Recently I’ve been feeling pretty down about my progress as an artist. I know I’ve never been good at finishing pieces and being consistent with my art, but that’s something I’ve been trying to change lately. So, to prove to myself that I have in fact improved, even when I wasn’t trying, I did a redraw of something very old and very bad. The left is the old image, completed in May of 2009. It was for a competition on DA of the contest runners characters. I remember being very proud and based on my memory I hadn’t improved enough since then. Once I found the image I could see I had a lot. From facial dynamics to colour depth and balance I could see instantly that I had moved forward more then I gave myself credit for. But the redraw really showed how much I had! The movement, composition, face, angle, proportions and attitude really surprised me! How did I do this so easily? It took me 2 minutes to scribble out the new drawing and it is such an enormous improvement that I could barely contain my confusion. The amount we move forward without realising is intense. 4 years is a long time but I took a 2 year break from art and was sure I had gone backwards. The thing I realised was that even if we get a little rusty drawing wise, it’s our ability to learn from everything we see and how we perceive things that is really what I consider development. Back then I would never have been able to draw with that much movement but that’s because I didn’t understand the movement in the same way.
What I’m trying to say is that as long as you are trying to improve, even mentally, then you always will. Slowly but surely!
So, I’ve decided to actually start using this blog as an actual art blog rather then just dumping stuff every now and then. I promise to try and post SOMETHING here once a week just to keep you guys updated!
LOOK FORWARD TO THIS!
So, I’m like super cool and stuff and recorded my HUGE Korra print (and first print of anything EVER!) coming out of the machine. You can’t tell but it’s massive and gorgeous and I kinda made love to it on the table when we were meant to be checking it over. BOOP ALL THE AWESOMES! Anyway, thought I’d share ;D
This is a large sheet of Jin doodles I’ve been (very slowly) filling up. Jin is the main character from a story idea I’ve had for years. Although he’s Albino, his designs mostly stem from eastern/arabian clothing. As a character he grows greatly, from weak, unconfident and unable to think outside of what he’s been told (although he’s curious) to someone who is able to stand on his own. That sounds very cliché, but I’ve tried to make this clear in the body language of the two drawings on the left. The top is from the beginning of the story and the bottom is towards the middle.
Anyway, ENJOY! 8D
Oh also, forgive the fact that there are only about 2 decent drawing on the sheet. I’m still developing his facial features and I’m only just getting enough of a grasp on them to use in expression. :)
Been doing some work on one this character, Nic Cassidy. I originally intended her to be completely unisex (so you couldn’t tell) but decided it’d be more effective and more interesting if she was quite clearly a woman with (what society considers) masculine traits, e.g being a body builder. I also wanted her to be feminine but strong enough to be the captain of the guard. I used some Dana Linn Bailey refs (coz yes) but made her a bit longer and leaner since I needed her to more mobile with her physic. Rough, scruffy and bad in some places but I like the way she’s going 8D