For those of you who wish to try your hand at digital painting, I have started a Twitch channel so I can share my techniques. (Still figuring out a schedule, but I’ll update as soon as I get a handle on it.)
So you can play along at home, here are links to the program and resources I use. Welcome to the world of digital art.
My channel, The Rapture of Digital Painting: https://www.twitch.tv/the_zen_lunatic
Krita, a 100% free and open-source painting program: https://krita.org
Some of the digital brushes I use were thoughtfully created by a gentleman named David Revoy, who is the creator of a wonderful webcomic named “Pepper and Carrot” that you should totally check out. (I also have adapted some of the techniques he teaches on his YouTube channel.) The brush pack and instructions for installation in Krita can be found on his website: https://www.davidrevoy.com/article742/krita-4-extras-brush-presets-pack
I use a digital version of the same color palette used by Bob Ross on The Joy of Painting. Below is a free .zip file containing two versions of that palette and instructions for use. (It’s set up as a product because, long story short, that makes things simpler on this end. It is totally free, though.) I have added four Caucasian skin tones (pale, not-pale, tanned and olive) because I find that it is much too easy to make a Caucasian skin tone too pink or yellow or orange, or even grey, so when I found colors that worked I saved them. If you want a skin tone for any of the other races on the planet (or any other planet, I don’t discriminate) you can just take one of the Caucasian tones and tweak it using Krita’s advanced color picker. And if that doesn’t prove that our superficial differences are meaningless, I don’t know what does.
The Rossian Palette that I use on my Twitch stream. .zip file contains a .png image and a .kpl Krita palette file,…
For those of you who are leery of free downloads, I don’t blame you at all, so here’s a link to someone who took the time to determine the RGB values for that palette, so you can input them manually: https://thomaspark.co/2015/11/bob-ross-color-palette-in-css/
I also use a USB drawing tablet. This is not strictly necessary, as Krita (or other drawing programs) will work just fine with the touchpad on your laptop, or the mouse on your desktop tower. That being said, the tablet is pressure-sensitive, which speeds and simplifies the process immensely. Also, if you’re like me and used to drawing with a pencil, a tablet will feel a lot more natural. Keeps your index finger from cramping up as well.
From personal experience, I can recommend the XP-Pen Deco 1 V2. It’s quality at low cost and does a great job. (This is not a paid endorsement. Shop around and check out some reviews, buy whatever you want, like I did. I’m just telling you that the one I bought works well and is relatively inexpensive, if you want to start there.)
That should be everything you really need…and a few things you might not. Happy painting!