I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
Anonymous asked: this blog depresses me instead of being inspiring bc a lot of the artists here haven't improved as much as they should've
I’m sorry to hear that. The point of this blog is to showcase the fact that people do improve and that anyone can do it, and it’s entirely understandable that different people improve at different rates. Some artists might hit a plateau or fall into a rut while others’ quality continues to skyrocket, and that’s alright! The point is that you keep at it anyway, whether that means trying new styles, techniques, and mediums or revisiting the basics.
Rather than using one artist’s improvement as a measuring stick for another, we should all appreciate that these artists are doing their best to get better!
Because of circumstances about some art that was submitted, SAA will now only be accepting self-improvement pieces. If you have permission from the original artist to redraw their work, that’s fine by me, but I’ll be double-checking to make sure.
The one on the left is from June 2010, I believe, and the one on the right is from a few months ago. Not the same character, but a similar enough pose that it feels like a good comparison to me.
Good improvement in all areas!
Submitted by littlebluecaboose.
I know I still have a ways to go, but this is certainly better than that dark time in 2011 when I didn’t know how to shade anything!
Not bad for three years of improvement!
Submitted by anonymous.
Cucumber Quest is a fantastic webcomic that I’m going to outright say you should be reading right now. The artist has a tradition of doing an April Fools’ prank each year, although this year’s seemed a little mean at first. It looked as though she was making fun of stereotypical unskilled attempts at webcomics… until she revealed on her twitter that everything she posted was drawn by herself as a teenager.
So here we have a showcase of some fantastic improvement, not only art and style evolution, but also writing, characters, and format. Remember, it takes time and practice (and willingness to listen to critiques) for anything to improve!
The top image is taken from the April Fools’ page; middle is from near the beginning of the comic; and bottom is taken from the most recent chapter.
I redrew this incredibly old image from 2006 or something like that tonight, enjoy!
How have you improved? Let me count the ways…
Submitted by aliveitellyou.