November 30, 2011

How'd I get here?!

The simplicity and fun of my last post, Illustration Friday"s topic "round," got me thinking about how much my approach to art has changed over the last couple of years.

So now, instead of drawing a bird like this....
copyright 2002 Elizabeth Rose Stanton




 ...I draw them kind of like this:





















And I used to draw dogs like this:

















                                         And now?

What about cats?
Before--



















... and now:


People?





















Hummm....














Then there's pigs:
before



now..




What can I say?


I don't know where I'm going with it all...
but I'll let you know when I get there ;)


                       Please note:  all images in this post are copyright, Elizabeth Rose Stanton


35 comments:

  1. Lizzie, I so loved this. Where's the more traditional self-portrait!?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Simplicity with a definite individual style. (but by no means any less accomplished)You've come a long way. I must say that while I love the technical aspects of your before pictures, the after are much more attractive to me.
    Be yourself. Do what you love. Love what you do.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hmmmm! Curiouser and curiouser! Split personalities? (gasp!) Isn't it nice to be versatile, though, and to just let go? I'm trying (to just let go and let 'me' come out) but I think that I still have an awful lot of the basics to still master before I do.

    I love this post!

    =]

    ReplyDelete
  4. First of all, incredible art, all of it! Second, awesome post. U rock E!

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are one talented lady. I think the earlier pics are beautiful, strikingly real. But your later ones make my imagination run wild, and that, to me, makes them even more wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  6. We can't avoid changing, Elizabeth. There's no wrong in art as long as you enjoy it and that's make you fun. Fun is one reason you start to draw, isn't it? And I like both styles btw. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fascinating post! I think it's precisely because you DO know how to do the former, that you can do the latter so well. The time spent doing the more detailed work is evident even in the simplest line drawing.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I enjoyed this so much -- absolutely fascinating -- and I love all of them!

    ReplyDelete
  9. WOW. Both extremes are terrific but I love your new stuff the best. Bravo!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Interesting. The older drawings do an excellent job of giving information about the physical characteristics of the subject. Excellent style for portrait art and nature/medical/technical illustrations. In the newer drawings the subjects look well-poised to show you what they're about to do and how they feel about it. Excellent style for storytelling.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think your 'new' style has much more character and feeling! IMHO (Not to take away anything from your 'old' style, of course! LOL)

    ReplyDelete
  12. You draw really really really good, you can see that in your old style, I wish I could do that. But I think the feeling or emotion is missing, altought the drawings are perfect. But to draw the way you do now, you have to draw really good. You needed your old style, otherwise you would never been there were your art is now! And I love it!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. You excel in both styles of drawing...which one do you feel is the real you?

    ReplyDelete
  14. ELizabeth, what a fascinating path! Now where ...??

    ReplyDelete
  15. All these put a nice big smile on my face. It looks like you may have more humor in your life today.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I've found a similar evolution in my writing. It's gone from very serious to much more comic. I don't really know why, but I like it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love both!you changed but there is always something of you:)

    ReplyDelete
  18. he Elisabeth, it's nice to see these differences, my favorite is the round pig :-) nice post!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I don't see it.. what's the difference?? What am I missing here???

    Okay, I kid.

    In order for you to be so comfortably loose and fun now, you had to pay your dues in the past. Or as a friend of mine says, 'You had to hit the books.' You'll always have those early disciplines coming through no matter what you create now.

    That being said.. I like the new Elizabeth better. She's funny!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Abby is a bit alarmed at the first dog illustration...

    ReplyDelete
  21. Margaret Flint SuterDecember 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    they are all charming in their individual ways! Your mind obviously chases the muse round and round and must periodically wish to club it into quiet in the corner! I love your "stuff!"

    ReplyDelete
  22. E...(I call her E), you are brilliant. I am so very glad to have "met" you this year, and I count you as a true blessing in my lives, my creative one and my personal one. After all, they are one in the same.

    #artrocks

    ReplyDelete
  23. It looks like you were very serious about creating art that was ART and now you are sure enough of yourself as an accomplished artist that you can relax, have fun and see what comes out of you! I think both ways are good.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love it! It's such a great journey you are on and I'm loving all of the art you post..keep doing what you love..and we will be back again and again to enjoy. : )

    ReplyDelete
  25. i LOVE this post Elizabeth!!!! i have gone down a similar path.....i find it to be much more fulfilling....just keep on keeping on!!! LOVE you work!!!!!!
    evan

    ReplyDelete
  26. You've proven to yourself that you are a master and now you want to just be you! You deserve to always be you and the rest will follow! :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I went through the family portrait/pet portrait stage too. It was a good way of making a little extra cash. But boy was it hard!! Taking photos of bored squirming kids and animals that didn't like each other posing on the same chair!! (Once had a parrot, cat and husky together - fun photo session that was!) And then hours of hyper realism as that was what the client wanted. Still, as everyone here says , its a good training ground. Your works are fabulous, especially like the bird - but got to say my fav is definately the modern version of a pig ball!
    I love your recent work. It has such character and individuality but you are technically brilliant !

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi Elizabeth. I think you have done an amazing job at capturing emotion in both styles of illustration. I love watching you evolve and the characters that you are developing are filled with humor and suit the target market that your aiming at. My favorite illustration is the cat...... so sweet.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Whooooaaaaaa! I'm so impressed by where you've been and where you're headed. Your traditional art is gor-gee-ous! And your new style captures a lot of whimsy and fun and play. Love them both!

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a change of course, and how long it took to get there? What wonder of style has managed to create over time, congratulations! I love it, no doubt it has improved. :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. I just love your latter style. It reminds me an awful lot of Shel Silverstein's illustrations, which I'm sure you've heard before. Consider it an enormous compliment! ;)

    I want terribly to know the story behind the banded flit. He's wonderful. (And that is the difference, in my opinion. The more traditional art is beautiful for its own sake, but the whimsical stuff truly does inspire the imagination. There seems to be so much more going on.)

    Keep it up! I subscribed so I get emails every time you post a new drawing and I always look forward to them! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. i just only can say ,... WOWWWW
    Amaizng work

    ReplyDelete
  33. I have a Ridgeback! Your former dog sketch looks just like my Rufus! I love this post. An art teacher of mine always said 'you have to know the rules in order to know how to break them.' You break them well.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Brilliant post. I love the contrasts. You are soooooo talented!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I like that you've broken away from the traditional style of drawing and into your own style :)) That's what makes your work so great!

    ReplyDelete

I truly appreciate your comments.
I try and reply, so be sure and come back!