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Progress meme: '10s (updated for 2018)
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Published: December 11, 2014
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I've already posted an improvement meme before, starting from the time I took up drawing back in 2001, but it started to get a bit unwieldy after 2012. I'd still like to continue updating it each year though, so I figured I'd make a new one and focus only on the current decade. You can find the earlier one here. My comments for 2010-2012 can be found there, as well.

2013 - Starting in 2012, I'd begun to sink further into a festering hole of depression, and 2013 was where it really started to build steam. Things like madness, hopelessness, loss of control, desperation and delusion were on my mind as I painted, along with the ever-present death wish, which may or may not be apparent to anyone but myself. Even though it was often extremely difficult, I kept painting. Sometimes it helped, often it didn't. Toward the end of the year, I pared down the amount of work I did to the bare minimum (professional obligations only), hoping that the lack of pressure would help me, but it did nothing except trigger a lot of self-flagellation for being "lazy". I actually painted some things during this year that I still really like to this day, but there was very little joy in it for me at the time. I switched back and forth a lot between Sai and Photoshop, and my main focus was achieving the atmosphere, themes, and aesthetic I wanted to portray. This frustrated me a lot because I usually didn't even know what the hell it was I wanted.

2014 - This was the year that my mental state took its final nose dive. I found it increasingly difficult to paint even the smallest amount. Yet, I pushed myself to do it even though it was the very last thing I felt like doing. Some of the things I painted this year I now see as crap, but the fact that I was actually able to make them at all was pretty remarkable for the time. After I started getting treatment, I gradually started to enjoy painting again and was once more able to focus on what I was doing. I've tried to stop cracking the whip on myself to produce art at an inhuman rate, and thus have found ideas a little easier to come by. My goals are now just to make art that I like, and to focus more on quality than quantity. I'm still not sure where I want to go with my art (or my life, for that matter), but I'm feeling better about it now at the very least.

2015 - Things have started to look up this year. I've not felt quite so blocked (although it still happens often, I just don't get so discouraged over it). I've improved in areas like backgrounds, since I've been working on it. I'm still not 100% happy with my art, but then again, what artist is? I'm still trying to find some sort of direction to go in. I've been using Sai less and Painter more. During the first part of the year, I played around with a more stylized, lined drawing style which was lots of fun, and became hooked on Once Upon a Time, which seeped into my art a bit with several fairy tale paintings. I'd say overall, this has been a year of experimentation- which isn't a bad thing at all.

2016 - My work this year was a lot more focused. Midyear I cut back on my workload a lot because the well was running dry, and as I result I was able to spend more time on the fewer paintings I did. This worked out pretty well, as I was able to put more detail in them, take my time, and I think they benefited from it.

2017 - I didn't seem to make a lot of progress this year, likely due to stress and anxiety from various sources. Quantity suffered, but fortunately quality did not. I started doing this thing where I just start drawing and spread out from there until I get a full picture, which results in an eclectic yet satisfying picture. #whateverworks

2018 - I played around a lot with traditional media this year (much of which I did not post here, but rest assured, it happened) but digital remains my beloved favorite. I made a couple of paintings this year that I really like, and I played with some of my other non-Amethyst Eyes characters a little. Not much technical improvement, but hopefully 2019 will change that.

See earlier years here.
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Sfinga's avatar
This is a lot of improvement over the years :D It's always so amazing and inspiring to see things like this
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AryPurple|Hobbyist Artist
It's a very nice job! I am impressed !
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HazelRose3637|Professional General Artist
This is all beautiful work! I can't wait to see what else you create!! Love 
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SinisterSugar|Hobbyist General Artist
Keep experimenting, youre heading in a really interesting macabre dream direction!
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KenLit|Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, experimentation is definitely a good thing. Nifty little details and new discoveries is always what really drives the work.
I wish you even more happy moments of light in 2016 :)
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damnjames|Hobbyist General Artist
It's great to see your progress like this, you can see your growth from awesome to completely frickin amazing! Thanks for all your inspiration and true talent: heart:
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wow your art are so awesome Clap 
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