Last week I sent out a quick email and some tweets asking if anyone would be willing to share how far they’ve come as artists. I thought it would be interesting for Nonsense Society members to find a piece that they consider old, awkward, or even cringe-worthy and share it along with something they’re currently proud of. The results were fascinating. Here are some submissions from members. You’ll see that some of them took this project further back than others, but that makes it all the more interesting. Thanks to all the artists involved! Feel free to join our mailing list if you’d like to be involved in the next project.
Allison Litera (Illustrator)
So, my older piece is one that I drew in my “diary” around first grade. I was six or seven years old. I drew all kinds of potential “weirdo crushes”….the kind of weird people I would NOT date (hah). I drew a “Pom-Pom Man,” “Mr. Weird,” and this guy, “Myucus Man,” who is all slimy and gross. Check out that awesome stubby arm coming out of my chest. Fantastic.
My current piece and one of my favorites is this painting I did of a red-bellied piranha. I have more recently been experimenting with linework while subtly incorporating various 3D elements into my art, like fabrics and found objects, to help liven up the surface. This painting is watercolor and ink with pieces of hand-placed gold mica. It was tedious but still loose and fun to paint. It is part of a series of fish I did for my most recent portfolio this past May.
Over the years, I’ve definitely allowed myself to experiment. I still have that same crazy imagination as I did when I was younger, coming up with weird characters and drawing caricatures in my spare time. To me, art is another form of entertainment, inspiring different emotions in the viewer. I love looking back at old drawings like this one for a good laugh.
Greta Tuckute (Photographer)
What a great idea! Love it. Looking so much forward to seeing the submissions. I’d like to give it a go as well.
The first photo is a self portrait that is four years old and the second is my most recent.
In those four years I’ve developed both personally and as an artist. My technical knowledge and skills in Photoshop has improved a lot, but somehow I still feel like the girl blowing out candles from a fictional birthday cake; my ideas and passion for creating unique portraits are exactly the same.
Olivia Bossert (Photographer)
So i went onto my flickr and went right to the end *cringgggge* and found what i think, to be the horror of all horrors :P The “self portrait” (if you can even call it that!!), was literally in the first week I’d decided I was going to try out photography. I didn’t have a DSLR, just my mum’s old point and shoot. I was seeing all these people doing 365s on Flickr and I couldn’t help but want to try it out myself. So I did what any young, not very creative, teenager would do… awful make up on her eye.
5 years later, I’m not shooting self portraits much anymore. I work with whole teams of people, (so no need to do the make up myself :P) and I’m confident enough to direct and tell people what I want and when I need it. In a way, that first photo means a lot to me, because it was my first attempt to be creative and make something “different.” Clearly, I still like funky make up on people’s faces though!
www.facebook.com/oliviabossertphotography is probably the best link to give… i update it the most :)
Jeffrey Philip Nelson (Singer-Songwriter)
Such an awesome idea! Although I absolutly hate sharing the worst of me(because it is so bad that it’s unlistenable) but it is great to show how far we have come. When I was 16 years old I recorded this abstract art album that I thought would be inventive. Part of the inventiveness, making up music on the spot, not so smart for a guy just learning to sing and play acoustic. The track is called “The City Lights”
The second track is one of my favorite hymns from a new album I just released called “Folk Songs of Ascension”. I actually learned this song from Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” album. It’s a longer song but hauntingly beautiful.
Julia Wang (Photographer)
Haha, this sounds like a lot of fun! I was rifling through the old pages of my flickr (which you are welcome to do if you want to choose a different embarrassing old pic). Many of them make me cry…
I don’t quite know if my work itself has grown as much as I have. It’s hard to say without being ridiculously cheesy, but photography has truly helped me grown into someone better. I know now what I want from my life and why I take pictures. I know now I do not shoot to impress – I do it for myself.
More work – seabug.blogspot.com
Florian Nicolle (Graphic Designer & Illustrator)
Here 2 pieces I did, one of 2009 and the other of 2012.
I cannot tell if this show really an improvement because maybe some people will prefer the one made in 2009. But to me, the principal grow is about the using of the ink, I think my illustrations are now more “drawn”, further detailed … Feel free to let me know what you think.
Only my Behance profile is regularly up to date : www.behance.net/neo_innov
Lucia Moretti (Photographer)
Sounds really cool this project :)
Well…there are many more peaces I don’t like from my past..but I’ve picked up this one because I remember I was really proud of…haha! Fortunately I got a little bit better meanwhile ;)
The Jolly Beggars (Celtic Folk Band)
Hey Chris! This is a fantastic idea…I love listening to how awful The Jolly Beggars were at first more than the rest of the band, so I’ll field this one. I’ve attached an old recording and a new recording.
“Cunla” was one of the first traditional Celtic folk songs Jeff brought to the band when we started three years ago. This recording was done in a classroom at the Hartt School one evening. The only member of the band who actually knew how to play his instrument was David, who studied Double Bass Performance. The rest of us (Jeff on mandolin, Chris V on tin whistle, Greg on guitar) were more or less still figuring out how to play the instruments. You can tell pretty early on that Jeff has little dexterity on the mandolin line, I have never played guitar with a pick before, and Chris has no idea how to play the whistle.
The second song I attached is the third song off of our second CD, “Boys of Ballinafad/Tell My Ma.” We have learned how traditional Celtic music is usually arranged but also twist it in our own way – “Boys of Ballinafad” is in 6/8 time, while “Tell My Ma” is in 4/4. We play both melodies in either time signature throughout the tune. You can hear how much practicing Jeff has done on the mandolin and how Chris has developed a very characteristic style of tin whistle playing, with tasteful ornamentations. We’ve grown into a more full sound as a band, and while some of that clearly has to do with the recording equipment we used for either recording, most of it has to do with playing regularly for three years and learning more about our individual playing, our chemistry as a band, and the musical history behind traditional Celtic folk music.
You can find out more about us at www.thejollybeggarsmusic.com!
Samantha Patt (Photographer)
I got your email and I’m interested in taking part in showing “how far I’ve come” :) The first attachment is the most recent one. I took it this past year. They’re probably three (ish) years apart.
These past couple years, I’ve grown from what I’ve worked at and am interested in sharing it with people that struggle through the same things I have hoping it will make a difference in someones life, even if its slight. These past couple years, I’ve grown from what I’ve worked at and have become a defined artist at a young age. I’ve been published, I’ve had my work featured on various websites, I’ve had a news segment about my work, I’ve also received photo passes to concerts, I’ve sold many prints and been part of many many photoshoots/sessions for bands, familys, modeling, other photographers, etc. I’m really proud of myself and how much work I’ve done to get where I am and hope that everyday as my work progresses I see more improvement.
– Sam Kate
Pat Nietupski (Cartoonist)
The first is the oldest U20 piece I’ve got on my computer, dated 8-1-2011, I think. My partner in crime and I had been working on the “idea” of the comic for about three months or so. I’d been fleshing out the characters and then in August, got my hands on my Inutous tablet. Learning to draw on the computer was a whole new ball game, I guess – and I still find it easier to pick up a pen and paper. You’re looking at the screen, and your arm is moving on the tablet, out of site. It’s so weird, but you get used to it.
Anyway, the second piece isn’t nessicarily the best art work on the site, but the joke is hilarious and this comic is when I started to notice a change in my art, for the better.
This is a turning point in my artwork. I’d almost completely decided on how Bjorn should look. Floyd still evolves over the course of the comic, but he’s starting to take shape here. You can probably notice the color difference. Drawing with a pencil I never had to consider it, but online we needed color. I had just read Wathcmen (for the first time) and really dug the secondary palate. So I decided that to make Unnatural 20 really “unnatural” would be to use those greens, purlples, and oranges. And I think it’s worked great.
If you like this and would like to see more, please visit unnatural20comic.com
Anne Lorraine Uy (Photographer)
This is so interesting! :P I looked through the scraps of my deviantart and found that most of my early works were achingly boring, nothing special and screamed a lack of experience–although maybe the taste was there, trying to be good but not getting it yet.
I’ve always shot pretty girls and I think I’m kind of known for portraits aside from the photostories I do. (photostories are my personal works). So example, a shot I did of my close friend in 2008 looked like this:
– Shot against the light
– Skin tone left burned
– Over exposure in the sky
– No composition; angle chosen left a distraction of a railing at the side
Overall, it really shows I didn’t know a lot of things and I was just taking photos, not for the art but maybe for the love (without much of the skill). Right now, I could shoot and post-process photos differently that I would aim to really create more of a mood than just a smiley pretty shot of a girl. I think my taste has refined; my eye for details has developed and I am able to create the scene in my head more accurately now that I’ve gained experience and skill.
You can read and see more about my works at my new blog URL: blog.anneuy.com :)
Tara Hoggan (Make Up Artist)
Every photo I have of my makeup is just a little stepping stone of improvement. I feel like I’m learning something new everytime and pushing myself to better and bigger things.
Model – Casey Drew
Hair – Demi Brotherson
Make Up – Tara Hoggan
Photographer – Pixie Bella
I never thought with makeup I could use objects! For example, the pearls on the face make the make up more interesting and quirky.
Model – Karla Bodycote
Hair – Demi Brotherson
Make Up – Tara Hoggan
Stylist – Katie Sutton
Photographer – Pixie Bella
More work – www.tarahogganmakeupartist.com.au
Well. This is an example of me and the attempt I did to be a better photographer day by day! “the fairy of my hand” was a photo taken on 2007 with my mobile phone, edited in photoshop…i didn’t really know many this and how to use it…so i was just selecting filters!!haha!
After a few months i worked to get an nikon d80 (which already have) and simple 18-55 lens. I ve learned about lenses, i ve decided what i wanna do and here i am.. shooting with 50mm f1.8 most of the time!
In fact, the new photo is what i had in my head and wanted to do… this black and white with textures and different grays… I really tried and still trying to study and get information from other photographers, find new techiques, learn new thinks to give to my pictures the sense of my thoughts… Internet is a big book if you know how to read it! I definately learn through it!
This is amazing. It took me a while to decide to send which photograph. Well, here are the 2 pictures. :)
I went right to the end of my flickr page, haha * Shudder *. Found this photograph which i’d clicked 3 years back. It’s from my first ever photoshoot – oh god i still remember being SO nervous. Wanted to prove to everyone that i could click and be like them (which was SO wrong). But it was of no use. Over the years i realised that staying true to myself was the only way to grow. So i stared listening to my heart more – rather than others opinions. WHICH, BY the WAY, HELPED. :D And as i started to feel my feelings – I started becoming more and more happy with my work. I know what i want and I am not scared to show it to the world.
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