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as they say, tis the season!

i normally don't add much commentary to my art posts, but this is gonna be one of the exceptions. if you're interested in more personal insights, open up that readmore (assuming i can get it to work lol)! a bit of warning for quarantine talk under the cut, in case you're trying to avoid that.


i went through a few major phases of experimentation this year. january-march, i was very very interested in color and light. i wanted everything to be colorful and shimmery and ethereal, almost. i would add lots of little nuances of colors to my highlights to do this. i did a couple art challenges- and in february, for the first time ever, i drew every single day of the month! woo!

initially, quarantine didn't really affect my art. in march, i was just coming home from school and getting an extra week of break for some virus that wasn't really present in the US yet. the biggest inconvenience was the fact that i'd only come home from spring break with enough clothes for a week. suddenly, spring break was lengthened and i had nothing to wear. they let us come and pick things up, still thinking it was just a long spring break. a week or two later, they told us we could just go ahead and move out. again, i don't think this affected my art, except for the fact that i was drawing a bit less. it's 4 hours to my college campus and 4 hours back, and we were making a lot of trips to get things as the news changed. so... a bit less time to sit and draw.

april rolled around, i got sick of how fuzzy all my art looked, and i decided that i wanted less blending, stronger lighting, and more defined shapes and forms. i wanted to go far more painterly with stuff, and get some stylization back. this continued into may and june. i was starting to get a bit more stressed here- don't know how much that showed in my art, but eh.

in late may, i started prepping for artfight. i did a lot of refs and stuff, less painting. ditto in june- i was busy organizing character stuff and getting refs ready, since i normally don't paint really good refs for other people. it was a bit of a struggle finding things for these months, since i really was so laser focused on artfight prep that i wasn't doing much other work.

july was hectic as hell. again, very tough finding art, since i did 20-25 paintings for artfight and nothing for myself except a few late references. i also had some other stuff going on- my sister was getting married, so i had to fuss with travel during a pandemic. i burnt out late in the month and stopped drawing quite as much.

in august, i was still mostly recovering from artfight and artfight prep. i started experimenting with composition and some other art styles that weren't quite so draining. in september, i started to venture back into painting, but was still toying more consciously with composition. i placed more focus on backgrounds and positioning characters in a scene. i honestly just did not have the energy to render more portraits yet lmfao. i also tried playing with texture and some new brushes. also, i was getting a lot of commissions around this time, and painting more for those and less for myself. my commissions were my best foot forward, and my own art was stress release and experimentation.

honestly i was going nuts in october. school was stressful and i had simultaneously way too much and way too little time to myself, if that makes any sense at All. i decided i wanted to draw less but put more time and detail into individual pieces. i decided to stop doing this after one piece that i spent 2-3 hours drawing a stained glass window on. still, i was focusing a lot more on backgrounds, composition, and color. not so much on the characters, they were just parts of the scene.

november was... okay? i didn't even notice it, nor did i really know my art trends in november. i barely drew because i was so stressed over exams and preparing my juries. i did a lot of small doodling, and not much else. honestly, the piece i put for november... was actually drawn on the 2nd day of december. i just wanted to show it and my more recent december piece, since i feel like they're both more interesting than whatever i was up to in november.

sooo, december. i test out realistic paint studio because i really want my brushes to have more texture to them, and it's on sale. it lags like hell, though, and it's not really usable. i watch a few speedpaints in the program to see how it alters workflow, i take some notes, and i go off to find some new clip studio paint brushes. things have worked out pretty well so far, and i'm starting to find a better balance of light and shadow. i'd played with it earlier in the year before getting burnt out. and i'm finally back to doing portraits again! lately i've been feeling a bit more deliberate in my color choice and lighting, and i've been playing with some stock textures to add some extra Oomph.

so Yeah. that was my art of 2020. i do think that, while i've regressed in so many other ways this year, my art at least continued to improve :'^)! i'm not gonna say i'm looking forward to 2021, but i do at least know i can continue to grow and develop my craft.


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