Learning New Things: Hand-drawn Digital Art

Every day is a chance to learn something new. - Digital Art by Shai Coggins

I’m a skill collector. I love learning new things. I enjoy building on my existing knowledge and meshing it with new ideas and experiences.

As some of you might know, my professional world at the moment revolve around two main areas: Digital (via Vervely.com clients) and Art (via Splashout Studios, primarily, for now). They’re mostly separate entities. My digital work doesn’t involve much art - though I do a lot of writing, and occasionally create images and videos for work.  And, my art doesn’t really go digital – apart from when I take photos of my analogue works and share them online. Or, when I’ve occasionally dabbled with the concept of digital art, working with Photoshop and all sorts of art-making apps on and off over the years.

In spite my best intentions, however, I haven’t been able to get to a level where I want to be.

Then, a few weeks ago, I came across an online course that offered to teach me how to blend my love for analogue art-making (especially sketching, drawing, and hand-lettering) and my passion for technology. I’ll try to blog about this course at a later time and share more about my experiences once I’ve completed it.

For now, let me just say that while at the start of the course, I was doubting my ability to get it done right, I’m now about to finish the course with a lot of excitement and hope.

From close to zero knowledge of how to use Illustrator, I am now able to create images like the one above using my hand-drawn sketches and lettering. Yes, my work still feels a bit rough around the edges, but I’m soooo thrilled to be able to do this now. Been wanting to learn for so long, and I’m so glad that I’m finally getting it done. Now, I’m bursting with ideas!

I’m definitely looking forward to developing my skills and learning more.

UPDATED (For Those Interested)

The Process

This is the process that I am learning to improve and develop through the online course, so I'll expound on this later. For now, these are the basics:

1. Research Phase. Coming up with a concept/theme. Collecting images for inspiration and ideas. Looking at trends and colour palettes/schemes.

2. Sketching/Drawing. Start drawing images using pencil. Then, inking those that make the cut.

3. Digitising Images. Scan the images and start processing with Adobe Illustrator.


About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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