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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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LawinPL Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
getting worse
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imke14 Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watch out, we got a dick over here!
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KeilidhB Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You can't horizontally flip a traditional drawing, but you can hold it up in front of a mirror. :)
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foxstory Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think Leonardo da Vinci did something like this to write in his journals.

It's great to see the progression in the backgrounds in the full view of the pieces featured in this meme.
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Kanii-Crabb Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Jan, Feb, March, and April are about the same, but on May, the background just BAM! Amazing improvement in backgrounds! <333
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Half-Breed Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your backgrounds have improved greatly :D
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:iconpaperiwings:
I had the same feeling, that I didn't improve this year.
But I believe you certainly did. But now instead of drastic anatomy improvements it is subtle things that really make the picture. Subtle style adjustments, more dynamic posing, angles, lighting...
When I watch you livestream you seem very comfortable drawing. I think that is an important part of progress as well - your style becomes more consistent, drawings are faster...and easier.
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AmetAlias Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is a lot of improvement! Even though you don't think you improved on subjects much, your backgrounds look great. :D
And for traditional art... maybe hold them up to a mirror? XD
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MishaPete Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A LOT OF IMPROVMENT :3
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Puppy-Strider Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I've seen your art improve, especially on backgrounds. I also saw some change in your lineart that was really positive to your work.
Your improvement on anatomy in general has really been showing (both on anthro and feral) and I really hope you'll work on humans next year! I think you'd do really well on those once you've got them a bit down in your style of working. ;3

Also I'm still jelly on your shading.

On a side note, I always turn the sheet of a traditional sketch over and hold it in the light, that way it's somewhat mirrored? Idk, it has always worked for me ;u;

Either way good luck in 2013+!! Really looking forward to seeing your art next year uvu
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