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!