Why do I ask you to read the description?
Well, I'd like to ask you not to judge me too harshly this year. Compared to my past summaries, you can easily see that I continued to get better and better- until this year, the magical feeling of 2016 seems to be gone. I apologize. 2017 turned out to be a year like a nightmare for me. From January - July, I wrote my master thesis at university. From the beginning of May on, I also worked in a full time job (not art-related). Meanwhile, I was learning Arabic and -in addition- worked as an illustrator for a museum. Plus, it's a 1.5 hour train ride (one way) to my workplace and museum meetings were every Friday evening. Most nights, I was lucky if I caught 4 hours of sleep. This made me learn a whole new definition of the word "exhaustion".
That's why you rarely saw anything of me this year. Actually, I was
drawing quite a lot, but these weren't drawings I could show to you: Either they need to remain secret until now, or the were technical drawings too boring for deviantart. Ironically, I just saw in the comment to my art summary of 2016 that I hoped for a chance to learn something new. Well, that much came true: Through tons of technical drawings, I learned to concentrate on extreme detail. By drawing the mascot of the museum project, I also trained drawing humans in exciting poses + developing characters. And finally, I had to learn the basics of digital painting real fast. At least I think that 2017 did not throw me back in progress, but made me train harder to become a better artist.
Also, I could afford to buy a great graphic tablet!
On the downside: I was often so extremely exhausted that my private projects suffered. As you can see above, my fantasy drawings clearly lost some of their magic. The reason was simply the huge lump in my stomach that reminded me at all times that I should not be drawing fantasy, but go on with the museum stuff. Or learn- or maybe go to sleep, so I would get an hour more of it. I was constantly tired and worried... So my greatest wish for 2018 is to regain some inner peace and reduce the stress level, so I'll be able to lose myself in painting fantasy landscapes again once in a while.
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