It's been a total of a year and... 4 months? I think it's 4 months. That I've been drawing with the guys at /r/mlpdrawingschool. This year saw quite the improvement in my opinion.
Started making digital art this year with GIMP, looking back on those makes me feel pretty awful. Looks like I went to town in kidpix 5 or something. *cringes deeply*
Oh well, gotta start somewhere I guess. I think I'm pretty acceptable now at least!
This year marked my first EQD drawfriend (and a few more after that) as well as my first commission all of a week ago, hehe.
Other acheivements include that little Applebloom doodle of mine reaching 29k views. Yeah. imgur.com/BK7isAc
Dat view counter. I still find it unbelievable reddit gave me such a big hug. It's too bad I linked it through imgur instead of DA
(I think that kinda contributed to it's success though.)
Only thing I think I could have done differently is DRAW MOAR. I didn't draw nearly enough. Maybe a piece a month up until this month, I've caught a bit of an art bug lately. I really hope I don't lose it, but I don't think I'll have to worry much about it.
Other thing is draw different characters! I really need to vary it up. I have tons of sketches and stuff of other characters but no actual pieces. I need to change that. But Sweetie Belle, Applebloom, and Fluttershy are way too adorable, how could I not? At least I got all the mane 6 in that 100 follower piece. Which reddit also hugged me over, seriously what was that about?
Looking back on all this, I can't help but see all the things I need to improve on still. Volume, values, composition, color theory, contrast, oh my. I have oodles to work on yet. I'm excited to be working on them though.
So for this coming year I'm hoping to really nail down some of that stuff, which is why I think I'm starting it off right by bailing on any real pieces and just concentrating on the fundamentals this first month of January. I'm also hoping to get a little more involved in the art community. Like more commissions and a stream or two here and there. Oh and I'm hoping to hit a couple conventions. (did I mention I'll be at bronycon 2014? I should have.)
Anyways, here's to another great year of ponies! Happy new year everyone.