There are a few areas I'm actively trying to improve on in my work, but one big thing is work a little slower. Back in college, I remember being complimented on how fast I could work, and it totally went to my head. For most of my life, I believed that speed was a sign of a great artist.
But that's only REALLY true if your fundamental composition and rendering remain intact while you work quickly. I don't think my work is "bad" by any means, but I often finish a piece knowing full-well that I could have made it better (and even knowing precisely what corner I shouldn't have cut.)
It's not something that "ruins" my art. Just something that keeps me from really doing my best. So with this illustration (and a few others in my sketchbook), I did each "step" on separate days. I sketched it out, and then waited till the next day to revise the sketch and ink it. Then I waited another day before doing the colors.
3 days for a painting that's about 4 inches tall is perhaps excessive... but it allowed me to really pay attention to each step, without rushing to the "ta da" moment. It's not like the image itself is suddenly leaps beyond my previous work, but I feel comfortable knowing that this is an accurate representation of what I can do. It also helped clarify areas I struggle with: I tend to "problem solve" in the inking stage, rather than the initial sketch. I also tend to color the image with washes and THEN think about lighting (why??)
Dyn is too much fun to draw and I feel so proud of his hands.
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