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Drawing Tips: Comparing How You Drew Years Ago To Today
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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