Today I’m going to show you some amazing free video tutorials by idrawgirls, Xia Taptara. I’ve already told everything about him, his site and his tutorials; so, today, I’ve decided to browse his many tutorials and select some for you.
I’ve decided to select all the tutorials with a common theme: so, today video tutorials will feature famous characters from films, games or comics, such as Star Wars, Diablo 3, X-Men.
Each tutorial has its own article with a step-by-step video, a link to custom brushes and work in progress images. Videos are commented by Xia Taptara, who explain his working process.
When I discover the world of Digital Painting, one day I found Marta’s amazing gallery, and I was “WOW”! From that day I’ve looked for her tutorials online, especially video tutorials, because I really wanted to learn from her. Then I found she wrote tutorials for ImagineFX Magazine, and I subscribed. During these years I read lots of Marta’s tips and tutorials, and she started making painting videos.
One of my favourite Marta’s tutorial is Painting Wavy Hair, since I find lots of difficulties when painting and drawing hair. This tutorial is pretty old since it was featured in Issue 34, but I’m happy ImagineFX staff decided to share it for free.
The tutorial is made of four parts, a pdf file with the tutorial published on the magazine, the DVD support files, which are tutorial images in a higher resolution, and two video tutorials, showing Marta’s painting process.
Have you ever heard about idrawgirls? I discovered this fantastic place some years ago, when I started learning more about digital painting and drawing. At that time I was looking for video tutorials and lessons to learn the basic of figure drawing and I accidentally found this site… what a surprise! I found tons of video tutorials about… everything!
But first let’s talk about the author, the artist who’s behind this project. His name is Xia Taptara, aka idrawgirls, a Concept/3D Artist living in Seattle, WA, United States. As he states in his website, he founded “idrawgirls” during 2007, to motivate himself to draw better, refine his skill, experiment and to be free to draw everything he wants.
Excellence Award in the last Exposè 7 book, by Ballistic Publishing. Now, CGSociety released her free tutorial about the making of this fantastic piece, along with a free 320 mb Video Tutorial of Marta working on it, from the beginning to the very end. It is a great opportunity of seeing how Marta works, even you can find her other video tutorials only in ImagineFX DVD.
She also upload the video on Youtube, so you can watch it below in this article.
Here’s another article of the video tutorials series! This time, I choose some video tutorials from the amazingly great illustrator Bobby Chiu. He’s a really expert artist, with a lot of talent, his drawings are really particular, with a great study on volumes. I truly suggest you to look at his gallery, he’s an incredible inspiration source.
Bobby Chiu illustration experience grows every day, because he constantly draw, paint and sketch. He should be an example for every beginner (and advanced) artist. He also shares his knowledge with others, so everyone has the chance to learn something from him: he has a blog, a youtube podcast, galleries in the most important art communities. He’s also part of the Imaginism Studio and is a illustration teacher at Schoolism, with an online video courses about Digital Painting.
In the video tutorials I’ve choosen from Bobby’s youtube podcast, he explains the techinques he uses for painting his fantastic creatures.Videos are long, from 20 to 40 minues, and have been a bit speeded up to match Bobby’s vocal explanation.
So, another article for the Video Tutorials Series (as you may have seen, I changed the Portrait Video Tutorials series to simple Video Tutorials, to collect more tutorials in the same category).
This time, I featured a simple but really interesting video about Basic Blending in digital painting. When I start learning digital painting, I see that one of my major problems was to blend colours togethere to create a smooth but textured surface. Also, I got the problem of selecting the colours for lights and shadow, to enrich the palette, avoiding plain lights/shadows.
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The second article of this video tutorials series is dedicated to an amazing painting video created by Hoang Minh Le (Aurory). He’s a really amazing illustrator and photographer; his main characters are beautiful girls, portrayed with absolute great reality. We can see that, at first sight, you can confuse his digital painting with his photos.
At his DeviantArt Account he published different tutorials and walkthroughs of his working process, till the day he recorded this amazing two-parts video tutorial, where you can see the whole, complete, painting process of an eye.
This time, I’m so sorry for this, you cannot see the two tutorials directly on this bog, because they haven’t been uploaded on Youtube. But you can download them, so that you can watch them from your hard-drive!
I truly think this is a really useful tutorial, for beginner and advanced, because it achieve a great photorealistic look for the illustration. The techniques learnt can also be applied to the rest of the skin.