How did you start painting digitally?
It's kinda an odd story. I became interested in creating things digitally because of Harry Potter. When I was a kid I was a diehard fan (still am!), and one of my favorite fan sites hosted monthly movie poster contests. Each month they'd pick a theme and people would create a Harry Potter movie poster. I don't think you actually won anything other than recognition, but it was all in good fun.
Anyways, I was amazed at the submissions and wanted to learn how to do that. So after some research I learned that Photoshop was the program that everyone was using. I taught myself how to use Photoshop 7 and was fascinated with the possibilities of creating and manipulating things digitally.
Later in life I found out that people were using Photoshop to paint, though I didn't really like the way it looked but was intrigued by the idea. I then found programs that were specifically made for painting digitally, such as Corel Painter.
I have been painting digitally now for 6 years and have loved the journey and creative challenge.