One Man's Journey From Teenage Sketches To Magic Card Artist

One Man's Journey From Teenage Sketches To Magic Card Artist

Every day, I share some of the amazing work done by video game concept artists, and every day, I read comments from readers saying "wow, I wish I could draw like that". The story of Noah Bradley will make you realise that hey, maybe you can.

Bradley, an artist who we've previously featured on our daily concept art feature Fine Art, has written and shared a lengthy story on Medium that details his journey from adolescent kid scratching around in pencil to one of the world's top artists.

In other words, from this:

One Man's Journey From Teenage Sketches To Magic Card Artist

To this:

One Man's Journey From Teenage Sketches To Magic Card Artist

"I hope that, in some small way, this post serves to encourage fellow artists on their journey", Bradley writes. "It can take a long time and seem hopeless. It can be exhausting, discouraging, even depressing. But if you stay at it, someday you will make it past those obstacles."

From beginning with very little, Bradley worked hard, attended classes, got himself into art school, worked some more to pay off his loans, improved his craft and eventually found work with companies like Wizards of the Coast (Magic) and Fantasy Flight (rad board games).

These days, he travels the world getting paid to draw cool pictures.

It's a reminder that, yes, while some people are born with amazing talents, art is still something that can be taught and developed through hard work, just like any other skill.

You can read the whole thing -- and chart his progress as an artist through examples of his work -- here.


Comments

    fahhrr.. the full article was an inspiring read

    The full story's a great read but this article's a bit misleading. The "before" sketch is disproportionately amateur compared to the rest of the examples from the same time. Everything else is much better so he was already a pretty amazing artist by the time he started this journey.

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