Excellent Digital Painting Video Tutorial for Beginners

by Eric Pena on June 23, 2008

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).

Check out Neil Fontaine’s new website or subscribe to his YouTube page for a lot more high quality drawing and digital painting tutorials! Best of all, they’re free!

Good luck and tell us how you did!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 james mather September 11, 2008 at 6:12 am

Hi there – I contacted Neil and the highly regarded Pear tutorial is now regrettably gone to the sands of time – I'm sure Neil would appreciate getting another copy of his tutorial back again. I, for one would love to see it. Many thanks, James Mather

2 Neil Fontaine September 11, 2008 at 8:48 am

I have t hem back up again. The link now works and there are two google videos. If you wish to upload the pear video to google or youtube feel free. I only ask that you put on there that it was created by Neil Fontaine, and perhaps link them to the link with the other videos.

3 menoob September 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Thanks James!

I have now posted the video directly on my blog!

4 menoob September 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Thank you so much Neil!

I have uploaded your video on Vimeo which offers better video quality than YouTube. I'm sure many noobs in digital painting will benefit from your tutorial. :-)

5 Bojan February 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Hi Guys, I liked this tutorial allot, it is realy helpful. I wanted to download it and also view other Niel's tutorials, but the link doesn't work anymore. Tried all that was possible, also through GCforums, but failed. If anyone can help me to get those viedos I would be deeply grateful.

6 tubers!!!! July 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

thankyou soo muuchhhh… i just started a month ago but was really frustrated on how ppl BLEND! they didnt say!

but thanks to you.. by using the “alt > pick color > brush > brush on > alt > pick a slightly diff color > bursh > brush on” WOW!!! so it was something like that? thankyou so much for giving me that tutorial..

i will be reviewing this for like more than 10 times! and keep on practicing!

thanks.. i just keep reapeating the first 10 mins cuz my IQ cant keep up LOL

thanks again!!

7 tubers!!!! July 4, 2009 at 7:12 am

thankyou soo muuchhhh… i just started a month ago but was really frustrated on how ppl BLEND! they didnt say!

but thanks to you.. by using the “alt > pick color > brush > brush on > alt > pick a slightly diff color > bursh > brush on” WOW!!! so it was something like that? thankyou so much for giving me that tutorial..

i will be reviewing this for like more than 10 times! and keep on practicing!

thanks.. i just keep reapeating the first 10 mins cuz my IQ cant keep up LOL

thanks again!!

8 witcrack July 28, 2009 at 11:17 am

i guess the download link is broken

9 neilfontaine August 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Hello everyone. This is Neil Fontaine. I have a new website with many hours of free videos for digital painting and drawing and photo manipulating.

http://www.digitalcanvas.net16.net

10 neilfontaine August 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I will be making a new and better Pear video as well. Stay tuned.

11 menoob August 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Thank you so much Neil! I already subscribed to your YouTube page… great works!

I'm sure many will be helped along in their quests to become great artists. Don't thank me guys, thank Neil Fontaine for his generosity to share his talents and knowledge for free!

12 sphynxylynxy October 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Hi Neil,

I typed in Google looking for painting tutorials, came upon CGTalk and this link as well
and now I have your digitalcanvas.net16.net address..
I am very excited to go through your tutorials and practise as much as I can in my
free time.
You are first class since there are many of us wanting to learn the great techniques
of painting, you are the best out there.
Thank you for putting the tutorials out in the speed that we can see the steps and
hear you speaking about your process.

All the very best
Sphynxylynxy

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14 Nutelablaster October 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

thanks to Neil and to you, I just got my first tablet today and this tutorial was exactly what I needed! :)

15 Neil Fontaine November 3, 2010 at 3:56 am

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