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First off, let me say this: I'm a very raw, struggling artist.

Believe it or not, whenever I draw a new piece, my brain hurts from the amount of thinking and worrying that I go through. What's happening in the picture? What's a nice composition? What colors can I use? Why don't my colors look pretty? Is this quality enough to satisfy myself? How do I even know if it's good enough?

Everyday I restart this cycle of suffering and learning. What I go through a lot of the time is unpleasant surprises (like when halfway through I suddenly realize I screwed up something), and then the disappointment sinks in. Sometimes when I try to draw a complex pose and fail, I break out in sweat from some mix of panic and doubt. Rarely does any painting or drawing go without some form of frustration of disappointment.

There are artists out there who've been in the trade long enough to approach works with full confidence in themselves. I'm not one of them, I'm just a newbie who's just started drawing 2 years ago with no art education or mentor. This brings me to the next point, which some of you may be quite interested to hear about.

It's no secret that I've gotten a bunch of hate (and concern) over some of my drawings resembling the style of Mr. Ilya Kuvshinov.

I don't deny that some pictures I draw are derivative of his visual flair, and I think it's time for me to share the reasons behind it. A fair amount of people criticize me from the assumption that I'm a high-level artist stealing a popular and well known "style".

First off, I'm not a "high-level" artist, I'm an inexperienced noob. Secondly, if I ever wanted to steal a "style" I wouldn't try to claim it from an artist with well over half a million fans and hope I don't get caught.

I do study his works, breaking down each and every element that makes it aesthetic. I want to know science behind creating a high level work. I hold myself to impossibly high standards of quality from prodigies, trying to figure out why things look good and why they don't. I do the same with photos and art I like as well. To me, it's not about creating a perceived pseudo-originality (that's probably already based in some kind of anime/cartoon) that looks like shit and sit around being happy about it.

It's about learning why things look good and how to make my own pictures look good. I'm not an artist who expects to be able to go around flaunting my "style" and "originality" after a short 2 years of starting to draw. I will willingly copy and play with visual elements from good artists and develop my own vision and skill one step at a time. I don't like using these numbers, I don't believe that 20000 people starting watching me in the past year because I drew low quality, stagnant crap and called it original just for the sake of it.

Also, I have not and will never claim mastery or ownership of others' "styles" which they painstakingly developed over the years.(with the same hard work that I'm putting in now.)

If you would like to see me grow and train as an artist, then I encourage you to stay tuned and watch me do my very best :heart:

Thank you very much for reading!
GUWEIZ
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Oliveprotex Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Student General Artist
This might be weird but I don't really see you as like the improved version or another version or whatever version of "Ilya Kushinov - senseii", I see you as you! And I really mean about how your art is actually very very unique! No one is a better or another awesome version of yourself than yourself! 
Let the haters say what they say, Guweiz-dear, they hate you because none other than jealousy and all that kind of negative stuffs
You are now on the very greatly professional and intermediate level of artist so please keep on going!
I love your art so much! 
Lets keep on going and keep on learning because even if we are on the very mastery level, we won't gonna stop learning ^.^
Please stay healthy, safe, and strong, my dear! 
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YGHUU Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should not waste her time with hater, they are people little open-minded ^^
From time immemorial the human being learns everything by the copy...
The only bad thing in the copy is to copy silly. Here, GUWEIZ copies intelligently. This is the way we develop its techniques and its universe, style over time...


In art and it no matter the disciplines, everything is copied is to copy out, it is just necessary to learn to steal intelligently and to use it to evolve and continue to move forward.

"Good artists copy, Great artists steal"
Pablo Picasso
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tbrk123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
I'm seeing this a little late but my thoughts are that you definitely deserve a better treatment. I never thought of your art is basically copying other's work and it's amazing how you managed to pull off this level of quality images just in 3 years. You must have worked really hard for it
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Vertous Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Student Artist
"Good artists copy, Great artists steal"

You grow your own art based on the art you were influenced by and in turn, the style you were influenced by lives onto another generation.
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Synysterhahn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
(i can speak english little bit.. )
it is great time when i know about guweiz , i like draw the digital art and i'm not well just loving art , i like your drawing  i just start self studying about digital art(sketch,painting all) since 1/29 2018~ influence of your drawings
it makes me fire on my mind..
always appreciate you and you are my best(if you dont think so).you said "my drawings resembling the style of ilya kushinov".and when i be well.. i said my role model is guweiz and studying his drawings..
-from korean fan and dreaming artist student
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j45ony Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your composition does look like Mr. Ilya Kuvshinov but your rendering just makes it a different style in my opinion.
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kaleidomaru Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for helping me understand more about myself.
You're wonderful, and I hope your journey never brings you to a place where you feel no satisfaction or improvement.
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cryofthedingo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
Your amazing and your art is always awesome I could only dream to be even half as good as you are.
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Anj333 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
2 years???? That is bloody incredible omg!!!
I am absolutely in love with your art - especially the ones with rain in them
The atmosphere is set in so well, it kills me!  Lovey-dovey Fella (Love)  

So keep doing the awesome you do! I can't wait to see what your art would look like when it gets to the point where you feel confident about it! :D 
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CarlKeinV Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
much love for this journal.. <3
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ICantSee31 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
2 years huh...
Been drawing near a decade of my life and I feel like I can hardly get anywhere. Well, I guess it's time to kill myself now or something. Because I see there's no hope unless you're born with god-given, nature-blessed talent.
Well, the fact you're even able to come to this point for any given reason, in such a short time anyway, more power to you, you deserved it.
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TheGreatLoominaty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel you fam :(
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Pearlonthesea Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was so lovely to read and get to know more about you as an artist.

I wouldn't necessarily say you "steal" since all artists are influenced by other artists; being able to analyse different pieces and make it your own in high quality is a talent of its own. Little do you know that you're also an inspiration for others.

Honestly, I enjoy seeing all your work and hope you get even more recognition! 
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pieterwolk Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're definitely a mix of Kuvshinov Ilya and WLOP...
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kundalini64 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Fuck, 2 years that's... incredible. You most definitely have your own unique style though, it just needs time to flourish and fully reveal itself.
I'm curious what advice would you give to a student that's just starting out and has a huge amount of content that he/she needs to study and internalize?
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Sammiie789 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
This journal is very inspirational to me, as i can relate to the struggles you are going through and i'm a beginner when it comes to digital painting as well. I try to analyse why a certain piece looks good too and try to extract something from it which i can use to make my piece look more pleasant and aesthetically beautiful. Achieving a certain level and being able to mimick the appearance of well developed skill and realistic elements as fast as possible is a very smart strategy, because if difficulties and struggles can be skipped, then why not make it easier for yourself to produce work which reaches a certain skill level that will allow you to tell something with your art in a striking beautiful way. To study those that are better and try to incorporate a certain style from someone's work you admire can open the door to quickly developing that which you are trying to reach. It will most likely always be a struggle, but luckily we can inspire ourselves with the works of others which can shed light to some possibilities and styles we might like without having to painfully figure it out on our own which can take a very long time. And from that base, develop and fine tune our own style and use our creations in a way to tell a story or to simply influence and inspire people with it. It’s a normal and efficient way to become better, and lots of artist do it. Writers and painters all use examples and methods from the past and other people, and all things which are drawn are inspired by real life elements which we can see with our eyes and are presented to us freely. The sensitivity of people and tendency to strongly claim something to be their own seems weird to me but I do understand the frustrations of course when it frequently happens that their work is copied or used as it is to gain money or when they lie that they made it when they clearly didn’t.
Anyway, I’m intrigued by your fast progression as I have been following some of your work on Instagram and always thought you have been an artist for a long time. Your ability to become as good as you are so fast is giving me hope as well as I’m holding very high expectations for myself as well because I know it’s all possible as long as you put enough work in it.
I wish you the best of luck with your study and artistic career and I hope I might be able to achieve the level of artists like you and possibly exceed it even, and then when I’ve beaten everyone(haha) I hopefully can tell a story with it, to inspire others that if they want to improve themselves and become the best versions of themselves that they too can do it and should strive towards such a thing. I hope my art will resemble something like that , and that everyone will find a piece of themselves in my art that will be like a mirror, reflecting the potential and possibility of the things we want but aren’t there. And then, when they feel it’s achievable, will do everything in their power to become that.
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ShizuneAyakari Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thirst time, when I saw a picture from your gallery, I thougt its a image from wlop artist. But then I looked deeper in to your gallery, watched some other pictures. One Day while looking in to pinterest, i saw a picture again and thought -thats guweiz- yep, I regnorized your style.
You don´t have to apologize for that what you are doing, I don´t see it as copy a style, rather as learn from other artists. And if you are doing it so, then its normal in my opinion, that some pictures or even all pictures from you will look like from the artist, from whom you are learning, but later you will get your own style.

And so it is, you got your own style. So just keep up the good work :D
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khlorghaal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
You've definitely acquired your own style.
I see both your works in my newsfeeds and can always tell at a glance. It's become much less of a resemblance and more of a similarity.
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themostakwarddrawer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
isnt it normal to emulate someone's idol?
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BlasterIce Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are u serious?! U started 2 years ago no idea how to draw and now u are like this. BRUHHH thats insane!
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OrlyPep Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I can still differentiate your style and Kushinov's. :) His style emphasizes on the eyes a lot along with his firm details on the face. Plus his artworks, mostly, have a warm temparature/colors, yours are more likely to have cool temperature/colors and soft details.

You drew more realistically than him but I understand the fact that every artist has their own identity in their own style. Some artist prefer semi-realistic work, others realistic, some cartoonic, etc.

I never even got a F.A. course and I'm struggling working on my artstyle where I pick and study the style of the other artists to improve myself. Thanks for the journal which I feel that I can relate myself in your situation. :)
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ThornandPetal Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an encouraging thing to read! Since I started looking up people I wanted to learn from I always assumed you were on the highest level of skill along with my other favorite deviant artists. Even if you do not consider yourself to be so, your work is still some of the best, or at least what I like best. ^_^ I love that you are creating this gorgeous art out of struggle and learning. It gives me a lot of hope for myself :) Thanks so much for sharing!
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Z0-senz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel. Learning from those you consider great artists is what we all do. Besides isn't imitation the greatest form of flattery?
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alexoah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Two years. Wow. I can only imagine the hard work you have been through as you train yourself.
Thank you for sharing this. I believe a lot of readers (including myself) feel motivated by your words.

And, even when you've said your brain hurts from worrying, ...
trust me, looking at the numbers of watchers and likes on your artworks, your effort will pay off. :)
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Crosswire40 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2016
You've only been drawing for two years? Your work looks amazing!

Someone told me it takes at least six years to become a good artist and I was immensely disheartened at the thought. However seeing how far you've come I feel much more excited and hopeful. I hope I can draw as well as you can in two years. I've only recently started my foray into drawing and while I work hard and do my best to practice every day for at least a couple hours, there are times where I feel rather lost. Do you have any advice for someone trying to find their footing and improve as an artist so they can make the things they wish too?
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AMichelJ Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2016  Student Filmographer
I totally get where you're coming from, man. Like you said, it takes time and experience to develop a style of your own, and you get that by experimenting to see what gets across the feeling you're going for. I've been trying to develop a style of my own the same way you do, by playing with visual elements and stylistic choices from artwork and images that have the results I want to achieve. It's only when you've developed enough of an understanding of the elements through practice that you're able to bend the rules into your own style. That's just how learning to make art works: observation and emulation.
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foxvil2111 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think that Cute girls (Big and round eyes, smooth skin, little mouth and nose) is an "Originaly Style" (i'm talking about all hate you have from Ilya fans...).
But I love both, his art and yours :D :heart:
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Varmine Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this explains why your style tends to vary so much. Well whatever method you use to improve it must be working as your art always looks very well done with good technique. I hope your art evolves into its own beauty one day. I think you are already very talented though.
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CTRLNL Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As an amateur artist myself, I believe that watching others and trying to emulate the same feeling a drawing evokes in your own work is the very goal over making art. If your work resembles that if others, why not?

It's not to sell your work the easy way, it's to develop your own style - which I've seen grow over the past months for sure! You are getting better and you clearly have a feel for mood, colour, comp and storytelling.

Just keep going on with what you do, because your work radiates that wide range of emotions and that is exactly the point why I love art, watching it is making it myself.
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moerlofchevron Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
Man, I feel embarrassed now, because I added you to my watchlist, because I thought your stuff looks like wlop's :-D
But, srsly, who cares? Think of Monet, Sisley and Bazille being friends putting up their easels right next to each other and drawing the same view in the same (back then kinda innovative) style, but still everyone with their own personal nuance, of course.
Having certain kinds of styles which are copied, altered, experimented with is kind of...yeah...evolution.
I love your art and would never have guessed you only draw for a few short years. After all, if I copied someone it would probably look so shitty, that noone would even care to comment. That is to say, being criticised is a huge compliment, because people actually notice your stuff and care so much, that they feel the need to comment.

Reminds me:
Norrington: [..] You are without doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
Jack Sparrow: But you have heard of me.
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linyingxi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
wooooow same here
i love wlop's art :) and guweiz's
btw that is such a cool quote
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moerlofchevron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
Yeah, guess we two are pretty talented to note that they are cool, don't you think? ;-)
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linyingxi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
lol haha
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BrooklynAPB Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Take the hate with a grain of salt (do not listen to them). There is no shame in being inspired by others work since many great artists have done the same thing. I logged in to my DA account for the first time in 5+ months just to show my appreciation to you. Thanks for the amazing art and keep it up :D
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WonkyDinosaur Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, if you look at any artist, movement, tech, anything and everything has developed from the influence of something or someone else. I'm sure even freaks like Kim jung gi have studied and still study other artists. The more an artist can increase his visual library the more he has to draw upon when creating an artwork. The only thing I can suggest is to draw your influences from lots of different places which will lead to an amalgamation of your influences creating your own 'style' in the process. I think the work you have produced is awesome, very slick and professional, and is already starting to develop into something different to Mr Ilya, so keep doing what your doing you obviously put in a lot of work. For me personally I need to stop being lazy and study other artists more!
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Clissandra Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There are haters everywhere. Honestly, I think the same way. It is even harder when you try to learn to draw by your own, you don't have anobody who can correct you and tell you what is wrong with your drawing or with the perspective. Therefore for me, a newbie, it is hugely important to have somebody who can become my inspiration and who I can follow. Actually, this approach can be used to any kind of art, whether it is writing or dancing, it is good to have a mentor. Just to get started, to be sure that the person you admire do a good job and by watching him/her develop your skills. So, keep do what you are doing, that is great! ;)
edit. now I just read the rest of the comments and discovered that most of people have similar opinions, so I assume that there is a lot of truth in it ;)
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Kanadaj Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In this day and age, nobody creates a style from scratch. Everyone is simply interpolating other styles. You are no different, and it makes you no less masterful than you are. Yes, you might not draw as naturally as Nebezial or Sakimichan with their massive amount of experience and practice, but this is simply an issue that time takes care of. Given the level you've reached, improving your drawings gets harder, but at the same time, you will find it easier and easier to decide what you exactly want on the canvas as time goes on. Just don't give up.

Nobody really cares if your works are similar to Kuvshinov Ilya's, at the end of the day, they are your works, and not his. Everyone needs a source of inspiration, and he is yours; his works are amazing and so are yours.

Just keep up the good work and don't forget that you've already reached something :)
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JosianeFortin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're really confident for showing us the «copy» phase that we all go trough. I waited at least years before creating a DA just because i tought i wasn't enough. I have an advice (if you take it or not it's up to you) : Stop taking your work personally. Not every work is perfect. Do what you want to do and don't stress out if it's not perfect. When it's done, put it on the side and look at it the next day, Find what look good and doesn't and do another one with that in mind. Struggling like this will just make you hate the process of drawing.

Also, it's my personal experience, not everybody is the same ! xx Work hard Heart We all support you Heart bum 
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LifesPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT!!!!!!! (I know, I know... but take it for whatever it's worth ;3) Neko Emoji-18 (Cheer) [V1] 
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IanMacDougall Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly! 
The old addage "steal like an artist" exists for a reason. When you want to learn anything in life, you first shamelessly copy someone else's example--whether that be your teacher, or a role model. Then once you thoroughly understand the how and why, you retain and absorb what is useful, and discard the rest, leaving you with something truly unique to show for it.

Even Ilya Kuvshinov does this, if you look closely enough. Hell--I do it shamelessly myself! (Especially with Ilya and Gundam UC's concept art)
It's a natural and necessary part of the path toward improvement. Anyone who doesn't realize this likely hasn't achieved anything of note in their life, so it's safe to just ignore them when they say shit behind your back. They're behind you for a reason. ;p
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Nesallienna Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this made sense actually. (Althought I don't necessarly agree with the part where you said -if i didn't misunderstand-"styles based on cartoon/ anime that look like "shit" , since I think that you're not the only artist here on dA that is trying to improve and some artist just prefer anime/catoonish artstyles and I'd personally feel bad bashing on someone's work, since you were giving an example out there I assume it's something you must have seen here somewhere)
But overall, just like I said before on a comment in one of your recent works I don't think your art looks exactly the same as Ilya's (except for that one piece), I have always succeeded to distinguish yours from his, and I've always considered it to be inspiration more than copying, you have your own "pen stroke" to your paintings afterall and again just like I said before it is completely fine to get inspired from other artists, that's what we all do especially when you're a self taught artist since that can be your reference when you have no one to show you the right way, I personally get inspired from other artists as well. That being said I wish you the best luck in your art journey ! 
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Emerald-Wolf13 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Don't worry about it man, like previous commenters have said, you really can't steal a style for the most part.  First there is no foul since you're not trying to pass them off as Mr. Kuvshinov's work, and second your style is slightly different.

If they still want to argue, just point at Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker.  Mr. Leyendecker was Rockwell's predecessor on the Saturday Evening Post position.  They have powerfully similar styles.  Besides many of the Old Masters have styles that are only "disticntive" because they became more famous than those they apprenticed under.
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Rarwmnieeee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guweiz don't worry about them you're an inspiration to all of us !! You're work are always so beautiful and I look up to you!
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AngelKG Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student General Artist
The people who criticize you are ignorant. No one owns a style, and therefore no one can steal one. 
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ninadraws Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist
what i love about your pieces is the way the people look like they belong in the environment you put them in :) i especially love your sunny pieces ^_^
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ryky Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Its not secret i like your works much more than i like works by Ilya Kuvshinov... I just sitting and watching how much you improve in very short time.  I have a lot of words in my mind right now but my englisch is too bad for write everything... so . stay awesome :) 
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pollishedkibles Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its nice to know other peoples thoughts on learning to draw. this is very helpful 
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loverpenguin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap  YOU IS ON MY TOP LIST OF WATCHERS, AFTER THIS UPDATE, I WILL BE YOUR STALKER.
i was kind off laughing when you stated the part that some people told you that your art is like Ilya Kuvshinov ( and that you copy XDD )! XD SORRY. but i just noticed even though i watch both of you guys, cause dude you guys are like amazing, but i never  thought of it, since a lot of people can have mutual styles. 
I've been drawing for a while, but i haven't taken it to the serious level, but for some reason i understand your struggles and it hit me hard when you stated it because i always try to run away from it. the fact that i have a hard time...
I WILL SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY. 
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Chesila Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw your art I thought that it did look very similar to the mention artist -- actually I thought it was the actual artist himself.

But later I realized no, your style is different. It's still growing, and developing just as you are. And that's the most beautiful process in the world -- to see some grow and develop. If that's how you grow and develop, then so be it. Nothing wrong with that.
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themeridian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please never doubt yourself.
Your art is beautifully stunning and I aspire to ever be that good.
It's astonishing that you've achieved this much in 2yrs c:
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