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Have you ever looked back at your old artworks and thought that you used to be better? That is what I sometimes think when I browse through my DA gallery. I see some drawings that I did almost three years ago, and I cannot help but feel that they are better than my last ones. Maybe not on a technical level, because I know that I have gotten better in this field. But when it comes to creativity, or just the beauty of a piece... I am not so sure. I have the impression that my old pieces used to be more attractive, more eye-catching. But I think I may be able to point out what has happened.

I used to draw what I really liked, without thinking about originality or concept. If I wanted to draw a mermaid, I just drew it without thinking twice. As I was constrained by my technical limits, I only drew a simple pose that I mastered, so the composition of the piece was not a big issue: I already had a starting point, which was a "technically-constrained" position of my character, and I just had to complete it.
But now that I have gotten better technically, one new problem has appeared: I have to create everything. I have no starting point giving some direction to my artworks anymore. I have to think about the composition of my artwork before I actually start it (or that is how it sometimes feels), which makes a piece harder to start as I am often unsatisfied with my initial composition. Being freer technically has restrained my creativity, how ironic! XD Well, I do know that solving this psychological problem is entirely up to me, so I am not dabiolizing technique here.   

So I believe that my main problem is that I have evolved... Yeaaah XD My goal is not to draw a beautiful piece with beautiful characters and beautiful dresses anymore. I am now in an experimental period. I want to get better technically, experiment different techincs and mediums so that I will be able to be more and more creative; Novelty, experimentation and technique are my current worries. I think that can explain why I am less careful about the finishing and the beauty of a piece, those things that used to matter the most.

After that long introspection, I feel better... I have indeed lost a bit of that freshness that I had when I started to draw, but I do not think that I have definitely regressed. On the contrary, I believe that experimeting is a good thing that I have to keep doing. Hmm yes, that is what I am going to do :)

/RANT
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Meilily
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FallingTeaCup Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your works are beautiful. Your such an inspiration.
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Meilily Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you very much : )
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gLiTcHfOx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your the one that introduced me to this site:D Your the best:heart: I love your style!
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Meilily Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely compliment : ) Also I'd be curious to know, how did I introduce you to this site?
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gLiTcHfOx Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh I saw your picture Dear flower fairy on Google images and it lead me straight to DA:heart: it is forever my favorite site:D
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Meilily Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Oh I'm glad you found out about this site, it is indeed a very interesting one ^^ Have fun!!
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Eruanna89 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
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DUH, of course I remember you! :D (Just got your message, I`ve been kinda absent from DA for, well, years now.) I still love your drawings, and you're still awesome. ;) I kinda forgot I was the first subscriber, though... How time flies, eh?
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Meilily Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Ahah I'm glad you saw my message :D Time flies indeed, it is kinda scary! How have you been? Have you graduated since? :)
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Eruanna89 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I'm not sure, but I have just started working on the finale of my bachelor's, so I guess by next summer. =)
I`m fine, nothing new in my life as usual. ('cept I colored my hair last week, but that's no biggie.) It's the same old, same old.
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Meilily Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Good luck then!! And merry christmas : D
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