So I was going through some of my old backup CDs tonight, checking to see what was in them, when I found a number of truly horrible things that served to remind me that some things should *never* be unearthed again.
On the other hand, perhaps this will serve as a lesson for everybody else who reads this post.
Now, as anybody who's known me from the old KotOR Fan Media Forum days, I was first inspired to learn to draw properly in December 2005 after seeing all the incredible fan art by the likes of Aimo and Eji. But what people didn't know, and what I apparently blocked out for the past five years, was that, two months before *that*, I attempted to do a digitally coloured picture:
[the reference for the woman's face was Kate Beckinsale. Yes, that's how bad I mangled it]
And there's this, drawn in the same month, which I didn't even remember drawing until I found it in my old folder (another case of suppressed traumatic memories? haha):
Don't ask. Just don't.
I also found a couple of equally horrible pictures dating back to my early days of portraiture and digital painting, both time-stamped February 2006:
I'm assuming it's so bad you can't even tell who that is; it's Uma Thurman from The Producers
[Also known as, "The time when the women Far drew didn't even look female", according to Natalie. Or, for that matter, human...]
And of course there's this truly hideous portrait that everyone from KFM knows, which dates back to the same period (and which was actually referenced from a photo and a couple of pictures, believe it or not):
[it kills me that this picture channels "Jimmy Smits" more than "Carth Onasi". ROFL!]
Mind you, it's not as if I even paint particularly well these days, but back then, if you'd told me that, in four years, I would be painting things likeInvictus
or Sun, Surf and Espionage
[my latest, not-yet-finished project for a friend]
I'd have said you were bloody fucking insane.
Which goes to show that *anybody* can learn to draw and paint reasonably enough, given enough time. Because if someone like me, who was never regarded as having *any* talent or ability in art when I was in school, can go from "sucks like a black hole" to "adequately mediocre" and learn to draw humans who actually *look* human, there is no reason why *anybody* else can't either
. [And claiming, "But I have no talent!" is just a fucking lazy excuse for not working harder at it.]
Oh, and one last, ghastly picture I accidentally unearthed:
Seriously, what the hell was it with that horrible hair?! I can only thank the Force that no larger copies of this photograph exists *anywhere*. [facepalm]