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Things to remember while starting an illustration

Hemalatha Baskar

October 11, 2019

Things to Remember While starting an Illustration

As a designer or illustrator, we possibly come across many ideas that we want to illustrate every day. Illustrations help make the design more visually pleasing and also help convey the message effectively to the audience.

As a designer or illustrator, we possibly come across many ideas that we want to illustrate every day. Illustrations help make the design more visually pleasing and also help convey the message effectively to the audience.

There are many styles and techniques in designing an illustration. In this article, I am going to share my experience and tips while starting an illustration.

Concept:

For any process, we need a concept or an idea about what we are going to do. It creates an imaginary visual perspective and gives the basic layout. It answers the question, What is the message you are going to convey through this illustration to your readers? If your concept is strong enough to convey the idea, then the perception of the idea among the audience is strong.

Sketch:

Sketching your thoughts and the ideas that hit your mind is the primary process of an illustration or for that matter any creative process. After the ideation of the concept, sketch the keywords related to the concept, and combine all keywords together with the supporting elements, which can be related to your brand. This creates an impact among the readers by visualizing the brand elements.

“Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh” – John Singer Sargent

Mood board:

A mood board is an arrangement of images and objects that set a mood or vision for a particular style or concept. It helps visualize your illustrations more clearly and gives a style to your illustration. With the help of a mood board we can stick to a particular style without any deviations.

Tip: Best source for collecting images for a mood board – Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk 

Deep Dive:

After all the preparations for the concept and idea, now it’s time to dive deep into your desk and to start digitizing the concept and let your mind explore options with the available tools.

With the help of a tool you can give soul to your concept. My personal favorite software is Adobe Illustrator where I can bring life on the canvas. The main challenge of a designer (especially me) is pausing the idea while illustrating, always try to finish the first draft of your illustration and see how your exploration flows. Because pausing an idea and jumping into the other idea will make the concept unclear and the beauty of your illustration may always stay a mystery.

I hope this process will be helpful for your next illustration project and stay tuned for “tips while doing illustration” in my next blog and don’t pause your style with just one particular idea.

Keep exploring! And Keep Doing!