So without sounding too much like I'm sticking my head up my own arse, I think my art in realism is slowly improving.
Realism isn't my area of expertise when it comes to art, I'm very much comfortable in the anime/chibi/manga, what have you, area. I decided that I'd step out of my comfort zone, and try my hand at something that I believed I wasn't skilled in. I hadn't attempted realism art since doing my GCSE's, and even then, the work was satisfactory at best.
A couple of months down the line, and I had finished my first ever pencil drawing piece, that of Smaug from The Hobbit, and I have to say that I was pretty pleased with myself. With the help of clareiow
, topping me up with tips and shading and being on Skype with me for pretty much the duration of the drawing, I got there! It may have took a long time in others opinion, but after 12 hours of pure concentration and frustration, I managed to finish it, but also be happy with it.
So after tackling a dragon, in which primarily I thought would be easy (it really wasn't!), I then got challenged to draw Bilbo Baggins. 6 hours this drawing took me, so I could already see the improvements I had made, and also, I'd spent less time getting angry and frustrated with myself! The way I work, if it looks like them, then I've done a good job. In this case, I did a good job. I'm extremely happy with that drawing, and I think can say that it is my best work so far.
Just like an addiction, I'm itching to get another drawing started. This time I have been challenged to draw Sherlock, in which I can see being a little bit of a more difficult challenge, but hey, there's no use starting out so negative, otherwise I'm not going to get anywhere!