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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 :)

Full artworks here:
The boy in the snow by DamaiMikazWhen the world went silent by DamaiMikaz



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maniaco1d's avatar
maniaco1d|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
grat improvement
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wardart's avatar
wardart|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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YangXixiah's avatar
YangXixiah|Student General Artist
wow nice!
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ARCarts's avatar
ARCarts|Student General Artist
Nice. I take it's one of your favourite and most challenging pieces. 
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DamaiMikaz's avatar
DamaiMikaz|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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ARCarts's avatar
ARCarts|Student General Artist
Ah. I was off the mark, but cool. Look forward to the next rendition.
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Cutekitty2424's avatar
Cutekitty2424|Student Traditional Artist
He gets closer everytime
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KingDaJunkie's avatar
KingDaJunkie|Student Digital Artist
Each year the coat gets fluffier o_o
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tofuthebold's avatar
tofuthebold|Professional Digital Artist
wow wow, huge improvements in two years!
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NairaDNV's avatar
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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GigaBoss101's avatar
GigaBoss101|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my lord this is amazing. Really inspiring for artists who think they can't improve. :)
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LitSilium's avatar
LitSilium|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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SoulKiller756's avatar
Man, it took him 3 years just walk over to a ledge, amazing 
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DamaiMikaz's avatar
DamaiMikaz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a huge forest :lol:
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luizbiel's avatar
Evolution: IS GUUD
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SamsocksDraws's avatar
SamsocksDraws|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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DamaiMikaz's avatar
DamaiMikaz|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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SamsocksDraws's avatar
SamsocksDraws|Student Filmographer
Ah that tottally makes sense. 

And I'm surprised you replied so quickly! 
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DamaiMikaz's avatar
DamaiMikaz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I found my art getting progressively darker, as did the story XD
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Accidental-Strix|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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DaddyHoggy's avatar
That's quite a transformation - long may it continue!
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metatf's avatar
metatf|Student Digital Artist
Only two years...
Keep on this gurl ;)
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DamaiMikaz's avatar
DamaiMikaz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I'll be awesome one day XD
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PhosphorosBrunda's avatar
NICE!!! VERY GOOD IDEA!!!
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