Recently I've seen this #DecadeOfArt or #ArtImprovement meme going around, and thought I'd try it out. It's really interesting to see my art over time, and see pieces in the (Approximate) order I created them in.
I have to say that I am SO GLAD that 2012-2013 me took the time to experiment. As a senior majoring in Illustration, there was definitely a lot of pressure to commit to a style. My supervisor and teachers made comments about how I would need a consistent portfolio to get hired.
And then I interviewed at Cricut, and having a portfolio that consisted of many SETS of images, each set in a different style, is what got me hired. (Well, that and the fact that I was working competently with vectors.)
And that experimenting with styles is what eventually let me land on the style I use now. There's been an itch in the back of my brain saying, don't you want to try something new? But then I start a new piece and I can't wait to get to the "cutting out" stage, which is where the magic textures start to happen, and I know I'm pretty happy with the process I use now. While I definitely will continue to experiment and push myself, I know that I've found something that works for me... because I didn't commit too soon to a style.
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