Hope you had fun with 200?-2006. These are the better ones
Oh the stuff I drew...
Well, the only more serious regrets I have is not starting to draw earlier and using bad/inappropriate drawing tools/materials for such a long time which considerably slowed down my progress. Just the contrast between 2007 and 2008 speaks for itself. Actually, it's only now in 2012 that I can say I finally got all the art supplies I think I needed to be able to do the best work possible, as good as my current skill level and patience allows of course. 2005(?)-2006 - spent browsing various personal art websites and admiring pretty pictures. It all started with discovery of Zindy-Zone.dk and *Zindy's work got me enormously inspired, so that's how I started drawing for serious in the first place. I wanted to draw and have pretty pictures too.
When I first started it took me approx. 2-4h for a drawing. Sometimes I'd finish up to 2 drawings a day, or even 3 in couple of occasions. Now I finish under 20 a year (this year I don't even have 10 yet ) and it takes me...I do not want to know how many hours! It's better that I don't know, really! Just the time I spend on my ACEOs is insane Although, I can give you the approx. stats from a year ago: min. 20-60+ hours, sizes worked on: 2.5x3.5"(ACEO), A4 and A3. I'm guessing most of them (A4s) took somewhere between 25 and 35h and the actual drawings were all, more or less, smaller than A4.
On one occasion I burned 200 of my drawings exactly, wanted to burn much more and I'd still have plenty left. Unfortunately, you must keep some for various reasons even though you'd rather pretend they never existed. XD
I don't know if you can tell, but I constantly challenge myself with all kinds of 'hard', 'new', 'different' drawings to see not only if I could do it but if I could do it really good. Drawing a first ACEO ever of a hard subject I never drew before, drawing something that seems very tricky and hard I never drew before, drawing a complex and detailed subject I never drew before in a medium I practically have no experience with, not to mention skills, etc. Why not? And then I accept no less than a very good or even fantastic result. Mediocre is not accepted. Realistic expectations, right? Taking small steps, trying with something simple for the beginning, what's that? I have no time for that sh*it, it all or nothing right away. XD And the funny thing is, it has worked every single time so far, if my memory serves me right. I also like to try some new medium, type of art, etc. from time to time. So far you could've seen me drawing with graphite, colored pencils, doing photomanipulations, digital paintings, photography, making jewelry and other stuff with polymer clay, designing and coding Journal Skins...God knows what's next.
I've tried different things, but I don't feel like I've made a lot of improvement in the last 3 years. Nothing very noticeable at least. Luckily, it's usually like that for most people: drastic improvement and difference between old and new in the start and then everything slows down.
My favorite years are definitely 2010 and 2011. Both because of the drawings I did, how much I like many of them and how happy I am with how they turned out. 2011 especially for all the 'firsts' - it was a great year.
As you've noticed, I practically draw only fanart now, but that's bugging me a lot, I want to and have in plan many, many other drawings, but they almost always lose in the fight for priority, especially because some things you gotta draw before it's "too late"and the moment, inspiration and especially motivation for it is gone. And there just so many fantastic TV shows/movies (or maybe I just watch too many of them? ) and SO much TV show/movie love to turn into drawings. When I finally have enough of each fav I will have peace. For now I'm currently "done" only with Harry Potter, Fringe, Dexter, etc.
Now when looking at 2012, I can't believe the year is almost over and I have only drawn a few ACEOs plus one normal sized drawing. What the hell did I do the whole year? Quality over quantity, sure, but at least a few more drawings wouldn't hurt! I've never drawn so few. Last year I did over 15, thinking how I'll draw even more this year because ACEOs will be relatively quick
And this was my shorter version of my shorter version of my shorter version of my description. Oops.
Original meme tempate by *Kamaniki
, edited and filled by me