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Entering the World of Digital Art: Top Tips for Beginners

Art has been part of human history for over fifty thousand years, at least as per Wikipedia, but it has drastically evolved just like everything else in our world. Nowadays, technology and art have embraced each other fully, and given birth to digital art. Regardless if you’re a fledgling artist or an experienced one, if you want to dip your toes into the digital world, make sure to keep reading.

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The Importance of Digital Art

Before we get into our top recommendations, we’d like to note that it can be not only a fun hobby but also a practical one. With so many industries requiring this skill, you open the door to many professional options. Even industries you may not think about as a place for creatives rely on skilled digital artists. 

One great example would be the online casino industry. When users want to play exciting online slots like Bonanza or Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, the first thing they’ll notice is the high-quality imagery created to replicate their analog counterparts. Without well-crafted digital illustrations, games such as these would be unable to provide the same level of immersion and engagement.

But there is plenty of professional diversity in the digital art world. From web design to advertising to the innovative world of NFTs – there are vast applications for it, which makes it quite exciting for an artist looking for a new career.

Tips for Getting Started

Let’s start with the most obvious part, which is picking a form of digital art as this will determine many factors. For instance, if illustration is what you want to focus on, you’ll need design software such as Adobe Illustrator, while with digital photography, you’d be better off with Photoshop. Depending on your choice, you’ll need to invest in different software and equipment. 

Speaking of equipment, there are some more-or-less standard basics you’ll need. You will need a reliable device like a PC or tablet with plenty of processing power and RAM to avoid any performance issues. When it comes to using the aforementioned software they tend to be pretty demanding. A good quality drawing tablet is certainly a must, as this will allow you to be more precise.

Once you’re set up with the right software and equipment, make sure to search for tutorials on how to use them properly. With the democratization of information provided by the internet, you’ll be spoilt for choice for sources, from video platforms like YouTube to teaching platforms like Udemy.

We would also heavily recommend trying out different styles at the beginning of your journey. Of course, it’s always good to experiment as an artist, but even more so at the start. This way, you might notice that you have a certain knack for one style over another. 

This brings us to practicing your craft as much as possible. If you feel like you’re not doing as good of a job as you could be, don’t get demotivated by this. Not everyone can get the hang of digital art even if they are already artists that work with physical mediums, although this would give them an edge. 

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The world of digital art is incredibly expansive, with countless options to choose from. Plus, you have far more flexibility thanks to the lack of physical constraints. This may make it seem daunting at times, but it is also incredibly rewarding to let your imagination flow without restriction.

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