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art improvement meme by Kecky art improvement meme by Kecky
I knew I had to get on this bandwagon pronto. I love looking back and seeing how artists have improved and how they got to where they are now, and that was part of the fun of assembling my own list, but I still look back on most of these pieces very fondly and love them despite their flaws. I'd like to change some of the older pieces when I'm at home and I can scan them, cause some of them show really clearly the sort of mixed-media thing I was aiming for then, abandoned when I got a tablet, and have been edging back towards since 2007 or so. This has also motivated me to try to get back into drawing as much as I did a few years ago - my options for 2009 were much slimmer than they were in 2006-07.

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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, I loved reading your journey, I could see so much improvement within each image and I liked your comments on the side, they were personal and actually helpful instead of some improvement memes that don't explain what is going on :giggle:

Could you explain something though, you mentioned that you graduated and then a few years later you finally applied to an art college. What were you doing in the meantime? I mean, were you majoring in a different subject and independantly drawing on your own or were you taking art courses this entire time? What you have developed into is something so spectacular and I really enjoy both the content, usage of color and overall style. Wonderful work and please continue, your artwork sincerely has become something very lovely and impressive
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stare-at-you Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
wow this is really amazing
ur old stuff was really good, but u can really see the improvement throughout the years!
very impressive indeed and inspires me to keep drawing and improving :)
thanks!
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FayetteAethelwyne Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Wow, this makes me feel so much better about myself, thank you. You have no idea.
I'm 17 and seeing where you are at makes me see that I'm not as awful as I thought, I keep seeing all the AMAZING work similar to your 23 year old section and thinking, these people are all my age and I am no where near that level... *sigh*
But this makes me feel so much better, its great, I'm glad you gave me the shake I needed in realizing it takes time, practice and all comes in stages.
<3
You've truly brightened my day.
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candyholic85 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Really all your artwork is just...lovely and wonderful, I just really like your style. It's sophisticated and elegant and expressive.
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
In a word, awesome. :D

I love these improvement memes. :heart:
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Andlynne Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i lost my tablet pen when i moved back from college (3yrs ago! yikes!) and your vast improvement makes me want to go find it or buy a new tablet >.<
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Obliwar18 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Wow, amazing work then and now. You seem to be overflowing with talent. I hope things only go up.
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ZoeyElen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Fantastic work kecky, very good!
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Prince-Pierrot Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010   General Artist
My personal favorite was the Polly Plummer and Diggory Kirke in 'The Wood Between the Worlds' scene from "The Magician's Nephew".
Gotta love that Narnia!!

All in all, great work!
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Kyo-is-my-LoVeR01 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Woo! SVA! :)
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Miragie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
yeah I am an illustration major there . and my bros a animation sec years. YOur second year will make you or break you. I promise. But its a great school. I would have gone no where else :)
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bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
These are great...it's nice seeing where people have come from, ESPECIALLY when I can remind myself that I'm a few years younger and make art that's totally different. I keep meaning to upload one of these, but a lot of my art from some of these years isn't documented and I don't have it with me at school.
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CrazyTumnusLuver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
2007 always reminds me of you. that's when I discovored your amazing artwork! :D
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
That was a good year!!! I think that's when I started really trying to develop my style. :)
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CrazyTumnusLuver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
indeed :) And it's an awsome style at that!
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omgsmoo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student General Artist
I'll be attending SVA for animation in the fall :D How are you finding it?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
How exciting!!! I'm loving it so far. The animation program is great cause you get right down to business. All the foundation classes are animation-specific instead of the generic foundation year everybody else has to take!! Just be prepared to spend lots and LOTS of hours each week on homework :D
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omgsmoo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student General Artist
oh yay!
haha lots of homework yeahh I remember they were talking about that at the open house in November.
I'm excited to go, though! :)
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harikou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
WOW.

You improved a TON in just five years.

And you weren't half bad to begin with!
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greendesire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
WAIIITTT you were in the college program same time as I was! Did you live in vista way?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Really?!?? No, I lived in Chatham that time! I stayed in Vista when I did the summer alumni program in 06. Where did you work???
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dani-carip Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
What's the third 2007 picture? It looks lovely :D
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
that's "marvelous things." it's the second one featured on my front page. :)
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dani-carip Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Ah, thanks! :D
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a-milquetoast Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
OH MAN I remember all the ones from 2006! 2006 & 2007 are my favorite years. <3

It's really cool to see how you retained some elements of your style throughout the years - like that last picture from 2003, it definitely looks like you.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
those were good years! i was a lot more prolific when i cared a lot about getting pageviews on DA. XD
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SandFire1on1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at this makes me want to cry lol. I thought I was progressing, but looking at what you were accomplishing back in high school and how you seemed to even improve from there is astonishing.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I feel the same way when I look at these from other artists!!! Everybody takes their own path, you just gotta keep drawing! :D
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SandFire1on1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess so! Hope I can some day become as good as you were four years ago lol!
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