I’ve been practising art for 2 hours every day for a good while now and I think I’m slowly starting to see results. If not necessarily in technical skill, then at least in confidence.
Take this picture of my World of Warcraft character, Cheok, for example. This was an experimental picture for me in which I deliberately did not allow myself to agonize over lines until they were perfect and straight, and instead built upon the imperfect lines to create a sketchy style, which I later accented with completely superfluous line scribbles to add further texture.
I winced as I first started this drawing – the original line art layer was abysmal, as are all the line arts I do. But instead of struggling for hours to smooth out every little jagged bump and wave, I drew on top of them. And on top of them again, and kept going until I got a picture I actually find a lot nicer looking than most things I’ve drawn before it.
It has problems, sure – plenty of them – but I was able to prove to myself that art doesn’t have to be so rigid a process, and that in fact it shouldn’t be. One of the mistakes I’ve made in the past is something I’m sure most/all amateur artists go through – obsessively neatening your work until you end up with something so rigid and stiff it’s practically impossible to make it look good.
That’s not to say there aren’t people out there who come up with beautiful, perfect looking art, because there are. There’s line art out there that makes me equal part awe-struck and envious with how smooth it is. I want to be able to do that one day. But I don’t think the way to get there is to sink hundreds of hours into obsessively tweaking and fixing until the initial sketch has all semblance of life pruned out of it. I think the way there is to build upon this confidence, to have fun with my line art and build upon the imperfections. And with time, that confident guiding hand will start to more consistently sweep and curve in the way I need it to.
And that’s all I have to say on that.
Again, sorry for not posting in a while – I have some other art work to show off, I promise, including the continuation of my Nuzlocke which finally has a viable art style! The only reason it’s not all up here yet is because I’ve been so busy with other things, and I’m forgetful as anything. But more is coming. Maybe even some writing? The name of my blog has been nonsensical for a good 9 months now.