Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Challenging Yourself

Lately, I have been milling over my old artwork--and I have come to a shocking conclusion. While I have certianly improved my anatomy, my ability to draw details and even my coloring to a certain extent I've gotten too comfortable.

What I mean is, I have fallen into drawing things that I find easy rather than challenging myself with new compositions, environments and various other things. As an artist, I have stunted my own progress by becoming too comfortable with the same things. I used to really used to challenge myself. I tried to create things far beyond my skill level at the time, and I improved because of it.

What happened?

When did everything become so cookie-cutter?

I was watching Aqua-Limeade's livestream yesterday where she was redrawing some of her older art in her current style. It was a moment of epiphany. A good way to practice would be to improve some of my old art by redrawing it, fixing mistakes, and ultimately [hopefully] improving my skills, adding depth to my art and continuing to grow as an artist.

So to any artist reading this, assess yourself. Have you fallen into the trap of drawing only what is comfortable?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some RP Doodles...

Yeah, life's been hectic lately. With seemingly endless medical appointments and a diagnosis of lupus, things have just pushed the comic release date back further and further.

As it is, I am going to be aiming to have it up by the middle of September--whilst I am acclimating to Tokyo--but who knows how I'll deal with Japanese photoshop.

Anyway, on to the art: