3 Tips for Slaying the Digital Dragon

What is the number one enemy for a newly hatched digital artist, just testing the waters of digital art?

It’s being overwhelmed with too many choices.

That overwhelm is like a deadly digital dragon, burning up our valuable resource of time.

The tools for digital art seem to take up a whole universe of their own. There is a myriad of choices for 3D art software. 

With so many choices, it’s easy to go after each and every shiny new toy that comes our way.

A Universe of Tools

The main software packages offer so much, but like most products that try to cover all the bases, they can’t do everything well.

Some are suited more for animation, some for modelling and some for creating natural landscapes. Then there are choices for that essential accessory software for postwork. And of course, all those options for 3D models to import into your scene….

Danny Gordon who is one of our interviewees this month in the premium edition offers this practical tip to those who are just starting out with digital art: “With all the 3d applications out there its easy to get distracted and too spread out. Do some research and find a program that interests you; stick with it. Post your progress, get involved in forums and ask questions.”.

1. Focus on One Package

Making a focus on one package is good advice. Think about what your strongest interest is for 3D digital art and then marry up this interest with the package that offers the greatest excellence for your focus. Do some research to find out which software offers the greatest strengths for your interest.

2. Sign up For a Forum

As you start to learn the package, get yourself involved in a forum. Post images as your learn, seek advice and ask questions .

Being involved in a forum offers several high benefits. A forum gives you a supportive peer group and the potential to get continuous feedback that can improve your methods and speed up your workflow.

3. Post Your Progress & Ask Questions

Digital art communities often offer a means of creating your own gallery.

Posting images into your own gallery builds up a history of your work and helps you track progress.

Don’t be afraid to ask even basic questions to learn 3D digital art. There are plenty of artists who have been through the same stages of learning that you’ve experienced and are willing to help.

As time goes on, you’ll be able to reciprocate your support to others—and the involvement of educating others will further motivate your work.

Two Recommended Communities

Several of our interviews this month mention the motivation and encouragement from such an environment. If you are starting out in digital art, two communites that we would recommend you look into are:-

Renderosity
DeviantArt

Earlier we pitched this survey question:

“Do you have an on-line resource that provides you with quality feedback for most of the artwork that you post? If so – what’s the resource that you use? “

Suprisingly, about 50% of artists did not have a resource that they regularly used—yet feedback and being involved in a supportive community will be the lifeblood of your art. If you haven’t done so already, make the point of regularly connecting with other artists—find a forum!

We would like to hear from you; let us know specifically what forums you use and then tell us what you think about them.

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