You can create an image like the one pictured here. Some of you may be thinking “Well, no I can’t…don’t lie to me!” but I assure you it’s possible.
Not everyone needs a background in graphic design like mine to create colorful images just like this. As long as you have a decent illustration program on your computer or tablet device, you may be able to create a piece worthy of showing off. In fact, you don’t even need to use your computer at all. You can sketch, paint, use your hands…the possibilities are endless.
Now, I don’t promise everyone will become a world renowned artist. Although, by reading some of the following tips and tools, you may just be able to improve your confidence.
Don’t be afraid to get colorful!
- Leave your logical mind behind and tap into your creative mind. What I mean by this is, don’t be so critical or judgmental of yourself. Just let go.
- Use a barrage of different techniques at once. Mix and match; experiment. You’ll be able to see what fits.
- Don’t expect instant gratification with any project. Beautiful artwork takes time, and more importantly, patience.
- Use your emotions. True artists know what I mean. Pour yourself into it. If you just had a breakup, an argument, let those feelings drip out into your work.
- Cut, Crop, Resize, etc. Don’t like one part of the image but adore another? Crop the undesired piece out! Again, “let go”.
- Don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone.
- Familiarize yourself with every single tool. Read tutorials. Click on “Help” buttons/links.
- Save your work and come back to look at it later. You may see something you didn’t before.
- Change things, but not too much. Sometimes you can go overboard with tweaking something; you then end up with a mess.
Art can be defined in many ways. Beauty is truly “in the eye of the beholder”. So, have fun, paint, sketch, render, smudge away. Get your children involved, they’ll love it! There is no age limit on artistic expression.
This post is dedicated to all of the art programs in schools across the world.
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