Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Old Artwork Is New To You!

Drew this around the same time I drew the last Soul Eater piece. Then it sat around for a few months. Colored it probably about 3 weeks back in about 30 minutes toward the end of work one day. Then it sat around for a few more weeks. Figured I'd post it since it's not dong me any good just sitting on my desktop. BG is a modified photo. I didn't paint it.

This is a progress meme that was going around DeviantArt and I liked it so I decided to jump on the bandwagon...just this once. I've never done one of these things before, but this one seemed fun. And I didn't have to draw anything new for it....and I'm lazy....

It was quite a challenge finding artwork for some of those earlier years..... actually, let me rephrase that. It was quite a challenge finding artwork for some of those earlier years-that was already scanned into my computer, because I didn't feel like scanning anything extra...because I'm lazy. Luckily for everyone else, this time line didn't go back far enough to see my REALLY TERRIBLE drawings. Just a couple more years and you would have been in for a treat of bad anatomy and non-existent composition skills.

So, drawing skill wise, sadly I haven't progressed a ton in the past years... I've just kind of plateaued. But what I have done is gotten a lot more ambitious with my compositions. All my earlier drawings used to be eye level single character with nonexistent background. It was probably the storyboarding that got me a lot more interested in making my drawings more into scenes and less into photo shoots. I try to use more dynamic perspective any chance I get nowadays. It tricks people into thinking the drawing is good. ;)

Another very obvious addition to my artwork over the past few years is the use of color. I still suck at it, but I've been trying. You can see a very definite point in the time line where color started appearing in my work. It's probably because that was the time I finally got a real computer set up and a Cintiq to go with it! I can't color with a mouse to save my life.