You know those days when you can’t stop trashing your own work?
Next time you get into that cycle, go back a year or even a few years and look at what you were drawing then. I’m pretty sure you will feel a lot better when you realize how much you’ve improved! You can be your own motivator!
It still amazes me how much I’ve improved when I go back and look at my work. I actually kept all of my deviations on Deviantart just to be that reminder! (You can go take a look here) Some of the pictures in this compilation aren’t available on my Deviantart since they are so old. Take a look at the whole timeline below!
One of the things I found amazing when I went back through my gallery was that I could tell which piece was my milestones. It took a lot of work to get to where I am now and I’m not going to say it was easy. I’m not one of those artists that likes to do a lot of “studies” either. I only wanted to see the finished product!
So if you’re like me, you might find tips coming up useful.
If you ask any artist how to best improve, they will most likely tell you to draw everyday. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble doing that sometimes so I made an alternate goal. Try something new with each drawing. Try different coloring styles, lineart, even switch up your style and jump outside of your comfort zone! Attempting things outside your comfort zone (even if you think it sucks) is really important. If you’re having a hard time drawing something, good!
As one as my instructors once said,
“being uncomfortable is the first step to learning!“
Another thing you can do is analyze other artists. Figure out how they achieve the effect you want and then apply it to your own work. I’ll be going into more depth on this subject in another blog post (not to worry!)
Try to keep a little journal of ideas that you come up with. You would be amazed on how much time this saves you, especially when you have an art block. This isn’t even artist exclusive!
Keep these in mind and you can improve in no time (see what I did there)!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!