Constant Improvement

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Every artist strives for constant improvement.  Our aim is for each picture to be better than the one before, to learn something new from each project and to make people happy with the finished result.

Simple?

Not always.  Some projects are a dream, some are a battle but if we learn something from each one then nothing is wasted.

Some artists fill journals and sketchbooks with studies and sketches or mini paintings.  I just launch into a project and see what happens.  Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.

My work has evolved so much since I started sharing it with everyone.  For a start, it was mainly abstract to begin with.  Then I started my 30 day challenge in June 2009

http://blog.raspberrydoodles.co.uk/2009/06/30-day-challenge-day-1/

30 pieces of art in 30 days

How on earth did I manage that?

Somewhere in there I discovered that I loved drawing animals.

I have not stopped since.

Today I was going to take some drawings to be mounted and framed and came across some of my old drawings in my portfolio.  I realised how far I have come since those first images.

That was then

This is now

That was then

This is now

My work has become much finer and more refined in the past 3 years.  I have learned that practice leads to improvement, I have learned how to blend colours better and create more depth and texture in my drawings.  I have learned that simple things like good pencils and a decent sharpener make all the difference to any work.  I have learned what every one of my pencils do and how to make that work for me.  I have learned and improved but there is still plenty room for improvement.

The drawings take a lot longer to complete but I think that it is worth it.  I am glad I kept the old work, it is good to compare and see the progress and improvement I have made.  I would love to hear your comments or your experiences so please share 🙂

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3 Comments

  • June
    March 14, 2012

    When you were last up you spoke of someone, don’t know who, mentioning how much you had improved. You know I have always enjoyed your work but I understand what this person was talking about. The improvement is amazing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t an artist. You deserve the title of professional. Your hard work is evident. x

  • Pamela
    June
    March 14, 2012

    Thank you so much. You have been with me the whole time and I appreciate it.

    Wish I could form an intelligent reply to it but just have a lovely warm fuzzy feeling 🙂

  • Eileen
    April 10, 2012

    I love that your drawings have become so much more subtle and blended – so difficult to do and requires a lot of patience – something I still have to work on! x

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