Conan The Barbarian
by Bill Richards
Conan Comparison (1987-2009)
Click a thumbnail to see individual drawings.
The first piece is a side-by-side comparison of the two pencil drawings of Conan the Barbarian.
The first one was done in 1987 (when I was only 19 years old), the second was drawn in 2009 (then 41 years old).
As you can see I hope to show that through the years not only has the proportions have improved, but so has the shadows, lights and especially the details.
This is what I show my art students when I teach them how to draw. I hope that my students are able to get to where I have achieved without taking 22 years to do so.
Note from Kerry:
I really enjoy looking at comparisons so thanks for doing it this way! As I initially gazed at the 2 together, it is hard to notice any difference because each drawing has its own wow factor. I had to look really hard to notice the improvement from the first to the second.
Both of them are excellent pieces of artwork! It looks to me like Conan the Barbarian did a lot of toning up work in the interim years between 1987 and 2009! (Just joking)
I've jumped the queue to put one of your drawings up for you. There is only me working on this site so it does take quite a bit of time to review each submission and then to add my comments. Now that the search engines require around 300-400 words per page (otherwise my site gets penalized and I'm not prepared to take the risk), it makes my job here so much harder and takes a lot longer than it used to. I do apologize for making you wonder what happened to your artwork but hopefully you understand.
When submissions have very few words, I have to leave them until I get the time to add more to the page or wait until they send in another page so I can add the 2 together. (That's a hint for anyone who wants their work to be given priority...)
Thanks for sending in your Conan the Barbarian, it is very intricate artwork and I can see you are an artist with great patience. Good work, Bill.