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Sunday
May062012

No shame in my Game.

There is a common sentiment among artist that it's somewhat painful to view their past works.  I don't understand or relate to this phenomenon.  In fact, one of my favorite things to do is pick up old sketch books and see what and how I was drawing in the past.  

I drew this character four years ago to the day. 5/9/2008

My philosophy is as long as I try and do my best work everytime then there's no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed in the future.  Thinking this way really frees me up not only to look at my old work, but also keeps me from having self doubt about the projects I'm currently working on.  I don't have to be the best I just need to do my best.     

 

Drawn on 5-30-2010

Reader Comments (1)

You're no rembrandt! ;) But one day if you paint with the skill of one, I agree there'd be no cause for trashing everything you'd done to become the artist/storyteller that you are. I think its fair to feel a bit silly about piece or book youve done in that maybe we as artist are skmetimes deluded as to the actual impact that are current work could have only to look back later and recogize what was missing. progression is key. As long as you're still working at it is all that matters. And hopefully your work is appealing throughout the climb towards great, as i find to be the case with your work. There are pieces ive done im not proud of, many if which have been buried alive beneath fresh paint and new ideas.

keep up the posting

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjosh

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