It has been 10 years since I did my first commissioned magazine illustration. I thought it would be fitting to compare progress… to my work as a ten-year-old. I had some time on vacation, so I revisited some early subjects.
I was quite a fanboy when I was little. Definitely not a fan of Wolverine, though.
|That's the way it was actually spelled in the eighties. For some reason I don't remember getting into trouble for swearing. |
HB pencil vs. Procreate on the iPad
But the Hoff had a huge impact back then. I used to draw complete comic books with Knight Rider stories in them. Then I sold them to my parents for a premium, so that I could buy more actual comic books. Afterwards, I took the comics back because my parents didn't read them enough and I liked them.
|That's his nose, all right? Nose. |
Cheap markers vs. Watercolour with white and yellow gouache
So, what's changed?
At least some of the delightful punk attitude has gone and turned into gentle fun-poking. I still describe hair the same way. I'm more squeamish about swearing in print and less while working.
Compared to the speed I worked with in 1987, I'm like a sleep-deprived snail who forgot the handbrake on. It took an hour and a half to draw / paint a single picture of Knight Rider while back then, I would have had a complete story done. Cost-effectiveness has taken a steep down-turn.
I now have way better equipment, which is a big relief.
I still love it, but a whole lot more than as a ten-year-old.