When you are an illustrator, you have to consider many aspects before you proceed to draw. You might be getting some of the finest ideas but its execution matters the most
When you are an illustrator, you have to consider many aspects before you proceed to draw. You might be getting some of the finest ideas but its execution matters the most. What is required the most in the execution of your work is how you compiled your ideas and how you were able to shift those ideas into something that is meaningful relies on your ability to execute unique and exciting ideas.
However, these methods should not unnecessarily be about your own preferences but should be about what the other people or your fans would want to view. This includes many other factors but the basic step is to begin learning with creating vector-based illustrations.
Here is what you can learn so far about vector illustrations and the ways to create them.
Choose the right format
Since Adobe Illustrator uses vector art and format, if you are also making a vector illustration, you should choose the right image format. Since every client would a different preference, it is better to ask beforehand. Vector illustration files can be saved in different formats but since Illustrator has this feature of adding layers to the images, you first need to either merge those images together or shift it to an entirely new canvas.
Use adequate tools
The approach you shall choose for drawing and editing should relate to the tools you intend to use. For that, you would need to have a strategy first. The strategy is going to help you achieve the right type of image you want to create. You can even use different color types and forms to bring visibility and clarity into the design.
Shape selection and creation
Adobe Illustrator has different tools and brushes that let you create shapes. Whatever you have visualized in your mind, it could be an animal illustration or a human portrait, and it is then transformed into the relevant illustration type you intend to achieve. The way a human or animal anatomy is built relies a lot on the shapes so make sure you know its visual relevance before you use one.
Always sketch it out first
If you start creating an illustration on a digital platform and if it does not turn out well then it means you have wasted your efforts and time on it. That is why it is better to first just make a brief and rough sketch of what you are drawing. Choose any paper type and begin sketching. You can add more detail to it or remove any visual detail that you think would not look too good on Illustrator.
Never let go of consistency
If you have made up your mind to use a specific illustration style then you should stick to it throughout the end. Do not make last minute changes as it will not be good for your illustration. Always stick to your decision and even if you do intend to change something, just make sure it matches the design style you have chosen. You can also go through the different existing styles to get some form of new inspiration.
Keep your audience in mind
Your viewers, fans and customers should be your main concern as they say on your illustrations and work matters the most. So, you cannot come up with random ideas for your illustrations. The ideas and content type should fit the preferences they hold. Make sure the meaning you have infused in an illustration is easier to comprehend for your viewers. Adding unnecessary and confusing bits is only going to ruin your image. Vector artwork has become easy to create with the emerging tools but your role is to pay heed to the viewer preferences.
Declutter the extra details
Your illustration should be to the point and should not include any detail that ruins its quality. Decide beforehand what the focus of your illustration is going to be. If you have not made any such decision, there is no need to add extra design aspects just to add appeal to the drawing since it is going to do the exact opposite. There are numerous related tools in Illustrator, which are going to help you out in finding the right approach and type of illustrative elements to add to it.
Never make abrupt changes
The abrupt changes we are talking about here are last minute changes. Doing so is just going to ruin the image quality but that is not all. If there is a deadline approaching and you are not content with your work so you decide to make some last minute changes and in turn, the image is ruined further. Never do that since it is going to jeopardize your work. Your viewers and fans might not be affected by it but you will be.