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Drawing Tips: Comparing How You Drew Years Ago To Today

Updated on June 13, 2011

Compare Your Old Drawings To Now

One really great exercise that I really like to do is compare all of my old drawings to my new drawings and if I have to re-design the old drawing so that I can accurately compare how I draw then I do.

Practice makes perfect, that is the phrase that rings quite true in anything you do, the more you do something the likelihood that improvements are made in that area and lots of practice just gets you into a rythmn of doing things and drawing is the same as this, sketching stuff out of your head when you are 14 years old and then flashing forward later on down the road 15 years later when you are 31, your drawings will be much better if you draw quite regular and consistently in between this 15 year gap.

I keep a special set of folders with the year marked on them, so that I can compare the drawings and see how I've improved in anatomy and the way I approach drawing as a whole, often when people begin drawing they start off in a rigid drawing style that they feel they just have to draw all of the detail straight out on the first go and this is something that I struggled with early on, until I learned the value of planning sketches out with rough drafts.

As a child I read and was inspired by comic books, as I used to buy them every week religiously and most often was the case that I never read half of them for a few months until I looked at and studied the art to see how the different artists drew comic books, I suppose you could say I lived and breathed comic books, it's all I thought about, I'd be working a boring job and all I'd be thinking about is what I was going to draw when I got home, what fantastic creatures could I come up with?

In the following video, I quickly go through a drawing of a warrior of some kind that I drew way back when I left school and I go through the importance of keeping every drawing you ever create for future reference and how you can re-design your old drawings to reflect your improved art style today, this is recycling your old ideas and making use of them which is a good thing.

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A Drawing I did At The End Of School Over 15 Years Ago And A Re-design Of It On Video

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Do You Keep All Of Your Old Drawings?

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Sweetie And Ethel!

      These videos are great to do, even if I need to speak up a bit at times..

      I also went to park avenue art school for one full year and also hull college for my art too, but when I left I got a factory job and became slightly depressed with not doing anything with my art for a few years..

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A hull accent, just like mine:) I went to art school on Park Avenuie for a time when I was young and still have some of my really old stuff. Unfortunately my eyes are rubbish these days.

    • SweetiePie profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This sounds like a fun activity. I keep all of my old art work too. It is fun to hear your voice too, and I love English accents by the way! Keep up the interesting videos.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I like to look back at my old drawings, even ones I had abandoned as an unfinished sketch a year or two ago as they can all be used again in some way or another.

      Comparing them with similar new drawings helps you study and become a better artist I think!

      Cheers now!

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I wish I still had my old drawings. Some of them were interesting. A lot has changed. I overcame a lot of old problems especially in terms of colored pencil and accurate proportions from observation. I had that in a few subjects if I had them around to draw from life but couldn't do cats well without a lot of practice later on -- and having cats.

      I date my art and even drawings from a few years ago I can see how much I learned recently. The more I get into it, the more my learning curve picks ugain.


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