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Improvement Meme Bandwagon by puimun Improvement Meme Bandwagon by puimun
"Me too!"
Looked like fun, so here goes.

I think if this were to go back to 2000 there would be much more drastic change. But for the most part it's a gradual anatomy improvement and richer colors, with some branching out in recent years. The ink work shows a lot more change in the 2003-2009 period than my watercolors.


Original Meme template here: [link]


If you're interested in looking at the full paintings, you can do a title search [link] at Shadowscapes for these:

2003: Sparks, Catknot, Green Witch, Fyre Hair
2004: Blue Rose, Harbinger, Fool
2005: Dangerous Other, World
2006: Muse, Page of Wands, Five of Swords
2007: Eight of Pentacles, Plum Blossoms, Surge
2008: The Storm, Changeling: Dusk, Dragon Pearl, Slumber
2009: Potential, Offerings, Nautilus
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Arterly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a place we can see some of your older work, like from 2000? I'm amazed by your work, and I'd like to see those "drastic changes" you mentioned.
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puimun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hide those under a big virtual rock on my computer. :)
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Arterly Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, I see! :D Well if you ever decide to do an improvement meme again, I know I for one would love to see them.
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kasumi-n-hikari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing artwork :3 I have a friend who has your book
Wonderful :)

~<3 kasumi
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XxMelissa-StarxX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO YOURE 33
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FeraNoMo79 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
omj dont you have a book published on fantasy creatures my cusin has your book! (I recognize some of the art!) :D
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puimun Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I do. :)
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FeraNoMo79 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
That's so cool! We use your book ALL the time I can't believe you're even talking to me that's AMAZING! XD You an amazing artist and II absolutely love your artwork! :D
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puimun Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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an-chan123 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
all of it is good!!!
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sirrawson Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have one of your books! ^_^ Your artwork is so amazing and beautiful!
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ShadowSeason Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I thought your artwork looked familiar!! I have your book (I got it as a Christmas present). I love it! :D

When I was looking through your different works in the meme, I kept trying to find one I recognized to make sure it was the same person, and sure enough, I found one!

By the way, your book inspired me to try using watercolor. It's one of my favorites to use now (even if I am still getting used to it) :)
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ShadowSeason Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I thought your artwork looked familiar!! I have your book (I got it as a Christmas present). I love it! :D

When I was looking through your different works in the meme, I kept trying to find one I recognized to make sure it was the same person, and sure enough, I found one!

By the way, your book inspired me to try using watercolor. It's one of my favorites to use now (even if I am still getting used to it) :)
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puimun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear the book is proving useful for you!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WoW
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alexluna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I remember your work from even farther back...back in the elfwood days. You were always very experimental with subject matter, but I can see you were less free with line variety, color, and composition. Most of your subjects were centered in the page, painted with analogous colors, and weren't as varied in texture (which makes sense with the computer graphics - very smooth). As you've grown, your line quality is superb as you know when to be graphical, and when to be more representational. You're less heavy handed with your figure/object boundaries as some of the edges disappear completely - very organic. Your textures vary wildly, and you seem to have a lot of fun creating complete environments with elegant, sweeping compositions that create a lot of movement and complexity. The colors are the most amazing change. You're right about your growth in that area of skill and "artistic eye". Your color schemes are quite complex and exquisite. Your work was always amazing. It's cool to see that even masters improve with time.
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Hearts-Are-Cold Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I don't even know what to say. I mean, dear freaking god, you started out great, but your newer stuff, it's so beautiful. Your colors, your detail, your ideas, they're fantastic.

I admire the switch back to traditional. Really, people are always on this meme with the same, 'Oh, I upgraded to photoshop and a tablet' as if your art being digital makes it any better or worse. This proves those silly people wrong with ease. Digital or traditional doesn't make a difference, it's just the thought, effort and soul you put into it. I hate how some traditional artists seem to feel like they are absolutely required to do digital art to be good. I'll admit, I used to think the same thing, but honestly, between the stuff I draw on my tablet, and the stuff I do on paper, the stuff on paper is a higher quality. My lines with the tablet are squiggly and lame, and it just doesn't feel the same at all. I like the feel of pencil/marker/pen on paper. It makes me feel like I'm actually creating something.

Enough of that, though. As far as your work, I can honestly say that you are amazing. I want to just fall into one of your pieces, become part of it and never leave.
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puimun Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
drawing/painting on paper just makes me feel happy :) I don't get the same satisfaction from digital!
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Hearts-Are-Cold Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I know what you mean! :]
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LordLouis Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may i ask what made you quit digital art?
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puimun Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
because I enjoy working on a physical piece so much more. And you can't really layer optically colors digitally the way you can with real paint.
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LordLouis Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see your point. I am very impressed by your watercolour works, never figured out how to use it properly.
:)
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Jiriyen Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow! All your art is so beautiful!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty!
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mudman72 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
awsome itīs pretty good artwork,even from 2003
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured! [link]
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
I have always really admired your work, especially your work with watercolours and fantasy. Thankyou for taking the time to do this meme, it is inspiring to have an insight into how you think about your artwork and how it fits in with the rest of your life. Although, I am not pursuing art as a profession I hope I can keep creating beautiful things like you do all through my life.

again: thankyou
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Mythical-Whimsy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'd be happy to be half as skilled as you!
Amazing work. <3
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Zadriela Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Filmographer
I have your book. It's funny that I recognized your style by the time i got to the second row. That just shows how unique it is. I never thought of you as an actual person lol. Thanks for the encouragement you gave me though you never even knew it.
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puimun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Clouded-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
You always do such beautiful works.
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ShannonValentine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your work always contains great movement and grace. Amazing how excellent your work was in 2003 and how you've pushed for further growth.
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mermaidmusic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't realize that you had a child, congratulations! how lovely! I'm so glad you did this, it's interesting to see how you've changed and who you've become through your art. As usual, love your stuff, love your style, love you!!! :love:
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Belbecat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Like many here have said, great from the start! Hope all goes well for you.
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KoSzuLe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
I'm not saying you haven't improved from 2003, but those were just as amazing as your work is now :)
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Haru01 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Writer
Awesome!!
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Megeso Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
You are incredibly inspiring! Just looking at this gives me a little hope that maybe I'll get better somday XDD

Lovely work!!!
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Lainiexox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional
I love these memes because they are so inspiring. Sometimes it's more interesting to see huge huge improvements - but you're forgiven for being so good to begin with. ;) It looks like your work has gotten more and more detailed and intricate over the past few years.
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freddyscribbles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great to see the progression. It's also nice to find people who didn't necessarily hit their stride like some bolt of lightening (like at 16 O.o) and still find joy in experimentation and personal projects above all of the commercial craziness.

Congratulations on the recentish addition to your family! And please, whatever you do, don't stop making art! Merry 2010
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D3N1S3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's funny, you're the only artist I'd honestly say I'm truly a 'fan' of. I love the way your work flows, and every piece has a dream like quality to it. You've a great gift.

I purchased your Dream Scapes workbook, and love it, though my style is very different from yours, I can appreciate and grow from what you have accomplished through the years, you make art seem effortless! And for one so young too! It seems it comes natural to you, as though it's simply breathing. I look forwards too seeing what you create in 2010~!
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Always love progress charts, and this is an exceptionally beautiful one.
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SecretOfDragonflies Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love watchimg your improvements over the years!! I really love the ink drawings and they reflect actually your unique style.

Thank you for sharing this little retrospective with all us.

Wish you the best for this 2010 year!
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Ranlinde Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting and lovely to see your evolution. Whenever I dabble with watercolours (and I do it pretty poorly but what the eck) its because one of your works has been an inspiration. Best of luck in new 2010!
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
That's got to be the prettiest progress meme I've seen so far! :heart:

Also, it's kind of reassuring to see that it's possible to keep growing and developing even if you've already reached a high level of quality. I've been seeing so many of these memes done by art school students, showing HUGE leaps in quality over their early years, and it worries me that maybe we hit a plateau as we mature. But I can see now that doesn't need to be the case.

I love where you've ended up, it'll be interesting to see where you go from here!
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LullaNonseSong Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student General Artist
your art is so amazing that if you had stayed at 2003, there would still be millions of people watching you and envying your skill!
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blackbrownsocks Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Oh wow, this is so amazing.
It's so fascinating to see how an artist develops and I'm looking forward to more of your works in the near and distant future!
And all the best with the baby too! ^^;
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Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Your artwork is awesome! Even from 2003! <3 <3
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kaede-kasumi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You still have my biggest respect even from 2003 your awesome.
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AniHime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Way to go! :) I loved seeing the evolution. Thanks for sharing! And congratulations for your child! I suppose s/he's born already. :D I have a 7 m.o. baby boy. It's wonderful being a mom. :)
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