Cleaning up folders means unlocking the various velocities of horror from the past. Let's take a trip down memory lane shall we?
And I feel like I've made no progress at all haha.
So the oldest work I've found was from 2004. It's 2014. It has been 10 years. So I've decided to compile my journey of 10 years! 10 freaking years! Good God am I a fossil or what? I'll walk you guys through what I can remember from each year.
2004 - It's not really the start of my drawing days. I've been drawings since I was 2 according to my mom. Is that even logical? I thought babies only started to walk at 2. So as you can see. I suck. But this was the start of my marker obsession.
2005 - I still suck really.
2006 - There were some major changes here I believe. This was my first year of art college and so that sort of helped with my proportions and color choices. I still sucked though.
2007 - I think many who have known me during this time might've agreed. This was one of my better years. In my old account, this was the peak of my manga days I think.
2008 - The end of art college and moving into fashion design. Still at my peak but also the peak of different magnitudes of unnecessary dramas. I was so full of myself back here and I do wish if I could've change it... well, who am I kidding. I wouldn't change it. I need to take a big fall.
2009 - This was sort of my downfall. I didn't draw as much, I was too focused on fashion and most of my works were very distorted being linked to fashion illustrations. My old account of 30k followers was hacked and I had DA just delete it. I stopped drawing as much and kinda gave up manga for awhile.
2010 - Started a new account because I needed and outlet to post some works. As you can see, I only drew one piece that entire year. But it represented everything I was feeling at that time.
2011 - Decided to practice drawing because I feared 2009 would relive itself. I took more time in creating pieces, it used to be 1-2 pieces a day depends on what I think I can do. (This excludes any paid works or commissions where I was constantly pressed for time). 4-5 days a piece.
2012 - The process of practicing and self-discovery in art goes on. The Poppy 10 series (viewable in my gallery) was a good form of experimenting different styles of coloring and drawing. It's sort of obvious since many have commented on the inconsistency of the art style in this series. But that's the point. I believe.
2013 - Complete the final Poppy 10 series and took about more than a year hiatus to focus on the fashion business part of my life. You guys can check out my brand based in Paris --> www.jonathan-liang.com
2014 - Back to practicing and posting more, also took up some extra jobs, drawing covers and illustrations for a Korean and Taiwanese novel (details to follow). This sort of got me to create pieces inspired by my whole.. 10 year long journey in using markers. I'll admit, this current progress and style I have is the most satisfying one I have among all. I hope to only improve better from here.
There you have it. I think one thing that hit me most was, I let DA define who I was so much as an artist. It's this whole social media popularity and acceptance snare. It's really unhealthy. I learned it the hard way. To be who you really are, to improve and to create something beautiful, get out of DA or the internet. Be inspired by this long journey you've been through and the one ahead of you.
Which year was your favorite style of mine?