30 Apr 2018

21 Digital Painting Process Pictures (Step-By-Step)

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Do you ever look at paintings and think... how do they DO that?

It can be intimidating to look at a finished painting! Everything is perfectly balanced, each stroke is masterfully placed, and every last detail thought of.

But what you don't see is all the stages the painting went through before it got to that point. Even the most striking painting goes through many stages of looking rough, before it finally emerges as a polished piece of art.

To help inspire your own process, we've gathered a selection of 21 beautiful illustrations, complete with step-by-step process pictures showing how each painting was formed:

01. "Marina Nery" by Aaron Griffin

"Marina Nery" by Aaron Griffin

> Take a look at Aaron Griffin's Portfolio


02. "Fox Spirit" by Chengwei Pan

"Fox Spirit" by Chengwei Pan
"Fox Spirit" by Chengwei Pan - Painting Process

> Take a look at Chengwei Pan's Portfolio


03. "Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte

"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte
"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Amanda Duarte's Portfolio


04. "Daily Practice#034" by Razaras

"Daily Practice#034" by Razaras
"Daily Practice#034" by Razaras (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Razaras's Portfolio


05. "Neon" by Aaron Griffin

"Neon" by Aaron Griffin
"Neon" by Aaron Griffin (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Aaron Griffin's Portfolio


06. "Another Beautiful Face", by Victter le Fou

"Another Beautiful Face" by Victter le Fou
"Another Beautiful Face" by Victter le Fou (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Victter le Fou's Portfolio


07. "Don't Cry" by Menghua Fang

"Don't Cry" by Menghua Fang
"Don't Cry" by Menghua Fang - Painting Process

> Take a look at Menghua Fang's Portfolio


08. "Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte

"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte
"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Amanda Duarte's Portfolio


09. "Collar" by Rene Gorecki

"Collar" by Rene Gorecki
"Collar" by Rene Gorecki (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Rene Gorecki's Portfolio


10. "Kiriban" by Johannes Voss

"Kiriban" by Johannes Voss
"500k Kiriban" by Johannes Voss (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Johannes Voss's Portfolio


11. "Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte

"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte
"Brazilian Web Diva" by Amanda Duarte (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Amanda Duarte's Portfolio


12. "Process" by Julia Razumova

"Process" by Julia Razumova
"Process" by Julia Razumova (Process Picture)

13. "Jean Valjean" by Menghua Fang

"Jean Valjean" by Menghua Fang
"Jean Valjean" by Menghua Fang (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Menghua Fang's Portfolio


14. "Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin

"Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin
"Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Aaron Griffin's Portfolio


15. "Colour Study" by Biswajit Biswas

"Colour Study" by Biswajit Biswas
"Colour Study" by Biswajit Biswas (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Biswajit Biswas's Portfolio


16. "Portrait Study II" by Ryan Mugan

"Portrait Study II" by Ryan Mugan
"Portrait Study II" by Ryan Mugan (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Ryan Mugan's Portfolio


17. "Marta Portrait" by Paco Martinez Tomas

"Marta Portrait" by Paco Martinez Tomas
"Marta Portrait" by Paco Martinez Tomas (Process Picture)

18. "Barbara Palvin Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin

"Barbara Palvin Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin (Process Picture)
"Barbara Palvin Colour Study" by Aaron Griffin (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Aaron Griffin's Portfolio


19. "Q" by Kuvshinov-Ilya

"Q" by Kuvshinov-Ilya
"Q" by Kuvshinov-Ilya (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Kuvshinov-Ilya's Portfolio


20. "Portrait" by Wojtek Fus

"Portrait" by Wojtek Fus
"Portrait" by Wojtek Fus (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Wojtek Fus's Portfolio


21. "Light Study#063" by Razaras

"Light Study#063" by Razaras
"Light Study#063" by Razaras (Process Picture)

> Take a look at Razaras's Portfolio


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4 Responses

  1. Nino

    All beautiful,
    but I am very discouraged after seeing these works haha.
    How many hours does it take to do a job like this?

    1. Don’t be discouraged! It’ll take you a lot longer when you’re first getting started, but that’s completely normal. The more you practice, the quicker you’ll get. Just see it as motivation to keep going rather than discouragement – all of these artists started out just like you too

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