Another Blast From the Past!
With nothing new on my mind to post about today, I thought we could take a trip down memory lane, and show you all an example of my "art" from the long-since past. I do this to offer inspiration to all you young and old wanna-be ink slingers out there, so that, no matter how good you think your drawing is, there is always room for improvement.
The illustration at left is a full page splash from issue #1 of "Kaptain Keen & Kompany", a comic book published by Vortex Comics in the mid-eighties, written and drawn by me and my bestest pal and uber-talent Gary Fields. (We each had our own characters by the way, Gary wasn't responsible for this piece.)
The book lasted 5 glorious issues, and by then the public had spoken, and it was cancelled.
At the time I did this drawing, I was pretty pleased with it, but when I look at it now, I cringe. The big dinosaur thingy looks good, but when you look at it now, you can see that that figure was pretty much all I was interested in drawing. Don't the other figures and backrounds look a but "rushed" to you? They do to me.
However, looking back at your old work with a critical eye isn't a bad thing. As an "artist" you should always be trying to do better and learn from your mistakes. If you're pleased with something you did twenty years ago (or even a week ago), maybe you haven't evolved too much. This is probably true of a lotta things in life.
So, little artist, while I am not pleased with this drawing now, the 25 year-old that did it in me is. I'm sure that in any of the work I do today that pleases me, I will be critical of in the future (maybe as soon as tomorrow). So take heart.
That's my chunk of wisdom for today. Next time, back to the usual nonsense.