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    Learn How to Make an Illustration from Scratch



    Art is all about feeling and emotions it comes from inspiration. Artists spend days trying to find inspiration in things around them; the process of creating art is as baffling as intriguing it is. It is amusing to see a blank sheet of paper filled with colors and a world of imagination in a matter of minutes, to add a cherry on the top collaboration of two different types of art genres is what brings out masterpieces.

    The art that you see in children’s books is created with a mutual understanding of the illustrator and the writer. Top children's book illustrators take their time in developing the art that holds a memorable place in the minds of their audiences.

    The whimsical art that you see in a book goes through many phases of creation, and there are so many efforts that an artist invests into creating that piece of work. There are so many styles and techniques, which go in making an illustration.

    There are no wrongs and rights to doing it. Following is a list of steps that go into creating art:

    1. Material

    The traditional take on art never dies; you need a pencil, the size of your pencil matters. If you are using HB, the results will differ from that of a picture drawn from a 3H. Then you need Erasers, watercolors, acrylics and paint brushes. After all, of that, you will need to create, scan, and edit your art, so a scanner and Adobe Photoshop are also required.

    2. A Bundle of Inspiration:

    The first that an artist needs is the motivation to draw, look for things that inspire you. Be it something in nature, or your everyday life. Inspiration can also come from emotions. It allows you to picture what you want to draw, and then you can go on about it on a piece of paper. At times the art that you will imagine it in your head. If that happens, then that means you will have to try again instead of giving up.

    3. The Good Old Reference:

    At times, an artist will have to rely on reference materials, like a picture or a description. Some images come directly from imagination but for some references are needed. Like for creating buildings and backgrounds, references may be required.

    4. Sketching:

    The most curtail part is drawing. Using references can help you design a character outline for your creation, and it contributes significantly in keeping proportion in mirrored images, and a basic sketch is always to be drawn using a lighter shade that can be erased later. Drawing rough lines over the reference image can help you analyze features and body proportions.

    5. Give Yourself a Break:

    At times, drawing too much for too long can make you give up on it, and you might not enjoy doing it, so taking a break is highly recommended in such cases. Give yourself time to relax. Step out for a few minutes and look back at your drawing when you are not worrying about completing a task. This will allow you to create better illustrations the next time you draw and helps in better analyzing mistakes. 

    6. Add Colors:

    The next step to completing your artwork is adding color to it; you can start by water coloring as controlling the amount of color and mixing colors will be more comfortable. Wait till it dries and then go for scanning it

    7. Scan and Edit Your Artwork:

    After when your art on paper is drawn, you need to scan it and see it on the screen. Then you can edit your piece of work at Adobe Photoshop. You can work in layers and perfect your piece by adjusting layers, contrasts, and shadows.


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