As the year is winding down, I often feel it’s a time for reflection and consideration of time that has passed. I am currently studying Digital Design at university and thought it would be a good opportunity to share my journey creating digital art. From my early work in 2008 to my most recent in 2016.
It took me quite a while to get into the process of making my own digital creations. I did not believe I was an artist and thought it would be impossible for me to be able to create imagery that could represent a certain subject correctly. I admired a number of artists such as Simon Oxley, Kemie, Chuwy, MightyIsland, Myillo (plus many more) and would often purchase illustrations to use in my website projects. Thankfully, some time around 2008 I decided to just give it a go. My earliest illustration I can find, is so very basic. But it was a start.
After 2008 I began to experiment a lot more. I started mostly using the pencil tool and gradually felt more comfortable using shapes. In many of my early creations I did not use geometric or accurate proportions and rarely aligned elements.
It wasn’t until around 2013 that I started getting more confidence and creating artworks that were more precise. I began using shapes a lot more, and playing with ways to modify them.
During 2015 to 2016 I feel that I really changed. Not necessarily the style of the artworks, but my approach. I used shapes 90% of the time, aligned items to try and create symmetry in the designs and also began using grids.
Looking back now, I understand that it is a process of learning and developing your skills. You have to take the time to practice and refine your work. It can take months or years, however the more you create the better you become. Reading a lot of material, watching tutorials and just playing in creative apps/programs can also be a great help. There are many different ways to create digital artworks and you just have to find your right path and way of creation. I feel comfortable in Adobe Illustrator, using basic shapes and making modifications to them. Oh, and I often feel the need to include some cute/kawaii faces.
I still have many areas of digital art that I can improve and as I said previously, it’s something that takes time. It’s exciting to think that there are many designs I have yet to create, many styles I have not tried and hopefully much more to share in the future. Digital art and design means a lot to me, and I can see it playing an important part of my personal and professional life.
1. Have you ever created digital art/illustrations?
2. Do you have a digital artist you admire?
3. Is there a style of digital art you like?