Fantasy Illustration Design: Essential Tips for Digital Artists

By January 15, 2019

The domain of digital art and illustration has been recognized on a global scale. An art form that used to be drawn traditionally has now moved to digital mediums and that is not all, the trends and styles in illustration design also keep updating. All of us must have seen fantasy or mythical art at some point in our lives but most people do not know that it is a popular illustration style.

From glum surroundings to mystical hills, the use of fantasy in illustrations has existed throughout history. The great work of digital skillfulness rendered by famous fantasy illustrators conveys to you the popularity of this form of art. Whether you want to portray a medieval era in your drawing or whether it is sci-fi elements, you need to have great command over a few factors before you begin to draw.  

If you intend to draw an alluring fantasy illustration then we have jotted down some essential tips and advice for every designer out there:

Devise a story

The entire purpose of an illustration is to convey your message or story in the form of a visual. The visual is meant to look appealing but if it does not have a story then the viewer cannot associate with it. Your core intention for creating an illustration should have a deep intention and your illustration should be made in such a way that it speaks on behalf of the story you want to tell to your audience. Fantasy illustration or art consists of mythical beings and surroundings. Every such art form has a background or lore so make sure you do not lose that essence when your draw.

Fictional yet logical

It is not set in stone that a fictional book or illustration needs to have a factual background but it should at least be logical. Supposedly, you are designing a landscape and you intend to add mountains to the scenery. You can give the mountains an odd color and shape but the positioning matters the most here. Your audience should be able to easily perceive how the visual domain looks like.

The art style present in the environment should be consistent, as any sort of inconsistency will bring contradictions into the mind of the viewer. Physics play an essential role here as well. Make sure you are well versed about the physics of your illustration and only then begin to draw.

Keep the anatomy accurate

Anatomy references and guidelines are the two core requisites of illustration. Whether it is an animal or a human being, you have to first study how each of these beings looks like and only then proceed further. Sketch a rough draft of your idea and then analyze if you have drawn the anatomy accurately or not. This is the most complex step as a viewer can easily catch little mistakes in the posture of your character. Draw a rough shape of your character and if you think you have positioned it correctly then start to give it the structure you prefer.  

Perspective counts

The entire purpose of creating an illustration is to put forward your perspective in front of your audience. However, it should be designed in such a style that the viewer could easily grasp. Let your creative juices flow and add a flair of imaginative essence to your illustration by giving it a purpose. If you were drawing a medieval drawing then you would have to add such elements, which convince your audience that this is certainly a medieval era. It might look trivial to some but every designer needs to be well versed about the idea and importance of perspective.