So many artists are anxious to be creating amazing works of art like the great artists they admire. Sometimes we move so fast that we find our skill level and the desired outcome for an art piece are miles apart. You struggle sketch after sketch to create the images in your mind.
It’s easy to want to draw everything but it’s important to slow down and take the time to study and learn the fundamentals of art and design. Having an understanding of the fundamentals are essential to your growth as an artist. However, if you want to hit the ground running the fastest way to approach an illustration is to build your composition using shapes. Keep the shapes large and use minimal details. Just focus on blocking out the shapes. It’s best to get the foundations of your illustration established before you start adding detail. It is often referred to as the under-drawing. During this stage you will also define the line of action. This is an important part of breathing life into your characters. Imagine spending a great deal of time detailing the landscape or your characters costumes only to realize that you need to go back and completely redraw something that is out of proportion.
I realize this is a brief post but I plan to elaborate on the fundamentals of art and design in later posts. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.