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May 25, 2008


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Journal Entry: Sun May 25, 2008, 5:41 AM
My painting tutorials by Griatch-art


Over the years I have produced a range of tutorials on artistic use of the computer. Most of them concerns rather general concepts and can hopefully give something regardless of which program you are using or even be of some interest for traditional, non-digital artists. Some examples of my art can be found in the gallery.

That said, to get the most out of these you should know that I mainly use the open-source image manipulation program GIMP. I also work a lot with the painter program MyPaint. These are both very powerful programs capable of great artistic expression. Being open-source programs, they are both legally free to download and use without any cost. They exist for many platforms, including Linux, Mac and Windows, so they are worth trying out if you haven't already.

The tutorials listed below tend are (very roughly) beginning by covering the basics then going onto small tricks and particular effects. They then gradually expand into bigger projects and creating more complete works. You don't have to do them in any order though - the latter ones may on occation refer back to the earlier ones, but it shouldn't be a problem. If you are just starting out in making art on the computer in general and GIMP in particular, I suggest checking out the first few at least before trying the larger ones. A lot of people have, creating some really cool stuff from them in process!

Each tutorial has an image (which might link to the deviation being created) and one or more links. The links lead to the actual tutorial. If one link is down, try another one. All tutorials are hosted outside DA, such as on GimpTalk or on my own website.

Oh, and if you like these tutorials and want to bookmark/fave them, you can fave this journal entry or the tutorial deviation.

Tutorials, in rough order of complexity

Beginning with GIMP -- starting tutorial for new users……

Setting up GIMP for artistic work (also Beginner's level airbrushing)……

Making a forest background……

Adding a fantasy mood to a picture……
Jester relaxing by the fire by Griatch-art

Draw an eye in 5 minutes (YouTube video)
Video:…>video Description:……

Anatomy 101: Draw a nose……

Pencil drawing -- use the pencil, smudge and eraser tools to create a b&w character concept……
Grumpy Farmer by Griatch-art

Draw your own hand using the airbrush tool -- more advanced level airbrushing……

Basic Colouring techniques -- Colour a sketch into a full image……
Gifts of trolls by Griatch-art

Portrait painting from beginning to end……
Character portrait - June by Griatch-art

Planning and drawing battle-worn cyborgs……
Fallen Angels, characters by Griatch-art

Draw a futuristic city from scratch using various tools and techniques……
Asteroid City by Griatch-art

Paint a lush landscape……
Jester in scenic view by Griatch-art

Making full-colour character artwork with the airbrush and other tools……
Jester2 v2 by Griatch-art

How to handle and plan a large painting project in GIMP……
The Warlord by Griatch-art

Water in Nature - MyPaint+GIMP tutorial…… (… - russian translation by prokoudine)
Tranquility by Griatch-art

Comic Making in MyPaint, GIMP and Inkscape……
Looking out by Griatch-art

The River tunnel - MyPaint+GIMP show of work process (not a full tutorial)……
The river tunnel by Griatch-art

Technical tutorials:

Create your own replacement nibs for your Wacom tablet…

Getting Wacom drawing tablets to work in GIMP (Mostly Linux, but also for Windows/Mac versions of GIMP. Obs-rather outdated)……

Timelapse videos (selection):

Some of these are annotated and may be interesting in order to see the actual workflow of creating a full image.

Looking Out
Looking out by Griatch-art
After Rain comes Fire
After rain comes fire by Griatch-art
No Comfort in Light
No comfort in light by Griatch-art
Vaettebron - Christmas Card 2011 by Griatch-art
Watched Wave
Watched Wave - Christmas Card 2012 by Griatch-art

Enjoy! And please comment (on GIMPtalk or here) if you find something of interest.

If you are interested in the art tutorials I have done, you can find them here:… .
  • Mood: Artistic
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Quadonx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
great tutorials extremely helpful
Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so! :D
outolumo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Among the best I've ever seen :)
Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Hope my tutorials are of use to you. :)
Meertogh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for these awesome tutorials!
Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome, hope they come to use. :)
Meertogh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried one of them today, helped a lot to learn how to work with MyPaint. Here
lilybug2500 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!! I loved the beginner one, it reminded me of some stuff I had forgotten about.
Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good to hear, that reminds me that one should start to ponder a new tutorial now that GIMP 2.8 is soon here. Ugh. :)
mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is by far the most useful gimp related tutorial i've found so far. Thank you!
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