Aloha Sketchmonkies, this is Josh. As per request at the meeting today, here are some of rad-tastic digital painting tutorials! These guys all have different techniques, each of them useful in different and mix-matchable able ways:
CG Society Tutorial – AMAZING intro to digital painting. It's in a forum format, so it might be some work to navigate, but well worth it
Nebezial's Deviantart– Nebezial is somewhat of a force of nature in the DA community. Beautiful stuff, but be warned, on occasion he does the "pinup" buxom lady thing . . . yech. His dragons are much cooler.
Feng Zhu– Amazing environmental/mechanical concept artist from the more recent Star Wars Movies, more than 50 tutorial videos
Sam Nielsen– BYU Digital Painting Professor/ Concept Artist at Disney Interactive. BOSS.
"A Portrait of My Friend"– A great tutorial not only on caricature and painting skin, but also on how a few very basic brushes can interact to create astounding realism
Again, none of these techniques is an end-all, each artist has a different style and you will find your own. Just like sketchbooking, the biggest secret is mileage. Draw every day, paint every day, and one day young grasshopper you will become a butterfly! Except grasshoppers don't turn into butterflies . . . but you will become a beastly artist. Like seriously. Hard work . . . who knew? lol
And I lost the game.