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Digital painting is a marvelous form of art made possible by our ever evolving technology. Even though I don’t believe it can ever truly replace traditional art forms, I do think it is an excellent skill for artists to learn. A few years back I decided I would teach myself how to paint in Photoshop. It was a long process but I finally figured out the basics (or so I thought). Mainly, I watched speed painting videos on YouTube and then jumped into Photoshop to figure the rest out myself. Although I did lean a lot from this and was able to paint some pretty awesome pieces, it was a rather difficult and slow process for me. It was fun working on a new medium but I just couldn’t quite get the hang of it.

Recently, I started to get the urge to paint in Photoshop again. I kept wondering if there was an easier way to learn, and being a college student, I preferred not to pay hundreds of dollars for online courses. So, I began my search. Eventually, I landed on an excellent YouTube video by Matt Kohr on the basics of digital painting. As I began looking into the rest of his videos I found that he has an entire website devoted to teaching not only digital painting but drawing, composition, and much more! His website is full of wonderful tutorials and the best part, it’s free! Matt Kohr’s Digital Painting 101 video course has completely changed the way I do my digital painting. His technique is so easy and now I enjoy painting in Photoshop much more than before.


Digital Painting 101- (1 of 5) – Intro from matt kohr on Vimeo.

For more of Matt Kohr’s tutorials you can go to www.ctrlpaint.com.

What resources have you found most helpful in learning to create digital art?