I’m back! After being a couple weeks off the radar, I am finally back to publish a blog post. Want to hear something funny? I did not write this blog post myself. I wrote it with 9 other amazing people that I am currently admiring.
There are some amazing artist out there that are too good not to discover. Also, those fantastic another digital artist I am talking about have some great lessons to share with us. As you know, I am a ‘’community over competition’’ kind of girl. If I succeed, I don’t hold it for myself, I want to share it with others.
That is why I teamed up with 9 other artists that have the same generous gesture, and we decided to share the things we wish we knew earlier when we started digital art. I am so so so excited to get started!
I have been following all these fantastic people on Instagram for awhile, and this month, I finally gathered some guts to approach them.
I would say ‘’give them warm applause’’, but we can’t hear that, unfortunately. That is why I would love to ask you to follow
stalk them on Instagram, (and their other social platforms), and give them all some love!
Erika The Goober
What Erika wish she would know earlier:
‘‘I wish I knew the importance of flipping my canvas when I first started digital art! Flipping your canvas helps you see your mistakes because you’re viewing your drawing from a different perspective. If it looks off when you flip it, something isn’t right the other way as well! An easy way to correct these mistakes is to use the liquify tool. Liquify allows you to push and pull your drawing to quickly shift parts of it around.’’
What Olivia wish she would know earlier:
What you use won’t always determine or hinder the quality of your art as you begin to learn. I bought my tablet for 12 dollars back in 2015 at a Goodwill and used Krita at least for the first 2 years of my art. I learned as much as I would’ve if I had used a 500$ tablet and Photoshop.
What Jonas wish he would know earlier:
I wish I understood that using many layers doesn’t necessarily equal better results. While using layers is a great benefit of digital art and I take advantage of it all the time, I used to put every element of my composition on a separate layer in the beginning. I thought it would make it easier for me to work on them later on. Now, as a general rule, I try to separate my artwork into fore-, middle- and background to not overcomplicate it. It makes the process of painting so much more natural and the outcome a lot more coherent.
What Aveline wish she would know earlier:
When I started digital painting, I would have liked to take risks much earlier. I mean, digital painting offers the possibility to make mistakes over and over and I wasn't fearless that much. I wish I've got out of my comfort zone faster to expand it and learn new things.
What Georgie wish she would know earlier:
A big mistake I used to make was over complicating my painting. Sometimes less is more! I’ve found that using simple shapes and limited color palettes actually work better when it comes to doing digital painting.
Travis M Couch
What Travis wish he would know earlier:
It’s important to study from other people’s work, both digital art and traditional art, but I wish I had focused on what aspect of digital art I personally liked to do instead of what I assumed people liked to see. Be yourself.
What Katrin wish she would know earlier:
I‘ve been drawing digitally for 17 years, and one of the biggest revelations I discovered were layer blending modes a couple of years later..these were a game changer, and suddenly things like glows were possible. A few more years after that I discovered that in Photoshop you can use blending modes on brushes-mind blown! My work never was the same again.
What Andy wish she would know earlier:
I made the terrible mistake of shading all my art with black or a darker tone of the one I was using; this led to my art looking flat and boring. There wasn't any sort of harmony in my drawings before. So it's better it shade with a darker tone from a different color: for example if u have red then shade with a darker shade of purple. It will make your art look more life-like.
What Camilla wish she would know earlier:
I wish I started using grain and textures earlier. They make digital illustration so much more interesting to look at. And more fun to make 😊I wish I started drawing on the IPad earlier. It is so liberating to get away from the computer and draw directly on the IPad. I wish I knew about “Procreate” earlier and how amazing that app is to draw on.
Join The Creative Side
See what I did there? Muhaha! I included myself in this blog post, because I also would like to share something I wish I knew before!
What Chelsea wish she would know earlier:
I wish I knew that you should not compare your chapter one to someone’s episode 50. You probably already know what I mean, but I would love to dive in deeper.
When I started digital drawing first, I created a digital drawing, I did not like how it turned out, and I almost gave up on digital drawing immediately.
I did a lot of traditional drawing, and I assumed that if I could draw traditional, I would be a master at digital. Wrong. I was so wrong.
Every new skill requires practice. And sometimes, it requires a lot of practice.
Moral of the story: If you are not good at digital painting at the beginning, don’t give up on it. If it would be easy; EVERYONE would do it.
Keep practicing little angel, you will get there.
If you love this blog post, it goes a long way if you could take a couple of seconds, and pin it on Pinterest.
What is one of the things you wish you knew when you started digital painting? I would love it if you could leave a comment with the answer. Maybe I will feature you in part 2 of this blog post. Let’s chat!
Lots of love,