When you work on a design, you will want to spend your time communicating something that makes sense. This could be an iconic bulky warrior or a design for a creature that’s not what it seems like. Either way: You won’t be doing something random as that’s just a waste of your time. Understanding what shapes communicate is one of the most basic skills you need to have, especially when it comes to creature designs.
The fact you decided to visit this article proves of some healthy interest in the topic, or maybe a bit of desperation and disillusion, Either way, you fear- or discovered that becoming a successful artist isn’t an easy job. The reason why is simple: Competition and over-saturation. Many people will do the thing you do for less money than you need to pay your bills from. And many companies outsource their jobs to countries that have very low minimum wages compared to that of the country said the company is situated. But this doesn’t mean that you will never become a successful artist. The road is just a bit rockier than that of other careers. So, what can you expect? And how can you navigate this road while maintaining healthy expectations?
Artistry is a hobby, right? Yea, of course, you can’t be an artist when it isn’t a passion to start with. But if you’re in the process of making your hobby your work, there are some really important things to keep in mind. First and foremost this is taking care of yourself. In this article, I will discuss some fairly common problems artists have to deal with when their hobbies become more than just a hobby.
Starting your journey as an artist can be really frightening. There are many things you need to know, which can be really overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you need to know to get started? But also: What is irrelevant when you just get started? In many cases ‘less is more’. This counts for information too. Not saying though that you should have little knowledge, not at all. When it comes to knowledge: The more the better. But when you’re new in this field, many things will do nothing but overwhelm you and a lot of the information out there will be irrelevant up to a much later stage. So what is important when you’re new to (digital) art?
11 tips for creating your own creature design will help you in the right direction when you’re looking to become a creature designer, or want to broaden your expertise with creature design.
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