner's level airbrushing)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
airbrush1

Making a forest background
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Adding a fantasy mood to a picture
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester relaxing by the fire by Griatch-art

Draw an eye in 5 minutes (YouTube video)
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9EfZF… Description: www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Anatomy 101: Draw a nose
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Pencil drawing -- use the pencil, smudge and eraser tools to create a b&w character concept
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Grumpy Farmer by Griatch-art

Draw your own hand using the airbrush tool -- more advanced level airbrushing
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Basic Colouring techniques -- Colour a sketch into a full image
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Gifts of trolls by Griatch-art

Portrait painting from beginning to end
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Character portrait - June by Griatch-art

Planning and drawing battle-worn cyborgs
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Fallen Angels, characters by Griatch-art

Draw a futuristic city from scratch using various tools and techniques
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Asteroid City by Griatch-art

Paint a lush landscape
www.gimptalk.com/forum/paintin… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester in scenic view by Griatch-art

Making full-colour character artwork with the airbrush and other tools
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester2 v2 by Griatch-art

How to handle and plan a large painting project in GIMP
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
The Warlord by Griatch-art

Water in Nature - MyPaint+GIMP tutorial
www.gimptalk.com/forum/water-i… sites.google.com/site/griatch/… (www.linuxgraphics.ru/articles.… - russian translation by prokoudine)
Tranquility by Griatch-art

Comic Making in MyPaint, GIMP and Inkscape
www.gimptalk.com/forum/tutoria… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Looking out by Griatch-art

The River tunnel - MyPaint+GIMP show of work process (not a full tutorial)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/wip-ima… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
The river tunnel by Griatch-art


Technical tutorials:

Create your own replacement nibs for your Wacom tablet
www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/to…


Getting Wacom drawing tablets to work in GIMP (Mostly Linux, but also for Windows/Mac versions of GIMP. Obs-rather outdated)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Making timelapse videos on Linux - goes through how to make a timelapse video using open-source tools in Linux (2016)
gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=2…




Timelapse videos (selection):

Some of these are annotated and may be interesting in order to see the actual workflow of creating a full image.

Looking Out [link]
Looking out by Griatch-art
After Rain comes Fire [link]
After rain comes fire by Griatch-art
No Comfort in Light [link]
No comfort in light by Griatch-art
Vaettebron [link]
Vaettebron - Christmas Card 2011 by Griatch-art
Watched Wave [link]
Watched Wave - Christmas Card 2012 by Griatch-art
The Sleigh trip [link]
The sleigh trip - Christmas Card 2014 by Griatch-art


Enjoy! And please comment (on GIMPtalk or here) if you find something of interest.
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Griatch

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If you are interested in the art tutorials I have done, you can find them here: griatch-art.deviantart.com/jou… .
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Quadonx's avatar
great tutorials extremely helpful
Griatch-art's avatar
Glad you think so! :D
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outolumo's avatar
Among the best I've ever seen :)
Griatch-art's avatar
Thanks a lot! Hope my tutorials are of use to you. :)
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idioticbat's avatar
Thank you for these awesome tutorials!
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You are welcome, hope they come to use. :)
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idioticbat's avatar
I tried one of them today, helped a lot to learn how to work with MyPaint. Here
lilybug2500's avatar
AWESOME!!!! I loved the beginner one, it reminded me of some stuff I had forgotten about.
Griatch-art's avatar
That's good to hear, that reminds me that one should start to ponder a new tutorial now that GIMP 2.8 is soon here. Ugh. :)
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mmadhu94's avatar
This is by far the most useful gimp related tutorial i've found so far. Thank you!
Griatch-art's avatar
Glad to hear you found my tutorials useful! Which tutorial were you referring to in particular?
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mmadhu94's avatar
The forest and tree ones. I always have trouble with the lighting and these helped a lot!
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Glad to hear it. :)
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ShyniMoonStar's avatar
I just downloaded GIMP (among many others i was recommended) but I'll say even without actually watching/looking at any tutorials in detail, I totally like how well organized this information is, and the fact you seem to genuinely CARE...It's possible that you've just single-handedly tilted my bias towards this software above others with this intro page(presentation is everything) to the dismay of other software developers who developed the other programs I downloaded...now I am just going to pray that I have enough tech-savviness in me to follow the tutorials and learn something. Thank you much (I really meant to say no more than a line but it's turning to something so much longer -sorry).
Griatch-art's avatar
I'm glad to hear this! Some of these tutorials have been around a few years now and a lot of people seem to have enjoyed using them to learn digital painting in GIMP (judging from the posted results).
Hopefully the first few tutorials should help also if one's not very "tech-savvy" (they may be somewhat long to get through though, so patience helps). :)

Thanks for the nice comment, made my day. :D Good luck with getting into gear!
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ShyniMoonStar's avatar
well, I'm glad I made your day, and if it's only takes patience I got me a lot of those.
RivenRoth740's avatar
thnk u ery much. with this, i'll be able to improve a lot.
Griatch-art's avatar
Glad to hear it. :)
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Jagged88's avatar
Thanks, the create your own nibs tutorial was very helpful. Especially since I seem to go through quite a few.
Griatch-art's avatar
Yes, this seems to be a very individual thing -- some seem to have to replace the nib quite often whereas others report they use the same nib for years on end. Glad my little instruction was of use! :D
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he4rty's avatar
Thank you for the collection of tutorials.
NoctiLuna's avatar
Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking, but I looked around a lot and couldn't find a satisfactory answer :/ It's a very specific question: is it true that tablets in Gimp can't be used when set to mouse mode? I tried it because I don't like pen mode, but the brush is still drawing in pen mode, whereas my cursor moves in mouse mode. It seems to be a common problem in Gimp. Do I really have to switch to pen mode to avoid this? :(
Griatch-art's avatar
I'm pretty sure I used "relative mode" (which you call mouse mode) in GIMP in the past - but it was many years ago, before I got it set up properly to use absolute mode. Sorry, never looked back since, can't imagine wasting the tablet exactness by using it in relative mode ... But that said, I find it strange that it wouldn't be possible if you just configured your tablet to use it - if not it sounds like a bug - you should check out the gimp bug tracker. Also, maybe you are better off asking this question on GimpTalk.org or in the #gimp IRC channel where the gimp devs reside, they should be able to answer.
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