I did something I havent done in a while, a piece without line-art. It's a "do this in your style" of Sun Man Jung's nike rabbit girl, a design I loved immediately right as I set my eyes on it for the first time.
It's ironically not my current style, which is very line-art centric, but rather my older way of doing this. No line-art, polygons, and rendering one shape at a time. Judging by the speed at which I pulled this off, and the confidence while doing it, I can tell I've improved in the last year...
Curiously, in a week's time, it's going to be my one-year anniversary of purchasing Art School, making an account here, and starting to post. I've not sure if I've completely drifted away from the program around term 4-5, or if I've been doing the homework exactly as Marc intended all along. Focusing on fundamentals, color, light, fun designs, and most importantly, painting every single moment of free time I've managed to squeeze out of my life.
I lost my job a year ago. In the last 12 months, I've since reconnected with my dream career and I'm now a full time mechanical engineer/rocket scientist at an aerospace startup. My art has improved, but not the way I thought it would. What improved the most is my confidence in my workflow, that the process will make it look alright in the end. I'm less hesitant, more assertive, and I make better design decisions when painting. This confidence in the process turned into speed, and I'm now more productive than ever, and more resistant to "art burnout".
Most importantly, through the discord server for Art School, I've made friends. I hope whatever happened to me in the last year happens, in the right way, to you reading this. Things do get better, art and otherwise.
I'll keep posting here, but I just felt like doing a little retrospective. The title of this forum post is, after all, "art school journey". Here's to another year!