Hi there, I have chosen one of my own digital paintings, "Macaw", for this step-by-step demonstration. Here im working in Artrage, to have a painterly look. Working in Artrage is like doing a real painting, one has to do things manually and that's what I love about it.
An important note here, is, that though I am writing down all the steps, there is a whole process of thinking behind each stroke and there is no rule, nor any formula for that, you have to follow your instincts with spontaneous actions to bring out what is there in your mind.
I am sure my method of painting would help you in some way or the other.
What you see here, is my very personal style, so rather than copying each and every step, I am very sure that you will be developing your very own distinct style, an ultimate goal of a real artist.
About this painting: I will paint in an impressionistic manner, with no definite shape, I will suggest things, make impressions of shapes, light and dark. I think, visible, expressive, brushwork gives interesting texture and character to a painting as compared to those over blended strokes.
Note: No tracing, no painting over, no initial sketch, I start directly with a brush and patches of color.
Using a tablet, I start by blocking in the main shape first, with no detailing at all. Divisions and composition is all that matters at the moment.
Refine the basic shape. Just in masses of color. I work on the background as well, with some color that I plan to have in the end.
Note: One must know how to draw well before going into this style of painting, though I don't sketch/draw first when I paint (even in real painting), the drawing knowledge/rules help me throughout. When we sketch on a canvas with pencil first, we often end up with a colored drawing rather than a painting.
I add patches of light.
Steps 4 and 5
Do some blending and apply more strokes. Thin strokes this time, keeping in mind the feathery look, which is required. Still, no detailing at all. Direction of the brushstrokes is important. I go to build the composition as a whole, working on related areas simultaneously with small strokes of paint.