Are you keen on becoming a digital art specialist? Do you want your works to get popular and demandable in different countries? If the answer is yes, then you are reading the right post. Today, you will learn which skills you need to boost or learn to become of the most talented digital artists. Make yourself comfortable and be ready to dive into a bunch of new information.
Let’s see what are the requirements for digital artists nowadays. As you may observe here, knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator is required. Also, understanding retouching, editing, typography, etc. is desirable.
1. Animation skills
There are many versions of animation, but we will look at the most vital ones in our days. 3D Animation is quite different from Traditional or 2D Animation. The most important tool for 3D animation is Maxon Cinema 4D. In 3D animation, instead of drawing or handcrafting, the characters are created digitally only. For that, you need to master the following programs: Cinema 4D, Houdini, Autodesk Maya, Blender, and After Effects. Why develop the skills for 3D animation? Because they can be used in a wider spectrum of activities such as animating logos; creation of information videos and tutorials; commercials for a brand or product; TV promos and even movie titles.
If you want to know how to structure the perfect composition, you should consider the skills mentioned below.
- Leading lines. If you need to take the viewer's gaze deeper into the canvas, use natural object lines that extend far into perspective. Such lines are called leading. Very often they lead the viewer's eyes to some important fragments of the canvas. Leading lines can be both straight and curved.
- Frame in a frame. Use natural frames in the composition - windows, doors, arches, hanging tree branches. This is an effective technique for adding depth to your work.
- Thumbnails. The early stage in the composition is very important. If you start rights, you will end up with the composition you aimed to prepare. But if allgoes wrong from the start, eventually you will have to remove everything and start from scratch. To avoid that, start with the size of the thumbnails that your final work needs to have.
- Golden Ratio. Rooting into Greek origins, this kind of composition places the most part of your composition in the most eye-catching place. The ideal rectangle is considered to be a 1:1.63 ratio.
3. Coloring and Shading.
After you prepared a sketch of your work, it is time to decide on the palette of your work. This is the very crucial moment to decide which feelings and emotions you want your audience to feel through your work. At first glance, it seems like a useless process to learn how to color your work, but how many times have you spent more hours than expected on the decision-making process of colors because there were thousands of them? Because of that, we strongly advise you to develop the skill to reduce your time on choosing something rather than working as, for example, prepare the set of colors (let’s say 5) which are the main and detailed colors that you will work with.
When it comes to shading, you need to master the following:
- Learn how to work with light
- Understand how to shade without a hitch
- How not to over-shade or, in other words, how to control the process. You can affect the perception of your work by light or dark shading of the work. For instance, if the message is light and naive, you will opt for very light shading. But if you aim to illustrate the darkness, power, or strong message of the work, you may wish to use the darkest shade available.
Leyla Aliyeva is a freelance copywriter with work experience of more than 3 years. The papers have been published in different international journals and web pages. Topics of expertise range from IT to Ecology and Education