For you to come up with great and perfect vector artwork you need two very important fundamentals. These are a design which is well-crafted and an idea which is well-thought. Most people always have very brilliant ideas but when it is time to execute the ideas in the form of vectors there comes the failure. The opposite of this which is whereby with a weak concept but result in an impeccable form of vector artwork happens.
Below is a systematic, well-defined process which will aid you in ensuring the work you produce achieves the two important aspects.
Begin with a drawing
You might be having an idea in your mind but do not have the specific styles or themes to use. A drawing in such a scenario helps a lot. Before beginning any artwork and so also is vector artwork, start off by making a drawing whether digital or analog. When you draw you facilitate vector artwork which is precise and also drawing helps in developing the idea in mind. As well, drawing helps in refining the shape and form of what you intend to create even before you embark on your computer for the same.
After making the drawing, it is now time to make the sketch more refined with defined ends and curves and crevices. The refined drawing helps in establishing exactly the shapes that will result in the vector art.
Building Basic Vector Shapes
At this stage, you need to pay more attention on the design forms ensuring that the vector shapes you will use in your design are elegantly and precisely created. Since you already have the drawing of your design work which is like a prototype, you only need to lift the shapes as they are.
Defining the color palette, you will use
After establishing the basic shapes which you will use for the vector work, now you focus on which colors to use. Start by filling all the shapes using flat colors so as to balance out as per the harmonize and composition of your design. Depending on the kind of design, you can try various approaches to choosing the color palette.
For instance, you can try out different color background then finally after testing all possible backgrounds, you come up with the ultimate background in line with the colors you use on your shapes. Also while choosing colors, do not forget to consider contrast. While coloring the design also, ensure that you balance color distribution such that there is no single color in dominance or else which will distract your design.
Adding Dimension plus Details
The last of the steps is adding details like shadows and highlights. The shadows and highlights are very useful and especially for simple designs not having dimensions of the shapes used. The above-mentioned help in reinforcing shapes hence making the design more engaging visually. The artwork volume is also added to make that nice touch.
Coming up with well-crafted, precise vector artwork is very possible. What you need is to set your mind determination on it and also have the willingness of learning new ways of approaching the concept of creating vector artwork.