5 Timesaving Tactics To Speed Up Your Artistic Creations

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Would you love to discover some valuable time saving tactics?

Are you a t-shirt designer, illustrator or graphic artist?

Within the creative industry, being productive, time efficient and working towards tight deadlines is crucial to guarantee that you’re always getting work through the door.

As the world gets faster, saving time is becoming more important everyday.

Within this blog post, you’ll discover some timesaving tactics to help speed up your design development, your t-shirt designs, and your general art creation.

These tips and tactics can massively help you create amazing artworks in no time at all, and help you become a better artist and designer.

If you’re an avid and talented designer, we want to hear from you! We’re always reaching out to new artists and designers to join our creative community; that can help you exposure your talent to our audience, earn commission on every t-shirt sold in our store, and help you develop your skills!

Submit your work to us today, all for free!

If You Can, Work From Reference Photos

If you can, always make you work from reference photos, as working from imagination alone can be difficult to produce realistic results.

Proportions is the most important part of any artistic discipline, as this is the most difficult part to get right, especially if you’re a beginner.

This is where reference photos can make a massive impact with your designs.

Instead of just copying from photos, use these images as references, that you can refer to at any point.

Have Your Idea & Design Planned Before The Artwork

Before going onto the artwork stage, making sure your composition, colours and ideas are planned out is a must.


Because you’ll know exactly the image you’ll need to create; from it’s colours, it’s composition to it’s core idea.

We’ve shared why it’s so important to plan your design in a previous blog post, and we wanted to share this again to communicate how important this is.

Develop your ideas and compositions in your sketchbook, sketch little thumbnails, and draw rough drawings that you can work from, before going onto the artwork stage.

Get To Know Those All Important Shortcuts

You may not know it, but shortcuts can save you a heap of time, from a couple of seconds here, to a couple of minutes there, it’s really worth your time to understand shortcuts.

Of course, this comes with experience and getting to know digital software programmes like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but the more shortcuts you know, the quickly it’ll be for you.

We’ve shared a large range of shortcuts on a previous blog post to help you learn and develop your skills; that can save you a massive amount of time overall!

Practise Makes Perfect, But It Also Saves Time Too!

You’ll be right in thinking that practise refines your style, makes your art more attractive on the eye, and helps you to understand what you’re good at, but it also saves you time as well.

Let me explain.

The more you practise, the faster you’ll become. You’ll know what colours work well together, you know what compositions create the best images, and you’ll be quicker at idea creation.

There’s Always Room To Improve!

Do you think the best artists ever stopped learning and developing?

The answer is most definitely no!

If you sit still for too long in this industry, others will climb right over you. You need to progress, learn, evolve and develop your art to get better.

This is true in any industry you’re in, so make sure this is embedded into your ethos.

Read books to improve your skills, learn from the best blogs, and make sure you make the most out of your teachers and tutors.

You can never stop learning, and if you keep developing your skills, they’ll always be work for you.

This is so important within t-shirt design creation, as you can develop your style, always make sure you create fantastic t-shirt designs, and always be unique to your audience.

Never stop learning!

Make A Massive Difference With These Timesaving Tactics!

If you’re constantly improving as an artist, you’ll naturally get faster as you progress.

That’s why it’s crucial that you put these timesaving tactics into practise; from developing your craft, learning those important shortcuts, to planning your idea, these tips are here to help you level up your artistic talent.

Because sometimes, your artistic talent can only get you so far!

And remember, if you’re a designer or artist, be sure to submit your work to us for free at any point, we’ll love to see what you have to offer!

Make full use of these timesaving tactics to make a massive difference to your work!

Summary Of Points

  • Work from Reference Photos – If you have images handy, and to speed up your artistic creations, working from reference photos is a must. This ensures that you’re proportions are always correct and to point
  • Have Your Idea And Artwork Planned – Before you go anywhere near a computer or paintbrush, making sure your artwork is planned is a must. This ensures that you don’t waste time changing your mind later down the line
  • Get To Know Those Important Shortcuts – Saving you a couple of second here and there really builds up over time, so getting to know your shortcuts is highly recommended
  • Practise Saves Time – Practise not only makes perfect, it also saves time, as you understand what works and what doesn’t
  • Never Stop Learning – As you begin to discover what works and what doesn’t, learning from books, blogs, to tutors is a must, that can make a massive difference with your artwork creation

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About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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