I’m a self-taught artist and I hope I can go to art school in the near future because, since I started drawing, I’ve always did everything by myself.
Once upon a time I was a shiny kawaii desu artist. That’s actually pretty understandable, since I was constantly bombarded with that kind of art, especially from television but also when I joined the internet art-world. I thought that was the only way.
I decided to humiliate myself and show you guys a picture or my pre-internet life and one of my fisrt times on deviantART
Joining deviantART tho, gave me the possibility of looking also at some new (for me) kind of styles. I started to change my way of drawing anything, redimensioning heads and eyes for example. My drawing still looked very shiny for a lot of time but in something like 6 months they started to look like this:
This was Summer 2009. In that year’s autumn I began to be obsessed with the Beatles and, believe it or not, that helped my art a lot to become less anime-like. I thought, in fact, that that kind of style “couldn’t fit with the Beatles” and I stared to look for another way to draw things. Also, I drew a lot in those days and well, the improvements came fast.
I drew like this in the end of 2009:
But in the beginning of 2010 my stuff looked like this:
Still very awful, I know, but you have to admit there was an attemp of improvement.
2010 was also the year I started to use digital art! I didn’t have a tablet at the time, but the fact that I could colour with any colour I liked was really awesome to me and I gave my best even using only the mouse pad of my old laptop (omg I miss u babe ;A;).
At first I found a way to “digitalize” my ink pen lineart and drew stuff like this:
But then I started to notice that my drawings looked better when they were still drew with a pencil and I began to use a tecnique that is almost (ALMOST) the one I still use today. Also, I was still working on my style that was quickly changing and taking a form of his own:
This tecnique however (that basically consisted on lowering the opacity of the layers I was working on) was really difficult and somehow slow to use. Luckily I didn’t have to use it for long because that summer I received my beloved tablet and I started drawing only digatally for a while (even because I was on vacations and I couldn’t scan my drawings xD). I was terrible at it, but I gave all myself!
The big improvement came in the Autumn of that year when I discovered the “multiply” function of the layers on Photoshop! I could finally just colour my pencil lineart and wow, it was awesome!
I continued on that way of developing my style for the whole year going from this:
I can say that in the end of 2011, my style looked a lot of what it is now.
In that period tho, I started to have some srious problems I really don’t want to remember and a HUGE art block made me almost completely stop drawing for a few months.
I have to thanks The Lorax if I started to draw again, in March 2012. I drew a lot in that month and in April shaping my style like never before! In those days I also started to plan the story I’m developing with my cousin and that gave me a lot of motivation!
Then, in May, the earthquake stroke. I don’t know why, even if I was sure the shock would give me problems with drawing, it didn’t but since I had to move from my house for a month and then going away on summer vacations, I didn’t draw as much as I wanted back then.
When I came back home I continued on my way of developing my style and, by the end of the year I think I reached the one I have now. Also, starting to take serious commissions helped a lot because drawing characters that aren’t yours or that you don’t know, leads you to follow the commissioner’s instructions and that could change the way you did since that moment.
I’m now using various tecniques I tried to develope myself through time and I’m overall pretty satisfied of how I draw being an autodidact.
Okay now, this reply could look completely out of topic but omg I didn’t know how else to answer! D:
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