Self portrait in 2017.
I’ve been posting my art online for 10 years now, starting with Deviantart. I dug through all of my art accounts to assemble this collection of self-portraits posted since then.
Materials use range from ink to pastels to watercolor to digital art. I realized this is probably not a good representation of my art in general, but interesting nonetheless. Looking at it, there’s isn’t a clear sense of progression or pattern. If anything, the styles and materials chosen were a product of the circumstances e.g. access to drawing tablet => more digital art, or more free time => more art.
- 2003-2007: I was learning how to draw, very inspired by the Japanese manga style.
- 2007: Still very manga-inspired. Started digital art. Lots of dodging and burning in Phototshop. Graduated secondary school and wanted to go to art school. All I did in my free time was draw.
- 2008: Got into marker pens. Learned Matlab from my dad and decided to major in Computer Science.
- 2009: Did a lot more mixed media and digital art.
- 2010: Colored pencils and Artist Trading Cards (ATC) phase. ATCs are baseball card-sized pieces of art that you trade with other artists worldwide.
- 2011: Started doing vector art and graphic design part-time on campus for GUTS.
- 2012: Polished up on digital art. Got better at Photoshop and Illustrator.
- 2013: This was a really good year for art. Got pretty good at using the tablet at work to create vector art. Experimented with self-referential comics. All the outfits drawn, I actually wore. Graduated college.
- 2014: Lost a lot of momentum when I started working full time at a job I did not love.
- 2015 - 2016: I did very little art during this time. Somehow, this makes me really sad. In a way I stopped being an important part of who I used to be.
- 2017: I’m making a comeback. Inktober 2017 has been a good start.