Mistakes To Avoid In Computer Graphics (CG) Artwork
Making an artwork can seem like an easy task because everything is online ready for you. There’s no need of brushes, solvents, canvas or palette. All you need a software and you are ready to go. Isn’t? You’re wrong! Photoshop cannot be the answer to all your computer graphics query if you are not well acquainted with all the basics and do not know the techniques well. Simple can be harder than complex and the trick to cracking with Photoshop is by keeping the work as simple as possible. In this article we share with you some of the biggest mistakes that beginners make when starting with CG artwork and we will also tell you why so that you don’t end up doing the same and create a mess out of all your artwork.
- Bad Brief
Very often the mistakes in CG artwork begins even before the work starts. This is because of the poor brief that is given to the professional. There has to be good communication between the CG artist and the client. It is intrinsic to provide detailed understanding and clarity to the work assigned.
- Inability To Understand Between Software Usage
The internet is filled with all kinds of resources for designing banners, logos and doing graphic works. One might tend to be confused between usage of software application. Do not give in to freebie programs online, and stick to standard vectors.
- It Is Okay To Take Reference
It is completely to take reference for your work. In fact not taking any reference could just be a sign of your laziness. As a CG artist, you can always take reference online/offline and then create a different look to the original. Make sure that the objects in the artwork are well lit and not overshadowed. Ensure you have good idea about proportions and have a good sense of scales. However, in doing so do not stick to one work for reference, rather see for multiple reference works otherwise you might end up copying the original work considerably. Some of the best places to draw CG artwork inspiration from are Flickr, Unsplash, Pixabay.
- Avoid Too Much Of Contrasts
Using too bright or too dark post-production renders is a common mistakes that most CG artists make. This hinders the levels of contrast and also affect the color coordination. The easy way out of this is to create low contrast renders before processing it. This is because post-processing, the work can be edited to high contrast but pixelated artworks cannot be taken back to the original. This tends to make the work look fake, and copied.
- Size Of The Digital Canvas
Digital artworks are made of pixels and often beginners get confused with the size of the digital canvas. It is not mandatory to have the size of the canvas similar to the screen resolution because a viewer might view it in a different resolution altogether.
- JPEG is not mandatory!
Not a lot of us might realise this but creating a digital artwork in JPEG format makes the image lose its quality compared to PNG. Always use a JPEG format whenever you want to post something on social media where PNG is not supported, but not otherwise. You won’t be able to differentiate between an image in JPEG format and PNG format in the beginning but with daily usage you will understand how a JPEG image makes the image look compressed.
- Make Proper Use Of The White Space
Just like a canvas painting, where the white space is made good use of – the same goes with a digital artwork. Don’t leave the whites empty or else your artwork might tend to look incomplete. Making good use of the white makes the artwork look visually appealing and empties spacing.
- Don’t Use Large Strokes
Brushes that you use generally are very different from the ones you use in Photoshop. If you do not know how to do it right, you might end up creating disorganised strokes. So try with simple strokes, rather than beginning with complicated strokes. You won;t be learning much if you aim at creating complex work from the beginning itself, rather you would end up making a mess of your digital artwork.
Computer Graphics can be tricky but not when you learn the techniques before applying it. Your lack of skills will show in your work if you straight away look to create complex and heavy artworks from the beginning. Keep it simple in the beginning and learn the tools and tricks before randomly applying them. Photoshop works as a catalyst to creating a canvas work digitally so make good use of its tools. Over the period of time you will realise it yourself that you have become a pro at it.