During the first part of this final week, I continued with my habit as usual. However, for the last 3 I decided to take the feedback I got about what I should do for the final week and revisit previous drawings, inserting a character into them that fits the lighting and color palette of the environment.
Here’s every piece I’ve done for this project, so the evolution of my skills is more clearly visible:
I’m really shocked at how much I’ve improved in a little over a month. My rendering style has become more gestural, and I’ve been able to get small details in without going overboard; in short, I’ve found a really great balance of detail and simplification for my digital illustration style. My ability to guesstimate and exaggerate color has also improved dramatically, and I can pick colors that look really similar to a reference without color picking at all, and create more interesting and dynamic color schemes without making every color over-saturated. I’ve also really improved at contrasting dark and light in my color schemes, as before I would tend to stick closer to medium tones, and I feel like learning how to exaggerate light and dark has really given an extra amount of depth to my work.
I’m also really happy that I’ve been able to keep my habit at a consistent 5 drawings a week, as it’s really helped in my steady improvement over the past few weeks, and I don’t think I’ve ever drawn such a diverse amount of places and color schemes before.
But most of all, I was very pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback from my teacher and peers. I don’t have much confidence in my illustrations for personal reasons, so deciding to do this project was a really big leap of faith on my part. Every week, I would be really nervous to show the drawings I’d done to the class, and yet every week people would give me words of encouragement about my art. It feels like this project was not only a habit to improve my artistic skills, but also to be confident in myself as an artist and not be afraid to put my art out into the world for people to see.