Today, I wanted to talk about digital painting. Of course, that begs the question: what is digital painting? Digital painting is a form of art where traditional painting techniques, like oil and watercolours on canvas, are recreated using software like Adobe Photoshop. Often, inputs like the Wacom tablet are used in place of a brush, and the result is often something in-between a painting and a digital illustration. Whereas real-life painting can often have small imperfections, digital painting makes it much easier to edit out mistakes and so it can be quite a bit more forgiving, and in many cases you’ll find things like very clear lines and almost perfect colour palettes – but it still retains the hand-painted elements from traditional painting.
While it’s more forgiving, don’t get me wrong – digital painting is an incredibly difficult skill that requires a huge amount of practice. It’s also completely free in that there are no real limitations to what you create. While things like a logo may follow a convention, digital painting presents you with a blank canvas – and while having no constraints can be freeing, it can also be hard to get started. I hope this collection will give you some inspiration for your next digital painting project, and that you can pick up some possible techniques or ideas that you’d like to pursue from it. And as always, if you’ve created any examples that you’d like to share with us, I’d love to hear about them in the comments at the end of this post.
So there you have it – our roundup of the latest, most interesting and inspiring digital paintings. I hope this collection has given you an idea or two that you can use for your own artwork, or that it’s encouraged you to try your hand at digital painting. If you do go ahead and create something that you’d like to share with the world, I’d love to hear about it – just drop us a comment below!