5 Digital Painting Tutorials That You Can Actually Use

I’ve been studying other artists and their techniques for thirty years now.  Over the past twenty, however, some of these artists have taken the time and effort to share their entire process with folks over the internet.

Below is a collection of five digital painting tutorials and and digital painting tutorial video techniques that I have studied or am currently studying to try and hone my skills.

#1 How to Paint Realistic Hair

Digital Painting Tutorial Image #1

This is simply the most well-written hair tutorial out there, in my opinion.  Everything is explained clearly and even a novice can follow along and achieve amazing results.


#2 Clint Clearly’s Video Tutorial Series

Digital Painting Tutorial Image #2

This isn’t just one tutorial but a video series by someone actually in the industry, making a living off his talents.  Mr. Clearly takes a  lot of his time to teach you what he has experienced breaking in to the industry, talking about his influences, and teaching techniques on dealing with the people in charge who demand revision after revision.  One of the best digital painting video tutorial sites out there.

#3 Feng Zhu Design – Video Tutorial Series

Digital Painting Tutorial Image #3

Another video tutorial series.  Feng Zhu’s series is MASSIVE.  Some of these free videos date as far back as 1998 and have all been placed on youtube since.

From the site:

“FZD School of Design provides an education in entertainment design. Our courses cover a wide range of topics such as video games, feature films, theme parks, consumer products, toys, television commercials and set designs. FZD focuses heavily on the importance of fundamentals and scientific understandings. Our aim is to mod students into elite designers with a broad range of skills and graduate with top notch portfolio. To find out more about our training outline, please visit our official website linked below.”

#4 Digital Painting Tutorial by Dianae on Deviant Art

Digital Painting Tutorial Image #4


Dianae has a few other tutorials on her Deviant Art page, but this one is definitely my favorite.

#5 Painting Lips Tutorial by Dean Packwood

Digital Painting Tutorial Image #5

Easily the best digital painting tutorial for realistic digitally painted lips out there.

In summary, there are thousands of resources out there by hundreds of artists, ranging from the novice to the seasoned professional.  All of them have taken some of their important time to share their digital painting techniques with you.

Artist Spotlight #1

Something I’m going to try my hand at here is an occasional spotlight post on an artist I’ve found that I’d like others to discover as well.
My first artist is Stanley Lau from Singapore.
His profile over at Deviant Art is as follows:
Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios — a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Square Enix and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley’s art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle Artgerm, Stanley’s art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world. Recently, Stanley was contracted by Capcom to provide new character artwork for the upcoming releases of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition.

Here are a couple samples of his work. His Deviant Art page will follow the images.

Stanley Lau “ArtGerm” on Deviant Art

New site

It’s been so long since I updated this site (almost three years)  Time to change that.

I’ve also started a Legend of Zelda collectibles site, www.zeldacollectibles.com if you’re into that game series at all.

I’ve done very little digital art over the past three years other than posters and other band artwork, which I’ll post a gallery of soon enough.  I’ve since left that band and have finished two paintings and another is in process.

The finished one – is a gnome from World of Warcraft, originally a sketch I had drawn when I first started playing that game back in 2004, and finally decided to paint it.

  1. Gnome Mage

    Gnome Mage

The second one isn’t quite finished, but is Link on Epona from The Legend of Zelda – here’s an in progress image of it.

  1. Link and Epona

    Link and Epona(Incomplete)

Also, Ganon, from The Legend of Zelda:

  1. Ganon

    Ganon – Ocarina of Time

That’s all for now.

Matter of Chance

Earlier this year, I joined the band, Matter of Chance out of Dayton, Ohio.

I would love it if those of you still visiting this site would take a moment, check out my band, follow us on Facebook, tell your friends and let me know what you think of the music.

Matter of Chance

We just released an album, Groove Control, which will be available for online purchase very soon.

All of my free time for artwork has been dedicated exclusively to posters for the band and a website.

Again, please check it out if you can.
Thank you

A note on image usage

Just a reminder about images on this site. Feel free to use images from my personal portfolio for tattoos, just please send me a picture of the tattoo. Images contained in the “Member Gallery” are subject to different rules. Please read the image description or contact the actual artist and obtain permission before you use the images for anything at all. Also, images from my portfolio are free to use ONLY for personal tattoos and may not be used for profit in any way.