*written by Featured Writer Leslie Branch
|Cover art for Starcarrier by Veradance|
Whether it’s through the use of a pencil or a computer, illustrators utilize a set of skills that allow them to produce the images and ideas writers and art directors envision. Some illustrators earn an online education and others do not. Regardless of education they have, they all posses talent and an understanding of how the industry works.
Types of Illustration
|Opening scene from Strangers in the Stable by Jim Laughter ~ 4RV Publishing|
Each type of illustration field will require a different set of skills. From a graphic illustrator to a book illustrator, each demands a different set of traits in order to produce worthy content. A graphic illustrator must comprehend the complexities of a design program like Adobe Illustrator, while the book illustrator must understand how to transform words on a page into pictures.
Before an individual can learn the complexities of illustration he must understand the specific field he wishes to learn about. Each field will demand knowledge from a different area, from the complexities of Illustrator to the collaborating with writers to finalize a project.
Read and Practice
|Cover art for Celtic Destiny by Amber LaShell|
Reading aside, practicing what you have read helps you learn the trade. Sure, you may possess a wealth of knowledge from all the books you’ve read, but you have to put your knowledge to practice. You must take what you’ve learned and see how well you can reproduce an image from your accrued skills. The more you practice the better off you master new illustration techniques.
Take Drawing Classes
|Cover art for Being Jacob: A Day at the Zoo by Suzy Koch ~ 4RV Publishing|
All illustrators integrate drawing techniques into their work. From simple squares and circles to perspective and color, illustrators learn about simple techniques by taking classes. Class will expose students to proper perspective techniques. Instructors actuate their students to think like an artist, conjuring up different skills.
Students will draw images with their mind and take plan shapes and transform them into notable figures. A rectangle will become a character’s body. A circle will transform into an eyeball, and even a square will become a three-dimensional cube. Each drawing class will aim to improve or refine a particular skill every human has. For more information on drawing classes, visit www.art-colleges.com.
Learning how to become a better illustrator takes time, practice and dedication. Expose yourself to different mediums. Learn new techniques. Take online classes and, above all, try new methods of reproduction to learn and improve.
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Awesome article, Leslie. You are welcome to contribute to the WI&DP blog anytime. :D
Until next time ...