Here's a few things which are hard to do but I try always to do.
...go back and fix if there's something which bothers me. Sometimes a few strokes are all that's needed. If I've spent 2hrs on the design, taking 10 minutes to correct the mistakes / little things which still bother me is totally worth it. If I post online it can feel good knowing that the [too short arm] or whatever has been fixed. If I don't fix, then I feel ashamed every time I see the image...
...kill my darling. Sometimes I have a good detail, or a detail I think is good, but it still bothers me. Perhaps it just doesn't work in the context with the other stuff that's going on. also, just because I've spent time on something doesn't mean it's somehow increasing the quality. I'm just a mammal making marks on a board.
...remove the unnecessary. If a detail or line does not contribute it must die or change into something meaningful or quiet. It is easy to add but difficult to take away. People will look at the details and structures and try to make sense of them. I try to go over my designs and figure out which details are just meaningless fillers taking up space which could be used for something neat.
Often when designing stuff like spaceships which have 'greebles' (random tech stuff) I start doing meaningless noise, and I have to back away and figure out how to get a good silhouette and suggest a meaningful structure of the tech details. An analogy could be music where you have a theme, certain instruments, an overall shape, and also rhythm in the detailed parts. BAM BAM BAM ... dirudiru-lutt. Whatever. Not F7GrkFd5gsSvjksRg0krt.
...throw away the first sketches and iterate the design. Sometimes a design comes out pretty good right away, but I've found that redrawing it makes it much more fluid, because I've learned to draw it. It doesn't take much time to make another rough. Don't fall in love with the first draft. You won't know if it's strong until you've let it do battle with a few other variants.
...flip/mirror, even if I can't see any problems. Every time I flip the problems show themselves, and I'm surprised every time. I think my eyes are a little skew.
Last edited by Prometheus|ANJ; June 14th, 2009 at 02:25 AM.
Jamen jag tror att han skäms, och har gömt sig. Vårt universum det är en av dom otaliga spermasatser som Herren i sin självhärliga ensamhet har runkat fram för å besudla intet.