7 Tips to improve your art skills
This article aims to improve your art skills the natural way. Improving artistic imagination is necessary even for a professional artist. You may not make the drawing real but you have still scopes to bring the magic. I know it sounds hardly as poetic, but this is the real journey of a digital painter.
Just like us, art breaths too! Sounds crazy? Art without realism is like a dead man inside a coffin. No matter how hard you work, unless your sketching could make a connection with us, it would be lost in the archive.
When we see any art, we try to see ourselves and our association with it. That’s why many artists want to be skilled at realism, no matter what it takes to reach there. So, artists at all stages need to push their art to have life. After all, glory matters.
I planned to tackle the hardest journey with some pro tips. If you are trying to be more experienced, or just stepped in this world, these techniques will bring life to your art.
- Choose The Right Tool To Make A Real Difference:
Having a perfect PC isn’t enough now a day, especially for digital painting. The reason is simple, you need a smoother tool to create a canvas. Clicking and moving or dragging through a mouse is a tedious job.
Whereas, using a pen is much easy. It gives you the precision to work freely. When to draw a line you’ll get better performance with a graphics tablet and pen.
Besides, different programs give you opportunity to produce great art-work. You can add blueberry on top of a chocolate smoothie but to do so first you have to blend the milk and sugar well to get the perfect texture.
To wrap up, you need a good handy device and some conversion programs to uplift your skills.
- Try to draw as big as possible:
No matter what you have sketched, after all, you have to print that. 2000×2000 pixels with 300 dpi resolution will be perfect for print.
Though it’ll consume more spaces, the afterward would be a real gem. Bigger canvas will let you add details easily without sacrificing the sharpness. The smaller brush can paint over an unwanted object, so it’ll look cleaner.
- The Color Didn’t Draw Your Attention:
Sometimes, a good realistic art may lose the attention due to the wrong color scheme. The outcome may be opposite also (vice versa). Your idea may not be up to the mark, but smart color presentation can make it realistic.
The technique is simple. As long as your work shows realism, it’s okay. There is nothing wrong.
Don’t let the art look saturated. A beginner artist should not start with just any color, but an experienced can. Unless you are skilled enough, start with neutral color.
- Maintain The Thickness Of Drawing Lines:
My advice will be to use 2-5 pixels in selecting general thickness. Yes, I know drawing better lines are hard but it’ll improve your art.
Professionals draw lines a bit away from thinner and to improve the thicker looks, draw lines a bit closer.
I practice craft on my own face. Though I stared at my face for few hours, at day end it improves my skills in drawing line art.
- Adding Appropriate Textures = Direct Impact In Realism:
This is a marvelous technique to expose the realism. Finally, before exposing your creativity, do some post-processing. If you add sufficient texture to your work it will add life instantly. It’s a pro tip without any hard work.
All most all the time this trick adds values because texture brushes have grit. The main difference is to evolve into real-world feelings.
Don’t let your painting to look too smooth. It has convenience fuzzy brush to paint winter clothing. Moreover, you can achieve success in the skin and natural details. Perfect clipping path will add shines to your after works.
I maintain certain guidelines when it comes to improve visual appeal.
- Never go far away from using natural texture. It’ll surely bring life to your organic portrait.
- Use artificial texture wisely and experiment with design. It has variety of imaginary objects and pattern as crumpled paper, wall surfaces and even more.
- When you need to increase visual interest, use tactile texture. It well describes the physical surface of your item.
- To bring more depth and details, use textured graphics.
- Build 3 dimensional layers using opacity and transparency adjustments.
- Combine texture with typography to create diversified design. This art appears to be a powerful statement. No need to work in complex composition.
- Paper texture can build crispy art. It’s a great addition and you don’t have to emphasize on background, yet it’ll bring realism.
6. Use Full Range of Shading:
As of today, I always try to add more depth to my artwork, why? I don’t want my digital art only looks mid-tones. I know dark shadows and brightness will help the art look realistic.
The techniques work more when you use the full range of shading or values. It’ll grab viewers’ attention but it has also a flip side of the coin.
Don’t let the edges to be too soft or too harsh. Or else it’ll turn into a static or blurry look.
The main value groups of shading are:
- Highlight: brightest and closest to light source
- Mid-tone: Take care of transition and light values
- Core Shadow: The least or darkest point of any object
- Bounce Lighting: The subtle reflective light which bounce
Beginner illustrator make mistake to understand the importance of shading groups.
7. Layers are like blessings:
I love to do experiments while sketching. When you add creativity to experiments, you can expect a fine craft. After sketching, I add lineart with another layer. Then I start shading, even for every object, I draw just after removing the sketch.
Though it ended up with many layers, these reduce hassle in making corrections. For starter, I would recommend using as many layers as you can unless it’s has eaten all of the spaces of your device.
If you can manage the layers, you can expect some great images. The good news is these are simple and quick game changer. It gives you control over your work.
When you draw, draw with confidence and most importantly don’t be shy to receive criticism. People have a common belief that you should draw when you actually have the skill, though it’s totally ridiculous. Take critiques as technique curators, nothing else. Remember only a few arts turns into Da Vinci.
All successful artists have their formula. From now on you also have your own. Crack these simple yet powerful techniques and let your hard work bring success.