Ever looked at your old artwork, and realised it was better than what you did now?
I realised today that I enjoy looking through my old artwork more than I do my recent stuff. Back when I was a member of dA an a proud furry *Avoids bricks* I did work that made ME happy. I drew what I wanted to draw and finished it because I didn't care about compositional mistakes, clichés and anatomical errors. Nowadays I'm so wrapped up in making everything right and correct that I'm beginning to see art as a chore...
Don't get me wrong of course, the fundamentals are important. But part of me wishes I went back to not caring about being perfect, know what I mean? I suppose I'm just a little lost at the moment. What do you all think?
so draw things that make you happy also just draw them right lol
but seriously theres no reason you cant draw things you like and also do studies and whatnot.
for instance i do alot of from the heart geometric stuff thats not really abstract cause the perspective and lighting as closely reflects true as i can achieve at thsi time (or the time i painted it) and i feel this kinda stuff reflects my soul and emotions at the time i painted it. like this
and i also do value studies and other stuff that isnt my favorite thing to do (but it helps me improve) example
All the time. Especially when doing drawings after really good ones and think the following ones are big disappointments, only to return to them months later. To look at them from an unbiased persepective.
One thing I've found in the last few months of my Illustration course is how it's freed me up from being too picky over whether a drawing will be perfect or not, basically they've wanted me to cover as much ground and experiment with as many materials as possible, throughout the first year. And if If I put a high expectation in everything being a perfect finished product, I'll only produce 5 images in the first term. (Which will stint my growth in skill, knowledge, and ability to tackle problems)
The expected workload for projects is usually quite large, for one three-week project we had to produce at the least 10 A1 size rough drawings in the first week, for the second we had to fill a A4 Sketchbook with material experiments along with A3 final piece and for the last week we had to make a 3D model.
Course some of the work looks like crap, but I know that in the long-term that it's there to help me develop my skills. So maybe you should stop worrying about how others will percieve your work and consider how the next drawing you make will push you further. And you could end up finding the direction your happy with.
Last edited by Kagemusha22; December 28th, 2009 at 10:37 PM.
its good to do both. ive learned its not a great idea to get too hung up on either of them....i mean with perfectly planned art and imperfect on the fly art.
i felt a similar way when i was in school. my art from before college was all free style, fun and flowy, without a care for what the end result would be, etc. in school i got to the point where my art was so planned out that there was no life in it.....
then i started live painting, allowing myself the freedom to go back to the flow, the uncertainty, the imperfection. there is an incredible beauty in imperfection, especially when you are attempting to paint a concept that is perfect. i did a mandala where every shape was repeated, but slightly different....just like life. the imperfect mandala...mandalas are supposed to be perfect
let yourself go, give yourself freedom. then you'll feel less annoyed when you DO work on your planned, technical artwork, and it wont feel as much like a chore.
I've never felt that way, honestly. But if you're feeling that way, go back, look at your old stuff, see what worked and what charmed you, and try to repeat those same things. the improvement you've made in your foundations and such will just happen automatically
There are certain elements of my old school drawings that I wouldn't think of anymore, because I didn't know what I was doing back then. I'm a completely different artist now, but with influences of my younger self. People keep on mentioning my graffiti influences and I don't even see that anymore. Some would say I have a foundation based on bad study habits, but that's just the real me peeking through. I have grown up allot, but the juvenile is still their flipping the bird and drinkin 40's somewhere in the back of my mind.
I've never looked back at older work and thought it better than it is now, no, not in the long run at least. Occasionally there are immediate works that I appreciate greater than others, but as a whole not at all.
I think some of my older stuff looks than what I'm doing now, too. I used to be a big wannabe-anime artist, and my older stuff looks... cleaner, I guess? Not so many erased lines, no epic struggles of getting it to look "just right," etc etc. Most of my pieces nowadays are studies and unfinished pics that I gave up on because I got frustrated that I couldn't get it to look "correct."
However, when I don't focus on getting everything right, my art now looks way better than the older stuff. So what Elwell, ShotgunTony, and everyone else is saying is pretty on-track. Practice nailing the basics, but make sure to do some fun, on-the-fly stuff too! Then maybe you can post your new "just for fun" art on other sites (like dA - hey, I'm on there too!), where everyone is usually there to just enjoy the art.