Progress Photos ✨
Completed around two and a half years apart.
When I first drew the portrait from January 2016, it was my pride and joy. It was what got me started on drawing people and taking art seriously. Looking back on it each day, though, there was always something to improve and looking back on it now, it's almost laughable :') Although now I'm proud of my recent art, there's always room to progress. All I can say is that it takes lots of time, practice, and effort to achieve what you're looking for and the motivation to always be striving to improve. I've learned to:
1. Keep working at what you love and practicing. It's rare to find an artist not going back and thinking of ways to improve their work.
2. Not constantly compare your work to others. Of course you can always have people you look up to, but sitting around moping about your art because you saw this account with amazing artwork isn't going to get you anywhere (I've been there many times)
3. And to hype yourself up a little bit. At the end of the day, no one is obligated or is going to do it for you, so why not be a little less harsh and give yourself a pat on the back? Many times, I'm not satisfied with most of my finished products and I'm probably a hypocrite just for giving this advice, but the love of art and the confidence to keep practicing is what's really going to improve your work.
That was so sappy, but if you read through it all, I hope you all benefited. What's a minute of your life gone if it'll help you in the long run?
Wow, I actually finished a piece for once! This one was a long time coming. Almost three years ago, I drew this same picture as my first time trying a realistic portrait with colored pencils. Not to be cheesy, but that's how I got started doing art for real with the support from my family and friends. With them, I was inspired to continue practicing and working harder. I will post the old drawing beside this one next, but for now, enjoy this piece of talented and beautiful actress, Kaya Scodelario :)
All photo/reference credit goes to the owner**