How to draw and paint - 100 pro tips and tutorials

Every month ImagineFX magazine is inundated with queries from digital artists looking for advice on specific problems they're having with their drawing and painting projects.

ImagineFX has a wealth of professionals on hand to answer those questions, provide tips on how to improve your drawing, and tutorials for those learning how to draw and paint. They'll even come to the aid of fellow pro artists who have become frustrated by a specific technique.

Here is a collection of those digital painting and drawing tips and tutorials, gathered together in one mammoth feature to help you improve your artwork. Most of the articles are Photoshop tutorials unless otherwise stated, but the tips apply to other photo editor applications, whatever software or hardware you're using – and some will even be of use to you if you're a traditional artist. Happy drawing!

Here's what's included in our mega list:

How to paint faces and figures

01. Perfect your figures with our anatomy masterclass 

Learn how focusing on action and some core visual tools are key to creating expressive anatomy.

02. Create portrait art in Corel Painter

We run through a pro's portraiture process in Painter 2017, the latest version of Corel's natural media art software.

03. How to create eyes

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Paco Rico Torres explains how to master painting the windows to the soul in your digital artwork.

04. How to draw faces without reference material

Nadia Enis reveals how to understand faces and master the basics of creating a veristic visage.

05. How to create realistic looking skin

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Create picture-perfect skin with this easy Photoshop trick.

06. The secret to painting luscious lips

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Paco Rico Torres issues his best advice on how to create realistic, sexy lips.

07. How to master facial shadows

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Artist Daniela Uhlig runs through correct shadow placement to give your character a 3D appearance.

08. How to create realistic hair

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Illustrator Mélanie Delon reveals how to master the art of painting beautifully realistic hair, digitally.

09. How to paint the perfect scream

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Top comic book artist Frazer Irving shares his top tips on capturing a truly terrified screeching face.

10. How to paint a beastly portrait

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Use subtle details to enhance your fantasy character designs. David Gaillet shows you how it's done with his punk rock mutant.

11. How to combine human and animal characteristics

Digital artist Cynthia Sheppard reveals how she combines images to create animen.

12. How to create three characters from one reference

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McLean Kendree varies the shape and size of features to create three different characters from one reference.

13. How to draw hands properly in three steps

Hands are one of the most difficult parts of the body to draw. Naiha Raza's video and tips show you how.

14. How to draw a cowering figure

Nick Harris reveals his top tips for creating a convincing character cowering with terror.

15. How to paint retro game characters

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Learn how to create this with Remko's expert tutorial: Watch the video or scroll down for a step-by-step guide

Remko Troost's tips for creating video game characters from the fabulous, taste-free world of the '80s.

16. How to paint a realistic armoured character

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"If you imagine the armour as a collection of bent mirrors attached to each other, you'll have a good starting point," says Tony Foti, in this top tutorial.

17. How to depict a dislocated shoulder

Digital artist Sara Forlenza explains how to tackle this tricky bit of anatomical painting.

18. How to draw nose slime

Illustrator John Petersen explains how to create viscous-looking snot using Photoshop.

19. How to paint pinched flesh in four steps

How to paint pinched flesh in 4 steps

Distort and stretch, but know when and when not to add exaggeration, with artist Paco Rico Torres.

20. How to improve your figure drawing

10 steps to improve your figure drawing

Artist John Watkiss breaks down compositional and anatomical techniques to accurately illustrate the classic fantasy character Tarzan.

21. How to create a custom Celtic tattoo

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Design your very own celtic-inspired fantasy tattoo with this easy step-by-step guide from expert Tony Foti.

22. How to create a tattoo that comes alive

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"There are many ways to approach a living tattoo. The secret is nailing that shift from tattoo to living entity," says artist Lauren Cannon.

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