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This season is about becoming
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This was a question challenged to me by @NotWithoutHonor from OurDreamsWillCome.

If I'm absolutely honest, it's not one single piece but rather my progress that fills me with a sense of achievement. We all tend to be overly critical of our work, can see our shortcomings and get discouraged with our learning process. We compare ourselves to other artists. We feel we fall short. Not good enough.

It's better to compare one's self with ourselves. Then when we look back on our work over the years we can see measurable growth. Having started in traditional arts I transitioned to digital illustration for commercial reasons. Learning new skills is always a challenge and my first digital attempts were sad. But there are huge benefits to educating oneself. I really encourage others who are struggling to take a class or two. After taking a few online courses I could see a vast improvement. It's not so much about talent, but whether you are willing to do the work it takes to improve your craft.

Draw this again challenge

My focus has always been figurative anatomy studies. I love drawing and painting people. Being able to convert the skills I learned from traditional to digital has given me great joy. Learning how to create believable skin tones, gaining confidence to draw more challenging and dynamic poses and being able to incorporate my understanding of anatomy into fun artworks fills me with joy. While the art process at times can be frustrating, looking at the finished piece is just… magic.

understanding anatomy (female torso study 2)

While I understand there is always more to learn, I'm happy with my journey. I'm grateful that I've been able to keep my integrity intact in a world where nude art has it's dark side. I realise many are forced into drawing explicit art for financial reasons, but I have chosen not to compromise my creative progress. Only time will tell if this decision is wise or not.

Ice and Fire

Like many others I have relied on art to keep me happy and sane. Creativity is a major part of my identity and I feel blessed to be able to do the work I love. I know I'm one of the lucky ones. My art tells the story of my journey, both the happy and sad times. Even the 'what the heck was I thinking' times. It is as authentic as I hope to be.

I really encourage those reading this to not give up on themselves and their art. You never know what is around the corner. Bilbo Baggins said it best: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

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understanding anatomy (female torso study 1)

This is a welcome to the new artists following me, sorry if I haven't gotten to thanking you earlier.

I recently had an upsurge of watchers after posting a few of my anatomy studies. I'd like to take the time to also write a disclaimer. If you're watching me hoping for NSFW art then you will be disappointed. I have a huge respect for the subject matter when drawing anatomy. A person is WAY MORE than just tits and a woohoo. I try the capture the gracefulness of movement and pose. Drawing people is hard. Respect that I'm practicing something that is very challenging for me, while being aware it can be misconstrued by those with ulterior motives.

If my studies are able to teach someone more about anatomy then I am grateful and relieved. I will continue posting them as long as they are seen in this light. :D

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I have been forced to use mature filtering because the excessive fetish art on DA upsets me. Now I cannot even see some of my own figurative artworks! I am therefore removing my mature content filter on all my own figurative drawings & paintings that DO NOT have any visible sexual organs (ie breasts as I do not draw anything more explicit than that). If this is not in keeping with DA rules, please let me know.

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The phoenix

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Once, she dreamt of gentle hands
and deep ocean soulmate,
promised dwelling of protective wings;
clothing herself in sanctuary
eyes wide with wonder and innocence.

Yet, this half-tamed heart,
wounded bird betrayed by one called home
bled fire-red over cool bars of her nest,
blazing a defiant path
through pain and fearful shame.

Now, she roosts on ashy grave,
loving and hating this lonely life
grown weary from flying
yet unable to escape the shadows
that stretch talons in her heart.

How can one who has both flown from
and burnt her nest
hope to build another,
to gather twigs like memories
and soften them with down?

Heart flutters in cage of chest,
startling at every sound
every touch brushes naked, bleeding scars
until once again she clothes herself
in phoenix fiery garb.
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Okay, thank you for all welcomes and llamas. Thanx to very helpful people on DA I can now actually return the favour! ;) (Wink) 
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The phoenix by FyreBirdi, journal