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Year by Year Improvement by HugaDuck Year by Year Improvement by HugaDuck
Been wanting to do this thingy this year. This has been a year of A LOT of progress for me, though very little of it ever made it out of this private Facebook group onto DeviantART. It just feels like a lot of what I've been building up on really got squared away and molded into story lines and characters I could really work with and take seriously. I'm REALLY hoping to continue to make progress, especially with Proper Villainy, The Damned, Politically Incorrect, and my still unnamed reboot of White Roses.. >.> Just have to.... somehow convince myself to stay focused on making actual progress and instead of writing and developing everything AROUND the stories... work on the actual stories themselves.

Anywho....I took some time this week to sit back and go through what I still have of my old art. It was really encouraging and cool to see where I've improved and where certain story lines started from.


2008:
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I don't have a lot of art from that age anymore, since I kind of destroyed it all.... but I remember I was drawing lots of cats, (inspired by the book series Warriors ), Phineas and Ferb fan characters, and a hell of a lot of camp Lazlo. Camp Lazlo was what really got me drawing, because I could actually replicate the characters pretty well and that made my little artist self feel good.
But mostly.... cats. My friends and I played "warriors" at recess and we all had characters. I drew them all and made us character sheets. One time we had little pics of them taped to our desks. The teacher made us scrape them off. I remember that day very well, because I cried a lot.... >.>


2009:
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My two friends and I got really into this game we called "Warped" because we threw in, like.... characters from 4 different TV shows and maybe like 3 book series.... It was a giant mess of... I don't even know what... But all the characters from my current story, Proper Villainy have roots from what we played as kids. I really got into developing my own characters in 2009. The best ones, I don't have pictures of anymore.... >.> Because I destroyed them... but they were little elf-like dudes based off a character in a book called Dragon Rider.
In our game, we had a weird version of The Master from Doctor Who... he started to break off as his own character and he... a long time later... developed into who I have today as Greg.
I also have like... pages and pages and pages of drawings of Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon series. Loved those books. Still do.


2010:
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2010-2012.... I was quite literally drawing non-stop. 2010 was the year I got into Invader Zim. I have a huge folder in my room just of IZ drawings. They were all traced, but it really got me going. By the end of the year, I created my first IZFC, a big fat whopping Mary-Sue... but hey? That's where all young IZ fans start off, right? :I
I drew Yaz a lot towards the end of the year and Zim less and less and created a small army of IZFCs.
I also worked super hard this year and made a full length music video for Dragostea Din Tei with those elf dudes. I WORKED SO. DAMN. HARD. And I didn't have a scanner at that point, so I was meticulously taking pictures and being careful of how I drew them so I could create semi-animation sequences. It was pretty damn good for my little kid self! And... it's gone... It's not saved anywhere and I lost the disk it was on... I am so pissed. I searched my house from top to bottom. Every computer too.


2011:
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Long story short.... my little army of IZFCs got a lot freaking bigger. I created my fanfic The Enemy Within. Yaz fell almost entirely out of the picture as Tozic, Zoo, and Krei became more and more important. Thank God. //Iwillbringherbacksomehow//
Zoo and Snik became a thing. Which is how White Roses was eventually born because the girl I made Snik for wanted her to die.... And that's why we have angsty Zane.
I tried to re-do that Dragostea Din Tei video.... I finished like... 5 frames and gave up.
But I created three other music videos with horribly drawn pictures... Two CaramellDansen themed videos with Yaz and a Happy Birthday video thingy with her also...


2012:
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I got a tablet. I cried over that Krei picture, because I did all the line art but didn't understand layers at the time and did it on the background.. Had to redo it all.
My characters got super violent and angsty. My IZ fanfiction got super dark. I started killing off characters a lot more.
Zane and White Roses was born into official existence. Zoo had always been a fun character, but since things kept getting darker in IZFC world.. Zane ended up a  super broody version of Zoo.... who needed a haircut.
MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! T-95, AKA Mordechai Toltzer was breathed to life in improv stories I told for friends. And he had like.... 5 different jobs. I also brought back this nazi unicorn I created in the 7th grade and named him Florian and stuck him in the same world as T-95. This is probably the most important thing that has ever happened when it comes to my creative life.... :I
Mordechai is kind of a catalyst for four different story lines.


2013:
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This was what I like to call "The Year of Krei." He became my most popular character on DeviantART. He became the main character of my IZ fanfiction. I did lots of roleplays with him and he was my most well developed character. He also got.... really sarcastic and pessimistic.... but I kept screwing over his life.. sooo >.> Plus he and Zoo were best friends... and being friends with Zoo is a bit draining. I drew IZ stuff constantly and kept. making. characters. |:I   So many green dudes. Though I did create a lot of original races.
Andy and his gang were created in response to all the different people I met my freshman year of highschool. I didn't realize how real of an issue depression and suicide were until then. I really wanted to explore that world with these kids. I also started creating characters beyond my own view points and beliefs... I mean... my IZFCs were mostly all agnostic, but they don't count in my eyes. They're..... weird alien things. Andy and Isaac and all them got my started more with human characters and stretching out of my own perspective.

LEBEN AM RAND HAPPENED BUT WE DON'T TAKE ABOUT THAT, EVER!
OKAY, THIS IS ME TALKING ABOUT IT.

Somewhere along the line, I decided humanoid-animal-people things and Nazis were a good combination??? Like um... okay younger Kyra, sure, whatever you say.
But LAR was super important because my character Florian got serious, (which would lead into The Damned ), I started having this fascination with the Third Reich, and I tried my first ever comic. And I have to say... they are painful to look at now, but I think they were pretty damn awesome for where I was as an artist at the time.


2014:
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2014 belonged mostly to Andy. I did a lot of angsty art with him. Fr. Elias McCarthy was also created, based off an old IZFC named Elias. He was a dentist. Not sure how we got to Catholic priest from there....  But I got super obsessed with Cassocks. He later became one of my most well developed characters. First character I ever actually developed a whole story from birth to death. He's very near and dear to my heart. <3
Politically Incorrect happened. But I didn't care about historical accuracy.. or even it making sense. The interactions between Florian, Chalmar (Chadrik at the time), Niklas (Nicholas), and Mordechai were just lots of fun. But when I gave Florian amnesia, I started feeling a need to make that story.... make sense....
My IZFCs died. They hung on throughout 2014... but... by the end it was over. :I Most of them made it into Andy's story or White Roses though.
Zane gave me all kinds of hell this year. |:T


2015:
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I mostly just drew a lot of Fr. McCarthy. Created Aevum. .... Killed Aevum. Brought White Roses back to life for a bit, but decided I was fed up with it and trashed it. I created that little chibi of Fr. McCarthy and started a trend with #McCarthyinplacesheshouldnotbe that made it to my high school magazine. Still going strong with it, too.
I got a lot better at shading.
Aaand in December, I finally got to work on what I had been developing behind the curtains all year, an explanation story for Chalmar and Florian in Politically Correct.
Called it The Damned.


2016:
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This year has seen A LOT of development for TD and PI. I have done so much work with these characters and am so pumped to work more with their stories next year!! they've grown so much!! *wipes away tears*

I also got accused of being/mistaken for a neo-nazi like... four/five times this year
GUYS.
DEAR GOD.
I AM NOT A FREAKING NEO-NAZI.
LIKE
STOP IT.
Yes, I have a passionate love for Germany in general and the 1910-1940 era of German/World history... AND IF I'M GOING TO BE WORKING WITH CHARACTERS WHO EXIST IN A MILITARY STATE, THERE ARE GOING TO BE A FEW HAKENKREUZE!!!! HJS WORE THEM ON THEIR DAMN UNIFORMS!!! CHILL.
Believe me, if I could go back in time and ask Himmler to change a few things about HJ and Allgemeine SS uniforms....  I.. well... probably wouldn't... I don't really think I'd want to meet Himmler... or any of that lot.
Well... Claus von Stauffenberg and Erwin Rommel. I'd love to meet them... >.>

That's all I have to say about that.


Proper Villainy also got a TON of development this year though I haven't shared any here. Drew up their world map, decided what races exist, some general history, named important places, drew up political borders, did some work on the general elements of all the races and countries existing in the world... worked a bit with different types of magic, tried to learn a cockney accent as that's how they speak in Admoore.... It's hard.
Mordechai got his own reff page, lucky bastard. More coming soon. Would like to do all the main characters of The Damned.

Aaaand, <White Roses/The Enemy Within (my IZFC fanfic) got areboot. All the characters are back and I recreated them more true to their original selves. Anxious to be working with sleazy Zane, sarcastic Koty, doesn't-understand-jokes Terrence, and dorky Fr. McCarthy. <3
Am going to need to do some research though, as the story is centered strongly on drug and sex trafficking and there's a lot of local government/law enforcement structures involved. Luckily I have more creative freedom as it's futuristic. (but not apocalyptic like WR. That was REALLY hard to develop THAT world...)



So there we go...

BRING IT 2017.

I am armed with official research over the Hitlerjugend and a rare, but super informational book about the SS!!!!

Biggest goal:
Give Chalmar Stromann a consistent rank and uniform. Poor guy. Doesn't have a clue who he is philosophically OR rank wise.



Happy New Year!! ~~


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CreeperHunter2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Invader zim return comfirmed by nickelodeon xD
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ashjustash Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly love how you went through an Invader Zim phase for 4+ years
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HugaDuck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I did. That fandom is a hell hole, but I met some great people and it really kickstarted me on reeeaallly getting into character development and story writing. A good place to start, just not a good place to stay forever. -u-
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ashjustash Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to know!
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Nevareck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all, you're my age, which I find surprising because you seem way more mature than me.
Second, you improved so much!!! There's a big jump in style and detail between 2013 and 2014 especially! Awesome!  Your skill with both traditional and digital has skyrocketed.
And you've read Dragon Rider? That was my absolute favorite book for a verryyy long time. Twigleg was my favorite XD
(maybe I should do this meme to see if I've improved at all...)
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HugaDuck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh?! <XD Well, I guess I'll take that as a compliment?

Thanks. -u- I think the reason there's a lot of difference between 2013 and 2014 is because that's when I really started drawing humans.

In middle school, I read Dragon Rider a total of 17 times. It's such a well done book! //And Cornelia Funke is German so I'm biased.// But Twigleg is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time! Those "elf-dudes" I mentioned were like... almost fanfiction characters! <X'D My friend created a female homonculus and I had a crew of four little dudes. Some of my first actually decently developed characters ever.

Do it if you've got the time! It's super cool to see the progress, but also kind of  a pain, at least for me, to dig up art from 8 years ago. I've had several "purges." I actually threw away all of my original art of those Dragon Rider FCs. I still have later art of them, but the originals were more in the style of Funke's illustrations, awful as my little kid renditions were. I really regret trashing them. >.<
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Nevareck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant it as a compliment :)
Yeah, I must have read that book... I don't even know how many times.  Those elf-dudes sound cute!
To bad you got rid of some of your art! But now you know to keep everything. Every drawing has value.
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HugaDuck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Trying to get my little sister to read it now. -u- I will never get rid of that book.


//I've been debating bringing elf-dudes back but idk//
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Nevareck Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I made sure both of my sibling read it! ^u^

You should bring the elf-dues back! :D
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