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Improvement 1202 [2017 version] by DamaiMikaz Improvement 1202 [2017 version] by DamaiMikaz
This is becoming a yearly thing.
I started this art thing 4 years ago when struggling with health issues. Daily speedpaints became a way to kill time and forget about the pain. 
In 2015 I redid the thing after a year or (almost) daily painting as a way to establish how far I've gotten. Same goes for last year.

As for this year's painting. I'm not sure if it's real improvement, or if it became a subtle way of storytelling over the years.
The path the paintings take is kind of a metaphor for the story (project Emion) taking a much darker path over the last few part/chapters, going from a bunch of optimistic young people rebelling against a government towards some seriously messed up stuff when they gradually find out the true history of the empire they're fighting. 

I don't feel like I've improved as significantly this year as I did over the previous years. I'm sure it has to do with me painting less (health issues, my day-job, and doing a lot of writing all take time from me). But then again, I'm not sure if one can even keep improving so significantly as you hit higher levels in art. This year I focused more on environments and composition, rather than the purely technical stuff, because I figured that would suit my goal of telling stories with art more. I still got a long way to go, but I'm not okay with the results. I'm definitely getting closer to the feeling of the novel :)


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The boy in the snow by DamaiMikaz  When the world went silent by DamaiMikaz  Darkness came rolling in by DamaiMikaz 

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:iconanimalover4six:
animalover4six Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
just gets better every time! XD
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:iconsugarfrosting:
SugarFrosting Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
there all so good!!!
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:iconkyrtuck:
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It grew some stairs!
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:icondrawwithnessie:
DrawWithNessie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
It looks like Sato has wander deeper and deeper into the forest as the years progresses.
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:icontreepastry:
TreePastry Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sato became younger lol I like how he is hiding one eye like he is making his power more concentrated 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah. He'll always look young :')
And poor dude got his eye damaged later in the story
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TreePastry Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks younger now than the year before 
Oh, draw him with an eye batch! (how did he lost it? and by who?)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
His enemy stabbed his eye
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:iconmrremoraman:
MrRemoraman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, nice progression! I love it!
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:iconkage-niji:
kage-niji Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student General Artist
You can definitely see the improvement, even between the last two. The last one uses more contrast and better composition in the right places, so while both are great pieces of art (they all are to be honest), I feel like the last one catches your eye better, and tells a story better like you were saying you wanted to accomplish. All in all, great improvement!
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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:iconlateci-a-rtist:
Lateci-A-rtist Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student
whao!! this is good!! what do you use??
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop
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:iconlateci-a-rtist:
Lateci-A-rtist Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student
so good!!!
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:iconflower-boy-ryo-123:
Flower-Boy-Ryo-123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like how you portrayed the character over the years! This is so amazing! :)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconflower-boy-ryo-123:
Flower-Boy-Ryo-123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You’re very welcome :)
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:iconshirasagi:
Shirasagi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Professional
It’s very interesting to see the progression of your work over the years. I do this too sometimes. Very well done!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
I can definitely see improvement between the last two. It's more subtle than from 2015 to 2016, but it's there. The drawing feels more solid, the clothing has more weight to it, the atmosphere is stronger, and the rendering is tighter. I agree with you though, the higher your skill level, the less often the big jumps happen, but I feel like that can make things interesting. Often times it's the little things that really pull together a drawing, and I think that's the case here. :)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Genisay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how this is something of a journey in more ways than one.  Sato is in the same setting for each of them, but it's almost like he's moving and progressing to other parts of the setting.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It kinda grew like that :D
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:iconlilmemoryshard:
Lilmemoryshard Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
what no that 2015 one was like, two months ago tf are you talking about ;;
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two years. Two whole years T__T
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:iconlilmemoryshard:
Lilmemoryshard Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
My problem is that I don't remember the 2016??? I remember 2015 clearly tho... what's wrong with my perception of time?
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MileShrud7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the "2015" ver. more than the others <3 best forest ^w^
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Chameleonist Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I love how the stance changes every year. In the first, Sato seems lost, and faces more to the left of the viewer. In the second, he has a more exploratory pose, and directly faces the viewer. In the third, he looks confident, as though he's been here many times, and he faces far to the right of the viewer. In the last, he still faces the same direction, but his posture is challenging and cautious, ready to face some threat unseen to the viewer. The storytelling changes are excellent, and I absolutely adore it~
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. The first two were created more or less on accident. On the 3rd and 4th I tried to make it a continuing story of Sato wandering through a landscape :D
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:iconchameleonist:
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
And you succeeded! I'm sure anything following will be just as spectacular~
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:iconfloresfire:
floresfire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Incredible improvement :D
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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:iconfloresfire:
floresfire Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
You’re welcome
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:iconfayrea:
Fayrea Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's getting draker and gloomier each year but also you level of skill goes overboard now.
Comparing 2014 with 2017 is kinda funny
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny?
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:iconfayrea:
Fayrea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it's the wrong word.. but there is world's diffrence between only 4 years o:
That's amazing! (especially for someone like me who is stuck on the same level for the same amount of time lol)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It just takes a whole lot of drawing to get there. Draw everyday :D
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:iconfayrea:
Fayrea Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Please.. how to get motivated AND have enough freetime to draw at the same time? QvQ
My problem simply is not being able to combine these two things. _(;ω;」 ∠)_
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Priorities. 
If you want to make time for something, it means you have to skip out on doing something else that would normally take your time. 
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Fayrea Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That would either be food or sleep... on a regular work day that is.
Ehhh... I guess I have to reduce my drawing time to the weekends~
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:iconkh3mm4:
Kh3mm4 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's getting detailed.. amazing! :D

and somehow the stair is created XD
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I imagine him walking to the woods and getting by that place
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:iconkh3mm4:
Kh3mm4 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
walking forward and meeting new places~ that's nice~
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:iconsereida-arts:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Student General Artist
It's really great seeing your progress trough the years! Thanks for sharing!
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:iconcloudedheu:
CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   General Artist
Fork, feels like the 2016 one was posted just a couple months ago :sleep:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
12 months to be exactly :lol:
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WangLang1313 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Let this be a reminder that art can grow beyond our wildest dreams with a few years and plenty of dedication. Truly impressive stuff damai!!

On the note of this year's improvement, I'd say the fact you focused on the environment and composition is precisely what shows your improvement. By including more (or sometimes less) in a image and how tour lay it out greatly affects the way it is perceived by an audience, and as you said, helps tell a story. So while it's a more subtle growth, it is no less significant or important on the journey to the goal you have set yourself! Whether it is great strides or baby steps, covering any distance is good, and you are justified in feeling proud of how far you've come, from last year, and from when you first started.

One final thing, while your art might possibly never develop to the standard you seek, remember that the stage it was at years ago impressed me and many others, and even more so now. So no matter how it turns out, I'm sure Emion will leave hundreds, if not more, speechless at it's standards and excellence!
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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:iconakittyk:
akittyk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how they each get darker and darker, both literally and figuratively lol
You really have come a long way story telling wise! 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It kinda progresses with the story ^^
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:iconhamishmitty:
HamishMitty Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Writer
Wow nice! 

Rip his hood though..:'(
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