Around a year ago, I sat down with Jurassic Park on tv to do a drawing with a photo as reference. It took me the whole movie and the result was the first photo. I was so proud! That pumped me up to start drawing more, because I never realized I could produce that! Yesterday, I sat down with the same photo as reference and did my best again, and the result was the second photo. One year of practicing nearly everyday (and that semi-realistic colored style isn’t even my usual style!) and I can clearly see my improvement. I’m now starting to work with illustration and I’m so happy and so proud.
If you’re scared to try any kind of art, take this as a sign to go do it. It takes practice and passion and lots of patience, but you will improve and look back and be proud of yourself. Enjoy every step of the way, don’t be afraid to risk new things and congratulate yourself even for stuff that didn’t turn out exactly like you wanted (which will probably be most of it - after all, neither of those drawings looks like Hayley Williams, who was my reference, but I might get there next year lol).
The Mute Swan 🦢 is a pastel work I did two years ago in 2018. Swans are my favorite animal (besides cats 🐆). My art teacher told me that I shouldn’t try to recreate a white animal, because it was “too hard” to do. I hate it when I’m told I cannot do something. So, I went and I proved that I could - I ended up with the best work in the class and all in a two hour session on a Saturday morning (December 1, 2018); I woke up, got the pre-meassured paper 14x11 (approximately), sat down with a large mug of coffee and got the job done in two hours. It is my favourite piece I’ve done 🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍
You can do absolutely anything in the world. Just remember that you CAN and it will be. Remember: what you think, you become. What you are, you attract. So attract positive and beautiful things by expecting them and living positively.