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Draw this again! Meme (Joel - The Last of Us) by TricepTerry Draw this again! Meme (Joel - The Last of Us) by TricepTerry
So here we goooo, meme time!

The point of this meme is to take an old picture you really loved at the time, and redraw it now to see your improvement. The template originally only had slots for "before and after", so i had to modify it have three slots ._.

I drew Joel on July 2, 2013 shortly after I beat The Last of Us. Being a big fan of the game, my brother eventually saw the drawing and requested one for himself as well, so I ended up having to draw Joel again shortly after on October 26, 2013.

When I completed the first Joel drawing, I was pretty ecstatic. I had only just started to do realism portraits and I thought it was amazing. Then my brother comes along and I redraw it, only to feel it was EVEN BETTER. I remember feeling on top of the world when I gave it to him as a gift, I was so proud to have it being displayed on his wall.

But now? Yesterday I redrew Joel, and I almost cringe thinking about the one that's displayed in his room lol.

It doesn't matter how good you think you've become. You're always going to get better. Honestly, just like back in 2013, I feel like this 2015 is the best I'm gonna get. But who knows. Maybe in 3 years I'll draw him again and look back and cringe at the 2015 one too.

As long as you put the time and effort into learning and practicing, you'll keep getting better. I've been drawing for like, 12 years now or something. Skill doesn't come quickly, but you WILL get better.

In the words of Shia Labeouf:

"Don't let your dreams be dreams".
"JUST DO IT"!
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VALUmon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! I love the details and the contrast ! But how did you get 3 slots, since I've only seen this meme with two slots xD.
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I've always loved strong contrast so I've focused on improving that =].

I literally just made the meme bigger myself lol. I increased the canvas size in photoshop and just made room for another picture.
If you want a blank version of it I uploaded it here: Draw this again (bigger size)

I just sized the pictures in there the way I needed to. Hope that helps.
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sanctuary-meadow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way you've improved is unlike any I've seen. You were fantastic in 2013 and yet your contrasts and highlights and allignment has come together to present a very deep portrait. But not just this but the details have become richer, the thing I'm most impressed with is the sharpness, and even the clothing. This takes practice and I'm sure you've learnt new techniques to get to where you are now or just know better how to use your tools of the trade (the pencil).

I have been drawing portraits for a long time but kind of gave up and was finding myself not getting any better than what I have done in the past or actually worse lol... I'm now into watercolour paintings and am venturing painting animals as animals never seemed to work that well in graphite for me... I think my portrait days in graphite are kind of more or less over (or at least for now)

ANYWHO.
Awesome work! :) 
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you're too kind xD. Thank you.

I've definitely learned a lot as I've gone. I started out drawing anime/manga type stuff for years and years. When I eventually moved onto portraits, one of the biggest things I learned was that I wasn't going to complete these at the same pace as the anime drawings. The first picture here from 2013, I was still attempting to do the portraits within 1 sitting, in anywhere from 2-8 hours, much like I always did with the cartoons and stuff. Realized that I wasn't going to be able to achieve the detail I wanted in that small amount of time, and I started spending longer on each one(not to say it's not possible, there's definitely some extremely skilled people out there that can do masterful stuff in no time at all, but I wasn't anywhere near that level xD). It probably takes me anywhere from 20-50 hours on average now I'd say.

Aside from that there were still several other things I learned though, from tools to techniques. Size and type of paper are both extremely important, I prefer mechanical pencil over standard, eraser sticks and kneaded erasers are irreplaceable to me, and general tips and tricks along the way just kinda made themselves known through trial and error.


It's a shame you feel that way about your graphite portraits. You definitely shouldn't give up =]. In my personal experience, I found myself halting progress constantly as well, even felt like I was getting worse here and there too. I found that unless I opened myself to some form of change, I wouldn't move forward. Every time I try something new, I feel like I gain a little bit more understanding. Whether I tried new tools, spending more time on each drawing or even just researching different shading techniques, that's when I felt like I did a bit better. On top of that, there's definitely a lot about shading with graphite that just eventually kinda "clicks". Until then it can be really aggravating ._. A lot of the time though, progression could be just around the corner by learning to use a new tool or something.

If you have any interest at all, I did a little tutorial thing where I went over the tools I use and a bit of the technique I follow. Realism Portrait Tips/Tutorial *BIG FILE* It's a little dated now, but most of it is still generally the same =].
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ElbarethIB Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huge progress. Congratulation! The last one looks amazing :huggle:
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly ^_^. Hopefully I'll do another some day and it'll be even better =].
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abdulkaleem Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Awesomeomfg 
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abdulkaleem Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
how much time did it take to draw each?
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely took more time each time I redrew it. The last one probably took around 20-30 hours.
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JapanEyedPinoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Oh yeah?  I feel like it should be the other way around.   The more times you draw something, I'd imagine you would be faster just cuz in theory you should know what to look for and stuff.  I should try redrawing something I've drawn a long time ago.
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SMXIII Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Wow *o* awesome evolution ! I love how it shows the great importance of contrast and dark dark dark shadows !!
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks xD. I almost feel like doing it again sometime soon, it's nice to see how my stuff changes over the years.

Strong contrast is definitely one of the things I've always really liked and made present in my drawings. I've been a bit conflicted with it lately though, kinda feel like it makes it less believable. Less realistic/natural I guess. It just doesn't always work is all xD
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SMXIII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
If you've got the motivation you should definitely try it again sometime ! It's so cool and inspiring to see improvement :D 

 I see what you mean. A lot of contrast gives a more realistic/photographic feels to the drawing ... but at some point the trick starts to show and doesn't serve anymore the initial goal ... tough 
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3729234732y74 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student General Artist
amazing bro
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DessinerEr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Next he will blink the eye. :D
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Karalia-M Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Graphics updated haha... Anyway that's a great progress, thank you for posting.
*Plus you are giving us hope!
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Cynicalbrit395 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Dang, must be so cool to see yourself improve like that. Awesome stuff man.
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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DavidTheArtNinja1345 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, lots of improvement!
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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SuperSecretBrony Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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Soriokink Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1, Hella  good detail! 
2, a bit better the n the last, i see the contrast is a bit more defined.
3, Nice grayscale picture!  Very nice angle and... wait.. this was made with pencil?
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Henshidoku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
D:
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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kurokuni Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Amazing! When I first read it I thought the first picture was made only 28 days before the last pic, and I was shocked lol!!! But then I read closer. ^^ Still great great improvement, especially lighting
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol xD. That'd be quite the improvement for 28 days xD.

Thank you though!
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DragonicDemonWolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
r e l a x
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louistik Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great improvement! 
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Aline96 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's definitely some improvement here! :D 
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ! :la:
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Aline96 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :dummy: 
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SentireAeris Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What... Dayum son! O.o
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
I see your Shia Labeouf and raise you a Yogi Berra:

"When you come to a fork in the road, TAKE IT!"

Well done! I think these are all awesome, but even so one can see your artistic progress.
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha xD Thank you so much =]
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Fakskis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you can really see the improvement, nice! :D
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Kotado Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Major approvement!!! Love it! Wish my portraits skills was like yours lel...
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DrawWithNessie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You were already pretty good in 2013 but wow, 2 years of practice has done wonders to your art! Your newest version looks like a black and white photograph! Your shading is impressive.
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much =]
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Minouze Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooooow omggg!!! Such an improvement!! it's so impressive!! ;U;
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much xD
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Aragold Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Woooow! Great improvement! It's sooo motivating and inspiring! 
I love your style so much!! 
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Aragold Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You're very welcome! ^^
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fairy-lee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I like all three of them very much but seriously WOW the last one looks almost like a picture! Also, your words are very inspiring ^^ 
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TricepTerry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much ^_^
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