All types of art are simply brilliant, no matter what they are, they can be anime, ghraphics art, fan-art, or even a combination of everything, but none of that can compare to the joy of creating a original piece, or using your own style for fan-art. I love creating something original by digitally drawing then turning it into graphics art & design, I do this by using different images from the internet by cutting them out, or finding a pre-cut out image such as a render (for bigger images for example a person) and PNG’s (smaller pre-cut images like, flowers, buttons, borders) to fill in the blanks.
When creating digital art details such as shading, Texture, outlines (to exaggerate or turn into guidelines), highlights, layers, clothing details, so on and so forth; these details help to exaggerate your creation. At first you may want to practice with outlining then move onto color, shading, highlighting, experimenting with different textures, and more, all these help you to improve on your digital art skills; after practicing all these skills you’ll want to try combining them all together, that’s when an important tool comes into play, it’s called layering. Layering helps to create parts of your art separately, saving you from erasing more than necessary; for example let’s say you were coloring a flower, but your chosen color overlaps the bold outline (outline can be a light sketch with little details, then the next step is to add small things like buttons to a coat or the shine the the eyes) and when you try to fix the the problem area by erasing the mistake, you end up erasing the outline too; that can easily be avoided. By creating a layer (layering is creating separate page) of your outline, then another separate layer specificity for adding color, this prevents overlapping your outline when adding color inside the lines. Layers may seem troublesome, and you may be afraid that you might not be able to see where you’re outline or guiding line is when adding color, but like a hilighter you can turn a layer slightly transparent depending on the settings and you’ll be able to find the area you wish to color. The best part of a layer is, you can place them any way you desire, you can also set a layer that you’re not using or need out of the way to invisible. When using layers naming them is key, otherwise you won’t be able to find the layer you wish to switch with another layer; by naming layers it makes finding your desired layer easily with out searching through dozens of unknown layers. Then we have combing you can combine all your layers or you can combine certain layers, but be careful and change the name, you wouldn’t want a face outline to be named nose when combine the nose and face together, that would just be silly.