There’s this 2015 Art Summary thing on DeviantArt and I decided to fill it it out for the heck of it. Nothing special, really. 2015 was a great year for learning, and it seemed like a good idea to condense all of the stuff from this year in a little box to see how I improved
January- After a talk with a professor about overworking sketches, tin soldier joints, and a bunch of other things I decided to give his whole simple cartoons suggestion a try. Used a lot of Joanna Davidovich, Anand Duncan, and vintage magazine ads to figure out what to do.
February- Got into John K and Saxton Moore, which resulted in noodly arms and things like that. Made me feel more like a cartoonist doing that and made me feel a bit better about drawing. Tried to find my own coloring style with a lot of sloppy Photoshop things and simple color combinations. Didn’t like it much, but it worked at the time and it beat crayons and color pencils.
March- Classes are great, you know? I got to learn tons of things about perspective and design and oil painting. Things were busy, and but they were going well. Most of the oil paintings we did were with a palette knife, which I liked a lot because you could “feel” the colors and movements. Then we did glaze paintings with brushes aaaaand…Well the under painting was fun! Starting to realize how much I love muted colors.
April- Did a lot with ink for a class. It quickly became my favorite medium because of how versatile it was. It felt easier to control than paint, even though it was messy and got everywhere. My favorite assignments were the marksmaking ones. They allowed is to try to make different textures with various objects (pens, springs, brushes, tissue, etc) dipped in ink. It was nice making so many different patterns and shades.
May- Tried to apply the fun of marks making to personal drawings. Played a lot with line weight and didn’t realize I was holding the brushpen incorrectly.
June- Played more with ink and textures and tried to find out how the heck hair and hands worked. Practiced more animation stuff and tried out water color for the first time, too. Ended up experimenting with paper cut outs, too. Stiiiiill holding that brushpen wrong…
July- Played around with more digital coloring. Nothing special. Just flat colors and sparkles in some case. Sometimes the backgrounds even looked like something.
August- Went fully digital for a bit. Heck I even used SAI for five seconds! Made a couple of illustrations with compositions and backgrounds and everything that an illustration is supposed to have. Tried to get those textures into the computer. Did it work? Ehhhhh….
September- Classes start again! Started learning about proper illustration techniques and character design, and finally learned how to do hatching. Started book arts and realized that the class is the bees knees. Also stepped into that anatomy class and was as happy as a clam to learn how to draw real people!
October- This month. This! Month! This month made me realize that I was taking this drawing thing waaay too seriously and that the perfectionist thing should be kicked to the curb. It’s good to be good at something, but if you want to do it for the rest of your life you might as well be happy and have fun with it. Did some watercolor for class and hated it. Slowly figuring out anatomy.
November- Tried watercolor again and realized I loved it. It’s like flat, color ink! Did a few illustrations inspired by Blackenedruby and tried to loosen up a little more while applying stuff learned in anatomy class to illustrations. Drew a ton of Dumb Animals for a class.
December- Favorite month. Found out how much I love doing multiple page illustrations and considering learning typography. Spontaneity is the most useful thing in the world and could kick perfectionism’s butt if you let it. Not trading in muted colors, but realizing a little brightness won’t kill me was a plus. Water color is slowly becoming my best friend, but ink will always be my first love. Professor pointed out that I was holding the brush pen incorrectly and taught me the proper way to handle it.
And there you have it! 2015 in a nutshell! Can’t wait to see how 2016 goes! Let’s ride this flying pony into the future!