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My painting tutorials by Griatch-art


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
(Note, this is for a pretty old GIMP version and is also missing images, so while the text still mostly apply,
there are better beginning tutorials nowadays. At the time it was made, this was very popular though.)

Setting up GIMP for artistic work (also Beginner's level airbrushing)

Making a forest background

Adding a fantasy mood to a picture
Jester relaxing by the fire by Griatch-art

Draw an eye in 5 minutes (Text + YouTube video)

Anatomy 101: Draw a nose

Pencil drawing -- use the pencil, smudge and eraser tools to create a b&w character concept
Grumpy Farmer by Griatch-art

Draw your own hand using the airbrush tool -- more advanced level airbrushing

Basic Colouring techniques -- Colour a sketch into a full image
Gifts of trolls by Griatch-art

Portrait painting from beginning to end
Character portrait - June by Griatch-art

Planning and drawing battle-worn cyborgs
(Note: Text is still there, but this one is missing images)
Fallen Angels, characters by Griatch-art

Draw a futuristic city from scratch using various tools and techniques

Paint a lush landscape
Jester in scenic view by Griatch-art

Making full-colour character artwork with the airbrush and other tools
(Note: Text is still there, but this one is missing images)

How to handle and plan a large painting project in GIMP
The Warlord by Griatch-art

Water in Nature - MyPaint+GIMP tutorial
(www.linuxgraphics.ru/articles.… - russian translation by prokoudine)
Tranquility by Griatch-art

Comic Making in MyPaint, GIMP and Inkscape
Looking out by Griatch-art

The River tunnel - MyPaint+GIMP show of work process (not a full tutorial)
The river tunnel by Griatch-art

Technical tutorials:

Create your own replacement nibs for your Wacom tablet
(The original forum is gone, but the principle is simple- get a 3mm weedtrimmer wire to replace
the wacom pen nib, cut it to size and smooth the edge with sand paper. Newer Wacom
pen models have more specialized nibs with very narrow stems, so this old money-saving
trick will most likely not work anymore).

Getting Wacom drawing tablets to work in GIMP (Mostly Linux, but also for Windows/Mac versions of GIMP.
(Obs-rather outdated - Wacom tablets work mostly out of the box these day)

Making timelapse videos on Linux - goes through how to make a timelapse video using open-source tools in Linux (2016)

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.

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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Hi, I'm getting 404'd trying to reach your comic making tutorial


Any chance you could repost it?