Another piece from my junior portfolio, it was actually the first project assigned in the class. It was a basic form of paper cutting, we drew an image cut it out then put it on a background of some sort. In the final project I actually colored the background to show through the cut outs which was annoying and creepy looking without the paper cut out on top. Unfortunately that final copy was destroyed from a drink spill later on and I never got a great picture of it on my camera since it was at an art show with the others before the accident.
I was actually really proud of and satisfied with the over all result of the final, I even enjoy this version. It was one of the first illustrations I created with minimal direct photo reference. As I was learning earlier in my school years I tended to heavily rely on photo references and exactly copying them before making changes to make it my own. This was the first really big step towards being more of an individual.
I still struggle with my feelings on photo references and often feel bad though I anticipate I shouldn't. I always did try my hardest to change it and add my own things to it, but I still have a guilt about it even to this day when I use basic references and many different ones. I don't know, mixed feelings. I know I would never feel bad if I am ever good enough to have my art used as reference, but I still feel personally like I'm the problem. Just annoying artist problems I suppose. Anyways tangent aside, I really am still quite proud of this piece.