20 Years of Spider-Man Improvement

October 24, 2012

Hey Friends–

I moved recently and things have been busy, so I won’t be able to get a new comic up this week. I’m working hard on it right now though– it’s the biggest one so far– the title of the essay is going to be: “Hug the Elephant.” Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, I wanted to show you something special. I was digging through old sketchbooks while packing for the move and I found these little gems– drawings of Spider-Man I made from age 6 onward. I’ve been drawing Spider-Man periodically for about 20 years!

Here’s my progress!

Age 6:

Age 9:

Age 14:

Age 18:

Age 22:

Seeing improvement is fun, isn’t it? Today I decided to draw another entry to the spiderman series:

Age 25:

I want to encourage you guys to revisit your work every month or so. If you are consistently making things, you’ll be able to see a progression in your work, which helps you keep going.

See you next week!


18 Responses to 20 Years of Spider-Man Improvement

  1. Khalid Birdsong on October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I wish I could draw like that when I was 9! It’s also nice to see the progression in your art style as well as drawing ability.

    • stephen on October 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Ha ha– thanks!

  2. Jonny on October 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Haha Love it!

    • stephen on October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks buddy!

  3. Diana on October 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    That’s amazing. I’ve been drawing since forever but sadly I’ve chucked out a lot of my old drawings cos I never feel they were good enough or just too embarrassed to show them to people. Sometimes I wished I kept them around to show the evolution. I’ve been keeping the ones from recent years but not from my kid days. Thanks for the share, it’s absolutely brilliant! :)

    • stephen on October 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Your’e welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sam on October 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    What a great little map of your Spidey art through the years! I thank you for sharing this with us. And as I always say…

    Keep On Thwipin’!!!

  5. Lucas Bicalho on October 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

    is really good to see the improve after some years, I keep my old drawings around and I want to do the same as you soon.

  6. Kev Brett on November 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Awesome thanks! Think my fave is age 18 ;) but love seeing the progression. Thanks as always for sharing good sir

  7. Sara on November 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hi! Just wanted to say it’s awesome you were able to locate your old drawings from when you were a kid! It’s great seeing people improve their creative and artistic abilities as they grow up. :3 Unfortunately, I’ve moved a couple of times since I was 6, and the vast majority of my drawings were lost to the moves, time, forgetfulness, etc. I might have a couple of drawings from back when I was 10 or 11. I should dig them up…

    It is really awesome to go back and look at your own work. :D Then to revisit it after so many months or years! Like, redrawing something you did awhile ago using the skills, knowledge, and style you’ve acquired since then. :) Man, I wanna do that now… Anyways, thank you for all your fantastic illustrated essays! Looking forward to reading any new ones that come out.

  8. A.G. on November 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    This is really cool, I love seeing progress like this. :) It gives me inspiration, like all your other essays and works, to keep working. Not practicing, but stealing, as you put it. ;P It’s a lot of fun seeing my work improve. It’s also a lot of fun seeing someone who’s work I admire put up a picture from when he was six! Just shows how everyone starts from scratch, everyone evolves, even the most well known and talented artists. Thank you. :)

  9. Natalie on July 31, 2013 at 1:34 am

    SUGOI!!!! I really like age 18. All of them are so great though in different ways

  10. shaheen on November 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    nice to see the styles constantly changing!
    but i’m really surprised that you used to write your age for every drawing since age 6 itself! what made you think of writing it down back then?

    • stephen on November 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I think I drew the first spiderman as is, and when I was older and wanted to show my improvement– like 9 or 14, I went back and added in the ages.

  11. Mike Scott on December 2, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I like the first one.

  12. Lyl on December 29, 2013 at 7:02 am

    In love with midget spidey from age 14.

  13. Kim Julliane on November 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I’m randomly learning how to draw by myself and I learned that I should’t be too down on seeing other people’s works because I know, just like you before I may still be on the starting process. I just wish I can improve just like you. Line webtoon creators like you, shen, instant miso and snailords replied to my messages and fanarts and that motivated me because it seems like you’re not so hard to reach and I can be like you someday. Thank you for sharing your works, continue on inspiring aspiring artists.

  14. I really enjoyed the article. Very Informative.Thank you for sharing it!

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