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Hello people! OMG I can't believe is finally friday!

It's Digital Art Month at ArtHistoryProject!
The team is already covering some historic moments of Digital Art, some features and other interesting stuff. From my part, I want to take "history" from a different perspective and focus on our personal stories as artists. And I need your help!

I want you to tell me how much you think you've improved  over the years, as digital artists. It would be great if you could answer one, more or all of the following questions:
- How much time have you been doing digital art?
- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years?
- What helped you improve?
- Has DA helped you in any way during this process?

If you want to share your story COMMENT IN THIS JOURNAL WITH A SHORT TEXT, remember nobody likes to read walls of text, so try to be concise ;P Also, include some of your oldest pieces and then some of your newest to compare! (It doesn't need to be a remake of an old deviation) I'll make an article (or series of articles, depending on the level of response I get) with your stories!


I'll start! To give you an example:

    "I've been doing digital art for 7 years, precisely when I joined DA back in 2005. My first digital drawings were done using vectors with Corel Draw and then colored with Photoshop in a very simplistic way. I think I've improved greatly with the level of detail I give to my creations; my style has never been on the realistic side, however I think my characters have more... "shape" now. Another big step is the use of textures and different layer modes to create different effects.
    I would say that what motivated me to improve was being exposed to a great amount of amazingly talented artists on the internet; before joining DA I was pretty much unaware such talent existed to this level.  deviantArt has played an enormous role in my development as artist, through tutorials or simply by observing others' work. "

My art back then
The LuPY Squad by Thiefoworld RGB ACAFOC by Thiefoworld Cycyn Rebanaditas by Thiefoworld

My art now:
Sanomi by Thiefoworld I like whales by Thiefoworld Comish for stuck-in-suburbia by Thiefoworld


The mic is yours, your turn now!


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:iconlaurenhiya21:
laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I started doing digital art when I joined DA in 2007, so for about 5 years. I've probably improved most with my lineart, shading, and anatomy... Although to be honest I'm not extremely happy with my progress... I'm still not very good at making anything slightly original or interesting ><;

I've had a bit of help and advice from DA on how to improve, but I don't think that was the main thing... I don't really know how I improved to be honest ><;; I'm also a bit sad on how much slower I am making something that still doesn't look great ><; Oh well...

Older works:
[link] [link] [link] [link]

Newer works:
[link] [link] [link] [link]
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AdigunPolack Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
When I first started working on Digital Art as soon as I signed on to deviantART way back on November 28, 2006, I had a neverending intense hunger, drive, and great passion to create such original artworks of this type that are so richly beautiful and much more unusually fascinating than ever before, using my own unique and whimsical art style without copying the style of another artist... and all of it was created using just Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7, mouse only, WITHOUT using a drawing tablet whatsoever. Yep, part of my very originality of all of this creation of mine is in simply using thick, soft, and creamiest viscous liquids (including chocolate, tar, and even quicksand itself, believe it or not! :wow: ) to create challenging, stunning, powerful beauty in many fascinatingly creative and even positive new ways as well as to most artistically symbolize such great and magnificently erotic love and intimacy between husband and wife like never before, just to keep things rather fresh and exciting. And I am *still* continually improving and improving on my art technique and style even today. :floating:

First, are some of my earliest digital artworks that I created when I first got started:
    :bulletblack: [link] [link] [link] [link]

And here now are my most recent 2012 works to see how much I have well-improved in my digital-art quality so far:
    :bulletgreen: [link] [link] [link] [link]

A lot of positive support and feedback from SO many people on dA (as well as some tough but very constructive critique on my works here, of course! :nod: ) has sure helped me quite a great deal within a lot of my own improvements that I made over the years so far and just kept me going even to this day, to be honest... and yes, I will MOST DEFINITELY continue to improve my very best in my overall digital-art quality/style using only a mouse alone and absolutely *no* drawing tablet indeed period. Without a doubt a real tough challenge to be sure, but even when this much pressure is on, I can do it!!! :D :thumbsup: !!
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:iconjimmyelshaman:
jimmyelshaman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me mató el Calamardo XDDDDD
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:iconretro-death:
Retro-Death Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#1 I've been doing digital art for about 1.5 years now. I am foremost an oil on Canvas painter. I would've never even started digital art if my fiancée hadn't sucked me in.

#2 My main improvements have been anatomy and the fact that I am slowly finding a style I am comfortable with.

#3 The main thing that helped me improve are my friends here on dA, browsing through their galleries, talking with them and looking at live streams of other people draw.
I think the main help I get though is from my fiancée who always gives me tips when I am drawing as she is always sitting next to me...well almost always.

#4 More than anything, the community never stops inspiring me, the people are friendly and my friends on here always keep me going. If it wasn't for dA in the first place I don't think I would even be doing digital art.

Anatomy improvements:
old [link] / new [link]
Style improvements:
old [link] / new [link]
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:iconazzedar-san:
Azzedar-san Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Here I am :)

- How much time have you been doing digital art?

I've been doing digital art since 2007 and my first ones were a mix: I made the linearts with pencil and I just used my tablet for coloring.

- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years?

Ahhhhhh I always learn something new. Maybe I improved with technics and DETAILS the most!!! xDDD I usually drew poor clothes, simple shirts but now I give very detailed armors, clothes to the character

- What helped you improve?

I got very much inspirations from DA (it's true) When I've seen a wonderful illustration I always tried to do a similar effective illustration. Also my friend *vidagr usually corrects my mistakes and gives advises or tutorials ^^

- Has DA helped you in any way during this process?

Yes, here are lot of useful tutorials, brushes, textures so I'm very thankful for lots of people. :love: The site also improves me with those talents I'm always watching

Thank you very much for read me!!!

Improvement meme: [link]

My art from back then: (I deleted them from DA)

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My art now:

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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have only been doing Digital art for about 4 years. I started out using Photoshop Elements 3 and a tablet. My drawings were rough at best and fairly simple. I have learned to use the tablet more fluidly and experimented with other programs such as Paint Tool Sai. I am constantly trying new techniques and studying tutorials as well as other people's work here on dA and elsewhere. I keep trying new things and push my boundaries to see what I can do next. dA has been a wonderful site for feed back and encouragement as well as a great resource centre for learning.

Older: [link] [link] [link]
Newer: [link] [link] [link]
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:iconficticiousanimation:
FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew I was forgetting something XD sorry. ^^;

Old: [link]
New: [link]
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:iconficticiousanimation:
FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa Thiefoworld your art is amazing XD! I really was blown away when you made the umbrella pic that compares old vs new style. ^^

I don't really care about getting featured, lol. ^^ But i'll talk anyway.

I have been doing 3-Dimensional art for one year. ^^
Well, not years maybe like "year". (LOL) -But, my main improvements are definitely the control I have over my models in the 3D workspace, and the texturing I have been doing. It's to the point, "I want to make it, hey look apparently I CAN make it." XD.
Tutorials helped me improve. TUTS. XD. My talent comes with practice. ^^

Of course DA has helped me. ^^ If I couldn't show my art to my DeviantART friends and let people download my models, there wouldn't be any point in doing it.
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:iconfierying:
Fierying Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- How much time have you been doing digital art?
i have started on 2008 actually on my iPod, using Mypaint, then on 2010 i discovered Paint tool SAI on the computer and i bought it on about like november! and i did not have a tablet until it was my birthday on 2011 :D~ and my brother had photoshop and he like transfer it to my computer~.

- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years ?
alot!, like literally everything, but what i love most is my colouring and eyes, and that 1st moment i have learnt about sparkles ;u;

- What helped you improve?
Many many artist, more then 30 inspired me, really want to thank them, the scenary in maplestory inspired me, nature, improving on drawing mice also have helpe me on improving other stuff you know :D.. AND Transformice! ;u;

- Has DA helped you in any way during this process ?
if it wasnt for it i would not have been inspired, also my watchers have supported me through ;u;
though thrs art style stealers, tracers, stealer but hey, im still the original!
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:iconleomon32:
leomon32 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
- How much time have you been doing digital art ?

I've been in digital art since 2002

- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years ?

Omg in everything except women woMEN WOMEN ! I'm still at point zero here !

- What helped you improve?

My friends and the other artists who push me into improving~

- Has DA helped you in any way during this process ?

Fck yeah a lot ! Bunch of artist and a great share share community^^
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Within-A-Nightmare Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think dA has helped me a lot with my art on this account because I had previous account which I will not name.

But yes, dA has definitely helped me! :)
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:iconi-am-bleu:
I-Am-Bleu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
- How much time have you been doing digital art?
I started drawing digital in 2006 whit PSP 9. But that was mabey 5% of the work I did. I was more working traditional. I worked more whit gray then colour pensils. That changed later and afther that step drawing whit illustrator and photoshop.

- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years?
I yous more soft colours. my colour combinations are more in ballens, so hard colours Like black are not there anymore, or my shadows always are colour. My main line art is never black anymore becase of that. Alsow my work simple and basic but in the meantime alsow strong becase of this simpleness.

- What helped you improve?
Just drawing everyday or be bizzy whit creating.

- Has DA helped you in any way during this process?
Yes, there is so muts tallent around here were you can learn things from just by looking at there work.

Old drawing: :thumb32536128:
New drawing: :thumb308599168:
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:iconi-am-bleu:
I-Am-Bleu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Old drawing: [link]
New drawing: [link]
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I can't stop looking at Squidward...
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Pretty-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In general, I started drawing/painting as a hobby in 1998, mostly pencil and water colours. But I didn't really get into digital art until I got my Wacom tablet and Photoshop in 2007. I barely understood how the program worked and what options it had to offer so I didn't really use many fancy tricks. It took me a bit to get the hang of it but I enjoyed it a lot. However, the quality of my artwork was a bit of a hit-and-miss back then. For comparison, these are some of my favourite artworks from back then: [link] [link] [link] And these are some of the arts that I don't really like all that much anymore: [link] [link] [link] It was quite frustrating that I just couldn't get some artworks right and even worse: I couldn't understand why.

Eventually I realized that I needed to learn so much more about painting - not just how to use my digital painting tools but also general basics like colour, composition, etc. deviantART has helped me a lot in two ways. 1st) there are so many artists here that inspired me to get better and who'd share their knowledge and tools. And 2nd) I made some friends that were constantly giving feedback and helping me out. If it wasn't for deviantART I wouldn't really have improved all that much and I probably would have quit arts altogether. I also wouldn't work as an illustrator today cause the publisher I'm working for now actually found me via my dA gallery. Today my drawing skills have improved, I do understand colour and composition a lot better than years before and I'm still eager to learn even more!

Art from 2012:
[link] [link] [link]

Improvement meme thingies:
[link] [link]
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:iconvalasedai:
ValaSedai Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've started with digital art in November 2010 when I bought a really cheap graphic tablet. After I had overused it so incredibly much that the pen nib was completely gone after two weeks I decided to buy a Wacom and I dare say this was the beginning of an amazing artistic journey for me. Soon after I joined dA (even though I had an old account from 2005 but I deleted it and started completely from scratch) and the great community and seeing so many wonderful artists who sometimes through conversations sometimes simply through presenting their works to me and others has helped me get better with a pace I never thought possible.
My style and my focus in art has changed a lot in these two years, from mainly character illustrations to landscapes, monster art and the occasional chibi but all the while I stuck with my beloved fan art. Here and there I also venture into pixel art now.
I believe that my main improvements show when it comes to colouring techniques of my chibis but I have also learned to create better compositions for landscapes and simply draw much more relaxed and thus automatically better. :)

My art from back then:
[link] [link] [link]

My art now:
[link] [link] [link]
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:iconbaosai:
Baosai Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't do digital art.. I sew.. But even so, I taught myself how to sew and I've been sewing for a little over a year now and I've improved tremendously. I've slowly figured out techniques that work better and I've had tips from others that have helped me become better c: My plushies are more sturdy and overall look better.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
:thumbsup:
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the best way to do this is to link to stuff on my old account and be as embarrassing as possible ;) (I know dolling's parent category is customization but it's still a digital media so here we are XD)

- How much time have you been doing digital art?
I have been using MS Paint almost 10 years just to pass the time. Started using it for dolling about 6-7 years ago. I use photoshop occasionally but haven't done anything 100% photoshop in a couple years.
- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years?
Light sources and getting away from cell shading. Honestly, using as many colours as a person needs to shade something as opposed to one base colour, one shadow and one highlight makes a ton of difference!
- What helped you improve?
Tutorials and the digital dolls chat room. The girls in there are harsh but fair =)
- Has DA helped you in any way during this process?
Yep; without dA, I wouldn't have started dolling, found the community and tried so many things.

Old dolls: [link] [link]
Recent dolls: [link] [link]
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:iconredan23:
Redan23 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, then i make it quick :-)

- How much time have you been doing digital art?
----- I do it nearby 3 Years and sometimes it was really frustration but from month to month i learn a bit more and more. I hope in the next couple years that i can
do it professional :-) I know it´s a loooong and hard way .

- What do you think are your main improvements over these past years?
----- Speed , Technics and a eye for depth . What i must do be better is the human anatomies and a better eye for color.

- What helped you improve?
----- Book´s , Blog´s and a lot Youtube Tut´s .

- Has DA helped you in any way during this process?
----- It´s for me the main place to share my art and all the comments are so important and push me forward .
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:iconrandombran64:
RandomBran64 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually this is a convenient journal because I just did one of those Draw This Again! memes to compare.

I've only been doing digital art for three years I think? Though I've been drawing in general long before. I feel I've improved on facial expressions, line work, and coloring and shading most of all. If it weren't the hundreds of tutorials I've come across not just on dA but everywhere else, I probably wouldn't be able to do what I can do now...

This here is that Draw This Again meme I was talking about: [link]
And some of my older drawings are: [link] [link] [link]
And my more recent ones are: [link] [link] [link]

:)
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started creating digital art just a few years ago when I had given up on many other media for creating art. It has always been the easiest for me as compared to the other media. When I started creating digital art, I would just willy-nilly something together; I later realized that willy-nilly'ing does not digital art make. I'd like to think that I've improved because of community feedback here at dA as well as my own observations of others' styles and such.

Here are a few pieces from a while back: [link] [link] [link]

And here are a few from around now: [link] [link] [link]

*Links used because thumbnails would not show.
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