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I started to learn how to draw and paint academically at Art Lyceum at 2001 (age 11) - we were tasked to do a lot of daily sketches, landscapes, still lifes,  plaster heads, you name it. 🖌 

I became accustomed to japanese medias like anime, manga and videogames at 2003 - and it blew me away; but the teachers were against of all of it because it wasn’t academical, so it were prohibited to draw manga at school. 🙀 

After I graduated Art Lyceum I went to the Architecture college (2008), where started to draw some manga-like illustrations and fan arts of favourite animes in my free time, because I loved it so much, but it was soo hard to start drawing something like this right from imagination after academical scholarship where basically all you needed to do is to create a nice copy of something you see in front of you. ⚡️

The picture on the left is one of those attempts from 8-9 years ago - I didn’t even know what I was doing, haha, but if I weren’t start to do it little by little at those times, I would never be at where I am now.

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veecatsu's avatar
WHAT you drew that at 9!?!? I was busy drawing cringe worthy fnaf art hhh
AmbiguityArt's avatar
No, he was 11 in 2001, which means he would have been 19 in 2009.
veecatsu's avatar
ohh- i misread that so badly
AikatsuPowa's avatar
It's so motivating to see great artist's evolution.
J-Henrique-S's avatar
I love to see evolutions ... but then I remember how lazy I am.
Shiningfleur's avatar
Great improvement! You're right: you arrived where you are now thanks also you first drawings. The picture on the left look like a generic anime character, the right one is a personal style with manga references I think.
Folston's avatar
evolution... me too
Mirabooo's avatar
this makes me so motivated, because you are my inspiration so seeing your improvement gives me so much hope 
pavame-agarestia's avatar
thank you for sharing this; it really is a motivational one...
arya-tabs's avatar
Education comes in all forms(# includes more than just shapes and sizes).....and the stereotype education system is so cliche and it is a drag to the imaginative and illustrious mind which get dumped in the process to create something aesthetically exotic...well in the eyes of the intellectuals that is.....and it is not only in art in almost every aspect of life....even to and lifestyle....say for lifestyle we run for awkward fashionistas and not for comfort or economy...while the same person will join slogans to aid the poor and preach about voluntary works....again say we don't value much home cooked food but go for overly high priced bland tasting foods from 5 star chefs....and we are to be blamed for all of that! WE NEED TO CHANGE OURSELVES WHATEVER COST IT MAY BE!....some will fail in the path but eventually we get to live our dream and still hope to hope!
GaleLight's avatar
it's nice that you shared the story of your life with us. we all have our own dream to catch up to, that's what make us who we are someday. for you sir, you had achieved it, keep it up DeviantArt 
DisturbingGreen's avatar
ahahah at age 11 you were so great at shading legs!
miminaa-chan's avatar
He was 19 not 11 ^^ 
Usako-tan's avatar
He was 19 when he drew that, he was 11 in 2001 and that drawing is from 2009
Skarndebrax's avatar
so many difference but, in the other hand, in 2009, your trait was already so clean !!!!
urboyroco's avatar
2009 was already great, 2017 is god level !!
reksane's avatar
Ты лучший.
Keytee-chan's avatar
Your current art is amazing! ^_^

Though... i prefer your 2009 style, because it's more appealing to me... It's like, the style that i want to draw like, because i'm in love with 90's anime style ^_^
WH5's avatar
evoluir sempre é algo bom
KAIZAN111's avatar
Царь, Бог, Император, и охренительный художник - Илья! 
ZeaNuan's avatar
Your art was my inspiration ... It's show your time effort and your mastery in coloring and emotion (Especially in portrait art) 

Your are my art hero if I can truly say so

I always look at your work as an inspiration
sssberg's avatar
Thanks for sharing. I love seeing these.
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