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Never give up on your art! by JoJoesArt Never give up on your art! by JoJoesArt
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? ^^


Prints of the dragons available here:…
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Kaleidechse Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  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.
Nuenue17 Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That detail tho! Thank you for the motivation. I'm 21 and still draw like a child lol.
MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  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 :)
AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Student Artist
What an improvement! :D
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
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:
Kaartarn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist
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!
TabarakM Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Student General Artist
Its adorable!
RoxanneMilson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  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.
JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Speedsterrex Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  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.
Sinchanpelman Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018
WOW Clap Clap Clap 
VulcanSarek22 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018
RoyalAnubis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018   Digital Artist
this is such beautiful improvement 
Venelebat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You've gone a looooong way.  Beautiful art now!  Not that bad in the past either ;)
MuchinaAndCompany Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.... That's quite the difference!
Erzaka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love when people show their improvement. This is so motivating !
kkht311 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
Clap Clap Clap 
EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That is some crazy progress right there!!!!

Glad you had an awesome year. Keep up the amazing work!!
Children-Of-TheNight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Artist
Back when you are an idiot
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! so impressive!!!

I agree with you, we should never give up on what makes us happy :)
Wapli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Aw :D 
LostSoul-88 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  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.
JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment :hug:
Xahastarian Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah thats so amazing
Alghedi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah baby!!!!
Tedessa Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Sehr gutes
Ich hänge grade in einem scheinbar endlosen Motivationsloch und komme nicht raus... kein Bild will mehr gelingen. Aber mann muss dranbleiben. Irgendwann muss es ja wieder bergauf gehen
zerocinquanta Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017
amandachairez Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
big difference good job :)
codbox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THAT is what I'm talking about.
Glo72 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I can really see the improvement 
Hurricane0wolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautiful progress!
Kamikade Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017
Wow! That's crazy! La la la la 
You improved a lot!!
xXDemonicLoveXx Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow just wow!
Psiivs Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Woah! You improved a lot!   Neptune DA Sticker - Woah! 

And well, I used to avoid looking at my old drawings when I was younger, because I was ashamed of them and wanted to pretend they didn't existed, but now I like to look at them and compare to my most recent ones to see my progress... It makes me want to learn more and more I am a dummy! 
ArtisticDragon1212 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Student General Artist
I like going through my old artwork (except for my drawings of people, which are the cringiest things ever), and every time, I find an old drawing and think "I need to redraw this!" Merry Christmas, by the way!
QuakeBrothers Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
11?, i was 15 when i started boy i understand i should be inspired but i admiti  feel pathetic, every young artist defeat me :C
VValkyr Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am alreaedy giving up. After so long time, only row of failures, and dead dreams
SkyFury128 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Student General Artist
I will never give up! Ah, Before I forget... merry xmaas!!
Down-Flower Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Working on my own fore and aft! It'll get done when my computer comes back from being repaired...whenever that is.
Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That's what you call progress! :clap: 
Jasmine-T Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very inspiring!

Oh and to answer your question, I still do look at my old art. I cringe at it, but I think it's funny. But I enjoy looking at it to see how much I improved. :D

Redraw The Bioluminescent Dragon by AutoDragonheart     <- like this
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SkyFury128 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Who cares? Im not reading this... Fuck youuu bye byeee
Paralyztic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
honestly, who even falls for there? 
If these where real I would've been killed by a ghost long ago.

please stop tainting the site even further, there is more than enough by this spam
nekomagedon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
who even comes up with these?
MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
I still have old artwork I've made, but no one payed any attention to it so I stopped doing it altogether. And with the incident I had in April, it really ruined my channel with negative feedback on a messed up story I made.

Either way, I hope it doesn't get wore and ends up going to a much better year in 2018.

While I do like looking at old drawings, I pretty much have given up doing artwork altogether, due to the fact no one looks at it, nor the drawings are any good despite me uploading them at a very high resolution.
mrcrozier Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, though I try to avoid it XD

Merry Christmas to you :)
MegaMovieMonday Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! You really improved so much! :D
XxCoolCat27xX Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
far from where you want to be?
oh, hun i think you have already reached the GodLimit.

IM far from where i wanna be XD

i can only dream of creating what you have done.
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