Artist’s Juxtaposed, Side-By-Side Illustrations Reveal Progress Over The Years



Image by Lorna Kelleher and featured with permission

Like many other artists out there, Lorna Kelleher is determined to improve her illustrations; a task that calls for patience, perseverance, and commitment.

Over the last two years, Kelleher has focused her attention on honing these skills and it’s led to noticeable improvements, particularly when juxtaposed with similar work from yesteryear.

On her Instagram account @lornakelleherart, the creative uploaded a series featuring side-by-side images that reveal her work from 2016 versus 2018, starring Disney’s famous princesses. Her tools include Photoshop CS6 and Wacom’s Intuos Pro.

Discover her past versus present collection through the Instagram albums below. You can stay updated on Kelleher’s progress through her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Next up: Pocahontas 😍 decided to try front angle since I had double last time. I still really love my version from 2017; she definitely looks older, but also like she could be a chief 😍 decided to bring it back to a more “Disney” version of her this year, but in my style 😊 hope I did her justice, I was worried about this one!

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Mar 3, 2018 at 1:57pm PST

Image by Lorna Kelleher and featured with permission

Time for my yearly Ariel improvement drawing! I can’t believe it’s been a year already? 😳 I definitely feel this year that my art style is going in a somewhat more consistent direction. It’s funny when I look at last year’s picture, and I remember how happy I was about how much I’d learned that year. It’s really nice to feel that way again now! How are you guys going with your improvement? I hope you’re checking regularly! It’s a good exercise ❤️ swipe for older versions, and the full version can be seen on my FB/Twitter 😊

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 3, 2018 at 3:03pm PST

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I’m so much happier with how this Belle turned out! 😭😍 I remember two years ago that I wasn’t happy about her eyes and narrow face, so I’m really glad now that in my style she’s a bit more fleshed out. Sorry about the clothes, I was really just concentrating on the face 😅 which princess should I do next? ❤️

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 6, 2018 at 1:37pm PST

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A lot of people asked for Cinderella next! Last year I got quite a lot of hate for the version I drew, which, looking back; I can see why people didn’t like it 😅 that’s not to say there’s certain ways of expressing your opinion though! For the sake of not having to explain in the comments: yes, the one on the left looks more like the Disney Cinderella, because I was essentially just redrawing a screencap. It’s nice to have found a style that I’m comfortable with and makes me happy when I’m drawing. 😊 just wanted to say don’t be scared to try and make an established image/person in YOUR version, because that’s the whole point of making art ❤️

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 8, 2018 at 12:36pm PST

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This is my favourite improvement so far! 😭 I’ve struggled so much with Jasmine’s features, and it really broke my heart that I felt like I couldn’t represent her for the past 2 years. It’s not perfect, but I feel like this is a much better attempt this year! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and encouragement the past few days, you guys really inspire me ❤️

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 10, 2018 at 2:46pm PST

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Next princess: Snow White! I saw a beautiful photo of a girl that I wanted to use as reference to help with making her look her age. I feel like she definitely looks younger than my other princesses this year, so I’m really happy! Who would you like to see next? ❤️

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 15, 2018 at 1:35pm PST

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Next improvement check-up! I totally had my ethnicities confused in 2016 🤦♀️ I still really like my 2017 version too, but I decided to try out something different this year. Again, thanks for your messages since I’ve been away, especially on my stories when I was trying to address the unnecessary fighting on my last post. I really appreciate everyone who supports me ❤️😍

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:56pm PST

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Next princess improvement: Aurora! 😍 I struggled with this for the longest time, and then I realised it was because I had drawn her facing fully forward; I haven’t really drawn a face in that position for a while! Makes me realise how much I need to study 😅 do you have face angles you really struggle with? Only a few more princesses to go, and I’m going to add more to the line up. Who would you like to see? Definitely want to get Meg and Kida part of the group ❤️

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Feb 28, 2018 at 1:37pm PST

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Rapunzel! 😍 I’m so happy with how this turned out! I spend a bit more time on this, and I thought it was a good opportunity to attempt difficult hair; so I went with the braid! Sorry about the inactivity; I miss being able to post regularly and chatting with you all. Tell me an interesting fact about yourselves! I’ll go first: I’m a qualified body piercer 😉

A post shared by Lorna Kelleher (@lornakelleherart) on Mar 10, 2018 at 12:26pm PST

Image by Lorna Kelleher and featured with permission

[images by Lorna Kelleher and featured with permission]

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