A-AHH THESE MESSAGES HAVE BEEN SITTING FOREVER IN MY INBOX (AMONG COUNTLESS OTHERS……) AND JUST
THANK U LIKE FORREAL I JUST WEAR A SHIT-EATING GRIN EVERY TIME I SEE THESE SO I MIGHT AS WELL RESPOND SO TY SO MUCH HERE’S ANOTHER MIZUK AND HIS MUSCLES
Let’s take a glance at exhibit A:
2007 || It’s like mahou shoujo hell.
This was one of the earliest pictures I posted online back when I was around 14/15. I was very much set into the manga-esque style of art because I relied on Christopher Hart books and a variety of other How To Draw Manga books to develop my art. I wasn’t very creative, to be honest, and really, it was the only thing I really liked.
I used to believe there was a set of ‘rules’ I had to follow in order to draw and I was stuck in a rut because of that. Of course, over time, the longer I drew the more I developed my style.
2008 || I was a big fan of Rock Band, you see.
2009 || Yo, I got a better grip on anatomy, how rad.
You can see how big of a difference one year can make.
I also used to be very jealous of other artists because I was convinced I could do better than them with practice, but it was such a negative mindset that it actually hindered my progress. You know what I found out? When you open up and actually admire other people’s artwork, you find what you like about it and try to incorporate it somehow into yours - you could like the way someone drew a nose or lips or how they colored something. I slowly incorporated that into my style by finding what I liked, why I liked it, and making it mine. I’ve stopped ignoring advice and instead used it to my advantage because holy shit it works.
2011 || Old concept art for different face styles.
By experimenting with what you like, you can make a lot of progress in finding what you’re looking for. Slowly you stop giving a shit about what other people expect of you and you start realizing what it is you like and what to be known for.
2012 || HOLY SHIT I CAN DRAW LEGS
Drawing became just a shit-ton more fun because I was learning and finding my own niche and I stopped trying to stick to “rules”. You know you’ve hit a milestone when you’ve stopped using How To Draw books as a diehard rulebook and instead simply used it for reference. Around this time, I felt way safer using real-life reference and finding a way to turn in into my stylistic choice instead of trying to mimic it exactly how it appears. Your art stops becoming completely restricted in a little box and instead something you can use to express how you see the beauty in things.
2013 || Obligatory example of my baby
2014 || My 15-year-old self would just weep.
LONG STORY LATER, my style has changed drastically over the last seven years, and I still have even older drawings when I was still in middle school. I like to look back once in a while to see just how far I’ve come and I can proudly say that my 7-year-old self would just shit their pants to see that this is where I’ll have progressed.
Even now, I’m still learning new things and finding ways to progress. I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve progressed so much and crossed so many milestones that it’s just so great to look back at where I used to be and see where I’ve come today. It can be a very humbling experience, too.
In my personal opinion, there’s no natural talent. Maybe people have a better eye for things, who knows. In the end, it’s hard work and diligence that trumps everything else. The harder you work and the more you practice and the more you open yourself to learning and taking advice, the farther you’ll get.