My Artistic Progression From Age 6 to 26!

My Artistic progression so far…

I wanted to share my artistic development with you so you can a clearer image of the artist I am today. You can see it has taken years and years of work and growing as a person for my Art take it’s current form. Enjoy!

Ages 6-9

I remember the first time I felt inspiration, it was after seeing my cousin Luke making drawings of Dennis the menace the Nike logo and other random stuff.

I was amazed by his ability to create something out of nothing, it felt like magic. I knew at that point I had to try to do the same. So my first drawings were of things that I loved at the time which were mainly computer game and comic characters such as Mario, Dennis the Menace, Cartoon network shows, South Park & the Simpsons.

I loved nature, wildlife and the Earth, I would read books way beyond my comprehension and try to draw the illustrations.

Ages 9-12

At this time I was still drawing the things I loved which like most children of the 90’s was Pokemon and Nintendo characters.

The Nintendo GameCube was released and I obsessed over the new graphics, I would paint pictures from games such as Mario Sunshine & Super Smash Brothers Melee.

I vividly remember painting each of these pieces, The watercolour Charizard was painted in my front room one morning, I was super impressed that I managed to colour the tiny eye without the paint bleeding out. The felt tip Charizard was created on my bedroom floor. The Mario Sunshine piece was painted on my landing one evening & the Super Smash Bros piece was created the morning after my dog died. It’s crazy how you embed memories into pieces of Art.

Ages 12-15

I finally got my Gamecube and would draw the cover art of the games I had.

I started to get into Animies such as Bleach and DBZ. I saw a huge progression in my ability and it was at this point where I realised I could become a decent artist if I kept going!

Art class at school made me draw and paint things I didn’t care about (this changed later!) but now I see it as a good thing.

Ages 15-18

I was still drawing anime and developing my technical skills.

At age 16 I started to get very depressed often and my interest in mental illness started.

I unexpectedly had my first lucid dreams at this age as well, I had no idea what they were or what they meant. I was confused and started isolating myself.

I created my very first digital images and paintings and loved the entire process. I considered becoming a digital artist and stopped drawing anime to focus on the human condition

Ages 18-21

I discovered the amazing joys of lucid dreaming, astral projection, meditation and was fascinated about consciousness, perception and spirituality.

I slowly let go of the mental illness fascination and started focusing on positive self development instead.

I really developed my work technically with colour, anatomy, composition as well as giving my work meaningful messages.

I started to making the first steps towards living as a professional digital artist.

Ages 21-23

I am successfully making a living as a digital artist.

I have developed my style and refined my digital painting techniques to a level I never thought possible.

I started my own online digital painting school to teach others everything I have learned so far on my journey as an artist!

Ages 23-26

I feel that this has been the biggest period of development yet, I initially went through some dark moments. But after 2 years of sobreity I managed to rise and shatter all of my goals.

I focused on learning new digital art techniques which helped push my work to new levels. I started to learn  3D sculpting, animation and even started creating my first music which is the start of a whole new journey!

I have expanded my online following to an amount I didn’t think possible and have had the most financially successful years by far.

My school is still going strong with nearly 400 students from all over the world, I continue to develop new content and to pass on everything I know about creating digital art.

I can see many new exciting things on the horizon, thank you for following and supporting my work so far!

4 replies
  1. Kirsty Mills
    Kirsty Mills says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey it offers an insight into your art and the thought processes which have preceded the development. Your work is inspirational and demonstrates digital art is as technically demanding as any art form.


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