I saw the contest announcement and I had to participate! I've seen this meme a lot and I wanted try it out, so to take a break from commissions, I took my old folder for drawings and searched for something that I would enjoy making. And I found that little, grumpy blue dragon so I decided to remake him.
There's a 4½ year difference between these drawings. The 'Before' was done on February 19th, 2008 and the 'After' has been finished today, September 9th, 2012. The first one took me a couple of hours, and I've been working on the newest one since yesterday 'noon (so that's around 10 hours of work).
I still remember when I drew the first picture. A friend of mine requested it, and I was so excited to draw for her because she was one of the few people who enjoyed my drawings. And now I'm somehow well-known, and heck - people buy art from me because they like it. I would have never imagined this when I was younger!
The first drawing was done on copy paper, with a gel pen and school's coloured pencils, and the rest was manipulated on Photoshop. I remember how much I liked that drawing back then. The newest drawing was inked on textured paper (great for traditional art), and was completely done on the paper with different kinds of pencils and acryllics - nothing has been added on Photoshop. I'm so happy I managed to get the effect I wanted with the pencils!
I used to be heavily influenced by Pokémon and manga/anime, I never used references, and I preferred quantity over quality. Now (even if my manga roots are still there) I'm already close to realism (or at least semi-realism), I always try to make my stuff as accurate as I can, and when I spend two, three, four days working on a drawing and then finish it, I'm so pleased with what I've done that I remember how stupid I was when all I wanted was to submit stuff every day, when I could have worked much harder on what I did.
It's always good to see your old drawings, because you can see how they grow up with you. They learn from you, and you learn from them
The drawings: -
Meme template by *Bampire. Both pictures were done by me.
Coneixen-te, no em sorpren tant ja la milloria xD vull dir, en estoy ultims anys t'he vist millorar mes o menys de manera progresiva, per això no em sorpren tant, ara, no vol dir que no ho faça. El canvi que has fet en estos anys es impresionant, i en estos dibuixos la diferencia es mes que clara.
En resum, que esta clar el que has millorat, al igual que el que milloraras perque, crec que no ja de 2008 a 2012 has millorat, crec que a 2010 ja el canvi que vas pegar va ser gran, i aixi has anat millorant fins ara.