Do you measure yourself against other artists—and feel like you aren’t good enough? Does that comparison make you feel like giving up?
I totally get it, because I’ve been there too.
I’m Kristel Mallet, and I love to draw.
When I was twelve, I decided to be a comic book artist when I grew up. My mom was an art teacher, so I was always surrounded with art, art supplies, tools, and her students’ homework and projects.
When someone told me that artists don’t make money, I studied science at university, but I didn’t love science the way I loved creating art, so I switched to studying 2D Animation.
I worked for five years in animation studios that produced cartoons, music videos, and movies. Then I got a job in an advertising department with no drawing involved at all. I got frustrated with my lack of creative outlets and my skills languished. When I started doing video editing to make little movies, I felt I was a bit closer to animation, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
During that time, I was only drawing for myself; sketching in my daily subway rides, taking life drawing classes, and drawing in cafés. I was maintaining my skills, but not progressing, and not making any finished pieces.
This blog is about changing that.
I will push my drawing skills, create animation from scratch, learn new skills and techniques, and teach you what I learn along the way.
I will document everything, and maybe you can pick up a few things too.