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November 21, 2023

How to create digital art

Digital art has revolutionized the way we express our creativity, offering a unique fusion of traditional artistic techniques and cutting-edge technology. The use of technology such as touchscreens, digital pens, and vivid high-resolution displays offer artists of all experiences and genres the ability to enhance, rather than replace, your artistic goals and ambitions.

Explore the world of digital art and learn how Microsoft Surface devices can become a versatile springboard for your most creative ideas. Whether you're an aspiring artist or a seasoned pro, you'll find the right tools to embark on your digital art journey.

Benefits of creating digital art

Digital art isn't about replacing traditional methods but enhancing your artistic capabilities. With sensitive touchscreens and digital pens, you can create intricate artworks with precision, using some of the millions of colors at your fingertips. Unlike traditional mediums, Surface devices offer an array of benefits for creating digital art:

  • Undo and Redo: Making a mistake isn't a setback. Easily undo and redo your strokes, providing unmatched creative freedom. Keep track of each artistic input so you can go back multiple steps and experiment from certain points.
  • Endless Colors and Textures: Digital art tablets provide access to an extensive palette of colors and textures, limited only by your imagination. Surface’s PixelSense™ displays ensure color accuracy with true-to-life display quality so you can access millions of colors.
  • Effortless Experimentation: Try various techniques and styles without wasting materials. Take advantage of storage space to foster artistic exploration and create limitless canvases of all sizes. Use a cloud service like Microsoft OneDrive to ensure that your works in progress are always at your fingertips.
  • Portability: Carry your entire art studio with you in a compact device, allowing you to create wherever inspiration strikes—a rugged landscape, an art museum, or even at a coffee shop.
woman sketching with a Slim Pen 2 on a Microsoft Surface device

Use the right tools: Surface Pro 9 and Slim Pen 2

Any artist can tell you that the right tools and supplies will make all the difference. Before you lay down a single virtual brushstroke, consider the Surface Pro 9. With its virtually edge-to-edge 13” PixelSense™ touchscreen, coupled with advanced Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, there’s plenty of room to navigate this virtual canvas. Take advantage of the adjustable built-in kickstand to get the perfect viewing angle. And since the Surface Pro 9 weighs less than 2 lbs., you can take it anywhere and never miss a chance to create.

Pair your Surface device with the perfect accessory for digital art: the Slim Pen 2, which replicates the natural feedback of pen on paper. Change virtual brush shapes with the press of a button while you’re sketching, so you can change styles seamlessly.*

Bringing your ideas to life

Creating digital art is all about transferring your vision onto the screen. It's not about replacing traditional art; rather, it's a way to amplify your artistic capabilities. The process involves:

  1. Sketching: Begin with a rough sketch using your digital pen. Experiment with different brush types, sizes, and colors to find the perfect style. 
  2. Adding Detail: Once your initial sketch is complete, start adding details. Zoom in to work on intricate areas with precision.
  3. Coloring: Select your color palette and apply it with ease. Digital art tablets offer blending tools that mimic real paint, allowing for stunning color transitions. 
  4. Finishing Touches: Enhance your artwork with special effects, textures, and filters to give it a unique character.

Sharing your masterpieces

Digital art opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to sharing your creations. You can easily showcase your work online, share it with a global audience, or even sell your digital art prints.

Embrace the fusion of technology and artistry and embark on a digital art journey that knows no bounds. With the right Microsoft Surface device, you can create stunning masterpieces, experiment endlessly, and share your creativity with the world. Compare Surface devices and find the best laptop that fits your needs, budget, and style.

[*] Chargers, software, accessories, and devices sold separately. Availability may vary by market.

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