Hey /ic/ I was wonder what is a decent digital art program for beginners. Is there anything out there that gives me the essentials, but isn't too complicated for me to use? Thanks in advance.
anon the only programs out there that are not complicated are microsoft paint and programs that are stripped of their essentials(for painting anyways).
so start learning which ever from this list
Sai**(Line,ink shitty for painting)
Manga studio(painting,inking,line but tools are garbage)
TVpaint**(animation,painting,line,ink all sorts of stuff, but if you wana get through this damn thing you need to read the manual)
Gimp**(painting,line,ink its a buggy program however)
Krita**(painting, line, ink,animation its a buggy program)
Jasc Paint**(painting priority it has all the stuff that makes a drawing program)
all of these programs have the same capabilities from the core, but some lack different functions to manually change pressure, tilt and all that jazz from your tablet.
If there were such a thing as a drawing app for beginners, I wouldn't recommend it to beginners. Just go for photoshop and ignore the stuff you don't understand yet, don't pay for it tho.
Worth mentioning the open-source freebies in this list, namely Krita and Gimp. They may have bugs (all programs do) but development is constant and open for observation.
Krita is the bomb if you don't want to pirate photoshop or you're working on Linux. However. windows version is supposed to be a little buggy. I'm rolling on Linux and I have never even seen a bug.
(Latest dev version also adds animation tools which look amazing but I'm waiting for a package so I don't have to compile)
I also use MyPaint from time to time to draw quick sketches. It is much simpler but imho lacks functionality to stand on its own, it's good for quick doodles and sketches tho.
if you're completely new to digital art, EVERY program is going to seem overwhelming so you just have to jump in and try it. you probably aren't going to use more than basic tools anyway, which are easy enough to figure out.
most complicated UI, but mastering photoshop hotkeys is an invaluable skill. requires a moderately powerful computer and you need to torrent+crack it. countless tutorials online for anything you want to accomplish. best for painting, lineart, and photo editing. not as good for sketching compared to other programs.
easy as shit to use, very light on CPU, no installation required. limited functionality, however. good for lineart and sketching. awful for painting and BIG drawings (limited canvas size)
a better version of sai, really. the UI is dumb as fuck so i remapped all the hotkeys to match PS and now i'm having a great time with it. my favorite program for that pencil-on-paper feel. great for lineart, sketching, and comics. haven't tried painting with MS yet
if you're afraid of pirating and OK with using a less polished program krita/gimp are great too
draw on a bigger canvas and size it down baka senpai
What? I NEVER hear anything good about Corel Painter anymore, I am intrigued anon. What do you like about it?
Maybe I had trouble adjusting from Photoshop but what resolution and canvas size to do you like working at. I tried adapting my normal workflow to Sai and it always bugs out over the image being too big.
Personally I'd say manga studio if you have some money to spare/invest. It's better than sai by a notable, although not a huge, amount.
If you're on a budget or want to test the waters first just stick with sai for a while until you feel like you need more power.
Krita and MyPaint are fucking free. Try those first, MyPaint is pretty basic and fast while Krita is a full fledged painting/sketching software.
Check out David Revoy, he's a decent professional artist and works in Krita. He also has a bunch of youtube speedpainting videos and tutorials.
How is SAI not good at painting?
If you say brushes you're a faggot, you can customize that shit a lot and depending on stupid PS stamp and effect brushes is like saying traditional painting isn't fair because you can't ctrl+z
Almost inclined to agree but I found that it was more of a better way to practice using lines than the one to use linework. I find photoshop has everything i need but of course you can get sai for free while not really for photoshop
No, phtoshop is not meant to draw.
PS brushes work the way they work because the interface is meant for photo editing, it's also why you have to blend manually, why stuff gets desaturated the more you work on it and why artifacts happen so often.
PS is not for art. It can do art, but it's not developed with art in mind.
aw ok well that's a good explanation thanks man
all these years i wasted using it, thinking i could make some decent raw lineart without sketchiness that can match what i can do on oekaki or sai
uhg what a nightmare
Ok guys, it will be long time since I'll go into rendering my drawings, but I wonder how you do it. Is it sensible to do inking traditionally and then scan and render it digitally? And if so, in what program if you say that Photoshop isn't good for it?
Also following question to guys who render traditionally - do you scan linework and print it before painting on it? I would be very, very scared of fucking up, especially after I worked on my lines for X time and being inexperienced with gouche/paint/markers.
Adobe CS2 is very good and its free.
Hardly. It's always said that these downloads are specifically for people who own versions older than CS2, due to support ending. So it's still piracy, and why would you pirate a 11 year old version over a recent one?
>I am intrigued anon. What do you like about it?
so good paint tool sai copy it in their engine and made them even more softer
you can dry them to paint over and create a glaze effect
corel painter is industry standard with japanese mangakas
yukito kishiro, Yoshinari bros, tony taka nagi from ar tonelico fame cant be wrong