Amazing: Journey of an Absolute Rookie (Artist)
Someone just tweeted this link that goes to an art forum where, back in September 2002, a young man decided he wanted to learn how to paint. As you’ll see, he vowed to do at least one painting and on sketch per day and post them to the board so people could follow his progress.
The result of his dedication to daily practice, after nine years, is incredible.
Wow, just wow. What an inspiration!
Below is his first post in the thread. The entire thread is like 70 pages long, but if you go through the first dozen or two then jump to around page 60, your eyes will bug out at the difference.
If you didn’t see my last post(s) on www.conceptart.org then I will bring you up to speed. Basically I have been inspired by the art produced and the work ethic of Jon Foster, Andrew Jones, Jason Manley, and my brother “Smeagol71” (among many others) and have decided to learn how to paint (primarily digitally). I am starting from rock bottom and I am going to paint at least one painting and do at least one sketch every day…probably two on the weekends. The order you see them in is the order that I am painting and/or sketching them…every day starting on 9/15/02. I am bearing my soul to everyone. I will post everything I do…whether it is awful or not. Most of the paintings and sketches, in the beginning, are going to look like crap but hopefully over the days/weeks/months/years they will start to get better. I have no formal art training but have signed up for classes this semester. I have a passion to paint and welcome any encouragement or critique that you want to give. Any feedback you want to give me you can leave in the threads I or just email me.
Here’s his web site, but do yourself a favor and don’t peek until you’ve looked at the thread above: Jonathan Hardesty’s Paintings