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Edit:3/2/2017: THE ORIGINAL ARTIST / GRAPH IS FOUND!! Check it out here: www.marcdalessio.com/self-port… Please leave them a note of thanks!

Edit 4/7/2015: Updated the image to make it hopefully slightly easier to understand. Still lots of info crammed into it but oh well...

Apologies for how messy this is.. I know this is uploaded at night but i scribbled it in the morning.. really early in the morning >_>

I'm trying to find the original graph for this, it was from a personal art blog of someone doing portraits and other traditional art. Their graph was cleaner (well it was like pixel/ms paint?) And every since I saw it i've kept it in mind. Now when I want to EXPLAIN it to other people without the graph it self it's just confusing so i made my own till i can find the other one. 

If you know what i'm talking about please let me know so i can credit them! 
Check latest edit!

Translated to Portuguese here: sulamoon.tumblr.com/post/11582…
Translated to French here: fav.me/dbhai36 by Nooknook 
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:icontaschdraws:
TaschDraws Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this a couple years ago and to this day it's still the single most influential and encouraging tool I've thought back to when art blocked. Thank you so much for this! :heart: 
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zackosletacos Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god thank you so much. it really helps me understand a lot better what's happening with me haha !
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay if I do my own version for French people ? I'll credit you and the original article of course ;)

I wanted to add a little thing cause I think that this is an optimistic graph in a way. Since if you stop practicing you usually lost some skill and in my opinion some people may think "well I'm in an art-block, that's why what I do is shit" and not really think clearly about the lack of practice and so on :)
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017   Digital Artist
Go ahead and translate, if you add the note, please add it separate from the graph and make sure it's noted that that was your personal addition! Please link me if you make it, would love to add it to the page!
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you've received it since I put your icon but in case you didn't. Here it is: Le cycle de l'art

The personal note is bellow the graph and I also specified in the comment and before it that it wasn't yours ^^
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly :)
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:iconevitagenem:
EvitagenEm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
i found what you were looking for www.marcdalessio.com/self-port…
it's at the bottom.
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017   Digital Artist
OMG it totally doesn't look like how i remembered BUT I THINK THATS IT AHH!! Thanks so much it took.. 5 years.. but you found it!!! I'm adding it to the description right now!
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:iconcuriousdoodler:
curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true!!!
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:iconprincekage:
PrinceKage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for this! It actually helped me explain some stuff about art improvement recently to my bro. I hope you find the original you're looking for! 
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KelticStar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
The only thing that comes to mind that is similar to this is this video by Sycra: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0g_g… . Not sure if it will help; but I hope it does.
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:iconlarissaschoeler:
larissaschoeler Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I was thinking the same thing!
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:iconmahogany-fay:
Mahogany-Fay Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so mindblowing ! *o*
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:iconizanami-no-kami:
Izanami-No-Kami Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh i didn't knew this o.o
This explains a lot
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this illustrates perfectly how I feel. I think I've tried to explain this to a lot a people... My problem is that I've been stuck in an "art low" for years because of crippling perfectionism. Sometimes I wish I could stop "seeing"...
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Shilokh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have the same problem! The only thing I can think of, is drawing and drawing again to get better, the problem is the motivation to do that because you dislike what you draw. ^^'
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree!
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:iconkitty-artists:
Kitty-artists Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Omg I can't belive how I identify with that "crippling perfectionism" I used to draw all the time but suddenly I started a drawing I couldn't end it because when I was at half of the process I notice all my mistakes and just erase everything getting frustrated :'^)

I understand how you feel, I think I have more than 4 months trying to do something. I don't like my art anymore, I wanna die :^l
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's hope that things will improve for the both of us :')
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Blazing-Raven Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes I get like that. Often just doing little doodles helps instead of big projects. For a long time I was in a low, but in reality my art was the best it had ever been. I just got annoyed with big projects because I struggled with things like hands and dynamic poses. So I just started drawing hands. Looking at references helps as well :)
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SharkMaster16 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Have any advice on regaining the drive to do art again
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016   Digital Artist
that's a difficult question. I guess you just have to ask what your motivations are, if it's not within yourself then maybe you aren't meant to do it. ideally you do art because it's either your job or you just have fun doing it. if you aren't getting paid AND you aren't having fun, why do it? 
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SharkMaster16 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess when you put I like that, you might be right
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LightningCatH Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student General Artist
This is really helpful ;A; Thankyou for making this ;A;
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AdriOfTheDead Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Love this! Might be a shot in the dark, but do you have a high res print version available? I'd love to print this out and hang it on my wall to look at when I'm feeling the Art Lows™ :v
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016   Digital Artist
unfortunately no, that's an interesting idea tho i'll think about it when i'm tired of this version maybe :O
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AdriOfTheDead Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016   Digital Artist
Okie dokie :thumbsup:
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A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   Digital Artist
It was a glass shattering to me when my teacher told me this. All I see when I draw are mistakes. Everytime. It used to bring me down so much before... Now I'm just trying to connect my ability to see with my ability to draw. Sometimes I still feel like shit though... 
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vexnir Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
I finally found this again.

This thing has been my lifesaver for over a year now and it helped me change my attitude towards art and improvement into a more healthy one. You have no idea how much this helped me. Thank you so much for posting this again (I can't find the original either) so I can show it to my artist friends!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015   Digital Artist
No problem!! I always try to think back to it too when i feel down, it's such a good way to keep everything in perspective!
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DIEMIRIN Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2015
This is pure crap
who is the genius behind this lie
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DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
This is really useful, thank you.
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HopeaDreki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Found the original (a few years ago, saved to camera roll, no idea where I got it from), I'm not the owner though. Thought if you wanted the cleaner graph, here it is:
hopeadreki.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015   Digital Artist
no no, that's MY original, see my username down at the bottom LOL, don't upload art that isn't yours!
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HopeaDreki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Oh! Sorry, didn't see it. I would suggest making it bigger next time ^^; I explained a ton of other stuff in my other comment and took it down :)
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really interesting. i've thought about this before but i have never seen it in a graph.
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Robo-Sushi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty reassuring. Thank you for sharing this advice along with us! It makes me feel a bit better about the times where i hate my art haha. It is funny though how sometimes I can be like 'yeah this looks great!' then a week later or so think 'this is rubbish, how could I possibly think this was good'
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ZSparkonequus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool and true! ^^
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infinessence Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually really perf. There were always periods in my development where I believed I was at the top of my game, then realized I wasn't and got discouraged/went into hiatus, then started the cycle all over again. Nice!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Digital Artist
Yea, this should help people not hiatus so much, and instead working through it to get better even faster!
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:iconinfinessence:
infinessence Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely! I'm going to stay aware of this to use those periods to my advantage >:3
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WetMattos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is, like, an art applied explanation of the dunning kruger effect

a very good one, i might add
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
LOL that's a funny way to put it! When your ability to see is too low you're getting the incompetant side and vice versa for when you're ability to see is high i suppose :)
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Annanxo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Art time low.
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Pro-roro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH!!! THANK YOU!!! I remember someone putting this up before... 

Ah I remember. :icondamaimikaz: mentioned this in her journal once. Maybe she knows where it came from. (Unless it's yours that she put up :XD:
damaimikaz.deviantart.com/jour…
It was this one If I remember correctly. 
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
yea... it even has my URL on the bottom, thats the old one LOL
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Pro-roro Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh. >.< Well, at least that got cleared up =P
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got it from a painting group on Facebook.
No idea what it's original source was ^^
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Pro-roro Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I see. Well, hopefully the artist will appear eventually. :D
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Foolna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
So true.
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