Practice Makes Progress – Part 1

There is an old saying that “practice makes perfect”. It just isn’t true with illustration (or graphic design, but we’ll save that for another time). What practice and dedication does though is make progress. Over time you will see yourself improve. This post will show you my improvement over time and Practice Makes Progress – Part 2 will give you some tips for your practice.

Let’s go over some fun facts. Although I loved creating, I didn’t take advantage of art classes in jr. high or high school (with a 3 credit grade ten class exception). Having time to spare, I took a grade ten level Communication Technology class my senior year. The logical course of action would be to pursue it as a career; not! I did anyways.

Let’s take a look at what I was producing back in 2003 (when I was in grade 10).


This was my first real attempt at something serious, meant to be a gift for the person who gifted me the materials. I remember feeling so proud for following the step-by-step and ending up with something similar to the demo in the book.

I can see that I had little control of the paint, understanding of colours, the importance of rulers, and gestalt principles.

Sora, Kingdom Hearts fan art from 2006:




What once took me a long time to create is now the quality of my rough sketches.



This is an exercise from a first year drawing class. Sorry about the glare.

More work from my time in school, 2007-2010:

Ribbon_Dancer_by_C_CucumberStar_FishingSheep_AmandaWallOctopus burger

You can see that formal education has helped me improve tremendously. With it I’ve learned multiple mediums to work in, colour theory, style creation, and gestalt principles.

It’s 2015 and it just keeps on getting better. Here is some of my latest work:

TeaTime_AmandaWallUmberella_AmandaWall Storm_AmandaWall  Nested_AmandaWall


There is lots of work in between these examples. Find more of them around my site and in my sale album.

Be seeing you.

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