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1998-2013 Development Meme by Gasara 1998-2013 Development Meme by Gasara
Looking at this I am reminded of all the things I used to love, the things I still love. I can recall the places where I drew these, who I was with and why they came to be. I can see the streaks of pen on my fingertips and feel the smears of paint on my desk. I can remember laughing as I drew Nemesis hiding behind a painting and sniggering as I immortalised Matt Bellamy's wonderful arse in digital paint. Art has been a pleasure, a joy. It has been evocative and amusing. It has been silly nonsense and sincere emotion. It has been my life.

It is very much my life.

And I am so very grateful for it.




Notes:

1) I've called it a development meme as opposed to the traditional improvement meme because, as you can see, it's not all actually improvement. My paintings from 2001-2002 were a lot better than when I tried my hand at anime-styled works a little later. Switching styles meant I essentially had to re-learn how to draw all over again. For me, though, it's not all about improving. Sometimes art is just about doing, about trying new things, seeing how it goes, and taking it form there. Improvement comes with time and practice so don't worry about the ups and downs in your work. It's natural and you'll get to where you want to be in the end.

2) 1998 was the earliest I could find work from but I know my mom has some things from when I was at primary school. The few years previous to '98 would have been spent drawing Animals of Farthing Wood and Tiny Toon Adventures fanart as well as the odd original character.

3) You'll notice a few recurring themes right from the beginning of this. Medieval characters, jesters and original fashion to name a few. These are all things that still inspire me today.

4) I have spent all day putting this together. I've climbed inside wardrobes, crawled under my bed, put my sister to work, trawled old websites... And this is the result. 16 years of my arting history. The longest image I have ever created. Enjoy.

Extra note:

I'm really happy that a number of you are being inspired by this. I wasn't expecting that reaction but it's lovely to know that just by looking at this some of you have a renewed sense of appreciation for your own art and your own improvement. It's only with time that we can really see how far we've come, and the paths we took to get there, so rest assured that even if you feel you're struggling now, one day you'll look back on your art from now with fondness. You'll see how those struggles shaped you and, with hindsight, that things weren't really as bad as you imagined. Until that day though try to keep a positive outlook. Try not to think of your less awesome work as no good, think of it as a stepping stone, an important part of the learning process. Try to accept that their will be ups and downs, that there never is a perfectly straight line of improvement. There will be wibbles and probably a little frustration and times where you may think you don't even like your work. But take heart. You will improve, you will get to where you want to be. So enjoy your scribbles, enjoy your silly pictures and enjoy those drawings that turn out a bit wonky. Don't worry about whether it's good or bad but whether you like it. Because art is a wonderful thing and, for me at least, it's not about being the best artist in the world but about enjoying your art at every level and being proud of even the smallest achievements. So enjoy what you're doing now and look forward to what you'll one day accomplish.

And, above all else, enjoy the journey there.



You can now catalog your own journey with the blank Development Meme template:

Enjoy!
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ShayD-Trace Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Totally inspiring. I've basically just started drawing again about a year after highschool. Before it was mostly just doodles and stuff. Nothing much really. And Now Ive drawn a little bit each month probably. Idk if I have improved much, since its hard to find inspiration and motivation. But I hope to see something like this come out of me. Thanks for sharing this! (:
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IOice Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
CRIES THE IMPROVEMENT OMFG--
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ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So much improvement. I dunno if I can do the same as you did. :iconhecryplz:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   General Artist
You are so inspiring! Your little kiddo drawings are adorable and your improvements are magnificent! 
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Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013

N'aww, bless you. :tighthug:

It's certainly been an amazing journey. And looking back at it all like this just makes me all the more excited for the future! /loves art so much ♥

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meekgeek Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible and so inspiring <3 It is so interesting to see how everyone's art including yours has developed over the years to reflect what it is we loved or were interested at the time. I definitely want to give this a try! Thank you so much for sharing!
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wish-away Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus .. I've been following your art since 2003?? You've improved so much and I so love your style! (But I also love your little hippie girl she's adorable aw) :heart:
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iDraw-Aru Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Wwowwwwww!! o A o
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iamsobizarre Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
needless to say your works look great.
I personally love the colors in 2011 :) Keep it up!
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sanmyh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
wow, what a good development!!! 
maybe someday I can draw like you! may...be... 
awesome work my friend! 
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