Art Improvement Meme 2013
-Age 14 - 15
January: I used Gimp as my main art program mostly because I rare to never drew digitally. And if it was digital, it was traced from a scanned sketch which I drew on paper. I used the path tool as lineart (which took forever (No wonder I disliked drawing digitally). I also used black for shading and didn’t do a very good job of it. I was still new to this and was unsure even where to put the shadows.
February: I was still extremely new to drawing humans. Prior to this, I mainly drew animals and was still very uncomfortable with human anatomy. Jack Frost lacks any resemblance to /Jack Frost/, anatomy is almost nonexistant, and what are those strange… Shoulder blades?…
March: Back to cats for me (Hiccup!~). Still working in Gimp too. No real texture aaaand no shading. ;~;
April: Ah, the introduction of HTTYD 2 Hiccup. What lovely times those were. And seems like I’ve given up on Gimp and decided to go back to sketching on paper. |D
May: I have discovered Paint Tool Sai |D This is also around the time I got my Bamboo Splash tablet which had a pressure sensitivity. This helped a lot, but I was still very new to drawing humans since I had little to no practice. |D I drew OCs on the side of drawing Hiccup and Jack, yet the main focus in this month was still centered around drawing animals.
June: I was on Summer Vacation which is when I was finally able to practice a little. I discovered the “airbrush” method of shading which I really liked at the time, and I began to find that I loved digital art. However I only had the knowledge of basic “base” shading, and didn’t identify any main light source.
July: Basically a continuation of June. I was still using the airbrush tool for shading, and began to experiement with lighting as well as shading. This was also around the time when I started to try to draw my own backgrounds which was a new concept to me. |D I still mainly did a “basic shading” and didn’t identify a bold light source or shadows.
August: I became to get a little more confident in digital art and started to add multiple characters into one scene. However because of my usage of black as my main shading, the final product of my pictures were always very dull and never came out how I had envisioned them.
September: I. Finally. Stopped. Using. Black. To. Shade. 8U September was mainly focused around pausing my art pieces to improve on anatomy. Because of this, a lot of unintentional (at first) fanservice was made. I also spent September to try to improve the accuracy of the characters I was drawing. I stopped using the airbrush tool to shade and instead just began to play around with my brush settings in sai. I also discovered how to use the “Water Color” tool instead of “Blur”.
October: A rather uneventful month overall. Nothing much changed from September to October rather than being able to draw a lot faster than before.
November: I began to use overlays, luminescent layers, and basically just decided to spend more time on my art. Before, I tried to work as quickly as possible to get the end result, but it was around November that I decided to just slow down. I began to find it enjoyable to add detail in any area possible. I also discovered how to use “Min Size” in Sai which helped a LOT with my line arts. Instead of one-size linearts, I was then able to sketch freely as if I were holding a pencil and drawing digitally became a lot more enjoyable.
December: Same methods as November were used to create the December picture. Though here, I changed the color of the lineart from black to a deeper color of that particular section I was coloring. I also am beginning to focus on improving backgrounds as well as perspective and multiple characters to a scene.
All art by me.
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