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This went around one year and everybody and their dog did one, but I'm keeping it going. I even added every damn year I could manage.

So here you have it, dug out of bins and storages for your viewing and laughing pleasure. I've lost generally everything from when I was a kid, and only some drawings done for family way back when even exist anymore. The photos at the top were recently sent to me by my mom.

its been a long journey on a long road with still much further to travel down that road.

Not everyone agrees with me, but for me, this is why talent doesnt exist. They've done studies, its not magic or science, its training your brain. I started out shitty like everyone else. I drew for fun. I found something that got me drawing and I played around. I didnt do art seriously for the years of perhaps 12-16 and from 12-19 when I did mostly anime there were barely any inprovement at all in anatomy or stiffness or line clarity until the very end when I started to take it more seriously. I've probably heard every view point and opinion on this, so spare yourself your time and mine by not writing me paragraphs about it.

So then I gave up video games, and devoted the time to drawing instead. I studied anatomy and worked hard and what do you know, now we're talkin. I started getting better. Going to show no amount of a so called "talent" will really help you, will it? you can draw for years and give up like, "i must not have talent" because you dont get better.

not to lecture, but if you take anything away from this. its put your nose down, study everything you can about art, and dont draw only anime and from your head and expect to get much or any better for long periods of time.

dont let people tell you art cant be your career or take away the pleasure you get from it. it can be nothing to you, or everything. it can be a part of your life or change your life constantly the way it changes mine.

dont ever stop drawing. you can lose it, and I almost did.

and if i can give any one part of important yourself and the rest will follow.

in other words, those 4 pieces i posted were the only ones i did that whole year.....

join me on patreon to let me help you walk some of your road!

or my website
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Askippzer's avatar
omg this is sooo cool. I feel the need to practise now
we draw along the same timeline.. i wish i had kept all my stuff through the years to do this
Sp0rkNinja's avatar
Wow this is really Inspirational! Its so great to see the evolution of an artist work. Thanks for sharing.
BS-BlackScout-BS's avatar
Inspirational... Here's some thought about my situation:

As of now my stuff is compared to your Start-1992 stuff. I've kept trying and trying for the past month/weeks and I haven't got anywhere. I gave up dozens of times, and yet I keep thinking about how I'd love to become the same. I still keep giving up. 

Been browsing DeviantArt ever since I've discovered a certain YouTube channel. That channel usually posts Digital Art with Chilled music (SuicideSheeep). So, here's the reason about the interest on Digital Art...

From time to time I think all that drawing stuff isn't meant for everybody, that it requires "talent". I try telling myself that it isn't the case but I just can't get to think like that. I watched videos, I drew over my monitor, I tried things... Maybe not hard enough. 

I've tried, many, many times not to give up, but I kept/keep doing it. Every failure brings me down... The time it takes to get/reach improvement brings my motivation down.

I'm a pretty insistent person, I can't get over the fact I keep giving up nor that I draw like 5y old children.

Your post is indeed pretty helpful. But at the moment I'm writing this, I wonder if I will move on and keep trying, regardless of failures... or if I will just give up like all the previous attempts...
ekuan's avatar
You are wonderful ... I love watching this ... much artistic growth and talent! :D I congratulate you!
wayno777666's avatar
Now I know how you do it hard work. dedication and lots of talent. This may sound strange but could I buy a copy of your life as a artist I want to put it on my wall and use it to motivate my lazy butt.
KypFox's avatar
Amazing and inspirational on multiple levels. Thank you.
Salvadorio's avatar
This is so excellent and something that every aspiring artist loves to know about. Thank you so much for sharing.
bignando's avatar
Wow Great job !!!
Core-Point's avatar
Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Ringelotta's avatar
amazing! your path is really inspiring! I can't wait to be an amazing artist like you one day. Just need to keep working and working and practising and working haha xD
ToolKitten's avatar
you got the idea :D
Ringelotta's avatar
haha yeah. At least that :'D
ken261's avatar
That is quite the amazing journey and a great story to tell anyone that wants to draw but thinks they can't.
This idea really goes for almost anything like music or computers.  If you really want to do it, just stick with it and learn all you can, from wherever you can.
Gogyotonik's avatar
Keep it up!
Darkmir's avatar
SO, you are what? 32-33?

Oh, baby. So young you are!

The only thing I feel I can allow myself to say to you, and not appear condescending in any way, is that you are absolutely the real deal. Income does not matter. Credits does not matter. You are a card carrying professional creative artist, kitten. It may not be the MOST exclusive club in the land, but it does boast a rather limited membership. 

You have every right to be very proud of your accomplishments.

As for me? Watching you grow into your own as an accomplished creative artist over the past 5 years or so has been one of the main reasons I still have a membership here...:)
ToolKitten's avatar
32 yeh :)

and thats awesome! im glad that i will be more active now :)
ahmedauron's avatar
I want to believe you..but I am scared :O
ToolKitten's avatar
mlh70's avatar
would you say zenescope was the opportunity maker for your career. long live al rio.
ToolKitten's avatar
i would, but because of the artists that they got to do their covers.
mlh70's avatar
DO you prefer working on art that has environments as the focal point or people ?
Nefermeritaset's avatar
Sooo many years of drawing and coloring ! No wonder you became so good ! Experience is everything… almost. I can't help thinking some people DO have a little bit of talent. ;) Of course it can't show until they have worked so hard they can reveal themselves. 
panda037's avatar
Couldn't agree more.
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