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2010-2017 Improvement Meme + some ramblings

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Published: February 2, 2018
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I was planning to get this done by the first month of 2018, but who am I, someone who follow through with my plans? H a h a .

Anyways, here's my second improvement meme, now with extra walls of text and a serving of quarter-life crisis! Feel free to have a read, it may or may not be relevant to you.

These years mostly cover my prolonged higher education and the year after I'm farted out of it. I sure miss dealing with teachers who hate anime style and still end up getting top grades because my works don't lie. But the world outside isn't as forgiving, and this award-winning student ends up being a bum who does dodgy stuffs for money! Stay tuned to see what happens next to him.

Honestly at this point I think this would be more of a documentation thing than to track "improvement", since as I've described, I've hit my plateau. In fact, quality might drop from this point, as you know most of the indie medias these days - webcomic, animation, games - actually favor simpler styles, so that you can produce more.

This is my first one for reference (2003-2009) >>  JAH WHY DID I DO THIS T.T by RadenWA

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iriscillaHobbyist Digital Artist
You raise some really interesting points here (about the plateau). This is what I struggled with some years ago, then stopped doing arts altogether for some time. I was afraid of the quality drop at that point, or just stagnating. Now I'm rediscovering why I want to do art because the urge to do art is still alive and nagging. I really want to improve to be as great as the most amazing artists but I'm not sure if I can (maybe I just don't believe in myself enough), but still i sense more important is to have fun with it. If it turns into a chore, it loses its magic.
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
It's true. Being stagnant isn't nice, but stopping altogether is worse. At some point I think it's good to look back at your progress to see what it is that gets you motivated from the first place.
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iriscillaHobbyist Digital Artist
True about that. Some things become obvious only in the back view.
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Wolfenpilot687Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I've known you for a while now, then.
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
time keeps flowing. It's scary.
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666kaiStudent General Artist
Maybe you should read an old book full of wisdom, "Flow" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  In short, he states that to be flow (and feel well with what you're doing) you want to do tasks that challenge you, not so much that they are frustrating, but enough to occupy your mind/actions.  You seem to be rethinking his thoughts :)
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
Challenges do make me feel alive, indeed...but it seems the professional world demands you to be constant and stagnant.
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iriscillaHobbyist Digital Artist
Customers want consistency, huh. That is good and bad at the same time.
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
being versatile and varied is good as an artists, but customers and audience generally don't care and just want to see what they already expect out of you. It's the trap of popularity.
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iriscillaHobbyist Digital Artist
I thought so. Well, good to know.
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SaiyreHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for creating this and making the effort to write these walls of text. You actually put words to some of my intangible thoughts. My situation is completely different, but this definitely gives me a fresh, more optimistic perspective. I wish you the best of luck in all you do! Your work is solid :)
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
Oh wow, I'm glad someone actually reads it and find it helpful.

You're doing really well from what I can see tbh!
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SaiyreHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I just stumbled across it by accident but I'm glad I did. Thanks for sharing :)
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
"accident" seems to be the best way to get noticed these days XD
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SaiyreHobbyist Digital Artist
That is true!
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Plateau or not, your artworks have been and are awesome and striking.
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! Try doing this too :)
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This verb is a first person singular or an imperative?
You're welcome.
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