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An Introduction to Digital Illustration

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An Introduction to Digital Illustration

To begin with, Digital Illustration is no easy task, it takes a lot of time to fine-tune your skills and learn the techniques and tools that go along with it. Above all, you need to have passion. Before embarking on this journey, make sure you know what you are getting into. Make sure you have a strong foundation of proper information and you can eventually build your skill on that material.

Before formulating a concept for your project you may try dwelling on past incidents for inspiration. Try to see if they can be evaluated and updated to match your current project. Software like Photoshop and Procreate help with replicating traditional illustration techniques, that is, always make use of software that has multiple layers. Layers help with decreasing the margin of errors.

After you have fixed the software you are going to use for your illustration project, it’s time to choose your device. For digital illustration, the best hardware that can be used by an artist is a Tablet. Even if the tablet is not super expensive it will be fine as long it enables basic illustration software, you should be fine. A tablet is preferred because you can mimic the mechanics of drawing with a pencil and will make drawing on the tablet a more natural process. Tablet helps with the accuracy of your design while also adjusting the pressure sensitivity of your device.

Following are the three key terms you need to know before starting off with an illustration project:


Drawing with pixels or any unit of a digital image can be very useful and a stabilizing process. This method is accurate to traditional painting. Pixel-based images are made up of a number of pixels that are already set and the clarity of the image depends on the no. of pixels that are used because one pixel represents only one color. An illustration on Photoshop is a result of many pixels working together to create an image.


Vector illustration is a planned process. In this process, the artist will create many shapes which when put together create the final image. The best element about vector illustration is that since the artist is making use of shapes, the end result is not restricted to pixels and the size of the image can be adjusted without the design losing its quality.


Resolution is for pixel related images and can only to an image depending on how many pixels they contain. Illustrations with more pixels have more detail and are considered higher resolution than those with fewer pixels. You need to know how to add resolution to an image before starting the project. To adjust the resolution after your project is done is usually a bad idea.

Digital illustration has an exciting, creative path and a bright future, provided you are ready to invest your time and financial resources into an artistic venture. You can use the tips above to start your journey into digital illustration and along the way learns to modify your skills by learning from online tutorials, so that; you don’t have to go about this initiative alone.