My older sketches I had a bad habit of flying blindly, kind of winging it, having good days and bad days and never knowing why.
Awkward moments in experimenting:
A few weeks back I started using a colored paper texture. For some reason I love the idea that I am drawing on parchment. But here I started style searching, what habits help vs. the habits that don't.
This development is nowhere near complete. Despite things feeling easier and more comfortable to work on, I still make huge mistakes. Especially when working on the 30 minute spit-paintings. They have been royally beating me down, but I try to learn from all of my mistakes.
Speed paintings tend to make me anxious. So I try to do some sketches where I don't burden myself with time. I've been referencing the top 10 steps to illustration however and it seems to help. These are also not fully refined, but it's a start.
(10 “Easy” Steps To Illustration: http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-easy-steps-to-illustration.html)
Current works in progress:
I feel it's important to keep finishing what I start, even if it goes against newer techniques. That way I don't excel in one area while falling back in others. At the moment I am working on the swordsman, it was created using a different thought process than most of my other works. Therefore I want to see how far I can go with it.
There you have it, all my free time has been going towards improvement... At least I hope so, I don't want to be a mediocre artist anymore.