If you’re a noob in digital painting and struggling to create your first digital masterpiece, you need a very good video tutorial to get you up to speed fast. Otherwise, you will quickly run into problems and get frustrated fast. I have tried many tutorials on the web but a lot of them assume you already know what settings to use for paint brushes in Photoshop, such as what size, shape, opacity and flow, and how to apply colors, textures and blending to your painting. Other video tutorials were recorded several times faster than normal or recorded without sounds so you wouldn’t really learn from them.
This is where I will share one digital painting video tutorial that I found when I was starting that really got me up and painting in no time. I found this in the CGSociety Forum created by Neil Fontaine or “architectus”. The size of the file is 50 Mb and you need to have Real Media Player to view it. I was hoping he uploaded it to YouTube or Google Video in several parts for easy viewing but I did a quick search and yeilded no results. I have the file but I cannot upload it myself to YouTube because I have no rights over it. Nevertheless, it is an excellent video for beginners and it’s free so it will be worth your while. I promise.
Update: Neil has given me permission to upload the video on the web, so now you can view it directly below. I used Vimeo because of better video quality than YouTube. Thank you very much Neil!
You can also download the original file (Real Video) from http://manfacedgods.com/videoreviews.htm. Actually, there are two video files there that you can download. I suggest to try the first one (Pear), and if you think you need more, go ahead and do the second one (Nymph).
Good luck and tell us how you did!