I draw from references most of the time and I blame it on my lack of skills and techniques in illustration.
Had I been more attentive and put in effort during those art lessons back in school, I would probably google less when trying to draw human anatomy now.
An idea or concept comes to mind and I find it challenging to successfully depict in pictorial form just from imagination.
I would struggle and in the end, rely on google to get assorted images that would 'piece' together nicely to express my idea/concept. These form my 'collection of references' before an abstract idea conceptualises to visible marks on paper.
Made little attempts at times (such as the illustrations above), to draw solely from imagination. I would definitely need more practice and confidence to do this more often!
B&W has been my usual palette in 2016, ever since I began this illustration journey, I used to think that colours 'ruined'' my illustrations coz' I'm really bad at it (not that my illustrations are awesome to begin with, just comparatively better).
Maybe it's my impatience or my lack of skills... In 2017, I've decided to 'challenge the status quo' and experiment more with colours. Afterall, I do like colours :)
Before I go on, I'm going to KIV this page for my re-reading another day -
Understanding The Difference Between Type And Letteriing
Above images are my first 'serious' attempts at hand-lettering. LOL. Lots more to learn from artists below (will be adding on to this list) and hopefully one day I'll be able to share insights and tips from my own experiences in hand-lettering ...
Dawn - http://bydawnnicole.com/hand-type-tips
Karin Luttenberg - http://paperfuel.nl/stuff-paperfuel.php
Drawing is never my forte, let alone illustration. But it has always been a dream, to be able to express my thoughts and feelings through illustrations. Started the IG account, drawmakesnap, earlier this year (2016) was the bravest thing I did coz' I knew my illustrations were not 'up-to-it'. I started the IG with the hope that I'll improve my illustrations day-to-day, be motivated by fellow startup illustrators, experts in the field, the illustration community or anyone who cares or appreciates my drawings. I've made new friends on IG and gained a lot of insights from successful illustrators like, 'Marloes De Vries'. I love the quote from her above..
'Don't let yourself be guided by what others think of your drawings, but do what you like doing. If it makes you happy, continue...'
Read more about the talented illustrator in the link below.
Was truly inspired by David Litchfield's 'A Drawing A Day' Project and I'm excited to begin one myself. In his TED video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nclSb-MlAxo, he shared about how the critiques from the online community improved his style and made him the illustrator he call himself today..
In another interview with http://visualstrands.com/see/an-interview-with-illustrator-david-litchfield/, he shared:
"I have met so many nice people in the short time I have been working in the industry. In other professions I have been in, people are always wanting to get one over on each other or have a really ‘dog eat dog’ approach to work. But illustrators all seem to be in it together, encouraging each other, collaborating, sharing ideas, etc. It’s a really lovely profession full of lovely people."
This is such a comfort and I do share the same sentiments as I browse and read about other illustrators, their experiences, their learning curves and how encouraging they are towards amateurs and aspiring illustrators-wanna-be like myself. Thank you! I'll keep learning and improving myself and hopefully one day... I can call myself an illustrator.