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improvement meme by napoleoman improvement meme by napoleoman
blank version of meme here: [link]

This was actually very good for me to do. Ive been in an art rut lately, not producing much. Looking back on how much I have advanced is making me look to the future with excitement :)

This also reinforces to me why I dont really believe in talent. I mean... I was doodling in sketchbooks up until 4 years ago. It has taken hard work to get where I am now, not some innate talent or anything like that. I just fell completely in love with drawing and so did it all the time.

Moral of the story: Do what you love; you are bound to eventually excel at it :)
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:iconthatkidnamedabii:
ThatKidNamedAbii Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is breathtaking.
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bmilky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
kkk i still have hope kkk !!!! thank you sharing your experience
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EllenEge Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Used:
[link]?
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Mikeeb13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
incredible! really inspiring.. keep up the good work
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scratchisme Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I still have hope haha
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AsiaBreen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit. You improved SO MUCH. You are literally amazing. Wow.
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dollinfreak Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i'm respect you! :)
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mellowgellowdi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
wao..someday.. I could draw beautifully.. just like you..btw..what is arched paper?..it's like an ordinary print paper?
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I think it is a type of print-making paper... I use it for drawing all the time because I love the color and tooth on it!
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mellowgellowdi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
maybe same as a texture paper but different color...?are you taking animation major but fall in love with fine art?(just asking )XP
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Asatsuki-Hikaru Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
paper skull and Arches paper... did you go to UCF?
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Asatsuki-Hikaru Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh nvm, i just saw your comment.
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
sorry for the very late reply, but you guessed correctly :) I graduated from UCF in 2009. I take it you went there as well? Or are you still going?
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Asatsuki-Hikaru Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i'm currently spending my 2nd semester there.
can't wait to get to where you were in this meme =)
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
cool stuff. If you are taking the drawing path, wait until Fall to take Intermediate Drawing. There is a visiting professor from Edinburgh, Scotland that comes and teaches every Fall. His name is George Donald and he is really amazing.
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Asatsuki-Hikaru Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ok, good to know. i still have to pass portfolio review thou.
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timewielder Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
You are insanely good.
The improvement is mind blowing.
Amazing.
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LEADloaded Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
more than your drawings, i just love your passion :D i'm +watchin' ya

also, for what it's worth, i believe in talent but don't think it has as much weight as others believe it does. i think YOU have talent and the fact that you were only doodling before has little to do with it. Some may work as hard as you did and still not get as good. talent is 10%, i'm reminded as a student. But you have talent and diligence on your side. For this I applaud and envy you. :3
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YbullStudio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Wow, this is incredible improvement in just 2-3 years time, and at a quite young age. Thanks for sharing.
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Minzile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010   General Artist
that is inspirational... wooooowwwww i love you :heart:
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rainpause Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you're awesome, man!
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kaltas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
super!
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NathanielDEvans Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Impressive growth shown here. What school did you study at? I just started art school and already am seeing great results, getting excited about my own future for sure.
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jorvaa Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Such a huge difference between the sketchbook stage and '09. Thank you for the inspiration. :)
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ninjin4ever Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow ... O_________O
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ShatteredStock Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
But if someone falls in love with drawing the moment someone puts a pencil or pen in their hand and shows them how to a squiggle then it appears to be talent later on even if all it is is insane practice. I always feel that the talent is not in the technical stuff but in the love, if you can love drawing and painting with all your might, then you will never look back, at least in my case ;)
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quelsatron Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
It would certainly be interesting to see the gap between 2004 and 2005, as that's the most striking difference in skill. In 2004 your art was(if you don't mind me saying) kinda amateurish (though still way ahead of me, hah) and then suddenly OH SHIT.
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peachery Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Followed you here from a post on Reddit- I really love your work with charcoal, and it's so inspiring to see how you've progressed over time! Gives me hope for myself, given enough classes, time, and dedication approaching that which you've shown here. : )
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Redditers unite!
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animegirl243 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
That is quite possibly the biggest jump I've seen (at least on a meme). Insane how you moved from that top row to that bottom row in a span of less than a decade.

It's nice to see that an excellent artist can come from anyone who started at any age and on any level.
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MMKeene Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2007 is the best. I love how you've mastered life drawing.
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ivyascending Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
this is very inspiring.
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mokashine Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student
this was exactly what i needed to see! i was looking for a traditional artist improvement meme, because i saw a lot of these things but only digital art stuff, and i really wanted to be inspired like this (: thank you so much for uploading this!
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axrai Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
this is seriously amazing!:faint:
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tehmeh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010   Writer
hugely motivational thanks
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RizzleG Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Proof that with the right motivation and drive, great students do come out of UCF.
Keep up the great work!
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
heh, amen to that. There has actually been a lot of great artists that come out of UCF. Probably not more prevalent than other school though...
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13Mirror Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Insanely-woah!! =O
I think this is the greatest improvement in an improvement meme I've seen so far. I feel inspired just by looking at this page! Keep up the great work! =)
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very inspirational :) Great work!
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nosurprises Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
Well if this isn't the most striking testimonial of the possibilities through dedication and commitment, then I don't know what is. Thanks for sharing.
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GoldenPear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
This is really cool.. very inspiring. You are great at balancing shade and linework. And you are becoming very, very good at drawing faces (my favorite thing to draw too..:)). Keep up the great work and doing what you love. All these comments prove that it also brings others great joy. Thanks for sharing your gift.
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GoldenPear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Also.. if you don't mind me asking..

I'm really into your drawing style.. and I was wondering what kind of school you go to? I'm afraid that if I don't go to a classical art academy or atelier, that I won't learn the sort of techniques that are visible in your work. I'm becoming more interested in illustration actually.. compared to strictly classical canvas, life-drawing kind of work. I'm becoming more interested in comic/illustration style.. so I think a classical academy would be too constraining on my ideas. But I still want to have a strong knowledge of the human form, and want my work to have a touch of that realistic classical style. I admire Michelangelo's work so much, and I'm afraid I may not be taught many 'traditional' techniques at a state art school. I'm just afraid the teachers will try to change my style.. or they will be more into abstract modern art or something, and won't really teach me the knowledge I want to learn about drawing the human form. I really need to start deciding on something though.. because I am hoping to get into a school this coming fall.

Would you mind if I asked you how you decided what art school you were going to go to?

This artist's work has a look I really like.. [link] realistic enough, but simplified and stylised into a comic illustration kind of style. That's exactly what I want to learn to do. Do you know much about the illustration field?

I'm just curious where you learned how to draw the human form in such a strong, captivating, realistic, yet stylised way. It's what I'm looking to do, but I don't want to go to a school that disappoints me.. where I don't feel like my teachers really understand or have the knowledge to share with me to help me draw what I really want to draw.

Sorry this is a long, kind of random comment.. but if you have the time, I'd appreciate any insight into how you chose where to go to school, and if you ever had this kind of problem.. feeling like you weren't really being taught exactly what you were looking to learn.
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
wow, lots of questions!
Also, sorry I didnt reply before... somehow I must have deleted this one without reading it. I try to reply to specific questions as much as possible.


1st off: Art School:
I went to the University of Central Florida, which is by no means known as an "art school." I originally went for digital media/computer animation, but switched my major to traditional studio art after I took Drawing I (a requisite of the digital media program)

I dont really know what to tell you about art schools... I think I was really lucky to go to UCF because I found amazing art teachers there that I could really communicate with (I also generally always agreed with their views on stuff). I know I was also very hesitant about art teachers because I HATE the entire concept art scene pretty much (that's a whole different rant). Anyway, pretty much all of my professors were very down to earth people who just really loved to make art. If they were eccentric it was only about the fact that if you love something you should do THAT for the rest of your life.

Techniques:
As far as learning techniques and styles and all that jazz... I also dont really know what to say. I dont think I was taught any techniques or styles. What my professors DID do was introduce ways that I can see the difference between what I put down on paper and what is really there. I was introduced to new concepts and new tools which I had never experienced before (like vine charcoal, my FAVORITE THING EVER). But anyway... as far as my "style," is concerned, I feel that makes it seem like I try to draw something a certain way. to be honest, I draw things the only way I know how. I try to be as realistic as possible given the time constraints I set on myself and my tools. If I could draw completely photo-realistic images I probably would ;)

I think it would be very valuable for you to learn how to draw from a classical background. It would give you the anatomical knowledge you need and might also make your work stand out as slightly different from the rest.

too long; didn't read:
Bottom line is that your guess for an art school is as good as mine. Where you do go though, really listen to your teachers and their suggestions. If they are good teachers they are just trying to help you to improve, or maybe prod at you to make yourself improve. When I was in art classes I always noticed the professors giving students advice, even about life in general, and the students would just shrug it off. For me, I tried to do what they said as often as possible, even if to me it seemed retarded at the time. Example: once my professor told me to listen to the song "Opera Singer" by Cake, and that I should be drawing like the song and presenting my work like the song. You'd best believe I went home and listened to "Opera Singer"

Hope some of this rambling will aid you! :)
-David
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JessicaSlay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Insanely inspiring!
Thank you.
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wahay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was hoping you'd do this! I love looking at these so much, and you in particular are one artist on dA I was anticipating.
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
thanks! :)
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literalsurrealist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
This is really interesting.
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daounin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
a big step forward in few time ....
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Adrianna-Grezak Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
I love that you found your passion in a class you were "forced to take" =). The passion certainly comes through your work
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i envy you so much.
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