How to Get Started in Vector Art2019-09-15 |
Vector art can be described as more of a technique than a skill
A technique which anyone can master with a little instruction and hard work. It’s created using not only geometric shapes, but also curves, paths, points and using vector art software like Adobe's Illustrator and Photoshop. Vectors are great because the elements can be easily edited in the way of colour, fill, and outline. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced vector artist or starting at the beginning, there is always room to develop. This applies if you’re creating your vector art for a client or your own enjoyment; a little sprucing can’t hurt.
Vectors are extremely fun and can be incredibly creative, if you haven’t created any before the first thing you should do is to start with the basics. Once you have mastered the knack of easily editing the lines and shapes of your art you will be able to work quicker and therefore concentrate your efforts on the artistic aspects rather than the technical.
It's uncommon to find a person who can easily pick up a pen and paper and produce a masterpiece
This is even more uncommon when picking up their stylus and producing their art in their vector program. There are often many obstacles to overcome when exploring the creation of your digital art; such as learning drawing basics, composition and lastly colour theory. Don’t be disillusioned, there are many ways you can begin or improve your projects, take a look below for some easy to follow suggestions.
Start with pen and paper. Many artists choose to use non-digital tools, then scan and vectorise
Sketching is not only essential but super useful as you can jot your awesome ideas down anywhere, anytime, on the bus, in a coffee shop, on your break in work. This is extremely useful for those light bulb moments.
Once you’ve created your solid drawing you’re probably wondering what to do next?
The next important step is to research and watch as many tutorials as you can.
Tutorials were created by people like you and I, they started at the beginning too. So they know what they are talking about. Make use of tutorials to get started with programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop. This will be a lot quicker and easier than trying to familiarise yourself with these programs without any instruction. This is especially vital if you’re a visual learner. So hunt out video tutorials for hints and tips.
This leads me to my next point, search out other great vectors for inspiration. You will be amazed at the improvement in your work that this can create. As I mentioned before everyone started out as a beginner. You can learn from other great artists by looking at their original work and seeing how their work developed. From seeing their earlier work you can truly appreciate how far they have developed and changed in regards to their craft.
You can also seek out other vector artists and ask for advice
It doesn’t matter whether this is via email or in person, you will be surprised at the wealth of knowledge that you can gain. You can ask experienced vector artists about what got them started, what was their incentive and muse to develop as an artist.
Find the ideal software that works for you
I would suggest any beginner start with Adobe Illustrator. This is one of the most popular vector creation software around. Not only is it used by professionals and armatures alike, but it is also extremely powerful and flexible. There is a down side though, this powerful software also comes with its own complexities. So you may find that Illustrator may not be the easiest program to adapt to, however once you get the hang of it and the essential tools and methods for moulding your shapes you’ll be in the right direction to make some fantastic vector art. Just give it a go and mess around with it, get used to the tools through trial and error. I’ve no doubt that you’ll be creating great vectors in no time.
So I’ve already mentioned that sketching your drawings is a great way to get started, but you’re probably wondering what to do next. It's not easy to suggest a general best method for converting sketched images into vector art as each image will probably require a different method and tools. Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace feature is great for converting hand drawn solid scans into vector art. Don’t be afraid, you can make use of Adobes several Image Trace tutorials and experiment with to determine if this method is right for you.