Learning the theory without any practice is incredibly pointless when it comes to art. No book, no lecture and no video will ever teach you how to paint if you won't find the time for creating something yourself. On the other hand, doing everything alone and without any instructions is the longest and hardest way of achieving anything. What's worse it doesn't guarantee you success.
Through the last couple of years I've been painting, I've learned that the best way for me to learn to paint is to copy techniques of people who know what they're doing. There's no better way doing it than watching videos with commentaries. That's why today I thought I'd share with you some great lectures, tutorials and demos I've found on youtube. Below you'll find a list of the best YT channels and samples of videos. Go and subscribe for more great vids!
Official channel of FZD School of Design which is considered to be one of the best schools providing education in entertainment design. On their channel you'll find dozens of videos with lectures, walkthroughs, Q&A sessions and student work presentations. A must-see for all digital artists trying to get into the entertainment industry.
Channel led by sinix. You'll find there not only a big selection of very solid art theory tutorials but also a series of workshops with critique sessions and design development and a quite interesting "Let's explore deviantART" series.
Ever wanted to paint machines? Scott Robertson's channel is the place to go. He demonstrates very efficient techniques of designing and rendering machines as well as teaches fundamentals like line weight or atmospheric perspective.
Official channel of Imagine FX magazine. They concentrate on illustrations made in a wide variety of styles using a lot of different software - Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro or Art Rage. Not all videos have audio (full versions can be purchased with the magazine) but some do; and the ones without are still quite interesting nonetheless.
A great channel for beginners. Sycra explains the very basics like composition or light in short and easy to understand videos. He also tackles with many questions that arise when people start to draw. On the channel you'll also find a lot of interviews and critique sessions as well as speed painting and livestream footage.
A channel connected with ConceptCookie - a team of artists developing tutorials for digital artists. They create a variety of videos helping understand the basics of digital art as well as providing some simple solutions for very specific subject you might want to paint.
if you live in a place that has WIND internet do not get it, yes it is cheap but watch more then 20 minuets of video and it slows down to a time before dial up. It takes 5 minuets just for one picture on deviant art to load some days, sometimes more depending on the size. i'm glad to know i have people i can synthesize with :3
XD lol oh dear i can't spell. I have Google chrome so it auto corrects stuff XD sorry i meant "sympathize" but i guess it is kind of similar. that sucks but at least you can download stuff, mine just goes dfjskghsgkljh if i try to download anything at anytime.
lol theirs a timmies near my house but i don't live close enough to it for the wifi form my house, and it too cold and rainy this time of year to sit under a tree and peruse the net. the people get mad if you stay their too long with out buying anything cause it gets really busy, guess i can't complain too much, at least i have access to the web.
Thanks for the acknowledgment! Like many comments on here, ctrl+paint is a great site for beginners and the Feng Zhu youtube tutorials should be watched by EVERY digital artist, They are fantastic! Glad to see more digital tuts being shared and I'm going to check out a few of these as well!
May I recommend a couple more? One of my fav tutorial sites is ctrl+paint (ctrlpaint.com/) : great for beginners in digital painting, covers all the basics in traditional too. Chris Oatley has some nice stuff too (chrisoatley.com/). Finally Proko does some awesome anatomy tutorials : www.proko.com/. Hope that helps
Thank you very much! This with be a huge help! But, do you know any WRITTEN resources for digital artists? Like tutorials an article form that goes step by step into creating a piece? I find these also helpfull since I can more easily follow through what the author is teaching.
That's a great list you have there, it took me like 2 years to assemble these myself. I also have one you might consider adding to the list.
ctrlpaint.com/ - led by Matt Kohr, it's a great resource for bite sized beginner knowledge. But also some interesting topics for more advanced artists. I guess somebody below also mentioned ctrlpaint.com.