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Improvement Meme 2003-2015 by Quarter-Virus Improvement Meme 2003-2015 by Quarter-Virus
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It's that time of year again, time to update the Improvement with the past year's work.

I find it encouraging to see other artists' improvements over time, and hopefully it encourages others to keep drawing when you see where I used to be.


--Sak
All characters and artwork © Shamine Athena King
Original blank template here: www.deviantart.com/art/03-09-I…
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:iconleahplainandtallish:
LeahPlainAndTallish Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what a journey. 
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Alamoraine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is seriously awesome. 8D
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marie-ad96 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Congratulations on your perseverance and hard work! I didn't know that you now work at Ubisoft, so congrats again on achieving that! Hope to see more of everything you've got in 2016, Sak! :thumbsup: :D
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Damaiuo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
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Wow
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BrilliantlyEvil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is easy to forget that we all started somewhere, and seeing how much you've improved is strangely inspiring. Thanks a lot for sharing this, and keep making awesome art!
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Topkicker26 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good golly look how you have improved! Bravo on all your accomplishments!
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J3NNt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love seeing this. :D
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:iconfaith-dragon:
faith-dragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015   Digital Artist
I've been stalking your art since 2010... I strangely feel inspired and like a creep at the same time. 
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TimeGhost823 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
you work at Ubsoft now? Fuck, I didn't know. That's awesome Sak! You go girl!
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:iconalorix:
alorix Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
This post gives me hope!!
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Farbjous Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Oh god I've been stalking you since 2010... I feel so old now...
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:iconf1r3m0th:
F1r3m0th Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Writer
I just realized that I've been :squee: ing to your artwork since 2011.  Time flies!
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Shilokh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I discovered your art with Aion, I love seeing how you have progressed all these years! I think that what really changed your art was you entering LASALLE, you took a huge step in skills there!

I can't wait to see how you'll progress from here! You sure give us the will to improve more too! :)
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Mushempu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015   Digital Artist
For me, your art has been such a huge inspiration. I'm self taught and as a teenager I was stuck in that "manga" phase. (dark times indeed) But when I found your art, it inspired me to work at expanding my abilities, and while I still have a long way to go, this piece as well as your whole gallery helps me keep trucking. Thanks so much for being such an extraordinary individual, Shamine!! 
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for such a lovely comment! I was "lucky" and never liked the anime or manga style so I managed to avoid it, but struggled with anything at all from expressions to anatomy until I joined DA and began following other artists. I particularly love :iconshoomlah: and :iconufficiosulretro: and :iconenolianslave:'s styles, they definitely influenced mine. Of course there are hundreds but maybe you'll find something you like on their pages, too.
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Mushempu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015   Digital Artist
Oh cool! Thanks for sharing these links! I'm always looking for more wonderful artwork! The only good (?) thing about the anime phase is that it got me started drawing. But I outgrew it quickly, thank heavens. :XD: 
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AVipersKiss Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been following since about 2011 and it's completely incredible to see how much your work has developed over the past few years! Absolutely incredible. 
In fact, I've got to say that you inspired me a lot (and continue to do so) with your work. Your art has interested me for years and has prompted me to try new things and also has inspired me to keep trying to improve.

Also have to add in that I'm super happy for you. I wasn't aware you work at Ubisoft now, but now I am and I can only remember your incredible AC fanart and can't help but feel super glad for you!

You're such an amazingly talented artist and I'm so glad to see your work. :)
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Oh wow 2011 your poor eyes! I'm glad you stuck around, keep drawing and you'll definitely improve.

Thanks so much. I've been full-time there for just over a year now (1 year as of September 1st). I hope to be able to show some of the work I've done for them in a few years.
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WhispersBetteNoir Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
I FUCKING LOVE THIS MEME! 
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TiaPunky Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Goodness me, it's been so long.

I remember watching you when you were in your Clopin stage!!

I miss that old jester, and plan to make something special just for old time's sake.~

(I must say that I've used your art as inspiration, and something to develop my own style as well<3 I'm glad I watched you~)
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PIPIpanda Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay, I know with the clear amount of love that your work gets (and not to mention how crazy life can be outside of work) that you might not respond to this but I just wanted to say that you are such an amazing artist! Honestly, I look up to you so much and I love each and every one of your characters and drawings that you do and post here on Deviantart! I love seeing the huge array of characters (from characters like Laz'ab to Louis) that you have and frequently enjoy looking back at your old Youtube videos as well (especially Be A Grad...lol you have no idea how awesome it is to take a tiny break during studying for University exams to listen to it). I love all the colours, postures, poses, expressions, and detail that is evident in your work; and (while I mostly major in stick people myself) I hope that either I'll be able to maybe just faintly attempt to draw you some fanart (that doesn't look horrible eheh) or even meet you one day (pipe dreams for the win lol?). Anyways though, I just wanted to say that as a huge fan of your work, I'm really glad you came back to Deviantart, and that I can't wait to see more of it in the future! I hope you have a great end of the year and that 2016 is even greater! Have an awesome day Sak ^^
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Oh wow oh wow, thank you so much. Be A Grad may be one of the few things I produced from LASALLE that I still like, hahaha. Keep on drawing and chipping away, stickies were all I could do once too, but I'm mad so I drew every day for almost the last 24 years and here I am. I'm more active on Tumblr than DA, but I thought if I planned on utilizing more social media I should return here for those who prefer it, because after all it's where I started.
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PIPIpanda Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Ah wow, thank you for getting back to me and thank you so much for your encouragement! I'll do my best and honestly can't wait to see more of your work next year!
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GangnamPom Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Looks like I jumped in around 2012 ish, you certainly have grown. It's been an honor seeing your work and getting to chat with you a little. I'm glad to have you back here just in time for the new year. I hope we can chat twice as much and both grow as artists
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KyloTheRen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neopets.. Lmfao
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FrostedIceFireBehind Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh man oh man oh man!!!!! It was so cool to begin recognizing your pics partway through and realizing that I've been burning the candle at both ends to stalk your artwork since late 2008! If anything ever finally drives me to *just draw*, it'll be your dA story. :) Congratulations on everything.
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J3NNt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
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Hela2000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Great progression. I'd love to see some of the early Jaris pics, and some of the Jhonen inspired stuff.
I love the fuzzy in line 4 panel 3. YEA, Cecilia and Louis!!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Most of my Jaris work should still be in my Games folder, though I plan to reorganize my gallery with more sub-folders to make it easier to separate ie: the Aion stuff from SWTOR, etc. The really early stuff like Jhonen and my old vampire OC have long since been deleted, and due to lack of space on my PC the raw files were corrupted and I don't have them anymore.
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HidanNoYugakure Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
AMAZING....
I feel like my self-convidence just got ripped apart and thrown away, because I am 19 and only 17 on your list.. T___T
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, I've now established my art to be in the realm of 16 year old Sak.  Good to know!

Always so cool to see these!
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Shadow-Of-Nights Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
10 years and the improvement is astounding! 10 more years and your work will probably come to life. Literally. You will draw it and Soki will be standing in front of you seconds later.

Don't deny your fate!
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I won't deny a thing if it means Solkaris coming to life.

Of course ... there goes my jewelry.
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Shadow-Of-Nights Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Eh, jewelry is overrated. How many other people can say their characters came to life? ^^
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow the improvement is amazing.
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GoldenDrakAngel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Artist
Because everyone has to start somewhere! :dummy: This made my day, Sak, and it's awesome to see others progress. :D Especially awesome people like you. :)
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Xypherian Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...damn, it been five years already?
Awesome progress! :D
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RedeadDie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Even if I wasn't there to see it all from the very start, I am really proud of you and your skills. Person like you has amazing talent that I can't even begin to think how you do it.
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LeopardShadow1213 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! so there is some fucking hope for some of my crap
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enolianslave Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
fascinating how far you've come! Such a rapid improvement as well.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Aaaaa thank you dear! Your art was such an inspiration for me when I first joined DA, I spent literally hours and days poring through your gallery and oggling over your style.
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mdu-ntr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Well dayum, mate! You're good. How many hours a week of drawing does it take you to progress that fast! Even when 12-14 your art was so detailed!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I literally draw every day, ever since I was a little kid, though the spike in improvement didn't start until after high school.
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mdu-ntr Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Wow, thanks for the reply. All that work really shows. Thank you for showing your progress over the past ten years. It really helps seeing someone so good started out like the rest of us. ^.^
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RaptorRed79 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Wow That is awesome to see how your skills have improved over the years.
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StripedFlareon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Well, this makes me feel worse about my artistic skills. *shrug* Oh well. I enjoy your work and your stories, Sak. Keep up the good work!
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gwgoulini7 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was awsome :hug:
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:iconmittles:
Mittles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
You should circulate this to show the people who just need the boost of confidence that, yes, they can get better with practice.
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:icontiapunky:
TiaPunky Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Why I no see CLOPIN in this?! XD

Oh. my what an improvement UvU
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:icontinkr-tailr-sldr-spy:
HOLY SHIZNICKS

YOU'RE ONLY TWO YEARS OLDER THAN ME AND YOU'RE FREAKING AMAZING

DUDE

NO FAIR
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