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Art Progress 2000 -2011 by Zephyri Art Progress 2000 -2011 by Zephyri
I've done one of these before, but it's been over 4 years almost, and this template is much shinier and neater.

There's one main reason for me posting these, and it's mostly to show people who see what I do then lament on how they wish they could do it, but how they could never do it to the level I do. That simply *isn't* true. Go google conceptart.org and mindcandyman and look through his entire sketchbook. The guy started drawing wobbly cubes and spheres, and now runs his own traditional atlier school. Anyone with the right motivation can get to where they want to be. It's a matter of what you prioritise, and how hard you can push yourself when there is *only* you to push yourself. At the end of the day it's down to you, regardless of whether you're self taught or attend the best art school in the business. I taught myself anatomy (still learning) and most of the art basics, and art was my lowest grade when I finished highschool (I got a D). I did get lucky with the jobs I got (traditional minature paintr and then into graphic design), but all that meant was that i was doing art almost 24/7. I had reached a point before I got the job at Jagex, where I was working as a cafe waitress for minimum wage, but none of that ever deterred me from seeing my end goal and knowing what I had to do to get there. No one will knock on your door and offer you your dream job. You have to get out there, get yourself noticed, in whatever way you see fit.

One word of caution: if you don't genuinely *love* the process of art and want to spend time doing it, even when it's not your own personal work, then you're probably not going to get here. You have to be able to look at what you do and see it in context - if concept is what you wanna do, then get to a level where your work can stand alongside the industry pros. Same with illustration or comics, or film art. If nothing else you should just love it. Love it so much that it doesn't matter that you're painting a rock, or a plug socket, or someone elses ideas, just that you love being able to get the best out of it, and how you're doing it. Love being able to improve and see it. That's the other reason I do this. To see my own peaks and dips gives me the boost I need to know I can keep on improving. And hopefully it inspires others that maybe they can do the same.

Onward to 2012, and whatever it may bring.
*plays out with Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing*


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Zetey Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Today I have been really struggling and this has lifted my spirits SO much. Thank you for being so humble and sharing this with all of us minions on DA!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know, it gives me a boost to know this gives others inspiration!
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Gianara Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to be rude but how old were you when you started? :3
this is really good!!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh thanks, and I think in this example, I was about 18, but I'd been drawing since I can remember, mostly copying photos and cartoon images.
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Gianara Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thnx! I used to copy screenshots from favourite tv shows, I learned alot too, so that makes pretty much sence i guess!:la:
and what a honor getting a reply from such a great artist like you ahaha!:D
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kagato007 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Very inspiring! Keep the good work :)
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xX9thsquadAkaneXx Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   General Artist
WOAH
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I love seeing how you improve!!! :)
And indeed, ON TO 2012!!!
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I also add that it inspires me to study more the things I'm bad at!
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bowjac Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
you are a superb artist. Thank you so much for sharing your art on DA. I myself will be 33 this year, and when I was 20 had to make a decision with my life to either pursue art, or pursue science. I chose science, (Veterinarian, PhD, boarded in Large Animal Internal Medicine) and I am happy......but still I am wistful.
You are an inspiration, and I thank you!
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