In my high school years, unbeknownst to literally everyone around me, one of my favorite things to do in my spare time was to browse DeviantArt. On this smorgasbord of "artwork" (I use that term loosely, because, well, DeviantArt), the most interesting posts to me were the ones where artists that I respected posted a sort of timeline of their own artistic journey from when they began to where they were then.
It was positively inspiring.
There I was, age 14-18, looking at a majestic landscape or hyper-realistic portrait and thinking to myself, "They must have been born with this talent." These timeline-esque posts proved to me time and time again that these very people also started with the same sketches of their favorite cartoon characters that we all used to do, somehow giving them even more disproportionately larger limbs than the cartoon themselves. The CARTOON. Let's face it, we all sucked.
Recently, I found an old sketchbook that I had started using in high school, and had lasted me until last year, where I started getting into more typography and lettering. Although this timeline of mine was sporadic for 10 pages, and then nearly every other day for the past few months, one thing that baffled me was whether or not I actually improved, or, as the title of this post says, "evolved".
I think it's safe to say that a lot of the techniques I've picked up have helped me improve, but at the same time there is a part of me that definitely sees how things haven't changed much. There's a quote that goes, "The more things change, the more things stay the same." (I don't know who actually said it, but I do know that Kunoichi of the Samurai Warriors series says it /nerd.) I think this is very true for my craft. One thing is for certain, though. While I used to be very good at coloring inside the lines, I've cracked my knuckles so much growing up that my now-unsteady hands are no longer capable of such a feat. Oh, how time has changed us all.
So, for all those out there who consider themselves artists, my question for you is: have you evolved in your craft? And what is one thing that hasn't changed since you began?