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Harry Potter by Ilojleen

The image - by a comparison of 2002/2003 drawings and one from 2011 - shows the way I've gone through to get to the point where I am now. Wasn't easy, wasn't quick, but was an undeniable pleasure.

How did it start? My story is pretty silly. I had always been very keen on drawing. My parents used to draw very well, too. But it didn't make me eager to take it up seriously.
But in 2002 I met a girl who was quite skilled, I liked the drawings that she showed me. I remember the angel and the set of tiny sketches that explain the moves that horses make when galloping. I was impressed and slightly jealous: therefore I decided to learn to draw like her. And I started practicing.
The first portraits [Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings fan arts] weren't very good, but I was determined to improve. I didn't have any doubt that I can do it - it sounds like stubbornness and too high self-confidence, but it wasn't like that. Especially the latter one. Whatever it was, it helped me to improve my skills. The progress was slow, but visible.

The thing is, never give up! Don't doubt in yourself, don't doubt that you can achieve the higher level of skills, even if it doesn't go well at the beginning. My progress took 9 years of aching neck, long hours, patience, regularity and devotion [not to mention hundreds of pencils and sheets of paper :lmao:], but it might take you fewer years! Yes, you can do it, only if you truly want it and are prepared to practice a lot! Believe that PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! :heart:


More of my very first drawings are here.
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TomorArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
przede mną ciągle daleka droga do perfekcji :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Przede mną również =P
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TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love it. So inspiring
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
Many thanks, I appreciate it :iconslipperyhugplz:
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Blood-RedRose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! You improved so much! It gives me hope that I will get better with time and practice. :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks :cuddle: remake I'm sure you will, good luck!
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Blood-RedRose Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! And thank you! 
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Welcome :iconyellowkokorox:
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Blood-RedRose Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: 
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Teddy-Cube Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great work, congrats you made it :dummy:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :iconorangekokorox:
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s-selene Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To chyba jest mój drugi ulubiony obrazek w Twojej galerii. Pokazuje, ile można się nauczyć. :D


PS Ron ze starego obrazka był uroczy. ^^
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dziękuję bardzo :iconorangekokorox: Taki właśnie jest jego cel - by ludzie uwierzyli, że jak się chce, to się da i nawet samemu :D

Miło, że tak uważasz :la:
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CatisColth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Chciałabym rysować jak ty. Na razie mam jeden nieskończony, ale nawet mi się podoba. Mam nadzieję, że kiedyś uda mi się zrobić taki portret jak ten :) Ps. Dzięki Twojemu blogowi spróbowałam  rysować portrety ! Dziękuje bardzo :D
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dziękuję serdecznie i nie ma za co :hug:
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Klenesk Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait...you used to suck at drawing? *scoff* Nice try, but I know those are pictures you had your niece or little sister draw just to make us feel better. You can't fool me.
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sorry to disappoint you, but these old drawings are really mine and I don't have any young niece, sister, cousin, not even a young neighbour around :lol:
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Janegael Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Hey it's awesomeheirsofdurin here.  Your growth as an artist is marvelous. I can't imagine how many drawings you created along your path.  Its very kind of you to show the difference in your art here.  Too many people think great artists spring fully grown from someone's forehead and have no appreciation for the hours, days and years of work and study it takes to become great. 

I was chatting with a fan artist this morning and it dawned on me that writers get more appreciation because fans can see a work in progress. They see it posted chapter by chapter and realize the time and effort it takes. Art magically appears as correct as the artist can make it and the viewer has no appreciation for the hours and hours of work that went into creating it.  Unlike writing, the entire work can be perused in seconds and then the viewer moves on.  They are not forced to become involved with it as they are with writing.  I don't know if more WIP would help them understand or not.  Personally they are one of my favorite things to see and to follow.

Thank you again, for showing us your amazing art. Wandering through your art gallery has been a delightful experience. :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hello dear! I'm glad to meet you here! :) Sorry for the late reply :hug:

Thank you so much! :heart: I may have drawn ~400 drawings since 2002, I counted once, but I forgot.
I showed my progress because of the exact reason which you mentioned. I wanted people to know that we all start from zero. It takes a lot of time and practice, but it's possible to achieve a high level of realism, and, of course, not only realism, but all kinds of art.

I agree with that person. People, who aren't artists, usually don't realize how much time it takes to create a drawing [thus they ask for instance: "hey, will you draw me for free?"]. It hurts a bit, but what can we do about it? But I'm glad that people, who are aware how long drawing process can be, like you, exist! :)

Many thanks again for your lovely comment, much appreciated! :tighthug:
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Scribblydoodler Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the inspiration! It is priceless to a self-doubting beginner like me. Hug 
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch:iconpinkballoonplz: I'm very happy that it helped you to believe in yourself :hug:
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LOTR3005 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist
haha wow, nie no, boskie to jest :D
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dzięki :D
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aprilmge Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you for the inspiration! I'm going to favorite this so when I get frustrated I can come back to it. Really appreciate your sharing this. :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank YOU for the kind words :iconsnuzzleglompplz: Don't ever lose hope, practice makes perfect :)
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AnyaMax Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Niezły postęp:)....patrząc na swoje z przed kilku lat też widać różnice:)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Jak mówią: trening czyni mistrza, choć do mistrzów jeszcze mi daleko :aww: Dzięki!


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Nieznana-Artystka Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
WOW.To się nazywa postęp.I to ogromny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Dzięki :hug:
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Epulson Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
9 lat. Prawie, że 10. Jak patrzę na to porównanie, Twoich rysunków przed/po, to przypomina mi się 'Journey of an absolute rookie'. Tyle czasu poświęcionego na rozwój, który nie poszedł na marne! :thumbsup: Twoje portrety są po prostu doskonałe. Pewnie myślisz, że zawsze da się coś poprawić, ale dla mnie to po prostu wygląda niesamowicie.

Jestem pod wrażeniem, to co było, a co jest teraz - właściwie jak lepianka do luksusowego apartamentu. Po prostu widzę MOC. :noes:

Nie mam już pytań. :O
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Właściwie już 10 :D
Dziękuję bardzo za tak przemiłą opinię :iconpounceglomp: Jakbyś zgadł, nigdy nie jestem zadowolona w 100% z tego, co wychodzi spod mojej ręki, zawsze są jakieś niedociągnięcia. Na ponad 400 prac, które stworzyłam od 2002 roku, tylko do 2 nie mam żadnych zarzutów :XD:

Dzięki raz jeszcze, ciepło się robi na sercu, jak się czyta takie pochlebne,a na dodatek oryginalne komentarze :D
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Limerry Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this is kinda freaking epic.
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :iconnewhugplz:
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AnnabethtoPercy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
They were so small and cute!!!! Then they were all bloody and beaten up. Such a big change!!!!!
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HxC-fisk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I have always wanted to draw good, but since I don't really do that I have never really gotten into it because I suck lol xD But I have recently decided that I will be good at drawing no matter what, and seeing/reading this makes me happy, so I'll keep trying until I can draw as well as you! :)
Can I just ask: what kind of pencils do you use? Normal ones or some special pencils? o:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words! :cuddle: It's never too late to take up drawing and start a real practice. There's a plenty of good tutorials at dA, there's a few in my gallery, too :aww:
I use normal pencils, Koh-I-Noor H, HB, F, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 8B.
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HxC-fisk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll go check them out right now!
Thank you! :happybounce:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
The pleasure is mine! :aww:
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juliankerremans Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
wow what en evolution ^^
It's very nice you've achived that ^^
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm proud of myself, too :la: Thank you! :iconhappy-dance-plz:
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juliankerremans Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Your certainly have the right to be!!! :D
I'm looking forward to new drawings of you ^^
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
:tighthug:
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juliankerremans Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
hehe ^^
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lulu-ibeh Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Many thanks :iconrose-plz:
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Misakie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow it's truly amazing and that's a very good lesson ^^ everyone knows the phrase, but few people really put it in practice.
Thanks and great work :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank YOU! I'm glad you like this comparison of my works.
:hug: :heart:
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Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   General Artist
Very inspiring indeed, I can often give up because I don't get certain things right. I hope that I will get even better :3
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :iconnewglomp: I'm happy yo hear you find it inspiring. Practice makes perfect, believe me :)
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valentinabebec Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Perfect!
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