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A Decade in Review by Alene A Decade in Review by Alene
I've been seeing all those 2003-9 reviews, and finding them so interesting, so I thought I'd do something similar for myself.
Also, the newspaper has lately been doing a whole lot of retrospectives on the decade, which had (quite separately) got me thinking to how much my drawing had improved in that time. So I took the template that everyone else has been using, and expanded it to include the whole decade, and altered it a bit to fit my personal branding. Credit goes to *Kamaniki, though, for her original template, which you can find here [link] if you haven't already. =D

I couldn't actually find four pieces of artwork from the years 2000 and 2001, which, from the state of them, is probably a good thing! But I made up for that by adding an extra four for 2009, which has been a very productive and varied year.
To keep things interesting, quite a number of these are things that you certainly won't have seen before.

There are far too many pieces here to list media and etc, so I won't. If there's any particular piece you want to know about, just ask, and I'll do my best to think back and oblige. =)

Enjoy! =D And I'd love to know what you think!
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elizile Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly inspiring. I want to grab a drawing pad and get to work!
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Alene Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thankyou! It's always fun to see how much you've progressed, I think. And I'm glad I could be inspiring for you. =D
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guiltyORION Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
You are insanely talented. I was drawn to your profile by your drawing of Fred Astaire; I thought it was a photograph! I only dream of the day I will have a fraction of your skill. :D
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Alene Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thankyou so much!
I think everyone would have a fraction of my skill, it just depends on how large a fraction, I suppose. And then, too, I have a fraction of the skill of other people, who are so good at different things, or just all round better, so it all goes around. =) Don't put your own work down - if you really want to improve, and work at it, of course you will. And you've got a good start in your gallery already! =D
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daze-s2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really nice to see how far you have come along! They are ALL amazing! Even the works you did when you were 13 yrs old! Really nice~! :heart:
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou so much! I'm glad you enjoyed looking at them all. =)
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trekkiemage Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! I adore your historical costumes and portraiture <3

The difference between your work in 2003 and 2004 is amazing!
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou so much (and for the :+fav: too =))

Mid 2002 was when I realised that a) this is what I want to do and b) Improving takes work; so a bit over a year of practice had finally paid off by 2004. =P
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I really enjoyed looking at this and watching your style (and talent!) develop! :clap:
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, and I see you did! That comment didn't turn up in my message box. =P I'll try and get Cynthia finished properly soon, so I can upload it! =D
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
LOL, silly dA, making me look bad. :giggle: And you've made one of Cynthia, too? :D :D :D :D Do hurry and finish so that I can appreciate them both properly! I cannot wait to see them. :)
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I was using a screenshot from the scene where Mr Henderson has just been introduced to Molly, so Cynthia is on the other side of the seat where Molly is sitting. (Cynthia's hair! Arrg! =P) The whole thing was started to practice fabric and foliage, but because it isn't work I don't get much of a chance to work on it. =( But it is, at least, mostly finished by now, so hopefully I will get it done soon! I'm very fond of it. =)
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Oh yes, that scene! Molly really doesn't wear that outfit in very many. And Cynthia's hair, I know! I love it! My favouritefavouritefavourite outfit of hers is the green one she wears in that brief sequence in London. (And it really sucks that it's never fully visible enough for me to get a decent screencap, garh!)

I'm sure I'll be very fond of it as well!!! I'm dying to see it! :floating:
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love Cynthia's hair too - just not when I'm trying to paint the evil stuff! =P And you're right, that briefly-seen green dress is very nice - although I prefer the also briefly-seen black velvet and white lace number, in the scene with Mr Preston and the ribbons. It's so frothy! =D
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Oh yes! I like that one a lot, too! Anything velvet automatically wins with me, LOL! ;P
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
I wouldn't say anything velvet wins with me. My father was watching Jason King last night, and he had a burgundy crushed-velvet suit, with flares. =P This was not, in my opinion, a win! =D
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! :hug:
And you know, I was really expecting you to notice Molly down there. =P
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
HAH! I DID, lol. :giggle: How could I not? ;P
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amosis55 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
You've come a long way. Looking forward to the next decade. :)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I know! It really brings it home when you see it all together like this! =)
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amosis55 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
It's great.
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rotane Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional
This is great! One can totally see how you've progressed :thumbsup:
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! And thanks for the :+fav: too! =)
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CoffeeChick17 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is awesome! i love when people show their progress. shows just how far they have come! you have come a long way and you are an amazing artist. great job. looks like you had a good decade of drawing!! :D

keep up the good work! :hug:
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Indeed, that's why I like to look at them; to see the progress and admire it.
Thankyou so much! I intend to! =)
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CoffeeChick17 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you are most welcome!!
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, is that Wives and Daughters picture in the last row up here? *looks around for it* I want to see it in its entirety!
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Alene Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're right, it is indeed! =) I've been working on it to practice painting fabric and foliage - but since it's not actually work I can't justify working on it all the time, so it isn't quite finished yet. I'll post it when it is, though. =D
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I look forward to it. ^_^
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Hah! I was just about to say the same exact thing! Ohhh Aleeennnee....I think you need to upload something! :giggle:
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