First things first: it's beyond clear to me that this project has improved my drawing skills exponentially. Of course, I predicted that this would be the case from the very beginning. Art and art-making is really no different than anything else that is done on a regular basis, such as practicing a musical instrument. In other words, the more you do it, the better you get.
But something that has changed that I suppose I should have predicted, but I never actually put into words: I now draw much faster. I have always been a very meticulous art-maker, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but this would always translate into working very slowly. And this, of course, would often make the process drag along.
Secondly, I love taking chances with my art, without worrying about possible failure. I really liked the cartoonish image of myself. But once I added the hand, I liked the drawing less. Once I added the dragonfly, I liked it even less. And when I added the bird...okay, you see where I'm going. I can't say that this drawing is a failure, but I will readily admit that this is not my most successful either. I am of the firm belief that an artist should never set such high expectations for themselves that they would suggest each subsequent artwork MUST be better than the previous one. When a person establishes that kind of goal, they are only setting themselves up for failure.
#134 March 4, 2011, Pen