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: Advancing in art


Wingedrat
11-04-2010, 10:26 PM
I was looking at some old stuff of mine, done about two years ago and I was thinking, "THIS STUFF STINKS:eek:!" and I looked at some more recent stuff and was much more pleased;). But I remember being very happy with myself about the old stuff at the time when I made it.

I am a pack rat and have kept a lot of my artwork. It is like a scrapbook of my life. I look at my pictures and think about innocent and simple my work was. I see ponies and made up Pokemon and I see attempts at my family. And I can see it's evolution pretty clearly.

How do you feel when you look at your older works? Have you gotten to a point where your work can't get any better? Or are you still progressing?

DLeeG
11-05-2010, 11:11 AM
I was still progressing when I stopped 13 years ago. I lost my son in the most horrific way. I was 37 then. I now have a new wife and we have two children. I think that I am rusty as hell and there is a dfference in mt style.

CMYKgal
11-06-2010, 09:11 AM
DLeeG, so sorry about your son. I think as far as art goes there will be a change in our styles as there is in our lives. It can help us therapeutically to do our art, and it can take our art to new levels. That isn't meant like "exploit" your tragedy, of course. But maybe it's a gift our loved one would want for us. I experienced a leap forward in my art when I had lost my father and my mother was in a nursing home and I had a lot on my mind but it was an outlet to do my art. Hoping all the best for you.

kcortese
11-06-2010, 05:09 PM
DLeeG, my heart goes out to you on the terrible loss of your child. Very sorry to hear this.

Wingedrat, yes, I've looked at stuff I did in grade and highschool and almost puke too. Each time you create a piece of art, you unkowningly sharpen your skills and develop your very own techinque. As the years go by subject matter and mediums gets easier.

Wingedrat
11-06-2010, 09:38 PM
I was still progressing when I stopped 13 years ago. I lost my son in the most horrific way. I was 37 then. I now have a new wife and we have two children. I think that I am rusty as hell and there is a dfference in mt style.

Wow, I can't imagine, nobody should have to lose a child. I'm sorry to hear about this.

DLeeG, my heart goes out to you on the terrible loss of your child. Very sorry to hear this.

Wingedrat, yes, I've looked at stuff I did in grade and highschool and almost puke too. Each time you create a piece of art, you unkowningly sharpen your skills and develop your very own techinque. As the years go by subject matter and mediums gets easier.

That makes since. Its like I put a drawing away and it goes rancid.

kcortese
11-08-2010, 07:10 PM
I've started artwork and put it away for years. Then pull it back out and complete it.

Weird!

But then I'm a crazy artist, somtimes I don't know what I'm thinking when completing a piece. Looking at it a few days or months later, I ask myself "What the heck did I do that for?"

People seem to like the outcome and sombody will buy it.

PencilMeIn
11-11-2010, 08:50 AM
How do you feel when you look at your older works? Have you gotten to a point where your work can't get any better? Or are you still progressing?

I'm definitely still progressing. Some of my older pieces I've thrown away out of frustration, but wish I kept them. My oldest daughter has taken an interest in drawing, but she gets frustrated when it doesn't look perfect after the first time. I'm always telling her practice makes perfect and to not throw away anything because a month, six months, a year from now she'll be surprised how far she's come.

kcortese
11-11-2010, 09:52 AM
I've thrown and gave away many pieces. There are a few I gave away and regret it. I look back at a few pieces from when I was young laugh at them and shake my head.

The more art you create, the more experienced and advanced you become.

I'm hoping someday to create something I really like. Seems after completing a piece, I look at it and see something wrong, or needs changed. But nobody else can see it unless I point it out them.

Lauralight
09-28-2013, 06:32 PM
I rather like a piece I did before I was trained very well. I think it was very inspired. I don't think training has that much to do with it in the end.