I just ranted on blogspot that my work is getting more and more lifeless as I continue to draw. Worse, I've also become bored of what I've been drawing and it's hard to push myself to try something new when I open a sketchbook. I'm not sure what hinders me from doing it these days. I believe it's a messy conglomerate of laziness, too much time spent on a social life, fear of wasting precious art supplies with ugly drawings, not living in a artsy fartsy city with a community of artsy fartsy people, distractions of other tasks I want or need to complete first, and just plain loss of childhood imagination.
But I'm done giving myself room for excuses, I want to be truly proud of myself. I need to stop pretending to be humble and truly become humble.
I've definitely lost a lot of followers because of my inability to draw stuff and update regularly, but I also think I've been on the fence about starting up a new dA or just sticking with one that already has history. I also think I may have lost fans not only because there's tons of other better proactive artists to watch, but because my work has changed drastically since I started. Man did people love Naruto back in the day!
I went through a huge series of pretty detailed ladies and claimed them as my style and I still kind of do, but I want to change my style again not only much more drastically, but also in many different styles. Albeit it be realistic or cartoon stylized or maybe even abstract, but I want to try to alienate myself from the anime-style I grew up on. Only now do I truly understand why instructors dislike the anime direction. By just imitating the drawings I saw, I never truly learned the foundations of art, so I've trapped myself into a corner.
So I declared a New Year's resolution that I will complete at least one sketchbook and a traditional painting every month, and etc etc. Now I want to ask you guys here what you think I could do to improve myself in the next year. I've been trying to pick up on drawing more often in my free time while watching stuff, but mostly drawing from life or experimenting with different styles. I'd like more creative input now.
What kinds of activities/tasks/challenged do you guys propose for yourself to get your creative juices flowing? I've always liked the projects from school that other people had in Sequential Art that involved scenarios that each person would interpret differently or coming up with the first 3 things in your head to mesh together. I'd like to try something like that? If you have any cool links or forums of something like that, please share! I may try one of those 100 theme challenges too if I can't find anything else.
For more specific stuff I'd like to improve. I want to get better at good character design. I'm a little stronger with this than anything else other than maybe illustration? I'd also love to learn more concept designing with props and environments. I'm extremely weak at environment and backgrounds both technically and creatively lol. Please help.
I'd also appreciate any critique you want to throw at me on my art as an overall. I may or may not agree, but I would love to hear other's true thoughts. Although I appreciate the positive feedback, I'd love to hear the flips side for once.
Another question I just thought of! Do you think it would be better for me to post rough drawings up or should I keep it portfolio worthy on here?
I'd appreciate any thoughts you guys have! Thank you for reading.