It does not matter how much experience you have in the artistic world, switching to digital art creation is not easy. There are multiple mistakes you are bound to make as a beginner in digital art; learning about them and making the required changes beforehand will help you improve your skill as well as avoid most of these common mistakes.
Learning from your mistakes will reduce the chances of failure and time required to learn and perfect this new form of art. avoiding these mistakes is the best way to learn and fastest way to become a professional in creating more realistic looking work.
Common mistakes by beginner digital artists and how you can avoid them.
Starting your digital drawing with zero ideas
As a beginner, you always want to start a new painting n a blank white canvas. On paper, it seems easy to start out an idea with no direction at all and end up with an acceptable piece of art. Starting your digital painting with something definite can be hard and will get you frustrated enough to give up.
One important thing to do before you start painting is to have an idea in your head. You might not have the direction or idea of what something will look like at the end, but as long as you know exactly what you want to draw then its good enough to begin with. You can check for inspiration on similar things online before you start drawing.
Using too many details
Just like in real life art, you will find yourself wanting to add multiple details all over and refining all the space on the painting. Do not get obsesses trying to make the art piece as detailed as possible because you will end up ruining it or stuck repeating one side of the painting. Paintings with extreme amount of details take away from the interest.
Your painting should be able to tell a concept, idea or story. You do this by choosing the light contrast, lighting, elements and compositions which means you should stay away from overusing the details. Create a focus so you can try and make your finished painting look nice.
Using too little atmospheric perspective and value dynamics
While this is not a common issue like the rest, it is definitely popular in digital art beginners. If you are a graphite pencil drawer, you definitely enjoy creating black and white contrasts. Creating strong contracts between light, medium and dark colors will do good for your digital art piece.
Many beginners fail to utilize the value ranges properly and create dynamic/realistic pieces with their artwork and this can affect the end result of your art piece.
Using only one type of brush
This common mistake can be tricky to fix. Some artists are fixating on suing soft brushes only while others will only use hard brushes for their digital work. Knowing when to have hard and soft transitions will combine your picture and create flow, contrast, composition and focal points. Try adding both soft and hard qualities to your painting o make it livelier. One great place to start practicing is when you are drawing clouds or a field of grass.