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Improvement 1202 [2016 version] by DamaiMikaz Improvement 1202 [2016 version] by DamaiMikaz
Two years ago I was in an incredibly bad place. Shitty health, couldn't work, and all of that plunged me into an inevitable depression. I felt pretty bad about everything, and about my art as well. As health related issues limited my computer time to about 1 to 2 hours a day, I picked up the hobby of speedpainting. It helped me drag through the days. It felt good to get at least something done. 

Last year, after a full year or (almost) daily painting, I redid that drawing. Same setting, same character, approximately the same time limit. I surprised even myself with how much I picked up from just one hour of painting a day.

Fast forward and it's 2016 already.
Health-wise I'm doing considerably better, though I can't draw that much anymore since my new job takes a lot of my valuable energy (and I won't have any left for drawing, unfortunately). I still love drawing, but it's going at a slower pace. I don't feel like I've improved as much as I did last year, but I feel like my overall process has become a lot more fluid. I tried to push the colors and the mood a bit more, as my main goal is to tell stories and convey emotion through art :)

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The boy in the snow by DamaiMikazWhen the world went silent by DamaiMikaz



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:iconmaniaco1d:
maniaco1d Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
grat improvement
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:iconwardart:
wardart Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is cool.  1. Very good image.  2. Neat how you returned to the same drawing and showed progress.
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:iconyangxixiah:
YangXixiah Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Student General Artist
wow nice!
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:iconarcarts:
ARCarts Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Nice. I take it's one of your favourite and most challenging pieces. 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure about that. But I like the mood of the painting and I've been doing it for years ^^
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:iconarcarts:
ARCarts Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Ah. I was off the mark, but cool. Look forward to the next rendition.
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:iconcutekitty2424:
Cutekitty2424 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
He gets closer everytime
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:iconkingdajunkie:
KingDaJunkie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Each year the coat gets fluffier o_o
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:icontofuthebold:
tofuthebold Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
wow wow, huge improvements in two years!
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:iconnairadnv:
NairaDNV Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
I kind of see the "technical" improvements for the 2nd to the 3rd painting but...
Well, I really just like the 2nd better :/ 
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:icongigaboss101:
GigaBoss101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my lord this is amazing. Really inspiring for artists who think they can't improve. :)
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:iconlitsilium:
LitSilium Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this kind of posts, they motivate me to practice every day...or at least try to practice everyday
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:iconsoulkiller756:
SoulKiller756 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
Man, it took him 3 years just walk over to a ledge, amazing 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a huge forest :lol:
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:iconluizbiel:
luizbiel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Evolution: IS GUUD
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:iconsamsocksdraws:
SamsocksDraws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Filmographer
Ive noticed that each one progressivly looks like they have gone farther and farther into the woods. Will we ever see the picture when they come out of the woods? 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a subtle metaphor for the story getting more confusing and darker as it goes on :lol:
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:iconsamsocksdraws:
SamsocksDraws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Filmographer
Ah that tottally makes sense. 

And I'm surprised you replied so quickly! 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I found my art getting progressively darker, as did the story XD
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:iconsamsocksdraws:
SamsocksDraws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Filmographer
That definably happens to all of us at some point huh? XD 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I'm in too deep now :stare:
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:iconsamsocksdraws:
SamsocksDraws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Filmographer
Oh no! Well I hope that you personally are not joining your art world in its 'darkness.'
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
huh?
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:iconaccidental-strix:
Accidental-Strix Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the transformation is huuuuuuuuge! But tbh the first has the most emotion to me bc it just looks so cold and uninviting.... and lonely ;^;
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:icondaddyhoggy:
DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
That's quite a transformation - long may it continue!
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:iconmetatf:
metatf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Only two years...
Keep on this gurl ;)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I'll be awesome one day XD
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:iconphosphorosbrunda:
PhosphorosBrunda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
NICE!!! VERY GOOD IDEA!!!
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:icon56horse:
56horse Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student
WICKED PROGRESS!!!!
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:iconcomical1:
Comical1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful! I love how you came back in December each year and re-approached the same scene.  it looks fabulous!
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:iconlaasuzi:
Laasuzi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
woah. looks like he/she is getting closer to the camera 
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:iconfloresfire:
floresfire Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
You've improved big time my friend :D
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:iconbarbaramachadoart:
barbaramachadoart Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
wow! very nice! :D
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:iconai-kei:
Ai-kei Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Improvement is great! Personally I prefer the angle which the 2015 is drawn in, I feel it more chilling when he looks straight at the viewer.  
I can certainly see the improvement! I love it, good work!
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:iconmouseanderson:
mouseanderson Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing improvement
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:iconcitsitra-blue:
Citsitra-Blue Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you've improved and i saw that someone said it looks like the person getting older 
but it also looks like this person started as more reserved and now they're more brave x3 
like their progress over the years
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The drawings are more or less parallel to the story.
So yeah... the character gets older and grows more confident ^^
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:iconlillendandie:
Lillendandie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Your composition certainly has improved. Have you thought about working as a freelance illustrator for children's books? I think you would be great at it.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment.
And tbh... I haven't. I already have a fulfilling job. Art is just something I do on the side :)
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DrawWithNessie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Haha, he looks older in each drawing. If you turn these 3 drawings into a short comic, it looks like he has been wandering/lost in the forest for the past 3 years. Someone get this poor child outta there. :D

Anyway, I actually like the lighting in the 2015 drawing more. The warm glow really brightens up the picture. But I like the composition of your 2016 drawing more.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... it's s subtle progression into the story, where the characters gets older and the story gets darker :lol:
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:icontwifight-sparkill:
Twifight-Sparkill Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My greatest art accomplishment this year was ... actually going back to doing artwork again, after almost twelve years! 

I don't know why it happened again, and his has been an IMMENSE undertaking to try, but... well, I have a long way to go. Thankfully, the support I've had here and on my native FiMFiction for trying again at art has been WOINDERFULLY positive!

... now all I have to do is keep at it, which is the toughest thing since I work a ton, AND need to try and make time for writing.

WOO! Never a dull moment!
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:iconwhimsikitty:
WhimsiKitty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Your determination, improvement, and art are impressive!
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:iconrevealedfromthevoy:
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see you've kept on arting even through health issue

I remember when you told us you were sick and all...
Though times for us too, to know you weren't good

So it's nice to know you're feeling better and your art is continuing to improve! Keep going :D
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Shiroichi-chan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be honest, I think you improved a lot O,O! Between all the pictures there can be seen things that you did with each year better. Like the trees, through the 3 years the trees got better and better. The snow looks the most "realistic" in the last one and also his stance not being "only" like the first two ones from the front but more from the side! SO I think That and much more are pretty amazing! :)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I did a lot of work on environments over the last few years. It was needed :lol:
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:iconfortunato-sors:
Fortunato-Sors Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good shit son
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:iconashleenkogoti:
AshleenKogoti Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wOAH
Such improvement indeed O^O
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:iconusagiyogurt:
UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
So much difference! Wow! Such improvement. The second one has a calmer, slightly uneasy air about it, but the most recent one is so dramatic and awesome!
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oshRED Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's always amazing to see these, especially yours. :] You've improved a lot. 
Is it weird that I think your character looks more mature as well? He looks a bit as though he's getting older.. 
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