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improvement meme 2012 by ToolKitten improvement meme 2012 by ToolKitten
wanted to say, i was drawing my whole life, but this meme only goes from 2003-2012. also, coloring guys like j scott campbell and ebas really taught me a lot about drawing from about 2008 onwards..


UPDATE with 3 new years. and this is my most concrete evidence against talent. you can see the improvement through practice, and hours and hours of it. it has been this way since i could only scribble. some dont pick it up as early as i did, but i dont believe i was ever born with any natural talent.
it can be really easy for somebody not at your skill level, or somebody who has never known you to say "wow you're really talented" by 2004, i had already been drawing for 17 years, most of that time quite passionately. already years and years of practice and hard self diligence and self study. it is easy for the lazy artsit having a hard time to call these things skill. to them there is no other explanation. if you took drawings from every year of my life, youd see this progression from scribbles at the age of 2. thats what happens when you practice right.

but to me the entire word can be demeaning, like i was born with something. not earned, as it was, and is. it may be a tomato tomatoe situation, but i just use the word skill. something learned and earned, not awarded.


wow, what a laugh fest! and i guess i'd hoped to see more improvement, damn 2007-2008!

still makes me sad.......

2004 was a really difficult year to represent, so i'll add to it here.

the start of that year i was using a mouse to color everything, and using tons of burn and dodge. i drew all the time, taking my sketchbook everywhere i went producing lots of shit.......



so, new style, new painting style, new wacom, my passion for art had never been higher or since. too bad i sucked XD

this was also the year i joined dA.


meme taken from *Kamaniki
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:iconvalentinesketch:
ValentineSketch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Stuff like this really makes me want to keep going!
Thank you for posting this XX
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Asrath Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! I love to see how your art developed, and I agree this 'timeline' clearly proves "talent" is a joke, lol. As when you were 18-19 your art wasn't all that good, but now... it is A-MA-ZING. AKA: work for it, and you can reach it. Nothing comes from nothing.

I think some people have more 'talent' or aptitude to learn a certain skill A TEENY BIT quicker or better, which causes their environment to support them and say "Oh wow! You're so good! You should continue!" which motivates a person to do this thing more and more, which causes them to become REALLY good, and then everyone says "it was all talent". Blah, bullshit! Someone can be born with a big head start, but if they don't use their "talent" they become as mundane as everyone else.
Practice, and hard work, are the keys to succes! :)
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havochere Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
this is amazing, truly motivational, keep it up xx
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dyodoru Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconguhuplz: oh my gosh ok. so lately ive been really feeling like giving up on my art thinking that ill never improve but wow.. this really opened my eyes.. :iconyuicryplz: thank you for posting this. :iconcraiyuiplz:
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Banned4noreasonNEway Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
This is damned inspiring (and informative to art-plebians such as myself) regarding the artistic process and finding yourself... which we never actually do find ultimately, since we're such transient creatures with our equally transient lives.
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Hashae Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well no need this says it all. I mean I too improved on my drawing skills as well I just don't deviate them that's all. Which is why I make journal entries of an orignal i came up with since the 6th grade.
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Badmuphin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspirational
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waterDoe Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adding this to... inspiration :)
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Decadent-Cupcake Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
What great improvement starting from age 19/20, You are a real role model!!
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jwiest Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool retrospective...thanks for sharing! :)
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Melikoth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
That's some amazing progress over the years, congratulations!
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Courtney-Crowe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
looking from where you began to where you are now is just amazing, very inspiring to see this :D
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Lyndyn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Very cool!
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MaryHoran Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
wow! Amazing art!!! You surprised me, i think that when i grow up i wanna be an artist like you :)
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Morataya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are an amazing color artist but your own art has been fantastic and ceases to impress me as it grows! I love the direction it has been going and I will definitely keep watching to see where it goes from here!!
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pako0007 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations for your hard work and dedication!!!
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feltofdespire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
oooooo you inspire me, i have a chanse T__T
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BloodGolem Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
you seem like a truly wonderful person and a beautiful soul!... smile, love, laugh, dance!
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CrazzB Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is another inspiration for me to give my best. Thanks!
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yarosman Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
fantastic progress! respect.
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PaintStrip Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
thankyou for the confidence booost i love drawing soo much but finding the time does prove to be a challenge. i love seeing how you improved and your drawing look amazing :3
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Rikolem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
This gives me lots of confidence seeing at the level i am at now that i will hopefully improve alot by the time im older.
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Rikolem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Wow. So people who draw anime are not always doomed. LOL
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
only if you keep at it lol
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Rikolem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I can see that. Thank god i gave it up. Im saved!
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol
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Blue-Memo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, do you mean drawing anime is like a dead end?? :o
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
it can be
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TheStPierre Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
One of the best organically progressive improvement memes I've seen. Keep up the hard work, it's certainly showing that it's all been worth it.
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Yaegiri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am 23 and you made me hope again, that age really doesn't matter :)
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SunnyMothman200 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for posting this! It really inspired me! Recently, I've been feeling a little bit stagnated in my work and I feel as if my technical skills are not up to par with the visions that I have in mind. So, that's been getting me pretty down. But I guess seeing this showed me that I can improve if I just keep at it! Thank you so much! Also, your work is incredible and you are such an inspiration!
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phattyartist Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Love your progress. I only wish I could get my act together more.
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MisterPower Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Wow! Thanks for sharing.
Your art developemented quiet good over the years. Keep going and you will be superfamous!

Best wishes.
Big Fan!
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Snowslasher Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Having watched your art grow over the past many years, it's cool to see it all in one place like this. It's both interesting and inspirational, and can't wait to see how things'll look in another 8 years or so.
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G0dzirra Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SOOOO RAD!!!!
Beautiful evolution of a wonderful talent
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holmanextremo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Congratulations!!!

Your improvement is amazing!

I hope that you continue growing and making this breathtaking art!

Greetings from Colombia!
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lietuwis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow uve improved sooo much ! concrats o this achievment . realy great job
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JovDaRipper Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Really nice progression, truly inspiring.
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Judg3m3nt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
What this timeline has taught me is that you are very much into drawing boobies.
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MANLIVS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspirational, as others have noted. Thanks!
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single-in-ks Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Awesome progression. Congrats
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Thomax Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
thanks for showing your yearbook
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gamma-of-two Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
It's inspiring to see how much you've grown as an artist. Gives me hope. :D
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veryverystrawberry Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks so much for posting this! It's really helpful. Sometimes I get so discouraged, it takes lot of work and effort, just like anyother type of work, and I don't think people notice that. Anyways, I really appreciate it! There is always room for improvement, and everyday we learn something new. =)
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emalterre Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
you are so true to show this, again and again we all have to keep up drawing to improve ourself
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angelcanohn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
great, and i personally admire your diligence to keep old jobs, it shows that you are a very orderly.
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elguluso Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the "evolution of Nei" meme, it really shows how and artist is always growing and getting better
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macsorro Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Amazing retrospective!
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Roguejoe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is very inspirational when shown side by side from humble beginnings to some of the highest quality productions I keep coming back to.
I love it, and you should be proud of how much your had work has really paid off for you.
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Crow-Karasu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Wow that's amazing! Great work!
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