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2006-2011 by toerning 2006-2011 by toerning
Oh goodness. This was a little painful, but also so fun. For those of you who read my recent journal, this isn't actually meant to correspond, it's just something I've been thinking about, obviously, and I've always wanted to do one of these. Finally have enough years of art floating around on the internet to get 'er done!
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dirtymagician Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
could you perhaps give some tips to a girl who constantly draws the same thing (on a very rare occaision something good pops out of the works) and doesn't try anything out of her comfort zone? I'm rubbish with colouring and being quite 'within the lines', I like to be messy so painting sounds like a challenge, but I never know where to start.
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toerning Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Sorry for taking so long to respond- I've been away. Honestly, it sounds like you know exactly what you need to do, I think your problem is probably that you're not giving yourself enough time. The more time you spend drawing in a day, the more you're going to produce, and the less precious you're going to feel. Doodling the same thing in your sketchbook over and over again comes from insecurity and the pressure to create "good" work, which often goes hand-in-hand with an oversharing policy. Showing your art to other people is critical for improvement, but can be a real killer if you're trying to branch out because it will make you unwilling to try new things.

So my advice is: don't work in a sketchbook, just tear out sheets of paper, this will keep you from feeling precious about the sketchbook as an object, and don't create them with the intent to show anyone. That will stop you from creating art to please, and let you focus on creating art to improve. Also take a class, any class, it will open you to trying new media without the pressure of it being awesome on the first time.

Best of luck!
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rasenth Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
You improved a LOT *3* Very inspirational!
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Stephalefagus Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   General Artist
These are all amazing! And inspirational :) I'm glad you found your way to happiness in your life and your art, and that you share it with all of us :D
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black-crowe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh god i cant believe you are only three years older than me. i already know i have so many improvements to make but i've got tons of work to get anywhere NEAR your level. ;3;
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Valking Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this made me so happy! to see how your art changed over the years and how you evolved into an amazing artist! i'm looking forward to see more of you!
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guardianleyevermore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you have so much range. I wish I had your talent. =__=

It looks like you've worked really hard and you've definitely changed and improved even though you were really good to start with anyway.
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crafty-girl86 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Can you say WOW? This is a really amazing improvement, and it gives people like me hope to see that you've progressed throughout the years to make things that inspire and are truly beautiful!
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jstewartsintern Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
you, your work and your progress are really quite inspiring. thank you for sharing this.
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crimson-shine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Fantastic!
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Ca-Cha Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
goooosh why do you had to write your age with it I can't believe you've been 17-18 whn you drew that Snily picture. It's one of my faves T.T
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MusicFromTheCeiling Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Your story is very inspiring and very positive, thank you for sharing it, it was very intimate and full of humility.
"I started figuring out how to do the work I wanted to do without feeling embarassed about it", I'm still working on this ^^
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Yeah when I lined up all the work and saw the patterns, it seemed absolutely nuts to not even mention what was going on in my life at the time.

I'm glad it was helpful to you and I have no NO DOUBT that you're going to figure out your non-embarassed niche. Your work is super strong and you obviously have stories you want to tell and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do!
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MusicFromTheCeiling Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you, I'm highly motivated ^^
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HCTS Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I remember when you posted that little applejack boy in 2007 when I started watching you. I was only 13 and had been on dA for a year. You're one of my best inspiration sources, especially when it comes to progress like this, thank you very much for sharing it! :heart:
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Haha yeah, you know, that piece was a bit of a turning point for me as well. I can remember the feeling...though I can't remember why now. I think it was because it just came so easily and felt right while I was making it?

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me through the years. It means a lot to me! :heart:
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Fataldose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
God I love seeing the change in progress through out the years. It's fun to see the style changes through out it. I'm often disappointed when I see an artist I really admire and think my art won't ever catch up to theirs. Yet seeing a progress chart like this shows how much someone can better themselves with years of study.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you so much, that's really good to hear. Sometimes I do feel like the power of hard work gets a little lost in the great cesspit of "style" here on DA, but it's something I believe in pretty strongly so it's lovely to hear some of that's coming through. :heart:

p.s. I was so glad to see effort comics back up! :D
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werchooijoui Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
OHMIGOD you go to RISD!!!!! Dude, you rock. (I'm from there)
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Ah, not any more actually- I graduated in June. You're from Providence or you go to RISD?
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werchooijoui Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I don't go there, but I have tons of friends at RISD!!
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shadnyex Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is GREAT. love it.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thanks!
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monikoko Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
It so good to know that you appreciate the variety of style. It depends on the projects to me as well. I can't really draw everything the same way because I feel things differently. Beside it's so fun to try out different things!
Thanks for sharing your progress. It's really inspiring.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Well there are different things you're trying to convey from illustration to illustration- different moods, different focuses, different qualities of information that needs to be passed. It just doesn't make sense to me to insist upon using the same media when something else would do the job so much better, but the draw to have that "one thing" you're known for is so strong.

Good to hear there are others out there, so to speak! :heart:
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monikoko Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Well explained! You, ma'am, can very effectively use your words. It's an amazing quality to have.
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jess-o Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I see improvement memes like this one I think, "Oh man, so there really ARE people who've just -always been amazing- at art?" ;)

You really do have a gorgeous style and your artistic eye and sense of composition and colour just blows me away. Even when you were just starting out with digital work! Man. I'm also definitely having a "WHAT! THIS ARTIST IS -YOUNGER- than ME AND THAT MUCH BETTER?!" moment. Thanks a lot! Hahaha.

Seriously, though. I am just so in love with your artwork. Please keep on doing amazing things and brightening days. ♥
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Hahaha Damnit, those moments are happening to me more and more frequently now, it's the curse of aging.

Thanks for your kind words, they mean a lot to me! :heart:
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i-RaiNy-i Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish I could express to you how terribly inspiring this was, but I don't think I can. So I shall sit here and smile like an idiot and hope you understand. :D
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toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Well, ditto all that for "thank you." :heart:
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Metraxus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
really nice and helpful to see how your art has developed. it gives me hope for the future of my own art! :)
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Yay, I'm pleased you found it helpful! :heart:
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Metraxus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i find all your work helpful!! ;) very inspiring!
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MARiKaArt Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
that's what i call skills improvement. fantastic! Let 2012 will be inspiring and productive year for you.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
THANK YOU! I am surely hoping! :heart:
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tkpants Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow, crazy improvement. I love seeing stuff like this.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
thanks! :heart:
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ilsung Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
your growth is so amazing oh my godddd!! i have always liked your art but your style just gets better and better every year. you inspire me to improve as well!! also i didn't know that you were only 2 years older than me....somehow in my head you're like 26...
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
grrrl I could say the same of you and I have. And I will again. I have loved watching your work evolve, can't wait to see what you get up to next!
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Big-Bouk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow
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Ameryln Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! your improvement especially from 2009 onwards is just stunning! I've been snooping around for art colleges and RISD looked really promising. But if you don't mind me asking, as someone who attends RISD, how is the school in general, and how "good" do you have to be to get into the school? I've heard that it's harder to get into it since it's really prestigious.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Thank you so much!

RISD was a phenomenal experience and I can say with absolute certainty I would not be the person I am now without it (whether or not that's a good thing is a separate issue entirely ;)

It's my opinion that there is no substitute for a quality art education if you're serious, particularly if you're interested in a communication art (Illustration, Graphic Design etc) and RISD is one of the best. Yep, it's fierce competition to get in, but that's no reason to not try.
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh you're just as old as I am. You sound so much older and wiser and your art is so much better than miiiiine *whiiine*

No but seriously, you are a very inspirational person. That journal entry has really given me the determination to get my lazy ass off dA and work on my skills.
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Ah, I "sound" so much older and wiser haha. I am lucky in that my education taught me how to think and speak effectively as well as the whole creation side.

Thanks very much for your kind words, I'm glad to have made an impression!
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Wow, awesome progress! Lots of people upload these, and to me the beginning and end often look like there was half a year between them when in reality they were 10 years apart. Your art, for once, truly changed in a profound manner. Inspiring (as in: I'm gonna do this, too), and awe inspiring (as in: you really invested the 10.000 hours that make a world class artist). At this moment, you're my number one hero in the art world!

But why do adolescent girls draw boobs? I never drew penises ...
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:icontoerning:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Thank you so much, your words really mean a lot to me. And it's definitely not just adolescent girls- I will probably never stop drawing boobs. They are fantastic, whereas penises are pretty silly-looking.
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patrickianmoss Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Looking at your work, I never would have guessed you were so young. So much talent! It's amazing to see the changes over the years. You're going to be very successful!
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toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Aw jeez- thank you!!! I hope you're right! :heart:
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mischief--managed Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
you've come such a long way and your style has evolved so beautifully. so inspirational. it's made me realize what determination and practice can do for your abilities. just gorgeous.
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toerning Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Thank you so much- that's really wonderful to hear!
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