over the course of the last couple months. I've been in a huge art funk... a block of sorts. so I've been mostly scribbling random garbage with the occasional character-montage-page.
now, here's the thing. I've been doing a lot of feature studies. eyes. noses. mouths. face contours. and that sometimes ends up with what I call a "development leap"
for many other artists, this takes a slow gradual time frame where the changes are subtle. for me, they usually happen within the course of a month all of a sudden.
the upper left page was a montage of Auron I scribbled in my hand-book roughly two weeks ago.
the bottom page was drawn today.
now... what you need to understand is that changes like this is a rather upsetting leap for me... ever since I started taking drawing people seriously, I've been struggling to make a style that I like that's also a semi-realistic-cartoony look. as I'm sure you all know, my style is often labeled "Disney-Anime"... for certain reasons. but one of the key features that I've always enjoyed when drawing faces were the eyes.
eyes were one of the first things I've tried to master as a younger artist. I've always aspired to have lively looking eyes that make the character look living on the paper and not dull-eyed and lifeless. people who look at my sketch books always tell me that they like how "alive" the faces look...
that being said... I've come to feel that my old way of drawing eyes is outdated for a lot of reasons that have maybe hindered me. the key factor being that my eyes are often really large in proportion to the face. "ping-pong-eyes" was used on me once... and that's stuck with me with a bad taste in my mouth... so I've been struggling to try and tone that down. and that includes the characters whose key feature is large eyes...
somehow, though... maybe between all the feature studies I've been doing. the realistic mash-up I did on April 1st triggered something... so today I did that montage to test it out... and even included some of my creature characters for comparison.
the new way of drawing eyes for me still feels weird. but after seeing such a difference and deciding that it's for the better... I think I can feel ok with the new change. especially because despite the fact that it's no longer the key feature that I could always signify as "mine" in a drawing... I can still tell that I drew these characters. and that's good.
anyway. I'm rambling...