Videotutorials | Efficiency Through Repetition

Learning to draw and paint is a lot of work. For aspiring new artists search for free and/or affordable lessons and instruction can been frustrating and confusing. Matt Kohr’s "Ctrl+Paint" is by far the most immersive, useful, and honest FREE online training program we have ever come across. There is a huge emphasis on art theory and great practical tips to achieve results. We highly recommend these videos for beginners and experts alike.
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Multiply Your Roughs - The entire process of design is filled with refinement: make a variety of options (thumbnails, color palettes, etc.) - and choose the best one. What if you could automate some of that? This video shows a technique to multiply your color roughs when making a character design in order to dramatically increase the total output. It's a bit messy, but you'll save a ton of time. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences  || ★

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Thumbnail Iteration - If you've ever created a silhouette sketch for a character design, what did you do next? All too often artists will consider these sketches in a binary way - each drawing is either a 'hit' or a 'miss', and they draw until a 'hit' happens. This video offers a modified approach to thumbnail sketching - using Photoshop masks to help quickly iterate on a single promising thumbnail. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences || ★

This is "Ctrl+Paint - Thumbnail Iteration" by matt kohr on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Free transform, as we saw in the previous video, can be a very precise tool.  In this video we'll be creating a room full of ornate windows - and use the power of smart objects and the free transform tool to save time.  Though this workflow might seem like 'cheating', modern illustrators take advantage of a wide array of uniquely-digital tools. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★

Free transform, as we saw in the previous video, can be a very precise tool. In this video we'll be creating a room full of ornate windows - and use the power of smart objects and the free transform tool to save time. Though this workflow might seem like 'cheating', modern illustrators take advantage of a wide array of uniquely-digital tools. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★

Exponential Patternmaking - Sometimes you'll find yourself working with a repeating pattern, and want to quickly expand it. This video offers an alternative to the 'Pattern Preset' with a quick, manual, method to expand your subject. This is a technique for keyboard shortcut lovers. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★

Exponential Patternmaking - Sometimes you'll find yourself working with a repeating pattern, and want to quickly expand it. This video offers an alternative to the 'Pattern Preset' with a quick, manual, method to expand your subject. This is a technique for keyboard shortcut lovers. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★

Making a Swarm - If you're a traditional painter, something like a flock of birds means only one thing: lots of work. Photoshop offers some time-saving alternatives for digital painters. In this video we'll take a look at the use of duplication to quickly populate an entire flock of birds. Remember: this isn't cheating, you're simply using the tools Photoshop makes available to you. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences || ★

This video shows how to use duplication and free transform to quickly generate a flock of birds.

People are good at being creative, and computers are great at repetitive tasks. Why not let your computer do what it's good at and focus your energy on the more creative work? As a digital painter, you should be on the lookout for repeated elements in a painting: large or small. This video shows how to efficiently paint a threaded screw through the use of duplication and the transform tool. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences || ★

People are good at being creative, and computers are great at repetitive tasks. Why not let your computer do what it's good at and focus your energy on the more creative work? As a digital painter, you should be on the lookout for repeated elements in a painting: large or small. This video shows how to efficiently paint a threaded screw through the use of duplication and the transform tool. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences || ★


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