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2012 Improvement meme by Enamorte 2012 Improvement meme by Enamorte
Edited for 2012, scroll to bottom of description for comments:holly:

Once again, my massive progress meme now on year #12. :omfg:

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2001 - This was when I first started to draw. I was 17. My parents bought me this tablet for about $40 (so yes, I was fortunate enough to have a tablet right from the beginning- hopefully, if you didn't already believe that a tablet doesn't make you a good artist, this will convince you lol). I went chiefly by what I could glean from anime tutorials I found online (Julie Dillon's How to Draw Manga tutorials, anyone? ;) ), and did much of my shading and highlights with dodge and burn. I also abused Photoshop filters quite a lot.

2002 - More anime. Still learning from anime tutorials, still abusing filters. My main subjects for art for these first three years were from a story I was writing, so you'll see some characters recurring in there. I had discovered OpenCanvas at this point, and was using that pretty evenly alongside Photoshop.

2003 - This wasn't a very lucrative year artwise. More sporadic art of my story (which never did have a title) and rampant filter usage. EVERY figure had to have a glowy, fuzzy border around it, too. :doh:

2004 - This was where things started to change a bit. I created a new character named Nessa and occupied myself with her for a while (she's the one with the black hair). I started trying to imitate things I saw other artists do, and started moving away from trying to imitate the "typical anime" style- although I was still working within the anime spectrum.

2005 - If 2003 was a bad year for art, 2005 was even worse. I was going to cosmetology school and working part time and had very little inspiration or desire to draw. Looking through my folders, there was barely enough art to fill all five slots for this year. I was still coming up with new characters, though, even though their stories never went anywhere.

2006 - THIS. This was the "boom" year. All sorts of horrid things happened in my life throughout this year, but it ended up being one of my most lucrative years- and I think it was actually because of those horrid things. This was the year that Amethyst Eyes was born, and it proved to be exactly what I needed to escape certain realities of my life at the time- and I really needed it, desperately. I was moving even further away from traditional anime and into my own stylized way of drawing as my characters developed. Another important change that happened this year: BOYS. I hadn't had much confidence in drawing males before, but the rise of some prominent male characters necessitated some improvement in that area, and they started showing up more often. :)

2007 - At the time, 2007 seemed really insignificant in my artistic development, but looking back, I made some really big leaps this year. This was when I first started experimenting with a more realistic style, and lineless paintings. I was still cranking out some anime every now and then, but realism (or at least, semi-realism) was starting to take my attention away from that style.

2008 - Another slow year. This was the year I moved overseas, and that robbed me of a lot of motivation to draw. Homesickness and resulting depression left me a bit out of commission for this and the following year. I did manage to put out a couple of decent pictures, but I was mostly distracted.

2009 - This was a terrible year, too. This was the year I got married, and that distracted me from art for much of the year. Like 2005, there was very little to choose from for this year.

2010 - This year sort of made up for the previous two years. I started to pick myself up out of the dark place I'd been in for a while and forced myself to focus extra hard on my art. It really helped improve my mood, and the quality of my art increased exponentially. I'd say this is the year that I finally moved away from anime completely (bar a couple of "just for fun" pieces here and there). I started learning more about technical things such as color theory, perspective and light that I hadn't previously been exposed to- my knowledge on those things was pretty superficial up until that point. I also started playing loads of Hidden object/adventure games, and the amazing art in many of them inspired me to try painting more environments, a change from my mainly character-focused art. Portraits are still my favorite type of painting to do, but I found that as I learned to paint environments, I started to really enjoy doing them, too (not to mention it improved the quality of my portraits as well, since I was attempting more substantial backgrounds).

2011 - I tried to really push myself this year, and I think it shows. This year, I worked on two main things- making sure to use references more, and cultivating patience with my work. When I'm working on a painting, I get very impatient to call it complete so I can move on to the next thing, and it often results in the work not reaching its full potential. I haven't always been able to manage it, but I consider pieces like this fav.me/d4i1h0k and fav.me/d4ii283 this to be milestones in that area. :)

2012 - This year has been all over the damn place. I started out the year finishing and publishing my first novel and promptly sank into the most heinous art block I've ever had in my life soon after. I've been struggling with it all year and have just recently started to find my way out of the woods. Despite this, I think this has actually been one of my most fruitful years- probably because of the extra work (not to mention soul searching) I've been putting in to overcome the block. I don't think I've gotten better this year so much as my style has changed. I do think my faces have gotten prettier, though. I now also do about 90% of my work in Paint Tool SAI, something I never would have imagined a year ago! (I used to hate SAI for some reason that I can't exactly remember.) Rather than improving in any specific area, my focus for this year has simply been producing art, any art- so I guess you could say that this year was a success. But considering that the alternative was giving up on art completely, I'd say that's a pretty big success.

the saga continues...
Progress meme: '10s by Enamorte
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:iconbattyechan:
BattyeChan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow you really have improved, and getting your own style too ^_^
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AncillaTheBlackAngel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow really nice to get such a perspective :)
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
About 10 years of excellence. Improvement with proven track record. hehe...nice! huge improvement on eyes, lips and skin texture detailing. Attention taken on background and concept too! Good work and keep it up!
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JCCJ756 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:wow: So much Beautiful Art!
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fantastic to see the evolution in your art! You improved so very much that I get speachless!! Awesome! :iconzafiro-chan:
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wolfmantto Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow that is astonishing...
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Shleet338 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
WOW YOU ARE JUST AMAZING! :D
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f-a-n-t-a Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Gosh this is so encouraging! I know it's a bit selfish to think of my own art while beholding such amazing improvement, but it does give a lot of hope to the beginner!
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
That's not selfish at all, that's one of the things these memes are for!

thank you. :)
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! Amazing!!!
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FrauSalami Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good! ;)
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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ReneKunert Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow you have come a LONG way!
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Indeed I have, but it certainly doesn't feel like it's been 12 years! :faint:
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:iconrenekunert:
ReneKunert Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
I bet not. And let's hope there is another 12 years to develop! :D I bet we all would be blown away totally if you progressed the same way in the next 12.
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Spiderbun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I hope I can learn to progress in art the way you have!!! :blackrose:
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Just keep at it dear, I know you can! :heart:
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Lola22 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :wow: :clap:
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
aww, thank you. :hug:
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Lola22 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;) :hug:
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great improvement, now you're a professional :)

I started too draw this year, so I have a lot to improve :crying:
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
I don't like to think of myself as a "professional", it seems like such a stuffy word. =P Not to mention it implies that you act professionally, which I really don't most of the time. :giggle:

If you really love to draw, without a doubt you can become very good...You just have to keep at it, never stop. :)
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NWNE Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow. Inspirational if nothing else!
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
awesome, I'm glad :D
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is hope for me after all! :D

Amazing work. ^^
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you, and there is most certainly hope so long as you keep at it! :)
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Both no problem and thank you. XD
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nelchee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL looks like the majority of us starts with anime :lol: though, I loosened the grip soon afterwards and went through the grotesque-deformed phase before finally learning how to draw humans (still learning though).
Excellent progress, and it's great to share this with kids that are just starting out to see how we all began on the same page :)
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NWNE Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I've always been terrible with drawing, but I've seen loads and loads of anime/manga starter-art on here. It DOES seem to be the starting block... just made me wonder if copying the style often enough gives you a "feel" for the placement of a face (eg. where the eyes should be in relation to the nose, or how the chin should NOT be level with the ears...)

Sadly I never had the patience or the confidence in my shaking hands to pursue this theory and so will always remain in awe of those, like you guys. Those who can, in essence, wave your arms about and create beauty or intrigue.

In short, I'm as they say in Essex: "Well Jel'" of your talents. You lucky gits. Will order print of my fave "Awakening" when funds permit :-D
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   Digital Artist
I still find some remnants of my anime-drawing days cropping up in my more recent art if I'm not careful (I still struggle with making eyes too big)...although I'm glad that I got into it because I might not have taken up drawing otherwise, it does seem to have a rather cringe-worthy tenacity when it's the first thing you learn. :doh:
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nelchee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh that happens to me too :lol: it only comes to my attention when someone experienced points it out. I'm very bad at drawing muscles, so my figures are usually animeishly thin..

Yes, it's important to have some incentive early on, after all it's a legitimate source of inspiration, if you can look past it and be open to other things as well.. :)
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kungfoowiz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it was very helpful to see how you progressed through some difficult patches and develop your style and not to mention improve significantly as well =)
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm very glad that it was helpful, thank you for the comment! :)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
"All sorts of horrid things happened in my life throughout this year"

You met me, right? :P

But you've really come far in 10 years. I really loved the last two images in 2011 -- they showed an incredible amount of realism that still blows me away.

:heart:
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
You said it, not me..... :innocent: =P

You know I love you :heart:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are rigfht 2011 was your year, the leap is asthonishing but it is only the beginning, you are going to go sooooooooooooooooooo far my friend and I am going to watch you grow as an artist, in awe I am already
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you so much Christine, I owe part of my improvement this year to you, your art has been very inspiring to me! :hug:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
now that is absolutely the sweetest thing to say BUT it was YOU who put all those gorgeous pixels on the white page sweetie, you and none other :hug:

we are so going to do a victorian piece together in 2012 hon, let's rock DA :hug:
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DarkEyedAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great improvement in 10 years, you're a very talented person!
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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DarkEyedAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Spiderbun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
You really are just the best of the best I swear it. <3
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
:blowkiss:
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madcarrot Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
The improvement really shows - a lot. I'm impressed. And jealous.

I have spent the last two years slowly regressing. :C
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
That happened to me as well, a couple of years ago. I didn't include the results of that because most never made it past the sketch stage (I was trying to include mostly completed work in this meme). But, I found that once I got going again, drawing on a more frequent basis, it didn't take long to get back to where I was again. I believe that an artist can get rusty, but they never totally lose it. It will always be there when you're ready to pick it back up again.

:heart:
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Arallion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
This is great. Really interesting to see the progression from your early cookie-cutter anime work (which you did very well!) to your current, more personal stylizations. It's clear the effort you're putting in recently is having a great effect! Glad you shared it with us!
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks! It makes me really proud. It's easy to forget how far you've come until you see it all at once like this.
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vladioglas Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
GORGEOUS improvement.....this year you tryed a more realistic style :P
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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