Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find answers to some frequently asked questions. You can find information about tools that I use, where you can find my tutorials, as well as general info about myself and my digital art. If you have any additional questions which were not answered in this FAQ then you can reach out to me by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling the contact form. However, I will not answer questions that have already been answered in this FAQ, so please be sure to read though this page before reaching out to me.
Digital art & General info
How did I learn to draw
I’m mostly a self-taught artist. I’ve been drawing since I was 3 years old and my family was always supportive of me in art, even buying art materials so I could doodle. As a child I drew frequently, mostly doodling subjects that was a mixture of ideas from my own imagination, fanart, cartoons and still life; nature, plants, that kind of thing. 2009 is the year I started taking art seriously, drawing every single day and practicing on my own. Even though I was in art school, I was studying for Graphic Design, and so was not receiving full education when it came to illustration and other types of art media.
How often do I draw
Sometimes I draw every day and sometimes I have gaps where I don't draw at all. On average I draw around 2-5h per day, but will draw for longer periods when my health picks up. Because of Carpal Tunnel and several chronic illnesses, I take breaks often and don't draw when my health declines. (As to prevent any further injury or further decreasing of health.)
I've been studying graphic design both in high school and college. When it comes to illustration, I've mostly been a self-taught artist.
Ever since I was a child, I loved to draw and doodle. When I was 7, my father bought my sister and I a book, Dinotopia by James Gurney. As a kid who loved animals, dinosaurs, and art in general, the artwork in Dinotopia inspired the decision that I really wanted to become an artist. Over the years, a wide range of things have given me inspiration; ranging from movies, books, nature, and general objects in daily life. A few things that likewise influenced my work were: symbolism, surrealism, art nouveau, and impressionism.
When I paint, I start with a smaller canvas size - typically A4, or within a maximum range of 2000px - so that I can focus on sketching and composition; just getting a really rough idea of what I want to paint. I purposely start with a small canvas and use larger brushes so that I don't focus on unnecessary details. Once I have detailed the sketch to my liking, I make it a bigger resolution - anywhere from 4000x6000px to 3500x5500px - on 300 DPI, because I want to have a high resolution to make better prints.
I use Adobe Photoshop CC for all my art. I also use Blender to create 3D reference of my characters and objects.
Hardware & Graphic tablet
I use Wacom Cintiq 27QHD graphic tablet and my PC hardware is: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 64GB of RAM @ 3200Mhz (Corsair), Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060, 4 x 2 TB HDD, 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 2280 PCIe SSD (System) + 250GB Samsung EVO SATA SSD, Blu-ray rewriter, GIGABYTE X570 GAMING X motherboard, GIGABYTE P850GM PSU, Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU cooler, Razer Kunai Chroma 140mm fans and Razer Tomahawk ATX case.
Most of my works are done with one brush, which is default Soft Round Pressure Opacity brush in Photoshop. For my textured work I usually use up to max 5 different brushes. I have a large collection of brushes which I’ve collected over the years, which is at this point 4000+ brushes. For my traditional-looking digital paintings, I like to use the brush collections by Greg Rutkowski.
Tips & Advices
Starting with digital art
Like with every single medium, before you even start drawing, you need to get to know and learn the tool - and in this case, program - you are using. Only once you understand this, will your work and creating art become easier and more natural to you. Using myself as an example, when I first started digital art, I was literally just experimenting in Photoshop; clicking every button, using every tool, testing every brush. This way I learned more about the program and the tools it provided me, starting with very simple experimental pieces until I was eventually able to comfortably create the larger and more intricate pieces you see today. So, my advice would be: start small and simple, do not commit to larger projects until you are familiar with the program and tools it has. The more you practice and experiment, the easier it will get.
I get this question all the time from other artists, especially beginners. Asking me how to practice art, or what is in general a good way to practice, as a beginner. My recommendation is to start from the basics. Learn and refine the fundamentals first; anatomy, lighting, perspective, composition, color theory, etc. Once you know and understand the basics, you will be able to make more complex pieces, that are both more natural for you and pleasing to your viewers. How frequently you practice is entirely up for you to determine and decide, and not something I can give you a set schedule for, as this is heavily dependent on individualistic needs and limitations. Do NOT fall for the stereotype lie that you "must" practice "every single day," because not only is it simply not true, there are many artists out there who burn out and give up under the strain and pressure of thinking this is somehow an absolute requirement to get better. Or worse, end up with painful physical injuries, such as RSI and carpal tunnel. Set your own pace, experiment and feel out the edges of your limitations, even push them sometimes; but do not feel pressured to match the practicing methods and schedules of other artists. Remember to take breaks, have days where you don't draw anything at all; give yourself time to rest and recover, so your motivation can rebuild. Ultimately, find out what works for YOU and stick with that!
Graphic tablet recommendations
When it comes to graphic tablets you can basically use almost any type of tablet and make art with it. If you’re a beginner or if you don’t have a big budget then even cheaper tablets will do the trick. For a bigger part of my career, I used cheaper and smaller tablets, like Genius or Wacom Bamboo. After all, if you decide to buy the most expensive tablet it doesn’t mean your art skills will get better! If you decide to buy a non-screen tablet then I recommend checking the specifications, like resolution and pen pressure levels. If you don’t have the budget even 1000 levels of pen pressure will be okay. On average I’d recommend anything about 4000 pen pressure levels and 2540lpi of resolution. If you seek graphic tablets for more professional use then I’d recommend looking for a tablet that has higher values than these.
When it comes to screen tablets then I recommend you check screen specifications as well. Again, if you’re a beginner or a hobbyist then any type of screen tablet will work. If you look for a more professional tablet then I’d recommend screens that show color accuracy as best as possible. Because if you want to print your works or use it for different products, then you want to make sure that colors match the ones on the screen. For that, I’d recommend screens with Adobe RGB 90-100% (the higher percentage, the better it’ll be. I wouldn’t recommend tablets with lower color gamut coverage for professional use). I’d also recommend 1.07 billion colors (10 bit or higher), 300 cd/m2 or higher brightness, and minimally 1000:1 contrast. Tablets with glass surfaces are also better compared to ones with plastic surfaces, since the screen won’t get as easily scratched.
Aside from the free tutorials above, you can also find tutorials in several books and magazines where I explain my painting process. Including what tools and brushes I use, methods of painting, and much more. Most of these tutorials are for digital art and are primarily for Adobe Photoshop. Feel free to check the links below for a preview of each book.
- Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art by 3dtotal
- Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 by 3dtotal
- Digital Art Masters: Volume 9 by 3dtotal
- Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop 2nd Edition by 3dtotal
- Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 8 by 3dtotal
- ImagineFX magazine - May 2015 issue (121)
- ImagineFX magazine - November 2016 issue (140)
- Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Drawing by 3dtotal
Resources I use
- Icons: If you want to use my art for your profile picture, avatar, or icon, you can feel free to do so on the condition that you openly and clearly credit my work. You must at a minimum credit the image with “Art by Valentina Remenar" with an added tag to my social media where you’re using the icon, or use link of my website. If there’s no way to credit me for the image, then you cannot use it.
- Wallpapers: You can use my art for your PC, tablet, and/or phone wallpaper.
- Tattoos: You can get my artwork as a tattoo. If you do so, I’d love to see the photo of your tattoo, but that’s completely up to you!
- Reference: Using my artwork as a reference for personal, private study is allowed. If you reference my work and use the image publicly, then you must link the image you used as a reference, as well as provide full credit to me by tagging my social media sites or by linking my website.
- Website and/or blog features: If you wish to feature my art on your blog or website you can feel free to do so! I’m thankful to everyone who wants to share my artwork! If you do so I only ask to credit my images with the link to my website.
- YouTube: If you want to use my art as a background image in your video or if you want to feature me/my artwork in it, you can do so on the condition that you give full credit to me in the video and description such as “Art at [timestamp]/Background art by Valentina Remenar” with a link in the description either my website, and-or at least one of my social media accounts. Do not remove my signature if you use it as a background. If you happen to crop it then you must add text over the image, crediting me for the artwork. If you cannot add the credit, then you cannot use my artwork.
- Dungeons & Dragons: I DO NOT and WILL NOT allow ANY use of my artwork and/or characters as D&D character references/images. All my characters come from my own stories and worlds, and seeing them being used by others is something I’m not comfortable or okay with. If you need a character for your D&D campaign then please check work of my dear friend Eren Enrica Angiolini. They offer many art packages, full with variety of characters, which you can use as PCs, NPCs or anything else players and DMs might need. Please check it out here.
Any of my existing work - personal or commercial - cannot be used in or for any sort of commercial or monetizing project (advertisements; merch [examples: prints, clothes, stickers, wallpaper, etc.]; book covers and/or contents; logo design; etc.) by anyone outside of myself, and the individuals who purchased the original personal/commercial artwork(s) in question. If you wish to gain commercial rights to my artwork, you must inquire about a new commission/art piece that is specific to you and your project. I will not sell the commercial rights/licensing of any other artwork.
Contacting me about
My personal commissions are closed unless specifically announced by me on my social media (Twitter, Tumblr, ArtStation) that inquiries are open. I do not use or make waiting lists for these. If you wish to inquire about commercial commissions then please reach out to me at email@example.com or fill the contact form to ask whether my schedule is available.
Before reaching out to me with personal or commercial commission inquiries please first read my Terms & Conditions on Commissions page.
I do not offer licensing of my existing works for commercial use, such as books or any other products, projects, or brand. My original works are my personal projects, which is why I don’t offer licensing.
Reviewing artwork & Mentorship
Due to a lack of time I’m not able to do any kind of artwork/portfolio reviewing nor mentorship. I do have some tutorials which I have written over the years and the list you can find in the Resources tab above.
If you’d like to interview me then please contact me to ask whether my schedule is available. However, due to my busy work schedule and health conditions, I do not have time to do interviews for school projects.
I do not accept any requests or invitations regarding promoting projects, artwork, nor products of any kind. Anything that I happen to share is out of my own personal interest. Do not ask me to promote your brand, product(s), or your project(s) on my sites.
Reporting art theft
If you find that someone is using my artwork for which you suspect to be illegal and/or against my terms, then please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the contact form. Any help is greatly appreciated.