Formal Digital Artist Training

Hello, this is a very informal article to help people start in the formal fundamentals. The Formal Digital Artist Training Guide will help you to find sources for training.

An aspirant digital artist should not kid himself (herself) into think that formal art training is not necessary. It may not be essential, since a person with good aesthetic taste and domain over good software can do a lot in that realm.

But, as it is with almost any activity, basic formal training can always make that difference even to the most talented and gifted laborer.

Following is a brief script (with links to online guides), on how I believe should be your best sequence for learning art.


On my first lesson with an art tutor, he put a white cube on top of a table, staged  a lamp on a certain spot to cast light upon the cube from a certain angle and said.

“Don’t move this setup until I say so!”

Then he gave me a few instructions on how to get proportion and guiding lines of the scene and went on:

“Now, when you get a perfect drawing, you bring it to me.”

During the next 4 weeks I went countless times to his art shop only to come back home more puzzled than before. It was only after the 10th or some time that he finally said:

“Not bad, kid! Now you can start to learn from the beginning. It won’t be easy, but now you have a faint idea, of how hard it is to become an artist. Are you still interested?”

when I said “yes” he went on and hung my drawing with masking tape on the wall among many other drawings of other of his pupils. “Monday I´ll have that framed. Now you are part of an elite. Don’t take that for granted!”

That stratagem was the best art lesson I’ve had in my life. Learning is never an easy and fast job, but it can produce valuable results right from the beginning. In other words:

= No matter at what stage you are in the endless task of improving your art skills =

= everything you create is a valuable piece of art. All art counts! =


“Seize the Day” and quickly check my review

introducing some amazing pencil drawing books and e-books to compare and start easy.

Explore these tutorials on pencils training:

Basic Techniques

Begin with these Drawing Lessons and Learn How to See and Draw as an Artist

50 Clever Tutorials and Techniques on Traditional Drawing

How Drawing is like Kung Fu


Quill, Ink and Felt Pens

I certainly lived a great moment for learning those skills in the beginning of the 70’s. It was Golden Age of Super Hero art with many names like:

Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Norm Breyfogle, Jim Aparo, Marshall Rogers, Howard Chaykin, Jack Kirby, John Buscema, John Romita, Joe Kubert, Mike Mingola, Paul Gulacy, Frank Miller

Burne Hogarth has a special place on that list because I actually have many of his training books on drawing.


Just one tip I had from a teacher at the Academy of Art College:

when you paint larger ares with pure black india ink, most commonly, you get subtle stains on the black.

To avoid that, try adding a small amount of black tempera to the ink. I do not actually remember the percentage, but If I had to go experimenting, I would start throwing in 10% of tempera to the ink, painting a 4 x 4 inch square and let it dry.

If it’s ok, than you can check it the same way with 5 %.

If 10% still stains, then continue raising by 5% increments until the the square doesn’t present any stains.

Check my review on amazing Pen and Ink Technique books

Next topics: Crayons, Pastels, Gouache – or Tempera, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting.


2 thoughts on “Formal Digital Artist Training

  • March 9, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I took a watercolor class about 15 years ago, and have had an interest in drawing and painting ever since. However I just haven’t had the time. However these online classes that you have on your site look interesting and might finally get me to start again. And the prices are very reasonable. Thanks for the great info.


    • March 9, 2016 at 2:42 am

      Hello, David,

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope the information helps you take back that artistic talent into action.



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