Why is this First Free Month a BIG DEAL to me? It is the first month ever in my artist life that I was allow to sit still at one place, and do whatever I want to do (art) without worry about anything else (school, kids, chores, jobs, depression).
For Little Hero series experience:
BIG CHANGED in STYLE and DRAWING PROGRESS
Doodle is when I draw straight from mind to paper normally using a pen or a water pen (watercolor) or semi-doodle, which is to doodle with pencil then lined it with pens. Doodle is not a bad thing, it a style of art. It takes years (11 yrs for me) to developed the skill and your own doodle style. You can check out my doodle style called " Doodle Hero" and "IAM Doodling". The more you doodle the better your doodle outcomes look. The cool thing about doodle is, if your doodle products look cool, that means you have a cool imagination and personality because it comes straight from your mind and heart.
My doodle habit came before I even think of art as anything important in my life. I was born with imagination head, therefore I heavily thinking about everything. Doodling helped me let out of everything even though what I doodled might not exactly be what was on my mind but I let out of something. The same goes for writing. I write a lot (like eight now).
However, I do not want doodle art to be my only style of art. I need a style that forces me into a long process of developing for every single art products. I want to focus on a specific composition, subject and developed each of them individually. Doodle might look great as a whole but if you separate them, they looked incomplete.
So I chose to write the story, draw and paint LITTLE HERO!
Thanks to THE FIRST FREE MONTH that I can relax and draw properly.
Visually: From INCORRECT to CORRECT
This is something I am so proud about. After I practice to sketch instead of doodle, I started to practice on how to draw every single thing correctly.
Before, people keep telling me that my character anatomy is incorrect. But the truth is I did not plan to have any anatomy focus on my art. There are arts that focusing on the meaning of the story instead of the correction of the individual element in the painting.
Just like doodle art, visually, it looks good if you look at it as a whole but if you are picky about perfection in individual elements, there are so many things that do not exist.
In my freshman year and my sophomore years, I had been studying in Anatomy classes. But to be honest, the feeling is like graphic design to me, if I do not have passionate for realistic anatomy, I will not think about it outside of the class. I feel ashamed of myself for being a top student in all of my Anatomy classes when I do not draw anatomy correctly outside of class.
It was not that I do not want to draw anatomy correctly, though. At the same time, I do not have the time because of school and my graphic design classes, so I do not have time to practice. I did not have motivation at all. I start to lose my knowledge of anatomy.
HOWEVER, everything has changed now. That FIRST ONE FREE MONTH gave me motivation, LITTLE HERO, and MY OWN DEPRESSION has given me motivation on practicing anatomy.
Every day while working on my Little Hero project. I self-study Basic knowledge pf Anatomy from
Mikeymegamega and Draw with Jazza
*I love giving credit to people who deserve it.
Not only learning, I practice by sketching as well. This does not only help me improve my anatomy knowledge but also learn how to sketch properly instead of doodling.
I force myself to re-sketch everything more than 2 times, especially when I erase something from the sketch more than 3 times.
I have a massive amount of sketches paper now. I no longer feel jealous of note having any sketches. I do sketch and learn.
I force myself to learn so much because I believe, practicing can improve everything.
This is the first sketchbook I had ever SKETCH more than 3 page without any doodle or any essays!
This might not be a big deal to others, but to me, it is a treasure. I will frame it!!!
This sketch book contain 1 rough sketch of the final art only, therefore, click on them so you will be like to the WIP of the artwork.
Above is the comparison of a non-practice and a practice hard artworks.
When I created Consumerism, I did not sketch it out first (should not), the meaning behind the story is strong, plus because I always doodle my idea so as soon as I finish writing about it, I draw it straight out onto paper.
While Evil Reserved has a strong visual, due to the time of research, observing, and practice.
They both have their great amount of value. Because the one on the left have a very deep meaning, it is more of an illustration art. While on the right (Evil Reversed), visualize a meaningful story and I spend time practicing for it.
It depends on what the audience is focusing on.
*I will put Evil Reversed in Round 2 since my final touch up for it is on August 19th (instead of August 18th)
From Graphic Designer To Illustration Animator
This is complicated to explain.
So since the time I started focusing on art, which was my freshman year of University (18yrs old), I was lost on what to focusing on.
I wanted to study Animation but I want to draw something different than American comic character style, I want my own style of character (IAM), I was told I should draw Japanese style characters, which is Anime/ Manga style because it reduces my artistic style. Also, I was a newbie for art industry so I was not sure that there is more than an animator who draw step by step character movement, for example, visual developer, concept designer, costume designer, storyboard artist, timer, and more.
So I decide to study illustration, hoping that I can draw animation book cover or animation editorial. But there is something still missing. I can illustrate a story or something verbal into something visual but my illustration professor expect to be out of the box, not to make something obvious. I PREFER OBVIOUS VISUAL. :( this might be me being wrong, but I am not an abstract artist. I want people to think straight at the meaning, not to think to deep into something that they do not need too. However, I still stick with Illustration, because I also heard that illustration can be obvious as well, depending on what the client expect me to do (if I work for a client).
At the same time, the pressure of future job had impacted so much on me. I was fear to be anything but a graphic designer. Enough people told me that artist, an animator will not have a future and graphic design is a higher position in art major. I was scared of my family disappointment so I chose to do graphic design. I WAS SO WRONG. After 3 years learning graphic design, I know for myself that I can give my best in class under professor instruction but graphic design is not something I will be loyal when I leave the class. I enjoy Graphic Design as what it is. I learned so much from it so I will continue studying graphic design. But Graphic design is not something I want to do as my future job. I can create many great graphic designs but since it is not my passionate, I do not think I can make anything big out of it. I mean I do not deserve it.
My Graphic Design Professors always give me top grades, I can understand because I gave my full effort in everything I do.
But if I do not have passionate for graphic design, I do not think about it when I came out from the graphic design zone.
And while working on Little Hero, I realized how much I do not belong to graphic design but instead an Animator. So in my 21st year, I confessed to my Dad, who is the head of my family. I believe he accepts the truth now.
I no longer have the pressure of graphic design on my back anymore!
21 yrs old really is the year of TURNING!!!
From Japanese Anime style
I love Anime and Manga, but I do not want to draw the traditional big, sparkled eyes and V shape face.
Also, I am studying abroad in America, I tried to fit in with Western Art culture. So a lot of people told me something like "you need to be open than that, do not get influence but Japanese Anime style so much" or "Japanese, Asian characters does not fit Western illustration, it should be something that does not involve a specific culture". I totally understand that. So I tried my best to draw something different than anime. Actually, I avoided Anime.
So I made IAM Character
But I want to draw something more realistic and have a culture for it. Personality, my love for Japanese culture is so big. It has a bigger impact on me than my own country, Vietnam. So after 3 years losing direction I chose Japanese culture as my concept.
I do not like to draw random character style that I do not have the feeling for. For anime at least it is because of my love for Japanese culture, plus I also appreciate that anime and manga exist. I was so depressed, I did not have the confidence to draw want I want to draw because I was afraid of judges like I mention above. But I know for myself that I will stick with Japanese culture no matter what. Then I passed by an artist called Sarah Graybill, everything about her art is about my art, what made me surprise is her technique of tea remind me of my high school days when I always dye my paper with tea and also, she also influenced by Japanese culture too. She reminded me so much of what had always wanted to do. I thought to myself, she can be successful doing what she want to do, so why can't I.
Thanks to her, I remember my old technique and have the confidence in creating Little Hero.
But as I mention, I do not like that tradition anime/manga character style, I prefer it to have the realistic impact so it turns out I will call my character SEMI-REALISTIC ANIME STYLE.
Q: I believe this style already exist right?
Of course, choosing style is for my Personal Art Work only, when it comes to work I do not stay in my own box. I can draw Western character style whenever I need to.
To know more about Little Hero Japanese concept, you can check out this ENTRY of mine.
I believe if I always have the free month to practice like this, I will master the skill that I want to learn. Sadly I only have one. However, since I already confess to my dad, there is less pressure on my shoulder. From now on, event hough I will not have the time like Round 1, I will try my best to practice as much as I can especially continue practicing sketching! Obviously, these are not the best. but for a big turn in life, IT MEANS SO MUCH for me.
I always feel guilty telling my fan before whenever they ask me how can I draw this and that so well. I would tell them to practice and learn anatomy as if I did those myself. The thing is, even if I wanted to I still have lack of chances to practice. However, I always believe that sketching and practicing is the best way to improve drawing, I do not want other to fail like I did.
Sorry guys, for lying but yes, now I am confident to say "I studied, research, sketch and continuously practiced!!!