By Kinbefore and after

Here it is. My “before” and “after” drawings from the program I’ve been endlessly recommending to people.

My first year illustration lecturer was totally and completely right. I just finished the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain exercises that he recommended to me in, like, first semester and yeah. Boom.

I’d been doing it in drips and drabs, and never really got to the meat of it, but recently I found out about, bought and then completed the straight up workbook.  And he was totally right.

I 100% should have acted immediately on what he said, but am still super glad that I have now. I have about 80% less of that not knowing how to tackle a drawing feeling, and my cartooning is also better. Cartooning, sort of

It works, it totally works.
I’m also, through it, really beginning to understand what he meant when he pooh-poohed the anime wannabe stuff I was drawing when I first started illustration. That kind of abstraction is just a wrong starting point.
Any form of style is a form of abstraction, and like anything stylized, you have to have an honest understanding of what it’s being abstracted from to do it effectively. I’m finally starting to get that.Be it Anime, western Disney style, or Faustian Ponies you have to learn the core truth of things before you can warp it to your own style. Otherwise, it’s like building dessert from the outside in, making the icing shell and then trying to fill it with cake.So super thanks to my lecturer. I can’t say how awesome having a really good teacher is. I’m still unfolding stuff he taught us and will likely be for the rest of my life.

(TLDR: This program WORKS. It gives you a jump. This jump can be from a complete stop (That’s me! – Gem) or it can be a boost if you’re already moving.)


(manly handshake)