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Evolution in Art, Part 1

I have a plugin for Firefox called StumbleUpon. I have indicated comics as one of my interests, and usually all that yeilds is pages of people singing Calvin and Hobbes’ praises by posting, hosting, and memorializing their favorite strips.

But recently StumbleUpon has shown me a project by David Gauntlett called A Drawing A Day. (David admits it’s more like a drawing every other day.) He draws to improve his own drawing, but also to make a website with pens.

It’s interesting to watch his progress. There is one series of drawings, drawn on 12/8/05, track the changes he makes — the strokes become more sure, he becomes more comfortable with the shape of her lips, more comfortable with the shape of the eyes. It a becomes a likeness, but is not his best work. People are uncomfortable to draw, as our features are often defined by shadow as much as shape.
However, David becomes very skilled at still life — check the difference between an early view of the London Eye and one drawn six months later.
So … it got me to thinking about changes in skills of webcomic artists. Tune in tomorrow.

I’m always constantly amazed at how much my artwork has improved just trying to draw a comic for every weekday. Month-to_month I can usually notice some small difference.

I totally applaud what this guy is doing and why he’s doing it. I started off my comic with pretty much the same goal he has by drawing pictures every day and it’s been a blast because of it.

Progress mostly goes unnoticed. Props for giving this guy his props.

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