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Draw this again - Sea of Dreams
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Published: September 30, 2012
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Old (2008):
New (2012):

And here I thought that I hadn't made much improvement since 2008. I'm kind of blown away at the moment! XD
I'm so proud of myself!

This "draw it again" challange has really showed me that all my hard work with my art has payed off!

Not only do I see a difference in anatomy, colours and shading, but also in composition and "life" in the drawing itself.
I've also gotten a bit better at backgrounds, even though I'm still working on that, haha! XD

When I drew "The Sea of Dream" back in 2008 I was very proud of it. That's why I chose that one to draw again. It's always easier to redraw an illustration that you never put much work into. And as I said, I really wanted to challange myself with this! :la:

I'm still very much in love with the giraffe/Lapras hybrid and the green elephant king! :love:
I pushed myself to my limit and I'm very pleased with myself at the moment, haha :XD:


Edit: Semifinal? Oh my... O.O Thank you so much! I'm very honored! :heart:

I also find it interesting that so many seem to like the older version better, haha! :XD: I kind of knew it was coming, because it's quite usual in these sort of things. I guess that in the end it's a lot about style.

My style in 2008 were very mainstream, and my biggest artistic influences at that time were Naruto and Prince of Tennis (That I know a LOT of people enjoy). It's a simple style that I know that many can take to heart. ^^

Though that wasn't really the style I wanted. I knew in my heart that I wanted something different, and more my own...
So I started experimenting with style. Looked at a lot of illustrators that I liked, and now, 4 years later....
I have finally started to like my style. It's a style like this that I wanted in 2008 but just couldn't do properly then.

Something a bit more unique and that feels more like me. :heart:

Thank you for your comments! ^^




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Comments (99)
scourgeclaw99's avatar
scourgeclaw99|Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, and not trying to be mean but, the one in 2008 looks better...just my opinion
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polyvorelover's avatar
polyvorelover|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute
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ScetchieScetch's avatar
ScetchieScetch|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's more colored now! I like it! ^3^
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WiseAngel's avatar
WiseAngel|Hobbyist Artist
Wow! that's amazing :)
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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linzeda's avatar
linzeda|Hobbyist General Artist
Cute! :)
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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nekoninjaalchemist|Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH! that new one looks amazing!!! so much color and light owo it looks way more lively than that old one! and that background sky is so beautiful! keep up the fantastic work!! <333
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you think that! :heart:
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Varmine's avatar
Varmine|Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like the character has matured as well as your art XD
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Gabbi's avatar
Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :heart: X3
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angelwings2624's avatar
The new one is much better. Clearly.
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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dew-and-birdsong|Student Digital Artist
I know this is pretty old now but... I'm kind of amazed by the amount of people who prefer the older one.

I mean it's really obvious how the perspective, composition, movement, depth, colouring, shading, and anatomy have all improved vastly. The older one is very washed out and somewhat static while the newest is vibrant with great depth and interesting perspective.

I think the people who prefer the older one, prefer it because it's more 'anime' in style. That's the only reason I can think of anyway.
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
That means so much to me, because I almost started thinking that people were right about the old one being better.
Even though I know that the new one has better composition, colouring etc.

People seem to care more about the style (which is not the focus here), and I agree with you that most people probably like the old one because it has a more mainstream anime style.
I like my current style better though, because it feels more like my own. ^^

Thank you very much for the sweet comment! :heart:
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Nekoiaa|Hobbyist Digital Artist
older one is better.
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OnyxTigerSan's avatar
New new is not as good
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iamtheshongagirl|Hobbyist Digital Artist
new looks a bit ugly o3o

-i just hate the nose-

i like the older one
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IlluminatiOrange|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah the nose is a little big.
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Scilent-Toaster|Student Photographer
I absolutely ove qualities of both of them. Your anatomy and style in the first one is more appealing to the eyes, but then again, the second one is different, unique, and nice as well. You shading in the second one is much better than it previously was. c:
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback! :D :heart:
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kawaiiDESUchan77|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The shading and coloring have improved but I prefer your previous style
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Gabbi|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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kawaiiDESUchan77|Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome!
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