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Concept Art Tools?

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Most concept art is still done with pen and paper. Pencils, Bristol, Technical Inking Pens, and a set of Prismacolor Markers.

I recently picked up the Art of Finding nemo and was impressed to find a lot of work with charcoal and pastels on colored art paper. Really impressive work.

However, most of what I have seen, as far as Digital Concept Art, has mostly be done in Painter. A good book to check out on that, and just a good art book to have in general is Digital Character Design and Painting by Don Seegmiller.

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Check out the tutorials on at www.polykarbon.com. The tuts are more for anime, but work for all types of character drawing.

End the end, creativity is the largest requirement of good concept art.

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pen and paper are your best friends for concept art.

Colouring digitally is cleaner than trad painting and you dont have to wash your brushes. Bonus!

otherwise it has advantages and disadvantages like any medium.

opencanvas is a good free art program, if you cant afford painter. But digital work is difficult with a mouse.


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then you want to get yourself a wacom. If you dont know these are graphic tablets, a digital pen and pad.

Heres a review of one of the cheapest ones but even this is 100x better than using a mouse.
http://www.epinions.com/content_44493737604

Photoshop + painter are the packages you hear about, but their expensive.

For a low cost option :-
Opencanvas for producing concept work and paintshop pro for manipulation.
Both of these packages have shareware working versions.



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