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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.
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!
rasenth Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
You improved a LOT *3* Very inspirational!
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
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;
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!
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.
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!
jstewartsintern Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
you, your work and your progress are really quite inspiring. thank you for sharing this.
crimson-shine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
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