Calling all Digital Artists!

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Hey guys! I need help...

I have been wanting to get into digital art for the LONGEST time and I finally found an opportunity! But before I begin, I want to know what apps are the best and how to use them, and where better to get that information than other artists? :)

Here are my resources:

An iPad (fairly large)

A stylus (actually, it's a pen that doubles as a stylus, but it's the best I have)

Some experience in the artistic realm (these are two of my better hand-drawn pictures from about three months ago)


Did that show up okay?


So. Here's what I would like to know:


What app do you use? (Paint, FreshPaint, etc)

What resources do you use? (stylus, touchscreen, etc)

Basics of the app? (paint colors, settings, canvasas, etc)

How you go about starting/doing a digital picture?

And (this is optional, just to help me narrow my options and figure out whic apps best fit my style) pictures that you've done?


Thank you so much!


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Here are my ALL-TIME favorite fandoms! (Used to be top ten, but I have too many things I love!!!)



HTTYD books/movies

(obviously, but I HAD to put that in there, it really is my favorite)


         The books were SO GOOD. No swearing, no (extreme) violence (does getting eaten by a lava dragon that dives into a volcano count? Or Grimbeard the Ghastly killing his own son?) Okay, scratch the violence, but it really is pretty awesome. The characters are SO well put together, each with his or her own little quirks that make them unique, and they’re all (mostly) lovable in their own way (Alvin and Exellinor are irredeemable). The little lessons Cressida Cowell teach by inserting them into the plot are truly inspired. Can’t wait for her to write more!!! (Also, I love the quirky way she capitalizes random words to make them a little bit more important. It’s just funny to me.)


I'll leave off mentioning all the characters of the movies, because you guys know them all aready! But you may not know the Heroes who came first...


First (of course), Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.

Rather a longish name for a smallish Viking. Hiccup is a member of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. They live on a bleak, soggy island called Berk. He has bright red hair and about a million freckles. the series starts when he's ten-and-a-half, and progresses until he is fifteen and King of the Wilderwest. His best (and, for a few books, ONLY friend) is


Fishlegs is scrawny, allergic to reptiles, pretty much scared of everything, and the only sane one of the group (well, the only sane one when Hiccup is making a Plan). But he's fiercely loyal to Hiccup, and a good deal stronger and braver than he thinks. 


Next is Camicazi, who's a little too brave and fierce.

She's a Bog-Burglar, a member of an all-girls tribe of people who, well, burgle things. She is a very accomplished thief and a master escape artist.



The movies I mainly love because all the characters are so lovable, and because ever since I have wanted a Night Fury of my Very Own  (I want to fly. I want a pet. A pet that can take me flying? YAAASSSSSS). And honestly, Race To The Edge was a pretty decent, except—*gag*—for all the mushy romance—*retch*—I’m sorry, I can’t stand that stuff. *retch*

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Second in the fandom world is--you guessed it--Narnia. I have loved this world since before even HTTYD, I think. Though I'm not quite ready to meet Alsan, I would love to slip through the wardrobe for a few days--or years.







The Dragon Prince



I don't really watch cartoons (too cheesy) but I actually enjoyed this one--ugh, Nalda is going to throw a party when she sees this. (Oh, who's Nalda? Long story. I don't even know all of it. Maybe I'll get her to tell it some time.)


First up: Ezran.



One, two, three, awww!

Ezran is a cute little kid that has a good heart (according to Rayla, it's super annoying.) He has a glowtoad (named Bait), and a penchant for jelly tarts. He's sweet and innocent and he can talk to animals. Oh, and he's the crown prince. Did I mention that?

He loves his big (step)brother, Callum.


Which brings us to Callum.




Callum (the step-prince; poor Callum, no one ever lets him forget it) isn't really good at much--just art, sarcasm, and, you know, magic. (no one but he, Rayla, and Ezran know about his magic, though. I can't wait to see Soren pee his pants when Callum blasts him with lightning! Well, if that ever happens)(-_-) He only knows a few spells, but he uses them pretty darn well. Nalda and Melorenna (again, long story) and I have a theory that he might be able to do magic without a primal source (long story. Watch the series), but who knows. Season 2 is so far awayyyyy! *muffled sobs*



This is Rayla. She's a Moonshadow elf--

(called this because they go all shadowy when the moon is full, see?)

--assassin--but don't worry, she doesn't kill anybody. Honestly, I'm not sure she ever will. She's pretty stubborn and tough but super funny, and highly protective of the princes. Honestly, I'm not sure what will happen to Claudia and Soren when they find Callum and Ezran...Rayla's pretty fierce. But don't let that fool you into thinking she's a grump with no happiness. She's a big softy.





Rayla is definitely my favorite,

(I did this picture of her)

but the three main characters represent my three main traits: fighting (Rayla), art (Callum) and food (Ezran) (and not bad fighting; remember, Rayla is an assassin that never actually killed anyone. Poor girl was about to lose her hand and she still wouldn't kill. Then again, she had befriended Ezran at that point. Kinda tough to kill your own friends). The one thing I couldn't get over, though, (besides the king dying in the second episode) was that Rayla stole Hiccup's line:


"This. Changes. Everything."

Except she's got an Irish/Scottish accent, so it sounds a little more like:

"This. Chaenges. Evra'thin."


Other than that, It's pretty great. I highly recommend it.








The Ever Afters (EAS)


I LOVE this series SO MUCH!!! ESPECIALLY Aurora--excuse me, Rory Landon. She is so determined and brave and gutsy and flawed and I love her.


This is Rory. Best picture of her I could find, sorry.

Rory is incredibly determined and very kind, and if not kind, then fair. Not being raised a Character really influenced her decisions for the better, in my opinion. What's funny is that all her fighting to not be famous like her parents and not be like the Snow Queen was really what made them so much like them, only better (and by better, I mean more good and more awesome).

Rory is very loyal to her friends. Wel, two friends in particular, really: Chase and Lena.



This is Chase. Except in the books he had curly hair. Book covers don't always speak truth.

Chase Turnleaf is a little cocky, a little showy, but he's not only believable, he's lovable, something that's not easy to pull off when you're cocky and showy. He's pretty cool, what with being Jack and the Beanstalk/Jack the Giant Killer's son, but his Fey mom makes up for his inattentive dad--or is it the other way around? Hmmmm... Anyway, he's incredibly loyal, especially to Rory. But he's tricky. Veeeery tricky.


Lena LaMarelle is a mad scientist.

Okay, not really, but she is a magical inventor. She's really good at it, too. She is kind and always knows how to cheer Rory up. Rory is particularly protective of her, because lena isn't much of a fighter and, though her inventions are pretty cool, she tends to be on the absentminded side, thus needing a bit more protection.





Story Thieves

Oh, hooray, it's time to introduce the team! (I love these people)

Unfortunately, I could find no pictures of these amazing heroes. *sigh*


Anyway, Bethany Sanderson is the red-haired girl on 60% of the covers. She's half-fictional--she had a dad that was fictional, and a mother that was not. He disappeared when she was four, and she's been jumping into books (oh, yeah, she can do that--half-fictional and all) to find him ever since. 


Owen Conners (the dirty-blond guy on 80% of the covers) is a normal boy who wants a big adventure (don't we all, kid). He is constantly reading and is basically wikipedia for every fiction ever. He catches Bethany jumping into a book and asks her to take him into the Kiel Gnomenfoot Series, where he...messes everything up. Way to go, Owen.


Kiel Gnomenfoot, master of magic (until he forgets it all--not his fault) and hero extraordinaire is a bit of a show-off at first, but he actually becomes really nice and a very good friend to Bethany. He talks and brags a little too much sometimes, but that's a hazard of being a fictional character.


Charm is Kiel's friend, kinda like Hermione and Harry. Kiel's talented at magic, sure, but Charm is incredibly smart, and half-robot to boot. Don't get on her bad side by acting stupid (or existing), and do not, under ANY circumstances, tell her any puns. You have been warned.


Kara Dox is the final person to join. She's a time traveler that is immune to paradoxes, due to being born in a time bubble, or something like that. Wierd, huh? She's the girl with pink hair on the 4th book, Pick the Plot (which, btw, is an actual pick-a-plot book--SO MUCH FUN, just don't get Owen eaten). She's incredibly loyal and very protective of Owen, due to the prophecy that her best friend will hideor whatever (which several future Owens have, actually. Time travel is confusing).


My favorites are actually Kiel and Owen. No girls this time around, which is really unusual for me. But these two are special. Hope they have all the adventures they can imagine...and maybe a few safer ones.






Half Upon a Time

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Brave (Merida)

Pete's Dragon

Wizards of Once

The Map to Everywhere





Harry Potter



I am a proud Gryffindor/Thunderbir--okay, yes, I am Gryffindor, but I'm really a Pukwudgie. A PUKWUDGIE. NO. WAY. This is a FICTIONAL UNIVERSE and I will NOT BE CONTAI-- sorry, I have really strong feelings about this. Let's just say that I prefer to be a six-winged magical bird that controls the weather instead of a hairy arrow-shooting house elf.

Harry Potter is a pretty cool universe to imagine yourself into, but I honestly don't love the books as much as I used to. I found a lot more fandoms that are just

That being said, I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I'm REALLY looking forward to the new one. I just hope it's not rated R...or has anything bad in it...fingers crossed.






Spirit Animals

Brotherband Chronicles

Ranger's Apprentice

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Frog Princess/The Wide-Awake Princess

Leven Thumps

The Land of Stories





Wait, don’t go...

Did I forget to...Yeah, I did. I didn’t warn you, did I? Okay. Ahem.








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I recently got into digital art. This is my very first drawing:



I'll do art trades and such, but they probably won't be very good, and they might take a while. I have a lot to learn!








...I REALLY love Night Furies, in case you hadn't noticed. I love them to the point that Light Furies are heresay in my mind (sorry, but it's a fact).



I saw Lissa Fish's griffins and was just blown away. So, I looked at the pictures clowely and tried to replicate the technique...kinda. Didn't turn out quite like hers, but that's okay. I'm improving!

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Oh, it's too big...


Just click on the griffin and you can see the full thing.

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not experienced with tablets but...

I am here to say that as a fellow artist, I love those wings! Beautiful, on both of them, but especially the angel. And the folds in her clothing particularily her gown are lovely because you can still see where her knee is it's just- I love it :D Great work on both of them!


PS. I started with traditional artwork and only within the last year or so began work with digital. I didn't know anything about it when I started, and I learned after trial and error that the best thing in the world is LAYERS. I can't tell you how awesome these are! So when you get a program/app, try and find one that features layer options. I don't know how easy they are to find in app form, I just have a laptop, but they are worth it.


Example of how to use layers


sketch in one layer (I use a red colored pencil so I can tell the difference between strokes in each layer)

refine sketch in another layer (I use a black pen for this. when this part is finished, you can delete the first layer)

color in the next layer(s)


Hope this helps!


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digital artist for 8 years

Hello i've been doing digital art for 8 years now and i got some tips when it comes to digital art!

lets start by answering those questions of yours

What app do you use? Sadly i don't have an ipad so i can't help you with that

What resources do you use? stylus for sure, it feels a lot like a regular pen/pencil so it helps a lot

How you go about starting/doing a digital picture? I make sure i have all the color palettes, reference pictures and brush settings i need for what im drawing. the next few steps follow LissaFish's example, rough sketch layer > lineart/refined sketch > colors > shading if you really want to.



I use a computer with a wacom LCD monitor medium sized (basically a drawing tablet)


The program i use is paint tool sai 2 with the canvas size of 5000 x 4000


my best drawings tend to end off like this 



If you need more tips just tell me!


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Fen - Deathsong (Dragonsona)

Komu - Scauldron

Pavel - Grapple Grounder

Morro - Stormcutter

Stingray - Triple Stryke

Butch - Sentinel

Tyrant - Eruptodon

Omega - Deadly Nadder

Helheim - Razorwhip

Tenno - Razorwhip

Baro - Flame Whipper

Greentooth - Thunderdrum

Copperhead - Armorwing

Nubteeth - Singetail

Tamir - Hobblegrunt

Manus - Fireworm King

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FireWorm - Monstrous Nightmare

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Paid to go to art school I guess

Ipad apps you can use: Artrage is a good one, but alas there is a price tag. :( I only put this out here because I see many people using it, though I don't own an Ipad myself oops.
Resources:  Wacom Intuos 4, but it doesn't have to be a Wacom. Any other brand/type of tablet should do. Pick one that will fit comfortably on your desk...and your wallet, this stuff can get expensive! There are also a host of free drawing programs online, I can recommend GIMP b/c it's free, paint tool SAI is another good one. Online paintchats/oekakis are also a good way to practice, but since it's online...the age rating will vary. :P

As for myself, I use Photoshop CS6. But again, it's costly.

The Process: Nothing different from traditional art really. You gather references if you need, start with a rough sketch, then add layers as the others have suggested. The truly brave/inspired/bored will do everything on one layer. Also the undo button (ctrl Z) is your friend. There's some other stuff about layer masks and layer settings/styles, but this will require texts and examples, so if you want to know   more you can PM me.

A 'completed' drawing that takes maybe....5 hours? Maybe more because I get distracted/have a full time job would look something like this:


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I would like to start by saying that your art is amazing! I especially like that Griffin! :D


For iPad specifically, I use an app called Autodesk Sketchbook, which is completely free if you make an account. It's the best drawing app I've personally found for mobile, although I'm sure there are other good ones out there. If you want Sketchbook, look for the one with the red icon and a pencil; there's an older version that has an "s" and a blue background, but you don't want that one (and idk if it's even technically available in the app store anymore tbh).
With Sketchbook, I just use my finger because that's all I really have lol. I have an old iPad; I think it's the iPad 2? I'm not sure tbh, but the app still works, so I'm good with it. Sketchbook has a lot of different brushes and even has Copic marker brushes, which I really like! There are unlimited (I think?) layers and you can choose whatever colors you want. There's a lot of different options with this app, and I think there's even a time lapse thingy where you can make a speed-draw video of what you're working on, though I haven't personally used that feature. It's fairly easy to use, though if you don't have any experience with drawing apps/programs, there may be a bit of a learning curve. I don't have any examples of art I've made on that app because they're all WIP's that I haven't finished and probably never will, but I can assure you it's a good app with great results.
Like I said before, it's completely free as long as you make an account with them (which is also free), so if you can't do that then you may run into some trouble, but otherwise, that's it.
For my laptop, I have a free program called Krita and an old Wacom tablet. I can give you more info on those if you'd like, but since you specifically said you had an iPad, I'll assume you don't need info on computer programs atm.
I hope this helps, and I'm sorry if some things didn't make sense! It's kinda late, and my thoughts are all jumbled up right now so I kinda just typed this out and called it good lol
tl;dr: Autodesk Sketchbook is a good free drawing app for the iPad, and I'd highly recommend it. It sounds like it'll work for what you need as it has a lot of great features but is still easy to use. Krita is a good free program for the computer, and I can give you more info on that if you want. If you have any questions feel free to ask me!



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Uhhhh does this look weird or is this actually okay? Let me know pls?

I'm trying an ~ a e s t h e t i c ~ thing right now mostly because I'm bored but I don't think it's working quite like I'd hope it would? Is the formatting okay? Seriously please message me with a screenshot if it looks weird and I'll play around with the formatting.

Also that image on the right over there? I made it but you can use it. Honestly, I don't care. I literally made it in like 5 minutes in 3D Paint because I wanted a placeholder image that isn't ugly until I can make something decent.

Uhhhhh can you tell that I have nothing to do right now? Normally there'd be like, some character background or a cutesy little story or something that isn't my 2:30 am rambling in an attempt to fill this empty space.

At least on my end, it looks fairly decent, please let me know if it's wonky for you. I wanna make it look good but if it looks weird to everyone else I don't want that. Seriously.


My icon and all art in my signature belong to me unless otherwise stated. Do NOT use my art without my explicit written permission! Thank you very much <3


This is a big ol' WIP. I apologize that it's messy, and I hope that it'll like okay soon.

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Thank you!

Thank you SO MUCH for all the feedback.

i ended up using Autodesk Sketchbook and this is how it turned out:


Can you see it? Not bad for my first time!

Either way, thanks!


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Can't see it :-(

I can't see your drawing! do you have a host site for your art? This forum is very limited on the data you can download but if you use another site to upload your drawings it works fine. 

Right now I'm using imgur- just create an imgur account, upload your images and in the top right corner are link options. 


Cant wait to see what you did! ^^

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Ha! Got it!

Here it is! Phew! (it was too big to post, so I downsized it.)

Like I said, not bad.

It'll be a learning curve of course, but I think this is a good start. Looking forward to more digital art to come!

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Yeah, definitely not bad for a first attempt! Beautiful work on the girl and even the clouds behind her! just awesome! :D


So what do you think about layers?

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Aw, thanks!

Layers are SO NICE!! And the back button is a life-saver. I haev a hard ie just drawing with a pencil and paper now; i'm spoiled rotten!

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lol me too 

I'm spoiled rotten now XD

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I use my IPad Pro to do digital drawing, and I  use ‘Adobe Draw’ to draw. Also, I use Apple Pencil ;)


Here are some drawings of mine-






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