Time for me to critique myself here we go!
I personally feel as if i've gone back and forth when it comes to "improving". Early on in the year I was deathly afraid of backgrounds and took comfort in offering mostly transparent or simple bg commissions. I was too scared to crawl out of my comfort zone so focused more on the characters themselves rather than the environment around it. For example, I had a lot of fun drawing scaled critters (hence the two dragons in feb/march), and put a hell of a lot of detail into them, but both were transparent. I wish I could go back and take the opportunity to try and give it a nice detailed background to make them look even nicer than i felt they already were.
Sometime around May, I began to grow very tired of seeing my gallery full of transparent, boring images. I gave myself a push to try drawing some backgrounds with my commissions. I also began to focus a lot more on my lighting and shadows, as well as playing around with a variety of colors.
It was around this time when i also discovered the ever-so-wonderful CANVAS FLIP TECHNIQUE.
Ever tried flipping your drawing horizontally mid-drawing? If you haven't, try it next time, and be prepared to cry over all the hidden mistakes you'll discover. This technique has helped me more than you can imagine. But of course, it has it's downsides as well. (You can't horizontally flip a traditional drawing! The fricker).
I also began forcing myself to draw more anthros this year. I'm still not perfect with my human/anthro anatomy, but practicing and taking anthro commissions has really helped me improved over time. I plan to continue drawing them and maybe one day soon i'll slip out of my comfort zone again and draw some humans uvu;;;; I drew a few this semester at school, but most were self portraits and i'm not comfortable sharing them!
I look forward to 2013, and I really want to expand my art even further. I'm currently looking into transferring to a new school, as well as getting a decent job. This year I basically lived off of commissions, which is fun, but it's really burning me out. Having to earn ~$400 a month with just art is hard work, especially while i'm in school. I hope to be able to spend most of my drawing time this new year working on personal art, expanding my skills, and my 'style' if you will. I want to do more concept art, more scenery. I want to learn how to paint; no more of this cell shadey anime doggy style. It's fun but I'm tired of it and i'm not improving as fast as I'd like to by doing nothing but this kind of art. Another thing i'd really like to experiment with this year, is watercolor. Gosh I see some artists using this medium and it makes me wish i had the proper materials to try doing the same.
Anywho that about wraps it up...
Overall, I'm not 100% happy with my art this year. I've improved, just not to the degree i'd like. While i've broken away slightly from my comfort zone when it comes to backgrounds, I'm still drawing the same anime doggies I was last year. 80%+ of all my 2012 art were commissions. I had little time to draw for myself and improve. I need to work on painting values vs cell shading. I need to experiment more with my lines; i keep going back and forth from thin to thick and nothing in-between. I need more variety when it comes to my subjects. I need to work on my compositions and color techniques. Less cartoony, more realistic. Study human anatomy much more.
My goal is to submit my 2013 improvement meme next year, and look back to this one and read through all this, telling myself that i've taken my own advice well, and have improved much more than this year.
We'll just have to wait and see
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