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2016 Art Summary by SmokeRiver24 2016 Art Summary by SmokeRiver24
I only just updated it why 

2016 was some year. I feel like I really grew in it, in art and emotional, mental and physical growth. I learned about style, anatomy, my strengths and weaknesses (not just in art) and developed many new interests that I'm glad to have developed! I met new and wonderful people, and although I suffered from anxiety, depression, and a few other problems the past year, I can happily say that I would not miss 2016 for nearly anything. :)

One thing I wish I hadn't developed and/or done is surprisingly not entirely art related. It started sonewhere during October, I believe, and it rose from stress and heavy sadness because of school, homework, getting up early, posting for Gonktober, and the beginning of many after school activities. Because I felt so stressed out, I began immersing myself in the Internet and my phone, bringing about concern and distrust to my parents, and my own guilt. Although I am now improving in not being addicted to this virtual world, my parents still have traces of distrust for me, but are beginning to trust me more, and I am now starting to feel better.

I hope in 2017 artwise to focus more on improving my color schemes, work on shading techniques, and improve in anatomy in horses, felines, canines, birds, and humans. 

January
I don't remember much from that month? I remember focusing on MAPs and animating (terribly), and that I learned to ski that month. All the pictures from Jan. to Jun. are screenshots from MAP parts I did ;0

February
I began to develop new interests that month! I began admiring Whiskermoon/kuiwi's, Fireworkcat's, Finchwing's and MapleSpyder's and many more people's works, and that I began to get an interest in Gravity Falls, but that's it, I guess!

March
I don't remember much from here. I guess this is where I had more schoolwork to do, and that I couldn't draw/animate much that month.

April
I finally had a bit of a style change during this month, although it was still pretty bad, considering how unnaturally fluffy it is XD. I started to focus more on movement and smoothness in animation, I believe, and began trying to make more presentable projects.

May
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June
Since the MAP for the picture above had set designs and styles with cat hair and all that jazz, I tried to follow it and somewhat combine my own March-April style with it. I guess I'm grateful I was able to do this, since that might have sped me up on the drawing journey and pushed me a little more ahead than I might have been if I hadn't done this and joined the map! ;)

July
The improvement from June did show up a bit! I got a decent art program, I began studying shape and anatomy of cats, and got a deviantart, motivating me to draw and practice more! I'm glad I took this step, for if I hadn't, I may have been stuck in the April stage. I also began to get to know people online through da and yt, so that month had been a pretty big step! I also began trying to make a crossover comic, which I'm not posting because it has a pretty bad basic idea, and most of the art in it is pretty old.

August
Since I had no owed art to draw at the time, and I wanted to become more active on DA, I began to do the overdone warriors challenge, which I am currently taking a break from until I get all my owed art done. I practiced painting and background techniques, and began trying different poses.

September
Basically the same as above, but I began to draw gifts ^^

October
This is month I got crippling depression...ok but seriously, as said earlier, I began to become heavily stressed from schoolwork and gonktober, so I slowly and steadily began distracting myself from my pain by simply procrastinating homework and watching YouTube videos. Now that I think of it, ironically, although this is the month I probably improved most in artwise, I also began creating a habit which would later break me more than I thought it would. I don't know what to feel about this month :0

November
If October was bad, November was a terrible month for my growing habit and self-esteem. There were times I did feel good, but I lied, felt guilty, and ended up taking a hiatus off of my social medias. The art shown here is a vent piece I made using a set palette.

December
This was some month! Around the beginning of it (or possibly the end of November), my mother learned of my depression, and actually made me feel better, although I did keep on spending excessive time on the Internet. About the middle of December, my parents began looking at my Internet history, learning about my social medias, activity, and everything. On the 29th, they restricted Safari and the App store for me, and later deleted all my games on my phone (except for my GIF maker, art program, and music creator apps). All this simply brought my depression back : )) Although I now regret my terrible decision-making this month, I realize it also opened up new possibilities for me?? i guess?? At least I have the chance to redeem myself. I may be able to get a tablet at the end of the month and I started doing household chores.

Overall, I'm glad I did this art meme. I love to look back to see how much I improved, and I was able to somewhat vent in the description of this piece. I'd definitely recommend anyone to do this in their spare time, it can make you feel even a bit better about yourself! 
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:iconwateermelonking:
WateermelonKing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IMPROVEMENT HELLO
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Student General Artist
IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND I'M STILL SHOOK
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:iconsaireanimations:
SaireAnimations Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know im late to the party, BUT THIS AMOUNT OF IMPROVEMENT IS NOT OK
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Student General Artist
IKR 
I'M STILL DYING 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY HECK you definitely improved, great job!
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you aaa! ;w;
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:iconspitfiresonice:
SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem c:
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MaxPax26 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Dude u free to hang out wit me and bee after new years cuz u know.....stuf and were gona ply donkry kong on the wii......ye
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:iconmaxpax26:
MaxPax26 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
WOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Student General Artist
YES
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:iconmintminced:
MintMinced Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
How so fast improve???#;&÷×7@&@;^+;×&×
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
yes omg 
I seriously drew rectangles for cats from January-May and I only actually gave shape to them like in??? September??? I'm still obsessing over that holy 
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MintMinced Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Yep pop most people don't realize that
shape is a thing and that they might even be good at it
Me is gonna horribly audition for LKs casting call btw
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SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
aa I can't wait to see you suffer auditioning! (good luck tho!) I was thinking about auditioning but I felt like I wouldn't be able to do all the Skype calls and that I just wouldn't have the time for it, so I decided not to audition.
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MintMinced Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Oi see
The audition is already up so you can hear my scratchy voice attempt to keep up with the quality of my 100 dollar mic
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
*goes to watch the audition*
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:iconmintminced:
MintMinced Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Don't worry it's all just cringe lol ;v;;
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
too late 
I just finished watching it 
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Flvffyfox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016   Digital Artist
thE IMPROVEMENT IN THIS IS MAJOR THO--

LIKE
LOOK AT THE JANUARY ART AND THEN LOOK AT THE DECEMBER ART
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:iconsmokeriver24:
SmokeRiver24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student General Artist
IKR??? I'M STILL FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT OMG 
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:iconflvffyfox:
Flvffyfox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016   Digital Artist
LMAO
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