Improving Digital Illustrations: 5 Tips for Beginners

The world has gone digital and seems to do so more everyday. Many people are interested in graphic design, Photoshop, and other related tools. Some people believe digital art to be cheating or easier than traditional painting, for example. However, that is not really true. Creating art always requires some talent, understanding and a lot of practice. If you would like to improve your digital art, follow these simple tips.

1. Strengths versus Weaknesses

This is always a good place to start. Make a short list of things that you feel are strengths when it comes to art and design and which ones are weaknesses. For example, a strength can be good at using color while a weakness can be that you work slowly.

2. Identify Habits

Everyone has habits when it comes to drawing and design. Compare some of your old work and see if you can recognize things that you seem to always do. These are your habits. In order to create new and innovative designs, you need to vary your approach and what you do.

3. Research Videos and Tutorials

The Internet is filled with great videos and tutorials on how to create digital art. Artists and designers are sharing their secrets and processes for anyone to see. You can learn a lot from them and should make use of all this wonderful and readily available tips, advice, and information.

4. Plan Your Work

You will find that you work faster and more efficiently when you plan your work. If you know exactly what you want to do and where you want different images, you will be much better able to focus and get the work done the way you want it. Write a list of what you want to feature in your drawing or make a mind map with the main elements.

5. Use the Tools

If you are working in a program like Photoshop, you have a lot of different tools at your disposal. Use them to manipulate your image and make the colors pop or the contours smooth, etc.

It is going to be hard work and you will have to do it over and over again. The only way to get better is to keep trying, keep practicing, and keep improving your skills.


3 Steps on How to Appreciate Art for Beginners

Appreciating art doesn’t have to be an art. Many people believe that you must know all the famous artists, art movements, and history to be able to appreciate art. This is not true. Anyone can appreciate art if they really want to. We have a few tips to get you started. The basic idea is just to look at the piece of art and evaluate what you see and feel.

  1. Look at the piece of art – When you look at the art, determine whether it is a painting, sculpture, or graphic work. Also, try and see whether it is done on canvas or identify what material it was made from. Also, look at the texture, the colors, the composition, and whether it is organized or chaotic. You can also try to look at it from different angles as some artworks change when seen from different angles.
  2. Know the artist and time period – Next, you want to identify who the artist was and in what year it was made. Even if you are not completely sure about the history of a painting or the different art movements, the year will give you an idea of what was happening in the world at that time. Many artists created art based on real-life events and things that were happening around them. This will give you a better understanding of the artwork.
  3. Try to find the meaning – Based on the name or the work as well as who the artist was and the time when it was made, you should be able to start identifying some meanings. A painting doesn’t always mean the same to everyone, but there is often a meaning that can be identified. The colors and pictures say a lot. Look for symbols and other things that could help you understand what the artist is saying. It is more difficult to find meaning in abstract works of art. In such cases, it tends to mean something different for everyone.

Once you get used to these 3 steps and you do some research on the artists, you will find it easier to appreciate art. You will also soon learn what you like and what you don’t like. It takes some practice, but soon you will love looking at art.


5 Tips to Help You Improve Your Drawing

Many people would like to draw. Some people have natural talent and others don’t. However, I once heard an art teacher say that it doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you really want to draw, you should practice and keep practising. You may never be famous for your drawing, but it offers so much more than just a picture. For many, it is like therapy. If you would like to improve your drawing, try these tips.

Practice, practice, practice. Yes, it’s true. Practice makes perfect. If you don’t draw and keep drawing to improve, you will never get better. Even if you keep drawing the same thing until it starts to look better.

Copy the masters. No, it’s not illegal unless you try to sell it as an original. So, please don’t. However, you can learn a lot from trying to copy a Da Vinci or a Michelangelo. By trying to copy their works of art, you will learn a lot about how they mixed colors, how they used brush strokes, etc.

Learn from others. Study other people’s drawings. Look at their use of line, color, composition, etc. If you can learn from observing, you will get very far. Try out some of the things you see and find out what works and what you feel is natural.

Draw from pictures. Use photographs or pictures in a magazine to practice. It is a lot easier for some of us to draw something that is already two-dimensional. Once you get better at that, you can try drawing real-life things.

Draw things around you. Start drawing your pets or your family or your furniture. Try drawing your cup of coffee or your dinner. Try drawing your hands and feet. Hands and feet are some of the most difficult things to draw, so if you can get them right, you can draw almost anything.

Lastly, take a drawing class at your community center or local art school. You need to make drawing part of your everyday life otherwise you will never improve. Enjoy your drawing.