Or I've been on DA foreverOriginally my account was Evlon but I left dA for about a year due to internet connectivity issues, and later forgot my login info, hence why I'm now EvlonArts (though formally it was under the terrible name evlon-shape-shifter !) Meaning I actually joined dA back in 2003~ During this time I've grown a fucking lot as an artist. I don't even have any of my 2003 works on digital copy, so you'll have to make due with some 2006 things (because I -really- don't want to see if I have them still and scan them and shit) Also instead of digging through storage for things (since I can't really, this account doesn't go back that far!) How about I just slap the improvement meme I already had up! I feel like this still says a lot of where I'm from as an artist and where I'm at now!
But wait! It's not 2012 anymore now is it? Better have some new stuff am I right?
2013!was pretty hectic for me. I lost my grandfather and graduated college all at the same time. I don't think I knew if I should stop or work harder so I kinda did both. I pushed myself to improve even after I graduated, but then I'd stop for long periods of time, because I just couldn't feel like drawing anything. In truth I lost over half the people I used to do art for (my maternal grandparents) They always had pushed me to improve my work, and encouraged it however they could (even if that DID mean watching Fantasia every Friday night for a year)
But I also got a lot more into photography as an art form. It was so different than my usual that in my mind it's not really connected to everything else that I do as art. Though I can't help realizing how much my grandpa would have loved all the car photography as much as I do!
2014!Still feels like it's just begun to me! I always feel like August is the halfway mark, even though it's actually 2 months past the real half mark XD
I switched my focus to try and really improve just my general anatomy and structure when drawing. I pushed it hard for months to just try and make it "perfect". This meant a lot of studying, researching and then correcting, correcting and CORRECTING sketches before lining and colouring them.
Most of this came out as breed sets (or loads of never finished sketches!) Mostly because dogs are one of my strong points, so it was easier to focus realism without learning a whole new thing. I've always found that when I improve in one area, I have a lot of just over all improvement in my work, this was what my aim was.
Also during all this I worked on making my portfolio website smoother and more professional looking. Either by updating the gallery scripts or just tweaking flow. I wanted to stay busy and improving even after a year out of college. My biggest fear is becoming a "stagnate" artist, that is to stop bettering my work. I love being able to look back even a few months and go "wow that looks like shit compared to this thing I just did"
Speaking of! Those are all a few months old, meaning yep I'm better now. I haven't been posting a lot here since I wanted to make a really nice display for the "updated" versions of some of these, but I haven't decided how I want to do that exactly. I decided to calm down on the realism push and swing back into a more comfortable toony look. I still made tons of improvement, and it shows even with a more relaxed look, just in the weight and structure of the pieces.
There you go, some stuff on my dA story
Also I find that I post to tumblr way more than dA anymore, since it's just easier for wips/sketches/ect, but I do still plan to continue posting finished works here! (Even if I am a bit slow to post as evidenced by the last 3 pieces haha)