Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? That you’re not improving no matter how much you practice? Well here’s a piece of advice; Go through your work from a few years ago and you’ll feel much, much better. I just spent a while going through sketchpads, notebooks and visual diaries from my first year in college and to say that I couldn’t draw for shit back then would be an understatement. I feel like pinning some of the most cringeworthy examples to my wall so that every time I get disheartened I can look up and see how far I’ve come. I’d rather surround myself with pieces by artists I aspire to be as good as, but sometimes you just need an instant pick-me-up and not a reminder of how far you have to go.
Anyway, I took photos of the best stuff pulled from these years and am posting them here. Stifle your laughter if you can 😉
Even though this is a straight-forward copy of a fantastic Francisco Herrera piece I’m actually quite proud of it. Apparently I didn’t want to draw their eyes This was ADS & I was JUST being introduced to comics properly (thanks Casey). Below is the original work (in Issue #0 of WildStorm’s Thundercats)
As far as I can remember this drawing of Bono is from the summer before I started ADS in Ballyer 🙂 I’d just seen U2 for the first time at Slane Castle and the papers were full of great gig shots.
I’m not 100% sure of the order of the rest of these… Here’s Brad Pitt in Troy.
This is definitely from my year in ADS. I was so, very proud of it at the time haha. Oh well…
Sketches of a character I was working on for another of my ill-fated story ideas. This was Giselle and I’m pretty sure I was using Amy Lee of Evanescence as a reference to some extent…not that it looks like here haha.