7 Elements of Digital Concept Art

A. IDEA: 
 An idea could be anything from this world or beyond; it could be real or unreal. It could be a figment of your imagination. Or the exact crown on the statue of liberty. But it needs to be built upon. Similarities studied, flaws discarded. The science behind the spark needs to be pondered upon. An idea may come to you in your dreams. To see how the idea plays out, you need to execute accordingly.

B. RESEARCH:
 Search and find out the realm of possibility. The existence of your idea and its validity. Research enables you to look at your idea logically. It shows you if your imagination has merit and if the magic is indeed bona fide.

C. REFERENCES:
 Filter your idea through references. Ideate to make it stronger. Clear out your doubts, work out the plausibility. Infuse your idea with a visual language. Test it against the existing worlds. Maximize your idea with a plurality of inputs.

D. ROUGH SKETCHES:
 Your first sketch is not your final sketch. There are many views to an idea, many perspectives, many shades, and many interpretations. Work with different styles and compositions. There will be many versions of your idea. Choose the one that holds true to your rhythm. Choose the one that resonates.

E. CHOOSE AND START DETAILING (GREYSCALE/COLOUR/LIGHTING):
 Choose the best doodle. Work with proper fundamentals in composition, anatomy, rule of thirds and perspective. After defining the outlines or contour lines start with blocking. A greyscale shows you the overall picture. It enables you to realize how your idea will eventually pan out. Colour helps you set the mood and the age of the scene. It helps showcase the time and the era and the setting. Lighting sets the frame. It builds the environment. It helps you highlight elements and it gives the special touch to your idea. A scifi sketch and a historical sketch can be altered just by the use of lighting.

F. DON’T BE AFRAID TO START A NEW SKETCH:
 Art is a perfection of your expression. Until you are able to depict your idea in its most intimate and extravagant details, don’t accept. Don’t get too possessive of your arcs and shades. Don’t compromise on your idea. Remember you are refining your own self with every new sketch. Reboot and restart.

G. CREATE SOMETHING IMPORTANT:
 The age of mediocrity ended with the age of nobility. As a creator you are endowed with the ability to achieve greatness. Don’t become a Disney stooge. Look into the horizon to step outside the narrow boxes. Don’t trace heroes, create universes. Create something important. Create something that will fight the passing of time and leave a mark for eternity.

Published on Brainpan Studio’s official blog by Moon Arun.

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