20: How would you rank your art? (poor, mediocre, good, etc.)
The problem with this question is… in comparison to what? Art isn’t an objective measure, in fact isn’t one of the most subjective pursuits I can think of.
I know what I need to work on. Human faces are a big one- they still intimidate the crap out of me, and IMO getting them right is a major Holy Grail of an artist’s life. Lighting composition is another. I’m decent at composition, but my stage-setting is still… lacking oomph. I’m still a congenital chicken-scratcher, so my “sketch stage” is pretty awful-looking. And the doozy- patience. Still way, waaaaaay too impatient. I just need to draw more.
I know where I’ve improved in the past few years. My coloring went from non-existent (since I pencil-sketched for the first two decades of my life) to half-decent, due in no small part to lateral learning from my workplace. My knowledge of and comfort with Photoshop + tablet as tools exploded. I’m more willing to blunder into new territory and see what works.
What am I most proud of? My sense of where I’m at, I think. I don’t harbor many illusions about my skill level anymore. I suffer from the usual frustrations and anxieties, but I have a much easier time processing them and being honest with myself about my failings. I’m much better at getting my ego under control and accepting criticism, at focusing on the job that needs to be done. And I have an easier time recognizing and being honestly happy with what I’m good at. It’s far from perfect, and I still have a ways to go, but I would say I’m a happier artist now than I’ve been at any previous time in my life.