Just enjoy the act of drawing itself and you'll get good at it. Enjoy everyone!
I picked up my old sketchbook tonight and started doing some new sketches in it. It's a sketchbook that my brother gave me back in 2014 as a gift and I have used it off and on since then. It's funny to see how my inspirations and style has shifted in the past 4 years. I used to draw really fast, which appears much more sketchy than my current sketches. I also used to draw from my imagination a lot.
My current sketches are all from life and the world around me. I still draw pretty quickly, but it's not as wild as my style back in 2014. It's an interesting comparison and it brought back a lot of memories. I have some old notes in there also, some made me sad and some made me smile. I'll start using this sketchbook more often and I used it tonight to draw small portrait sketches of my family.
I've been doing a lot of drawing and watercolors recently and I'm always reminded to let go of any technique. Just do the best I can and let creativity and feeling guide me.
"When an artist begins to count strokes instead of regarding nature he is lost. This preoccupation with technique, at the expense of truth and sincerity, is the principal fault I find in much of the work of modern painters." -Joaquín Sorolla
I love illustrations just as much as I love traditional painting. My illustrations are really influenced by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki, who's also one of my favorite artists. This illustration is about my pet hamster, named Bougie, who I imagined having his own hotel called "Casa De Bougie". It's fun to draw these little illustrations because it makes me flex a different creative muscle. I also love having my drawings show a narrative because I love writing stories also.
If anyone is wondering about the shower part of the illustration: Bougie goes under his water bottle and rubs his head on the spout when he's cleaning himself, so it's like he's taking a little shower. Hamsters are also nocturnal, which explains the first panel of the illustration. They also love broccoli!