I thought I should post some of these up. I ran across some old sketchbooks from varying times of my youth. I’ll post more later. But I wanted to show that it has taken a ridiculous amount of work to get to the point I’m at. I struggled with style, proportion, everything!
When people ask me how to get better and I say to draw a lot, they probably think it’s a cop out. I’m not hiding some secret trick, I have insane amounts of sketchbooks filled with this stuff. I just loved to draw, and kept trying to learn from my mistakes.
Am I embarrassed by these? No, they lead to where I am now artistically.
When I taught art, I had students that threw away their old art. It made me sad. I feel it’s really important to see what you used to do. When you’re down on your art, or stuck in a rut, it’s great to look at old art and realize how much you’ve grown! When we’re looking at only current work, we put on blinders that hold us back from appreciating how much we grow.
When people say ‘I give up’ after seeing a fantastic work of art, it makes me think of little Evan. If he was making these drawings, and gave up, he would have missed out on so much! I’ve done things that my younger self never thought was possible. Sometimes it really pays to push forward even when you, or other people don’t believe in your abilities.