It takes more than just an artistic vision to produce an illustration for any project or a problem statement. In addition to the illustrator’s finesse, knowledge, and practical talents, it also involves research, ideation, brainstorming, compositions, sound color palettes, and whatnot. In our attempts to come up with the most accurate representation of our vision to produce consistent illustrations, we are often stuck on the sidelines of the information domain. Many experienced illustrators suggest that by engaging in a continuous learning process, we can achieve creative development and avoid being on the periphery of the knowledge field.
But hang on did you know this? And do you know how we develop that skill? Also, have you ever considered pursuing a career as an illustrator? Are you only beginning now? In today’s blog, we will discuss a few hands-on tricks for you to start off with some easy illustrations. Not just a beginner’s guide to illustrations this walkthrough is a lot more so that you can unveil your creative best while making your own illustration sets.
1. Inspire Yourself
Deciding on an idea that drives your inspiration is the very first step in creating an illustration. Inspiration is the most crucial aspect of any creative undertaking. It could be something basic or a simple concept that offers you enough space to represent your unique take in a form of an easy illustration. But the big question lies in finding the sources of inspiration.
With anything to everything available on the internet, there are limitless options for you to explore and get inspired. From Instagram to Pinterest, from various blogs and case studies of artists and designers globally, the browsing options are pretty widespread.
Observation and your nag for exploration are the two aspects to keep in mind in order to enhance and further your skills in creating illustrations and enhancing your taste in any design methodology.
Search for elements such as color combinations, lettering techniques, themes, and characters. Apart from this make sure to inspire yourself with your surroundings, nature, people, weather, or anything.
Your art should be an extension of your own being so don’t forget to combine your personal experiences and observations to come up with the best ideas.
2. Sketch Before You Illustrate And Organize Before You Execute
We all get way more excited when it comes to creating illustrations. But it is always suggested that you start off by sketching your ideas. For instance, if there is an idea that strikes you at some random point in time rather than digitally implementing it, try to sketch it roughly in a notebook. You will find better insights and regions of improvement along with a lesser abstract version to implement digitally.
Post your sketching phase, you can always go back to designing digitally. Meanwhile, your sketches will always serve as a source of reference or even inspiration in times of creative blocks. Also, don’t forget sometimes your first draft sketches can turn out to be absolutely amazing and that’s something to hold onto!
Another important thing to remember is to follow an organizational schematic when it comes to all your ideas. As an illustrator, make it a habit to keep a track of anything new that pops inside your head. You might have a bucket full of unique proposals, and ideas and you think you can remember but we all know the truth. If not properly organized you can actually miss out on implementing some of your golden hits.
Keep a note of anything novel or interesting that strikes you at a given point in time. You can make audio logs, written notes, quick sketches whatever seems convenient but don’t forget to organize.
3. A Road To Almost Perfection
You’ve ideated, implemented, and drawn the illustration. And that’s where your journey of refinement begins. It is impossible to nail your work on the very first attempt and it’s only normal to get feedback and suggestions.
Keep yourself open to small inputs from your teammates or even from someone totally unrelated to your work. You never know how they can add a unique perspective to your work. Try different typographies, and color pallets, tweak those extra elements, and see which one suits your visual reference. Coming up with different combinations of all of these aspects will not only give you a wider picture but will be a comprehensive learning experience.
You have already done the core work now is the time to sprinkle some creative magic! You can also refer to various designer hacks at this point in time, to add more value to your work. The whole idea behind taking feedback and refining the artwork is to stand out distinctively in the market and serve the client’s problem statement.
Don’t forget to incorporate empathy into your work. Ask yourself how the potential buyer will make use of the illustration.
4. Don’t Forget To Tell A Story
We all love stories. They could be a small incident of our childhood or a snippet from history. It’s one of the most efficient ways of communicating an idea and is equally important when it comes to your artwork.
Make sure your illustration narrates a story to its viewers. It not only catches attention but adds that dynamic element to your otherwise static work.
Do your research, try to understand how can you make your illustrations more people-centric, and what elements can add that liveliness. A story depicting illustration has the ability to evoke emotions and memories within people and they are able to connect with your work on a personal level. Try not to miss that.
Look for a balance so that your artwork can resonate with people as well as solve the purpose.
In the End
An almost perfect illustration is a blend of all the pointers discussed above or even more. Also, don’t seek perfection! As they say, it’s your flaws that make you stand out and the same goes for approaching any design work. Rather than aiming for that perfect stroke, let those abstract elements speak your story. Your quirks are your forte’. Also, don’t forget to check out our website and Instagram handles for your daily dose of fun.
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