I've been thinking recently about putting a lot of my old work, especially sketches and unfinished things, into storage. I've been trying to be very forward thinking with my art, since my tendency is to work really hard at something and then, when it's finished, to stare at it for a few weeks, months or even years before moving from it and on to the next thing. I love my old artwork, even the crappy stuff from highschool, because even if I look at it today with what I know now and cringe, I can remember that back then it was the best I could do, and I'm proud of myself for accomplishing it all. That, and I believe I was much more creative back then and definitely more prolific, so I often find myself being inspired by my past work.
But even so, I find that so much of my art that gets noticed or favourited on here are my old works, sketches from highschool or badly drawn fan art I drew years ago. I don't mind this, but I work incredibly hard on my new work and I'm trying to mould my identity into that of a professional illustrator, so constantly seeing my old unicorn scribbles popping up in my message centre is a little disheartening. Also, have you guys noticed that the "More from this artist" section on deviation pages shows ALL your work, not just the stuff in your "Featured" gallery? That means that most of the time, when I'm viewing my own art, I see several thumbnails on the side of old, crappy sketches as examples of more of my art, not anything that really showcases my abilities or what I believe to be my best work.
I've been on DeviantART for 10 years now, and I love the fact that I have here a record of me growing up and maturing in my art, and discovering that art is what I want to do for a living. I love the friendships I made and the conversations I had, and I don't want to cover all that up. But at the same time I feel like it's time for me to move forward and focus on my new stuff, start anew, if you like, with a new focus and a new drive to better myself and get closer to telling the stories I want to tell, and creating the art I need to show it.
What do you think? Do you have similar feelings about your own past art? Any objections to me putting the lot into storage? Any ideas would be lovely!
EDIT: Holy crap, I just checked my stats and realize I have over 650 deviations uploaded to my gallery here. Yikes! Maybe it really is time for a clean sweep?
I miss all you guys and the conversations we used to have, so feel welcome to comment with anything you like. I'd love to chat!
How have you been? Have a piece of art you've done recently that you're really proud of? I'd love to see!