Two years ago I had these pictures on display in a youth exhibition. The exhibition is biennial and starts again in a few days (Youthscape, check it out).

I’ve been feeling pretty good about my art over the last weeks, but the anxiety that I’m not improving is a regular one nonetheless. 

Keeping in mind that I was super proud of these pieces and they were definitely the best that I could do at the time, here are some ways I’ve improved in the last 2 years:

 – I can draw hands now. Not perfectly and I still find them difficult and slow but I can definitely draw them and I do. I’m also a lot better at drawing figures in general, in a huge variety of poses and movements.

 – Control. I spent aaaages drawing these lines and shapes and was eternally frustrated by how they never looked that good anyway.

 – Colour. Some of the colour weirdness here can be attributed to the laptop screen I was working on but not all of it.

 – Consistency. You can’t see it here but let me guarantee that I could not have drawn these characters in another pose so they still looked good.

 – I can work a lot quicker now. I don’t know how many hours I spent on that bottom picture but yeah wow it was so many. So many.

Other thoughts:

I like lineless art. I always have. I like to use lines to denote texture rather than outlines. I like when my art has details even though I often neglect to add them. My faces still look remarkably similar even though I’m much better at drawing them now.

I still really like that top picture (other than a few minor issues). I took it straight out of my sketchbook and coloured over the top without putting too much pressure on it. That’s a common thing for my favourite pieces. Regular reminder that drawing in your sketchbook is useful and so is creating work for no purpose.

Science Poster Series Pt. 1

Okay so I thought I’d put up an approximately chronological collection of my Science Posters (created for a company I was working for primarily as a presenter in schools). Each of these is the background for an info board to go with a “Hands On” box for Science Fairs.

I did the first ones in Jan last year, so it’s been a little over a year. I’ve improved a lot. I’ve also got a desktop Mac rather than a falling-apart-laptop so my colour calibration is wayyy better :S (it’s hard not to go back to all my old pictures and fix the colours.) I’m also better at staying on task and I work much more quickly (though manmade objects still take forever, guess I need to work on that more).

Anyway, it’s all good news really. And I am glad that the company gave me my first paid illustration gig even though I look back at some of my pieces and cringe. (No I won’t tell you which ones, I’m notoriously bad at judging my own work anyway.)

But yeah, thought I’d pop these up here for… context… or something.