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Never give up on your art!
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Published: December 23, 2017
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Today as I went through old artworks of mine I found the drawing to the left. I think I was around 11 years old when I drew it. It really reminded me of my most recent dragons (I am 23 now) and it just struck me how far I have come. I am far from being where I want to be, but I can see the progress I have made and that is what's important. Perfection is an ideal we will never be able to achieve, but we can strive for it and make progress in small steps towards the right direction.
If you feel stuck with your art, look at works you have made a few years ago and you'll see the progress you have actually made!

I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your support this year! It's been a year of ups and downs, but the ups definitely outweighed the downs! :) And having you all by my side means incredibly much to me! Every comment, fav and follow is so appreciated and not taken for granted. :hug:

Do you sometimes look at your old artworks or do you avoid it? ^^


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Kaleidechse's avatar
Kaleidechse|Hobbyist General Artist
It's always interesting to see such comparisons. Thanks for sharing!
I do look at my old drawings, too, for the same reason.
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Nuenue17's avatar
Nuenue17|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That detail tho! Thank you for the motivation. I'm 21 and still draw like a child lol.
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MidnightTiger8140|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very motivational- thank you for sharing this!

I like to look through my old drawings because I think I had a brighter imagination and was less afraid of making mistakes. I liked to fill the page as much as possible, with full backgrounds and everything. Nowadays, if I’ve drawn a subject, I’m often worried I might ruin it if I try to add a background and mess up :(

On the other hand, because I was so fearlessly expressive of my imagination, sometimes I like to draw inspiration from my childhood fantasies :)
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AJInu-Okami|Student Artist
What an improvement! :D
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Contraltissimo's avatar
Some of them I look at.... others I look at and feel terrified that I actually showed them to people! :laughing:

This is a beautiful submission and an excellent reminder that excellence is not a destination - Excellence is a Journey. :clap:
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Hey! I would like to say - thank you!
I'm a beginner, just starting my drawing experince. Motivated by a good friend. It's really nice to see something like that. All your work and experience. And those effects.
It really motivates me! So once again - thank you for sharing this!
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TabarakM|Student General Artist
Its adorable!
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RoxanneMilson|Professional Digital Artist
I always enjoy seeing these sorts of improvement memes. I often look back at my old works to remind myself how far I've come. You're soaring, can't wait to see where you go from here.
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JoJoesArt|Professional Digital Artist
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Speedsterrex|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I look at my old stuff all the time and try to find something I like about it.  Thing is, when I look at my old artwork, I remember my first "aha" moment when a technique works and it's like magic.  It's a good feeling.
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WOW Clap Clap Clap 
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RoyalAnubis| Digital Artist
this is such beautiful improvement 
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Venelebat|Hobbyist General Artist
You've gone a looooong way.  Beautiful art now!  Not that bad in the past either ;)
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MuchinaAndCompany|Student General Artist
Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.... That's quite the difference!
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Erzaka|Hobbyist General Artist
I love when people show their improvement. This is so motivating !
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EagleFlyte|Hobbyist General Artist
That is some crazy progress right there!!!!

Glad you had an awesome year. Keep up the amazing work!!
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Back when you are an idiot
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MoonyMina|Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! so impressive!!!

I agree with you, we should never give up on what makes us happy :)
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LostSoul-88|Hobbyist General Artist
Now this-this is motivational. and it gives me hope to push forward to improve. Knowing exactly which way to push is hard sometimes, but I' guessing with time it all comes together. So this is 12 years of improvement- Golly. I- I can only wonder at the strides you've made. Truly inspiring. And i completely agree with your note on perfection.

Personally, I do look back because I like seeing progress and even looking at what I've improved on, plus it's sometimes a direction of where to go next hehe.

Anyways, amazing art, amazing progress you've made, and here's to another year of wonderful art and progress.
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JoJoesArt|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment :hug:
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Xahastarian|Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah thats so amazing
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