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Kicked My Ass Again!

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The merman that was drawn has been remade! Here's another edition of the 'Kick Your Own Ass' challenge, which I obviously last did in 2010. The past 2 years have been nonstop training and practice with my education at TAD, and I knew I wanted to remake this piece again after graduating, so here it is! My what 6 years of practice can do, can't wait to see the next 6!

Thanks for looking, and all the support along the way! You guys rock! :)

Check out the full version of the 2012 one here: [link]
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Tristan-the-Dreamer's avatar
Tristan-the-DreamerStudent Traditional Artist
It's just so exciting!
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ThanatosIrugaProfessional Digital Artist
It fell like a pastel painting *__*
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TevJokahProfessional Digital Artist
These are awesome, the final one really has a lot of life in it!
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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MaklininiHobbyist
This...gives me such much hope !:D Amazing ! keep it up  Bunny Emoji-89 (Cheer) [V5] 
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2006 is terrible, 2010 is good, and 2012 is excellent.
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
But the 2006 one is the pinnacle of my distinguished career! D:
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Ah I know, but it looks like a 10 year old drew it. I understand. You were younger when you drew the 2006 one.
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Blue-Cat00Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, do you mind sharing some tips of how to improve like this? ; A ;
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Haha, well to put it bluntly: draw all the time. Improvement is all about practice and study, use as much of your available free time as possible to work on your art. Study foundations intensely, figure drawing, perspective, composition, color, etc. Put in your 10,000 hours and you'll make a ton of progress. :)
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Blue-Cat00Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any useful links with those sort of things you could share with me in a note? :?
And can someone really learn how to draw proper anatomy just by drawing from reference photos? I ask this because in my head, it makes me a huge confusion of how I can learn how to draw correct anatomy without knowing where a muscle starts and where it ends, basically where and how the muscles are located and how they react in certain movements and among eachother if you know what I'm trying to say. :C
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Well, you definitely do need to understand anatomy if you want to draw figures from imagination, otherwise you're just guessing at what all the strange bumps on the surface are. Knowing anatomy lets you draw what's really there and stylize it to feel more appropriate to the character you're drawing.

As far as useful resources, I'd highly recommend Proko's video series on figure drawing and Andrew Loomis' book on figure drawing, a google search will lead you to both, and here's some additional resources if you want them: www.marshallart.com/reviews/an…
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SCareyArtProfessional General Artist
Simply an amazing improvement. I love how the coloring became muted and the overall color scheme flows better, plus the amazing gesture and realistic figure portrayal. JUst shows how practice is truly what makes you learn faster. ^^ Bravo
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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i donno the one in 2006 was pretty good 
Anevis's avatar
AnevisStudent Digital Artist
I need to kick my ass too...
Great improvement, thanks for posting
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Snaphance93Student Digital Artist
I remember you from the NDA forums! Anyway, I keep returning to this piece again and again--it's so encouraging to see how you've improved in those six years, and just seeing how far you've come motivates me to buckle up and work when it doesn't feel like I'm getting anywhere. You, sir, are an artist I truly admire!
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
haha, oh man, NDA was soooo long ago, I miss those simple days. xP

Thanks very much, I appreciate it! Always keep practicing; it's a pain but it's worth it in the end. :)
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omggg it's so inspiring. I'm 14 and i guess i'm as good as you when you drew the first one haha, I hope i'll be able to draw half as well as you now do, when i'm 20
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Just keep practicing and you will improve! :)
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FirsherStudent Digital Artist
This is beautiful and inspiring!
Thank you so much for posting
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AndantoniusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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I want to meet the mermaids from right side)))))
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