Here's entry one for the "Draw This Again" contest. Way back in 2005 I started drawing this character called Jarren. A few dreams, experiences, and lots of thinking later, Jarren and his fellow compadres turned into main characters in a story I am still, to this day, working on.
Edit: I'm really happy for been selected among the 50 semi-finalist It was an unexpected surprise: I saw loads of messages this late morning and I was perplexed at first...until I found out the selection Thank you for all the comments and favs. I really appreciate it and I hope to be able to thank all of you soon However a global thank you for the ones that I couldn't thank properly
The old piece was made in 2012, April 6th and I finished the new one in September 30th.
I was almost giving up of doing this 'cause I started drawing this in the last week of the contest and everything went wrong for me: the weather was dark (because of the rain) and I couldn't see rightly, half of my house was without electricity, I accidentally crumpled the paper and had to make another drawing, I spilled water on my drawing, and after all, I got sick! Holy crap, I will never let things to do at the last moment again!
But although it was not that fun to do, I've learned a lot of things about eyes and now I feel more confident to draw them.
I decided to remake this old pixel art thing of my original character Wisp but in an art nouveau inspired style. If I could go back in time and be an artist of some other period, I would definitely choose the whole aesthetic, art nouveau, craftsman timeframe. And not to go all Ruskinian on everyone but no strokes in this one! All outlines are slightly wobbly and infused with the soul of the artist… yada yada. Used myself as a reference as usual.
Was planning to redo this again one day, so this was a good opportunity.
Since 2008 I've improved my drawing skills considerably, although in this piece it may seem very subtle. My handling of folds in clothing and my line weight has improved. In terms of composition and storytelling skills, I've redrawn the foreground character to add a little more interest. Instead of him looking like just another young character, I've placed more expression in his face to indicate he might not be too happy with what the other guy has in his hands. By also removing the cards from the FG's character it removes the focus on that area as well and brings it back to the center character. I added a few lighting touches here and there to add more form to them, as well as adding the hand on the female, because hands are a great tool of expression.
And here I thought that I hadn't made much improvement since 2008. I'm kind of blown away at the moment! XD I'm so proud of myself!
This "draw it again" challange has really showed me that all my hard work with my art has payed off!
Not only do I see a difference in anatomy, colours and shading, but also in composition and "life" in the drawing itself. I've also gotten a bit better at backgrounds, even though I'm still working on that, haha! XD
When I drew "The Sea of Dream" back in 2008 I was very proud of it. That's why I chose that one to draw again. It's always easier to redraw an illustration that you never put much work into. And as I said, I really wanted to challange myself with this!
I'm still very much in love with the giraffe/Lapras hybrid and the green elephant king! I pushed myself to my limit and I'm very pleased with myself at the moment, haha
Edit: Semifinal? Oh my... O.O Thank you so much! I'm very honored!
I also find it interesting that so many seem to like the older version better, haha! I kind of knew it was coming, because it's quite usual in these sort of things. I guess that in the end it's a lot about style.
My style in 2008 were very mainstream, and my biggest artistic influences at that time were Naruto and Prince of Tennis (That I know a LOT of people enjoy). It's a simple style that I know that many can take to heart. ^^
Though that wasn't really the style I wanted. I knew in my heart that I wanted something different, and more my own... So I started experimenting with style. Looked at a lot of illustrators that I liked, and now, 4 years later.... I have finally started to like my style. It's a style like this that I wanted in 2008 but just couldn't do properly then.
Something a bit more unique and that feels more like me.