2021 was a year with a lot of changes for me as artist in terms of drawing style, drawing techniques, subjects, grafic app and, of course, I learned to use Instagram for the better. The year didn’t start well, though. The first two weeks I had to stay in hospital, so the painting I started in the end of November 2020 actually got finished in January 2021.
In April 2021 I joinded the @ArcrylaCity Discord server and enjoyed to talk with the people there and the support in so many respects as well as handy hints how to improve my art. The first highlight was the Summer Festival which not only brought me the third place but also a new OC I love dearly, Crissy, the character I chose as my then new avatar. There were alson my first collaborations, collabs with @byeolnine, @_cyb3r.f1nn_ and @Potato_Beta (Instagram-Accounts). Each one was a lot of fun and the outcomes were paintings I am still proud of and happy to have worked (and still are working) with such talented artists.
A major big change happened in June 2021 as I got Clip Studio Paint (EX). It was on sale, it was my birthday and I already read about many features this app was equipped with. Until this point in time I was working with Autodesk Sketchbook. It’s a great app for beginners, avoiding the overwhelming feeling other apps (like CSP) can give you if you are not accostumated to them and still being more than good old MS Paint. CSP now had features I dearly would have missed in Sketchbook if I would have known about them at this time (above all of them the feature to change the colour of a layer by just pressing a shortcut). They clearly improved my workflow. Choosing the paintings for this art summary gave me proof: Now I was painting significantly faster and more easily, I got more shit done in less time.
It also showed me a change in subjects. May 2021 was under the sign of the Mermay and October an inky one, of course, but with entering Arcryla City and creating Crissy, I drew a lot of Crissy content (see „Best of Crissy“). The second major change in subject was fanart. Until 2020 I as good as never drew fanart. With new TV shows I started to watch, The Owl House season 2, Amphibia, Arcane, the number of fanart increased in the second half of the year (see „Best of Fanart“).
But also my drawing techniques changed. Until recently I removed the lineart as soon as I started colouring. This not only was a loss of time, I by far feel more comfortable with the (blurry) lineart I am using now. I also use more effects than previously, especially the blur effect. I never had imagined that this can add so much more to a painting. Probably, there are more techniques I am still not aware of.
So, I am looking forward to see what changes and improvements 2022 will bring to me.
Following the trend for every month of 2021 I chose a particular characteristic of my favorite paintings:
January: Cyclops (OCs, Tale of Cedrakon)
February: Berries (OC, Tale of Cedrakon)
March: Grom Dance (Fanart, The Owl House, Season 1)
April: The Couple Liz and Jacky Hill (OCs, Jack’Hill’n’Haid)
May: Love Letters (Mermay Day 1: Bottle)
June: Swamp Fight (OCs, Tale of Cedrakon)
July: Heading into Leisure Time (Arcryla City OC, Crissy Faith)
August: Amity Knight (Fanart, The Owl House, Season 2)
September: Sleepover (Arcryla City OCs, Collaboration with @Potato_Beta)
October: Ganon (Day 30 Linktober Quest Calendar)
November: Lunchtime – Pinup version (Arcryla City OC, Crissy Faith)
December: Zeppelin Night Ride (Arcryla City, Collaboration with @Potato_Beta)