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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!



FZDSCHOOL


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.




sinixdesign


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.





Scott Robertson


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.





Imagine FX


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.





Sycra


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.





Concept Cookie


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.



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:iconrenookami:
RenOokami Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for sharing, I'll tell some DA artists and other friends who study how to paint/draw about this journal ^^
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Treebuzza Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student
Awesome you're the best XD
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Chazmoxlegendz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow Thanks for the effort of putting this up for us, I didn't know the ones I'm already looking at is the parts that are in this thanks thanks thanks, many thanks.
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Nochixtlan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, that's very helpful!
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:iconnonokohime:
NoNoKoHime Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
thank you very much<3
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:iconlinkaiya:
linkaiya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!!!
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Satlif Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks  A LOT!
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caradecunha2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks A lot! It's really helpful!
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Tharalin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you so much!
Around half of them are already on my watchlist, this list is really gold! Thanks for sharing.
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Chocolate-Paper Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've looked through a couple of these collections before, but I hadn't heard of most of these until now. Thank you so much for sharing! I have some good stuff to watch for a long time now :meow:
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WolvennPup Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! this is going to improve some of my work so much!
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mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing XD when I get proper internet that is not slower then dial up i'll definitely watch a bunch of these  to help me improve^^
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BlackCatWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so glad that I'm not the only one with internet like that.
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mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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
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BlackCatWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Synthesize? Nice. I'm on Hughes Net and if I'm up at 3 AM I go on downloading sprees because that's when it works. :/
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mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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BlackCatWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sucks. I've found that Starbucks and random fast food joints are good for wifi
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mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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BlackCatWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, at least you do :D
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ZamiraTheKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   General Artist
really a great journal inspiration for all the learning artists out there. thanks so much for sharing =)
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Oneyric Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
wow! thank you so much for sharing this =D very useful channels !
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FloridianPirate Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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igdsaputra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
thanks for share it
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igdsaputra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
thanks for share it
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:iconchickadde1:
Chickadde1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
You are a saint for this!! :')
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Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh hey, I have a Sycra video open in another tab :oo
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Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
(enliighten is good too)
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CHILLSTEPS Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool :) but im too lazy to watch everything 
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MattVuk Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Funny thing I was subscribed to all of them :) I'm just sorry I didn't practice much from them videos, so sorry... I have to find some times and get to the serious studies.
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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!
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inatsetsova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Hey, that's an awesome collection! 

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 :)
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'll memorize 100% of it in one day
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kaisaki1342 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much as someone who is still in the beginning of this medium, these videos are really helpful.
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quarbby Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Thanks for your resources! !
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ChiantiArts Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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frosts Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
This is so incredibly helpful, thank you!
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legrosclown Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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FantasyAqua Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
tHANK YOU A LOT !

This will help me a lot in the future !
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DreamForecast Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing, these are really awesome!
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Bezlai Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
these are fantastic! thanks so much for sharing these :D
i think i'll also go through a few other videos of these as well
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you, those are very helpful! :hug: I think it's time to open a youtube account ;)
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Talnix Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
these were sooooo helpful thank you
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nikutsuki Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I've been watching Sycra's videos for a while now. They're very helpful and I just love watching them :aww:
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Skaera Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome. THANK YOU.
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wolfsbane554 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
THANKS :D (Big Grin) 
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NairdaCordova Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, great post!
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmg thank you for this :love: 
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bundleofstring Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
wow these look excellent! 
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Gookins Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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Wolved Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks a bunch for getting all these together! I honestly had no idea you could find tutorials like this on youtube. XD
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