Digital illustration Exploration
I am showcasing the digital art process of drawing imaginary characters.
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Digital Illustration Process
The initial digital drawing started with a jellybean pony being ridden by a cupcake creature. As the digital illustration evolved the jellybean pony was changed into a pickle pony.
Using new illustration techniques of 3D modelling drawing tool Nomad Sculpt and then bringing those custom elements into Procreate.
Starting with a full digital sketch with colour and then moving into refining the character sketch.
With the refined sketch start building up the individual characters.
What is the process of a Digital Artist?
The digital art process involves creating visual art using digital tools and technology. While it can vary depending on the artist’s style and the specific medium, it generally follows these key stages:
The process begins with an idea or concept. Artists brainstorm and sketch out their ideas, considering composition, subject matter, style, and the message they want to convey. They may create rough drafts or thumbnails to plan the artwork’s layout.
Hardware and Software Setup
Digital artists use specialised hardware and software for their work. This includes a computer, graphic tablet, stylus, and the chosen graphic design or illustration software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, Nomad Sculpt etc.). Some artists also work directly on touchscreen devices like iPads.
Initial Sketch or Underdrawing
Using their digital tools, artists create an initial sketch or underdrawing of their artwork. This serves as a foundation upon which they build the final piece. Artists use layers in their software to separate different elements of the artwork.
Refinement and Detailing
Artists proceed to refine their sketches, adding more details, refining shapes, and creating the basic structure of the artwork. They may use a variety of digital brushes and techniques to achieve the desired effects.
Coloring and Shading
This stage involves adding colour to the artwork. Artists select a colour palette, apply base colours, and then add shading and highlights to give depth and dimension to the piece. Digital artists have the advantage of using various blending modes and layer effects to enhance the colours.
Texture and Effects
To achieve specific textures or effects, artists may incorporate digital brushes or overlays. This stage is particularly important in creating a unique look for the artwork.
Revisions and Feedback
Throughout the creative process, artists often seek feedback from peers, mentors, or clients. They make revisions based on this feedback, continuously improving their work.
Once the artist is satisfied with the piece, they finalize it. This involves ensuring the image is of the correct resolution and format for its intended use, such as print, web, or animation.
Export and Sharing
The final artwork is exported in a suitable file format, such as JPEG or PNG. It can then be shared with the world, whether through online galleries, social media, or print media.
Backup and Storage
To protect their work, digital artists frequently back up their files to external hard drives or cloud storage. This safeguards their creations against data loss.
Printing (if applicable)
If the artwork is intended for physical media, digital artists may use high-quality printers or 3D printers to produce physical copies or products based on their digital designs.
The digital art process is highly flexible, allowing artists to easily make adjustments and experiment with different elements in their work. The ability to work non-destructively using layers and the vast array of digital brushes and effects contribute to the versatility of digital art creation.
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