qwilman said: Weird question, are they any art tricks/shortcuts/completely reasonable things that you don't mind in other people's art, but you refuse to allow yourself to do? Like copy/pasting panels or tweening symbols in animation, things like that. I feel like there's a bunch of stuff I feel guilty for doing in my own art that I could never begrudge anyone else for doing.
Nope! I used to be this way, but not anymore. It’s digital art, and you should use every trick you can to save yourself precious time.
Okay, so. Copy and Pasting panels. Let’s say, for example, you’ve got a panel of silence. Maybe some one said something stupid and you want to create an awkward pause.
Let’s pretend this isn’t some silly ms paint level drawing I threw together. Work with me here for a minute and let’s pretend this is some marvel level nonsense with 5 layers of crazy gradient shading, and super nice inks, and a background that’s not just a blank space. Let’s pretend the first panel alone took 3 hours to make. Why would spend another 3 hours to replicate what is essentially the same exact drawing?
Coloring! Here’s how, once upon a time, I used to color:
Using the paint brush, I’d manually fill in my drawings. Why? Because using the paint bucket was cheating. I’ve seen artists getting harassed over using the paint bucket as recent as last year. This is still a thing that happens. Here’s the finished picture:
Show of hands: who can tell which tool I used to color this? did I use the paint brush tool? the paint bucket? Maybe the eraser tool on the background? Why should I waste my precious time manually filling in this drawing when a few mouse clicks in less than one tenth of the time yield the same or better results?
The bottom line(s):
Working digital means shortcuts. You are there from the get go. You are not sharpening pencils. You do not have cases of art tools. Your pen itself is millions upon millions of tools conveniently packed into one small object. Don’t be afraid of short cuts and convenience. Embrace that. Your time is way too precious to worry about that.
Make sure your end product is awesome. Not how you got there.
And if anyone takes offense to me saying that, please refrain from leaving a comment. Bust out a pencil, some paper, and send me a hand written letter through the post office. Typing is one big digital shortcut, and that’d be hypocritical.
This is important information for all artists to know!
It’s strange, this stigma surrounding digital shortcuts, because it all generally comes down to “it doesn’t count as real art if you didn’t bend over backwards to inconvenience yourself when you made it,” which is just an awful mindset on so many levels.