From Mistborn themed Totoro parodies,
to sketches of dolphins,
to chibi drawing lessons with my little sister,
to watercolors of chickens giving each other questioning looks,
it's been quite the journey. Along the way, I've discovered that it's really hard to figure out new things to draw each week without just reverting to "I'll illustrate a Brandon Sanderson book!"
...Okay, I discovered a few other things too.
I got my first commissioned pieces this quarter (the coats of arms for the Pack of the Cosmere and the Newcago Court), and it was an interesting experience, trying to put together drawings based on a few comments I wished had been less vague. Doing coats of arms (I did three total) was a lot of fun. I got it down to an art by the third one: draw out a shield, list ideas for what should go on and around it, run google searches until I found an image I wanted to interpret, and draw the picture onto my paper.
Studying chickens was fun. For years and years I would go through phases where I would become obsessed with the idea of keeping some animal as a pet and do hours of research about it. Schnauzers, ferrets, cockatiels, munchkin cats, domesticated foxes, I studied them all. I felt like I was reliving that time in my life, doing all that research on chicken keeping.
And the chibis. Don't even get me started. It may have been better if I had never learned to draw them. Now I cannot. Stop. Drawing. Them.
All day, constantly, CHIBIS. I'm drawing random chibis, my friends and family as chibis (complete with that day's hair and clothes), the cast of any TV show I'm watching, characters out of books I remember reading, everyone becomes a chibi.
It’s kind of terrifying.
I love having time each week to just draw whatever I’m interested in. Even back in Art I, I would give myself an hour to work the drawings, rather than the 30 minute minimum. On some of my drawings, I ended up taking up to 2 hours. These drawings are incredibly fun, and I’ve really enjoyed having them each week.