I noticed you guys enjoyed the comparison of my oldest and newest drawings, hence I decided to show you works that illustrate my progress the best.
Above you can see a comparison of 2002/2003 Harry Potter related drawings and one from 2011 - it shows the way I’ve gone through to get to the point where I am now - or rather I already was in 2011. Wasn’t easy, wasn’t quick, but was an undeniable pleasure.
How did it start? My story is pretty silly. I had always been very keen on drawing. My parents used to draw very well, too. But their skills didn’t make me encouraged to take drawing up seriously. But in 2002 I met a girl who was quite talented, I liked the drawings which she showed me. I remember the angel and the set of tiny sketches that explain the moves of galloping horses. I was impressed and slightly jealous: therefore I decided to learn to draw like her. And I started practising. The first portraits [Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings fan arts] weren’t very good, but I was determined to improve.
I didn’t have any doubt that I can do it - it sounds like stubbornness and too high self-confidence, but it wasn’t like that. Especially the latter one. Whatever it was, it helped me to improve my skills. The progress was slow, but visible. This is how I draw now:
The thing is, never give up! Don’t doubt in yourself, don’t doubt that you can achieve the higher level of skills, even if it doesn’t go well at the beginning. My progress took 13 years of aching neck, burning eyes, long hours, patience, regularity and devotion [not to mention hundreds of pencils and sheets of paper xD], but it might take you fewer years! Yes, you can do it, only if you truly want it and are prepared to practice a lot! Believe that PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
“I think I have to apply that amount of pressure to myself
because I want to do well. Now, maybe that’s not the healthiest way to
function… but also, frankly, since the age of 20, all of the interviews
I’ve done have involved people asking about my impending failure, and
how I felt about the possibility of that. And so, when you’re confronted
with that so often, you start to react to it. My own reaction was
always to kick hard against it and think, fuck it, you might as well be bold now, make some interesting choices and see where that takes you.”