I’ve been drawing since the age of 3 or 5.
I don’t exactly remember the time.
But it’s been quite a while since I’ve picked up a pencil.
I started over drawing cartoons
I used to see on TV because those things inspired me.
They made me want to pick up a pencil
and just draw the hell out.
Then, I started with all the things I saw on movies.
The movies that I like, animated movies especially,
you remember that castle from the movie Aladdin?
Yeah, I drew that thing a lot.
Somewhere during 2010, where all things changed for me
as a kid who was always into cartoons and drawing cartoons,
I started getting interested in realism.
As the name suggests,
realism is basically drawing something
exactly the way it is.
What you see is what you get.
I was really into video games.
曾经 我甚至有一台Xbox 360游戏机
Back then, I even own an Xbox 360.
I used to play with my friend,
噢伙计 那真是一段很美好的时光 真的 很美好
Man, those were some good times, oh yeah those were some good times.
Anyways, I really liked the games that I played
and I wanted to make some art for us to show my appreciation.
So I bought some new pencils and paper
and tried drawing this character from this game called Assassins Creed.
I remember putting a lot of time and effort into this piece
and it was coming off good,
and I was feeling good about it.
But when I finished it,
he was just the… bleh… yeah bleh! It was bad.
It looked nothing like the original.
I was disappointed.
But I did not give up.
I pull up my sleeves,
pick up my pencils and drew the same thing again.
And this time, I sort of hit the mark.
It was the first time in my whole artistic journey
I felt that I’ve created something meaningful,
and that drove me and I didn’t stop there.
I continued down this path of making realistic drawings,
drawing games and movies that I liked
and was also approximately the same time I started a YouTube channel,
where I documented my drawing process and
to my surprise, people responded.
So I kept drawing and drawing and drawing and
churning out videos in this manner
until I lost all motivation and inspiration I had for this art form.
So, I decided that I would try something different.
A couple of years back,
Angry Birds was the hottest game in the market
and I absolutely loved that game.
And it’s also the time when the first Avengers movie was coming out.
So, me being a big Marvel fan boy and Angry Bird fanatic
decided that I would try something with both of these.
I combined the Avengers and the Angry Birds and
created something called the Angry Birds Avengers
and boy did that video blew up back then.
Gained over a hundred thousand views back in the day,
compared to my other videos getting somewhere no, I don’t know,
thousand or two thousand views of me drawing realistic stuff.
是的 感觉不赖 你的创作终于获得一些认可
Yeah. It was kind of nice to finally get some recognition for your art.
And it was also the time that a mentor of mine told me that
I need to stop copying stuff
and start making my own original art
if I want to do something meaningful.
And that drove the idea home for me
to create my own cartoons, characters and worlds.
That’s what a real artist needs to get started.
But the thing was
I was really bad at making up my own stuff to begin with.
By drawing slight originality, it seemed I was bad at my art fundamentals.
My videos weren’t doing good,
because people didn’t like my new path of making cartoons.
So basically, everything just became more bleh.
So, I stopped.
I threw in the towel. I stopped making videos.
I stopped drawing and got a job.
But my passion for art was still lurking in the background
and I wasn’t able to focus on my job because of that.
I wasn’t able to focus on two things at the same time.
So, on September 4th of 2015,
I decided that I would quit art.
But something on the inside
told me that… so if you’re indeed gonna quit art,
why don’t you just spend 10 to 15 minutes a day doing the daily stage
then just go on about your day. How about that?
So, yeah. That’s what I did.
I listened to that voice and
on September 5th of 2015, I started drawing daily.
I opened up an Instagram account,
went for my day job in the morning
and would come back home at night
and do my daily sketch and post it.
People barely noticed at that time
and I didn’t care, to be honest.
Because I was again, not good at what I do.
So, I kept at it – drawing and posting, drawing and posting,
drawing and posting every single day.
I never worried about where things are going in terms of my art.
All I focused was on showing up to practice every day.
I saw minor improvements here and there,
but nothing significant,
and eventually got burnt out.
因此 在第161天的时候 我决定歇一下
So, I decided that I would take a little break on my 161st day
to think things through and reassess some stuff.
And when I got back,
things started improving – crazy.
I kept up on my daily sketch.
But this time, I was focused on
just showing up for most days instead of every day
and took a break when I needed it.
I drew pieces that surprised me.
I got good at my fundamentals,
learning and mastering the basis of my art.
I studied other artists who inspired me,
learned why they draw what they draw and how they drew it.
I incorporated what I liked from them and
discarded why I didn’t like about them.
I learned to see life
because I realized that all these artistic styles like animes and cartoons and such
are just personal renditions of the original, which is life itself.
So I started learning to see the very source of all these arts.
Because a wise man once said, “Art is not about drawing.
It’s about learning how you see.”
I kept on with this process, and one day,
I saw a comment on my social that said,
Man, I really like your style.
Style? What style?
I don’t have a style. Do I have a style?
I do have a style.
Wait, how do I get that style?
Here’s how I found my style.
One, style is a decision.
It’s a combination of big and small decisions you make when you’re making something.
The first step is to stop trying so hard to find your style.
You don’t have one style. You have many
and your style will probably change
and it will also stop trying to land on one style,
which you will hold dear for the rest of your fricking life.
Step 2. To learn to see.
观察生活 其他艺术家 亲身经历和事物
See life, other artists, experiences and things
what do you like, what you dislike,
what interests you, and take note of it.
You have to then incorporate what you see
what do you like about the things you saw.
Do you like to put that in your own work?
You do that with all the art that you see,
the experience that you come across in the life you live.
That’s when you find your style.
We do all these things
when you do the work of actually making something,
you’ll eventually land on your current code style
and in the end, it doesn’t even matter.
Because style is a byproduct, not the result.
A byproduct of actually doing the work that you find meaningful.