Today is August 30th. And it was productive. Things to share:

1. This guy’s work was on the log-in screen. His work sings to me. 

2. Listened to Sycra’s recent video in which he talked to Ben Middleston about passion and persistence in drawing and painting. Until about last week I was feeling the same Ben was feeling about his arting regiment: What you “should" do versus what you want to do with art, as well as the issue with viewing inspiring art online, and the idea of getting out of your comfort zone.

I’ve been getting bored lately, so I’ve been making to-do lists of things I should do, and ultimately don’t get anything done. But now that I have a clear idea of what I want to do, what I want to have finished, I feel really focused. I’m enjoying work.

ALSO, if you’re attempting to draw a character in an action pose, do yourself a favor and mimic the action early during the development. Watch yourself in a mirror, even.

Don’t be a loser like me and realize a critical anatomy flaw near the end of painting. -___-‘

A couple months ago I started filling out this dA improvement meme, which meant trying to scavenge for art from 9 years ago. I’m afraid that I might have *actually* thrown away my 8th grade drawings, and in early high school it didn’t occur to me to put dates next to my doodles, so the earliest drawings I have are from 2008 (I think).
I found two pairs of drawings that are similar in terms of the pose to see what has changed overtime.
I’m my hardest critic. I look at these and think, “Not enough has improved! What the heck is wrong with me?” But I didn’t make this to put myself down; I made this to analyze what has gotten better, and how I can tailor my drawing sessions to be a better future self.
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The good thing: the studio classes I took in college have, and are, paying off!
Instead of relying on just line, I’m starting to define form with bigger shapes
 I’ve started doing gesture drawing more often, so there’s a better sense of weight and rhythm in my current drawings 
COLOR!
body proportions and anatomy are improving (Gossamer’s legs are secretly dislodged from her torso in that 2010 drawing….)
Things to be mindful of from hereon out (Enter self talking to self): Study, and draw your way out of the comfort zone!
I’m still fixated with the heads, and am not actually practicing to understand the form. That pretty much goes for the entire body. Let’s change that.
Work on the above, then draw things other than humanoid forms
So you want to make comics? You want to do concept art? Then. Just. Fucking. DO IT.
This isn’t the most thorough analysis. I’m comparing my old traditional work to my current digital work, so there might be some discrepancy. But seeing this post, and making this post, is motivating to me. :]
It’s not the end of 2014 yet. So there’s time! To! WORK!

A couple months ago I started filling out this dA improvement meme, which meant trying to scavenge for art from 9 years ago. I’m afraid that I might have *actually* thrown away my 8th grade drawings, and in early high school it didn’t occur to me to put dates next to my doodles, so the earliest drawings I have are from 2008 (I think).

I found two pairs of drawings that are similar in terms of the pose to see what has changed overtime.

I’m my hardest critic. I look at these and think, “Not enough has improved! What the heck is wrong with me?” But I didn’t make this to put myself down; I made this to analyze what has gotten better, and how I can tailor my drawing sessions to be a better future self.

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