Then and Now

Time for a little visual look back. You know you’re getting more confident and comfortable with your chosen style and medium when you zestfully compare your work side by side. Here I’ve laid out my very first and last mandala to see what difference a year has made. From a quick comparison, I can see the lines are more detailed, the patterns are more intricate and the colour palettes more avant-garde. 

“There are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life: never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.”

― Roy Bennett

I believe as an artist, you never stop growing. You continue to learn and master your art as time goes on. A very small example. I’ve been using the pen tool in Photoshop to create mandalas for two years now. However, a few months back I learnt how to create faded strokes using both the pen and brush tools. As you can imagine I was thrilled by this new discovery. I would go back and forth with the brush presets trying to be more adventurous. Though it was a long process the outcome was striking. 

Learning is one of the best things about life. We never stop. The simplest thing I can do to self-train is read and draw. The two spark my curiosity and broaden my knowledge. As I grow, my new skills and techniques are put to practise and show on my work.

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