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Raiki 2009-2015 by ThatWildMary Raiki 2009-2015 by ThatWildMary
Design wise, Raiki never changed much but… Wow, 6 years sure made a difference after all!
That first drawing was the first I made of Raiki. Wow I've had him for 6 years, I love this pupper <3
We all start somewhere, never stop trying~
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xapsh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student
amazin
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ChibiKage15 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So. what have you used methods/tactics/practiced etc etc to get way better in 6 years? I have been drawing for most of my life and have improved but in the last year or 2 i feel stuck in a rut.

I know the answer is practice because I myself see results and will tell others the same but I am not motivated to "practice" so I can get better at this time idk maybe i'm in an art block? but it's been months... it just feels like the same stuff over and over and I'm losing interest lol 

anyway, if you could provide some tips on what exactly you focused on and practiced the most so I can kind of get a sense of what I should look for when I practice?
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ThatWildMary Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm I don't really know to be sure... Through the years I felt like you just described a lot too, art blocks, lack of motivation, or ideas, and sometimes all you need is a little break
I've had to take quite a few lately, and when I got back to drawing I was going like crazy, and then spent another 3 weeks doing nothing, and suddenly exploding again, and it's good to try new things once in a while, andddd I'm not sure, I'm really bad at this and I'm not even sure of what I'm saying :,D

But for real, a break every now and then is also needed. People say "no you gotta practice and draw every second of your life or else you'll never get good UUGHGUGHGUUU" that's not it, ok the more you draw something and study it the better you get, but forcing yourself will make this REALLY boring and not cool, so you gotta relax sometimes too~

You gotta take a deep breath, find some inspiration, sketch some quick things, and people say getting obsessed with something enough to make fanart all the time helps too, ever since I got into the HunterXHunter fandom I feel like I learned a lot of stuff just by drawing fanart so much :,D

It can be frustrating at times, for sure, but you gotta make it something fun too, I believe art is something you gotta do while having fun, not like all the time, because sometimes, like working on commissions, can be tricky, you gotta deal with things that are not always very fun to, the idea that you have to work on it sometimes can be a bit exhausting but it's all worth it, in my opinion

Yeeeaaah, again, I'm not entirely sure of what I'm saying right now, but in short:
Do it because you like it, acknowledge that sometimes you need a break to take another step forward, and don't give up c:
One day, you're satisfied with your art and progress, the other day, everything seems stable and not moving forward at all, but that's normal, some steps take a bit more time to get through than others~
(This turned out to be pretty long, sorry!!)
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ChibiKage15 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for your imput!

I should definitely look for some inspiration somewhere and don't worry, you made sense XD
I'll look through some newer things and keep it at it. Thanks again.
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ThatWildMary Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hah, you're welcome, I hope my long text helps somehow cx
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Leemonn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LMAO I REMEMBER THE FIRST ONE, your shading used to be so amazing pff and thE LEGS
But hella look at that improvement dang mon congrats you're awesome
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ThatWildMary Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No everything was horrifying oh my god
But yeah I'm happy about my evolution wow ;v;
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BrianTheFox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
such a big progress!
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