The Essential Guide To Digital Art

Here are 9 ways to get started with

your very first digital art work:

1- Find a good digital art program:

Finding a good digital art program is the first step to start making your own digital art work. here are some free programs I use:

  • Krita:

 Image by Krita

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

By Krita

click here to Download Krita


  • Medibang

Image by Medibang

MediBang Paint is a FREE lightweight digital painting and comic creation program that comes loaded with brushes, fonts, pre-made backgrounds, and other resources.

By Medibang

Click here to Download Medibang


  • Gimp

Image by Gimp

GIMP gives artists the power and flexibility to transform images into truly unique creations.

by Gimp

click here to Download Gimp


2- After downloading a good program, choose one or more of these devices to draw with/on:

  • Art tablet

There are lots of art tablets with stylus pens to choose from, but it may come with or without:

  1. buttons
  2. touch
  3. a screen
  • Computer mouse

  • You can use a normal computer mouse to draw and color with but it will take a lot of practice to get good precision.
  • Laptop touchpad

Your laptop’s touchpad can also be used with good practice.

  • media tablet

Some digital artists use a media tablet (example: ipad, android tablet) with a stylus to draw.

note:You would have to download an app that supports your device.

3- Sketch

Now that you have a program and drawing device,in your program open a new canvas and do a quick sketch.

4- lineart

After you’re done with the sketch, (on a different layer) create a lineart over the sketch.

5- Color

Add a new layer layer under the lineart layer, and begin coloring with basic colors.

6- shade and highlight

after adding in the basic colors, now add some shading and highlights to make the drawing look better.

7-Fix mistakes

Now you’re almost done, but first look at your drawing again and fix any mistakes you made.


The last step is to make sure you add your signature somewhere in your drawing.

9- share

When you’re totally done with your art you can share it in different ways, here are a few ways to share your beautiful Digital artwork:

  • Print out:

You can print it out on nice paper at home or you can get it printed on anything(example: paper, canvas, mugs) at a professional print shop.

  • Sharing websites

You can also share your digital art online on websites like:

  1. Deviant Art
  2. Facebook
  3. Instagram

 If you’ve reached this far, then congratulations! you have just created your very first digital artwork!.

Comment and ask me any questions below!


*Disclaimer: I do not own any pictures or websites in this post.

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