If this question has been asked already, I apologise.

I've had trouble finding a good recommendation of things to learn in order to become a good digital artist. The Internet is full of suggestions, of course, but I'd like to hear some advice from experienced artists, if possible. Is it better to first learn traditional painting and drawing, before getting into digital media? Or is it better to first complete some courses or read some books on Photoshop or Illustrator? It's a bit confusing for someone wanting to learn on his own. If someone could shed some light on this matter, it'd be great.

Thank you in advance.

  • What type of painting are you looking to do? Jul 23, 2017 at 12:53
  • The computer is just a tool. The art/talent/creative mind isn't part of the software license.
    – xenoid
    Jul 23, 2017 at 13:21
  • @ZachSaucier Everything. I'm fascinated by digital art, and I'd like to learn how to draw myself.
    – WordBearer
    Jul 23, 2017 at 18:20
  • @xenoid I understand, but what is the best way to achieve that creative mind?
    – WordBearer
    Jul 23, 2017 at 18:23
  • Its not a question of having a creative mind, its a question of being able to copy what you see.. Then cunstruct things you can not see.
    – joojaa
    Jul 23, 2017 at 18:26

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If you wish to paint, you need to learn how to paint.

What tools you use to paint don't matter. The fundamental methods and theories used for painting are the same whether using crayons and construction paper or a mouse and software.

Learning software will never teach someone how to be a painter. Software is a tool, that's all. A means to an end. Software can not tell you where to put a brush stroke, or what type of stroke to use or what color works best...

  • I understand your point. I didn't find a more appropriate Stack Exchange to ask this question, so I figured this is where I'm most likely to get an answer. What do you think is the best way to learn to paint? Thank you for your answer.
    – WordBearer
    Jul 23, 2017 at 15:48
  • I didn't post anything about this being the "wrong" stack to post your question. How to "learn to paint' is a very broad topic. There are classes, books, online courses... etc.
    – Scott
    Jul 23, 2017 at 15:50

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