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Art Progress Meme 1995-2013 by GingerOpal Art Progress Meme 1995-2013 by GingerOpal
EXPLANATION FOR THE DAUNTING LENGTH OF THIS MEME: I have some nieces who keep comparing their artwork to what mine looks like now, so I decided to post clear back to when I was their age for their benefit. Also, I drew ALL THE TIME and not just once in a while, which is why improvement happened so quickly during my tween years. 

Oh man, I have sooooo much old art I had to go through for this, it took forever to put this thing together! :faint:

I am the woman whose style never changes. All these years and my stuff looks the same, with variations and improvements here and there, of course. Seriously, the only two years that don't look consistent with the rest of my art are the year my shoulders were injured and the following year when I was finishing up physical therapy and getting used to drawing every day again.

Also, for those concerned about my pitiful year in 2013, don't worry, I'm getting better. Discouragement is a huge part of art and it comes and goes like the flu (although some times much worse than others) and I know the awful feelings will become history as I move on to what will hopefully be a much better year. :)

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Midnight-attractions Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You were so much better at drawing when you were 15 than I am at twenty! T_T BLARG!
I think it's cool that your style of drawing is evident even when you were 11-12. Your skills kept getting better, but you always showed through!

That's terrible that school was so awful for you! Seriously, telling a great artist like you to do something else. Though I'm sure you're probably pro at vocal stuff too. And not being able to graduate! That makes me scared for college when I come back from my mission. BUT I'm sure you'll come through all right. You're so awesome that things'll definitely work out eventually! Hopefully 2014 will be a great year for you!
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Syrihn Jan 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. I can't believe how much you've gone through! I'm so sorry for all the discouragement you've had with the school and creating artwork. I just wanted you to know that your artwork is amazing to me. I've admired your style since I first saw it back in 2011. There's a lot of discouragement out there and I can sympathize with the disorganization of BYUI, but keep trying. It's truly fantastic to see new artwork from you and I will always be a fan! :hug:
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Quilted-illusions Jan 3, 2014  Student Artist
I love your old Venus piece from 2000! It's such a great pun.
Thank you for sharing. It's always encouraging seeing other artists improve,despite the obstacles life throws at them.
I hope your wrist gets better! <:(
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GingerOpal Jan 7, 2014  Professional
Thank you for recognizing her as a spoof of Venus! :clap: I wasn't sure if anyone would be able to, since this meme isn't friendly to horizontal compositions (which seems to be most of what I do) so even if I zoomed out, the other most identifying parts of the painting would've been cropped off. Anyway, I'm glad you liked this and thank you so much! :hug:
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Quilted-illusions Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
Your'e welcome! Thank you for sharing!
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SapphireGamgee Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I admit, I would be too afraid to do one of these O_O '
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GingerOpal Jan 7, 2014  Professional
I don't see why you would be (unless it's the thought of searching through massive folios of old art, because that was a monster, and I don't blame you for not wanting to do that). I remember the sketchbook you made for my sister (back in 2001-ish) full of hobbits and gundam pilots. I loved your old drawings! I wanted to be as good as you. If I could steal that sketchbook away from Liz I would! You should make a progress meme too! :excited:
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SapphireGamgee Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The looking at old art... >_<  I can barely stand to look at things I drew a few months ago.  Plus, there's a LOT.  I think I'd get about 1/8 of the way through and have an emotional breakdown.  Not pretty.

Oh gadzooks...that thing?  I'd forgotten about that!  O_O  I'm so glad you think the art in there is worth looking at, because.... Yeah.  *shudder*  I think I burned any art that was older than three years ago and not on this site.  The fact that you like it, though...  You actually have good taste, so maybe it's not as bad as I remember....  (Not that I didn't work hard on that sketchbook, but you know how it is.  "Look at that hand/face/whatever!  It's so off!  And the anatomy...and the perspective... WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE??!!!!! *sobs* )
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Maivry Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some incredible stuff going back so far and it's fun to see hints of your style from your earliest work. I hear you about 2013 being a rough year... I hit a brick wall, too, and I'm definitely still in the recovering stage. No feeling like a loser, though! I hope you can keep a healthy perspective as you move forward.
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GingerOpal Jan 7, 2014  Professional
I've heard so many people say 2013 was a hard year for them! Maybe it was a big growing pain in the decade and hopefully the rest of it will go well for everyone! And don't worry, I'm about over the "feeling like a loser" stage (thank goodness it's about time!). I think recovery will go smoothly from here. I hope you can get over that brick wall of yours soon! :glomp:
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