Alright! I’ll give some love to that booth then!
Thanks for the kind words! Hm..
I launched my online presence around late 2005. Was pretty much as crappy as they come. Got more serious around 2008, where I focused on drawing more efficiently: memorizing shapes, learning anatomy, retaining anatomical knowledge after studies, etc. This was a gradual process that took about 3 years to get comfortably down. (Note that throughout this whole time, I had a regular 9-5 job and every day I’d come home and practice until I went to sleep.) Was still garbage though.
Around late 2011, I really started to “feel” myself and my personal style. Started playing around more with exaggeration, styles, developing spatial awareness, composition, advanced coloring technique and theory, etc. Had to learn how to draw men better because I drew women too much, haha. Started to feel a bit more confident. Took the plunge to quit my managerial position at a decent-paid hotel gig and focused completely on my freelance work. Still had a lot of growing to go as an artist at that time.
Fast forwarding, between 2011 and 2013, I still wasn’t as great as I thought I could be. Just recently for the past year I’ve been really confident in my skill (had this eye-opening experience about a year ago). I still make it a point to try and practice and draw every day. I feel comfy with getting what I see in my head on paper, but it’s still not as great as I’d like it to be, but I now know the method to keep improving on it (again, that eye-opener). But where I’m at now is a byproduct of all that above. I plan to obliterate the current me that’s writing this right now next year, and then the next year obliterate the me of the next year, and going on and on until I can defeat all my old selves.
And I think it’s that— I just simply love drawing and illustrating and making stuff. I love to create. If I didn’t, I don’t think I’d even be half near where I’m at right now. :)
I was thinking or doing a character illustration run of all the major fighting games…. What do y’all think?