Hello from another aspiring illustrator!
I just wanted to introduce myself before I jump in on the forums. My name is Joe ,though I often go by Jazeps since I was named for my Latvian greatgrandfather (Jazeps is the Latvian equivalent).
So as far as my history with art and drawing goes, I drew as a kid, like most kids do, but I pretty well stopped by the time I hit middle school. Early in my teenage years I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker, but in my early 20's I got sick with Crohns disease and spent the next decade getting progressively worse until finally I lost the ability to walk (not permanently) and spent the better part of my late twenties bed ridden and in terrible pain.
I always thought of myself as a left brained sort of person, but during the worst of my illness, I scarcely slept 3 hours a night for 3 years straight and the effect on my memory and my ability to think was pretty devastating.
In the midst of a year in which I had been hospitalized for 5 lengthy stretches and had a major surgery, I started drawing as a way to cope with everything that had happened. I found it cathartic in a way nothing else was and so I kept doing it and started to learn more and more.
Its been three years (almost to the day) since I first started doing art, and only in the past month or so that I discovered SVS. I'm really hoping to refine my work here and to be pushed towards being a better artist and illustrator. I've never done anything professionally with art, but I would very much like to get to the level where I could. I have so many stories I'd like to tell and I'm working hard to acquire the skills to tell them.
Here's a picture below of where I started three years ago (literally the first thing I did when starting out), and also of my most recent thing I'm working on. I can't quite call it done yet, but I'm hoping to get some good advice on the forum as to how to go about making it into a more finished piece. I'll post it in a sketchbook thread tomorrow probably.
Anyway, I'm glad my wife introduced me to SVS (she'll be joining this weekend I think!) and I'm glad to be here with all of you. Lets push each other to do our best work!
Welcome and I am so glad you found us! This is a wonderfully motivating and helpful community!! They have really pushed me a long way since I joined 7 months ago and I have learned so much not just from the instructors but my fellow artists everyone is glad to help! Again welcome and I am so glad you are doing your art again and you have certainly made great progress! It's a nice piece!!
Welcome :) I'm sure you'll find SVS quite helpful. I certainly have.
I'm also new to SVS, so I'll be glad sharing our learning journey. I did stop drawing twenty years ago due to a misfortuned event and, as you can see, I'm trying to come back to the road.
See you :)
welcome! hope you will have a great time here.
@Renduin Welcome! I think you will find that this forums is a wonderful place to grow. It's awesome to see your progress over the years, thank you for sharing your story and art with us, and we look forward to seeing more!
Thanks for the welcome guys! I look forward to working on our art together!
Welcome! I see great improvement from piece 1 to the music store. Looking forward to seeing more.
Welcome! You've found an amazing community here...I've been a member of a lot of sites and groups and this is by far the most helpful and supportive. And you'll learn so much from the lessons! I'll look forward to seeing your work!
Thanks Chip and Amber! This really does seem like a great group! I hope I can contribute positively.