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Will I ever improve??

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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I have been on this site for 4 months, and I am 16. (well 15 and 11 months)

I just want to know, seeing so many AMAZING artists out there, can I ever get to their standards, or even higher, with my skills??

Thank you!!
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MattCombsArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
art just takes time to get good. theirs no shortcuts to it, it takes forever basically.TO get better you have to do a drawing, find where your lacking and then focus on those areas to get better..... im 28 ive been doing this all my life it wasnt till i was in my 20s that i actually thought i was getting good.

I look at it this way all the artist that i think their work is really good, they are like in their 30s and older. SO it takes a lot of time to get to that point.

just have fun with drawing, then in time youll get better. Just have to keep hacking away at it .
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Tetchist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no, you will never improve. everyone stops improving at 16 and, well, it looks like you've only got a month left.

sorry bro.
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Innocentfate Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:damphyr:Everyone improves overtime, but it requires full determination and practice.
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Don't count your days. Just keep doing it.

And yes, its important to have some fundamentals (color, anatomy, perspective), so its less guess work and more confidence on what you want.
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acjub Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Judging from you gallery; it's anime/cartoon art you are interested in?
I would recommend you study some anatomy. Try drawing realistic bodies and learn from that. Once you have mastered real anatomy you can start applying it to your cartoons. It is very important to understand the basics, such as proportions, light and perspective.
Do this and you will get a long way :D
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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
If you keep at it and don't get discouraged or scared, you will be able to.
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :iconcryforeverplz:
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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
No need for tears :icontissueplz:
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:'D
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shinjistar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
of course practice, as you should know by now, is important, but i think patience is too...you can't expect to improve within a week or two...maybe you might not even show that much improvement over the period of 1~2 months! so don't expect to see results right away...but as long as you keep drawing, and if you keep working hard, you will see results gradually....you yourself might not see it, but i'm sure if you showed it to another person, they'd be able to see it immediately :)

also, don't be afraid of your drawings not turning out perfect...sometimes i tend to quit a drawing if it isn't turning out to be as nice as i would like it to be, but it's not the right thing to do...honestly you should continue the drawing, regardless of whether it's up to your standard or not...you can't always produce things that on par or exceed your best works, you know :XD:
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MYTHICSONOFGOD Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am 21 and you are already better than me
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shinjistar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry, was that comment meant for me or the original poster of this thread...? ^^;
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MYTHICSONOFGOD Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking at your art... Both!
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shinjistar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww, thank you♥
i appreciate it :) i am always working hard to improve ~
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! *ooff to practise.
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shinjistar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay~ good luck :D
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egypturnash Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you draw a lot?

Do you make a point of regularly trying to draw things you're no good at drawing?

Do you read books on technique, watch videos, read tutorials, and try to apply what you learn from them to your own work?

Do you take your BEST PIECE EVER, put it somewhere you'll see it all the time, and try to do something better than it?

When a piece fails to work, do you spend some time analyzing what went wrong?

The more yes answers you had, the more likely you'll get to professional levels.
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fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I'm positive!!

I'm pretty much the same exact age as you(I'll be sixteen on Jan. 31), and really, all you need to do is practice. A ton. I took a look through your gallery and yeah, you're not bad at all, just needs practice! Human anatomy would be the first thing I'd advise you to study. Posemaniacs.com is my favourite place for practicing realistic proportions, fluid poses, believable figures.... Just get a pencil and some paper, go there, and the best thing I found is to use the random pose generator and draw the poses there. You don't need to go into detail with all the muscle and whatnot, but if you like some challenge, after you get comfortable and the hang of drawing the poses from the random pose generator, you can always challenge yourself with the 30second pose drawing(you can increase the time, too I believe).

Stock images of men and women are helpful as well if you rather draw from something with skin and not just muscle....
This is also a very helpful site: [link]

It's all photographs you can practice from. You can choose what you want to practice too. It offers many different things like headshots of men and/or women, full body nudes of males and/or females, full body clothed(drapery) for males and/or females, athletics, big cats, horses, and hands.

Practicing everyday for half an hour to an hour is a good amount of time to practice for visible improvement. I've seen improvement in my own art recently, like, after practicing drawing real anatomy, I've had a LOT easier time drawing legs, something which was a huge problem for me!! Now, they're pretty easy to draw...
Still working on changing my style to how I want it, but learning the basics is the best place to start. I'm hoping my art will be where I want it (as far as level of improvement), or at least close to there, in two years.
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! there is so much things I need to improve on, and the websited helped.
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fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
You will need to work on your skills to get to their level, the differnece between your skills and their skills is what you want to develop. The key to this is being able to look at your work, see what you want to improve and then work on that area. Only work on one thing at a time if you try to do three things at once, you will slow your improvement down, and that gets discouraging. The only difference between you, and those you think are amazing, is the amount of time they spent building their skills. They all drew like you at some point.
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I have a problem with working with one piece at a time. Halfway through I would suddenly get another idea, and I start a new file. I guess this is the opposite of art block.
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Feel free to start new pieces, that is completely different from working on skills. Working on skills is realizing that you are bad at drawing hands, and instead of always having them tucked behind the back, you spend a few days working on drawing hands. It's not even necessarily working on a finished piece, just developing the skills that will make your finished pieces better.
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DreamingHummingBird Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Practice as always like other deviants said, but also try different styles of art or exercise such as
sketching a person in a minute and see how many details you can get and so on
I understand what you mean, I get troubles in improving, too.
BUt never give up :D U'll get better!
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I will! Your idea sounds interesting! :D
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torilsa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Practice, practice, practice and a lot of patience. I myself have improved a lot since I was 16, but I've been working with photography a lot since though. You also need to try and fail. I was stuck in the same paths for too many years, and needed a new influence and then I started to improve again. I was too afraid of failing and just contiued to do whatever I had done since I got my first camera untill about a year ago (:

I still have to say that I like your pictures and I can see an improvement from some of the first ones too the latest ones (: Keep it up!
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you can see the improvement. I will keep on trying!
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MaceRider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you work at anything hard enough, long enough, you will get better at it.

The question should be directed towards you - do you feel excited enough by art to keep working at it even when it starts getting hard and becoming "work" as opposed to fun?
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I love art. It is something I have loved ever since I am a kid.
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:iconmacerider:
MaceRider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, then just stay stoked on it, keep practicing, and you'll eventually get better. Set goals for yourself. Learn from other people.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you willing to work your ass off and listen to people even when they come off as harsh? Then yes.
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes. I am willing because I know I need to improve.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no.

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unless you spend lots and lots of time practicing!! you have to build up your skills over a long time. and, learn from those amazing artists you see! study their work. ask them a question.
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
You're sixteen. You can do whatever the hell you want.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I just want you to know....I have improved SO MUCH since I was 16, that it is amazing...And you can too!!
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank yoU!!
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!!!!
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Yettyen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are doing pretty good :nod: Why not? you have still so much time to improve, the question is, how do you take critique and how do you learn from it. Sure you can archieve every goal you are aiming for, but be prepared it can take a LOT of time :)
also one way to improve is to risk something and try new things out :)
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LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I love to receieve constructive critique, and looks at tutorials all the time, but I would like to develope my own style.
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Yettyen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a great thing to do, you will see, when you practise - you will more often do things the way you want, like special shadings, highlighting,... special parts, only you can think of ^^

you can do that :dummy:
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bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it takes a lot of patience and practice as well as determination, tutorials books and anything else that can help you. I would suggest dedicating yourself to drawing and practicing.
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