I’m about to haul ass down to Glasgow for a couple of days, so I’m afraid I don’t have much time for one of my signature rambles about believing in yourself or how deep my anxiety goes. I’ll keep this one short.
This is a link to a forum thread in which user MindCandyMan posts his paintings and sketches consistently over the course of ten years. Starting as an absolute beginner, you can track his progress from wobbly shapes and faces (that resemble my own efforts) to detailed paintings that only a fool would be ashamed to put on display. It’s an astonishing journey. It took him ten years, but the progress he makes, even in a matter of months, is clearly visible. Though I’m always parrotting that improving in anything requires nothing more than time and the belief that you can always do better, it’s always nice to have it reinforced.
Rotoscoping (or in other words, tracing) isn’t nearly the same thing as what MindCandyMan did, but it does require a certain amount of skill to be good at it – you need to know which features to highlight, and which to leave out. I’m not very good at it, but just as an example, here’s a still shot of the first frame I drew and the last significant frame from my crunch fortnight:
April 27th, 2011
April 18th 2012
It won’t be hanging in the Kelvingrove any time soon, but the difference reassures me. I hope it provides some comfort to those of you who feel like you’ll never get any better. You will. It just takes time and the belief that you can do better.
Now, off to Glasgow.