Being a successful digital artist requires a lot of time dedication, will to learn and knowledge to become a good and distinguished artist. Everybody make mistakes, and they are not good if we do not learn from them. Still, digital art is a kind of a unique industry and it has its dos and don’ts as well. If you are just starting out and would like to know what you should avoid and what you should do, then this article is for you. Try to remember these mistakes so you could avoid them efficiently.
Do not start without a clear idea
Many times will happen a situation when you just do not know where to start. You are just drawing something on a paper, but nothing makes sense. What is wrong? The thing that is wrong is that you are staring without any idea of what you want to produce/achieve. Sketch the drawing in your head. For example, you might want to have a mythical sea creature. That is a good starting point. This will help you to know your direction.
Use other works for inspiration
No one likes plagiarism! Still, checking other works is not a crime as long as you do not copy anything. This is especially useful when you need to produce something that you haven’t seen anywhere but something that resembles of a ting that you have seen. Therefore, use references and have a look at others work just to get an idea how to start. Once you get it, you can do it on your own. And you should, as you must not copy someone’s work.
Leave details to the end
Many people start panicking and doubting in their qualities as they do not pay attention to details. Of course, the details are must if you are working on a game character, but do not fear if you had not sketched the whole creature in one day, since the details come at the end. Draw the main structure and some details just to get a clear picture of what you are making. When you are done with sketching and illustrating, then you move on to the details and work on details. You think that the Hobbit was made in a day? Of course not, the details were the last thing.
Avoid white color if possible
The white color, as well as black, are not really natural colors to put it simply. Usually, the beginners work with white and black colors and you should try to avoid these unless you are creating night scene or a light source. The white color gives too much of blank space that you do not need when creating a complex scene.
Combine different brushes
This is a big mistake, often made by beginners. You need to know when you use soft edges and when hard edges, otherwise your picture could look unprofessional. The contrast, focal points and composition are something that you learn but also practice. For example, mountains will use hard edges while soft edges are reserved for grass.