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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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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment... it's odd, you took the path I thought I would. I really wanted to do genetics, and still find myself a little 'what if' when I watch programs like Horizon, about how different life might have been! I suspect it's never too late to start with art, though, if you have a love of it! Personally I hated the maths of science, even though I always loved the ideas and the possibilities!
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Sam. It is lovely to see the growth represented here.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome Kate, thanks for all the comments and feedback you've given over the years, it's an inspiration in itself :)
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
:blush: :hug:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sam, thank you for showing and your words. Couldn't agree more!
LOVE your progress - and looking forward to your next 10 years :hug:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Rita, here's to a good 10 years for us all! :glomp:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:glomp: oh YES
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ApricotProductions Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ahaa, so you did work at Jagex!
A lot of your artwork has inspired the models I make, for example the concept art you did for the Dungeoneering armour. [link]

I wouldn't have even considered making them if I hadn't seen the amount of detail you put into this and the other 3 pieces you made: [link] so...thanks for that!
Anyway this is an awesome piece and great example of how you really can do anything if you put your mind to it. :D
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I did, and still do, just not on Runescape at the moment :) The concept art for the actual dungeoneering outfits was actually done by one of my colleagues, but I did the illustrations of the heroes wearing them, so kudos goes to him for the kickass designs! The models are awesome though... didn't go to RF this year just gone, as I work on Transformers now, but I seem to recall seeing the canvases they made with them in the office just before!
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ApricotProductions Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh, I forgot Transformers Universe was another one of Jagex's projects. (I can never keep up with all the other things that they are working on these days. V.V)

Nice to hear you saw the canvases too! Sadly I've heard that some bastard stole several of them from the event...thankfully they didn't take mine. (The title of mine may have deterred them, I forgot to add a decent one on the email so they just used the file name...*facepalm*)
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Trast Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. This was really inspiring to me, made me cry actually. I will work harder and hopefully get out in the professional industry one day!
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Angelus-Nex Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
OMG I am on the same page as you.... Tears just started flowing without stopping. I love art to death and it kills me when other things in life take that away from me... This is definitely an inspiration to fall back upon...
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Trast Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Yay! I'm glad I'm not all alone with being all gushy! It was great watching and reading this! I wish you luck into improving!!!
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Angelus-Nex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was wonderful to read this...
And many thanks to you!
Good luck in your artistic endeavours as well! :3
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Trast Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I saw your page and it's turning out really well! You're on your way!
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Angelus-Nex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh! :blush:
Thank you so much for the kind words! :tighthug:
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Trast Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Only the truth!
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Angelus-Nex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, that's such a sweet thing to say! Thank you and good luck!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Giving this a Favorite because it's just damned amazing and inspiring how far you've come! Thanks for giving us hope that other folks can do the same with enough study and effort (and hopefully without the side effect of insanity!).

Can't wait to see what heights you reach next! It can only get better from here on out.:)
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers m'dear... always helps having someone to chat to around who can spark ideas (even if they spark them at inconvenient times :D) and who offers non stop encouragement! Here's to seeing us both progress greatly!
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Submerse Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so awesome! Would you mind telling me how old you are?
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And I'll be 33 at this end of January :) I was around 20ish when i really started drawing fanatasy for myself, and around 26-27 when I realised I had a load of learning to do to get to the conceptart stage.
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Submerse Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow! This is really inspirational, thank you for letting me know!
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chyminy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What "dips"? Where are the "dips"? I can't see any "dips"! Just your incremental improvements over an amazing starting point.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe there aren't quite so many dips on here, admittedly... but had I not done the Bond work in 2009, I'd have struggled to find stuff that looked like I'd improved. It was more in comment to the works I'd been flicking through on my harddrive to fill this out. Around 2008- 2009 aside from that I had a year or so that I just wasn't getting much better... too much quick concept work that meant I got sloppy with my methods.
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chyminy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it is nice to know that one of my favorite artists has experienced her ups and down. Lord knows I've had some over the past couple of years. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the overall trajectory is in the improvement direction! :P
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Brava!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Jade!
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WolfJoes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Haha at Graardor over in the corner. xD
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He always manages to sneak in somewhere.
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WolfJoes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Which is interesting, because of his size.
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Peekajinx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I mentioned on another piece you did that you are one of my top favorite artists that I watch. You have such an awesome style, and it's very cool to see how you've progressed over the years. But not only style, you have an awesome attitude. I'm in school now studying 3D animation and I sometimes feel I won't cut it in the big leagues, so I practice practice practice, and I try to encourage my fellow classmates to do the same. Maybe I'll just have to show this to a few people :]
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! And yeah, I know how tough it can be feeling like you'll just never get there... but if you're smart enough to see the flaws in your work, and know when something's working for you, you'll get there!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Fantastic record of progress :) Even the first realistic images from 2000-2001 look great :thumbsup:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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lenashore Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I've seen others do this, but not sure I've ever seen anyone put down descriptions of that time period. I love that. I think I am going to do this for myself and look at the overall picture. I want to do more artwork (and improve) myself, but honestly, I don't know what to do with it. I am a full time freelance web and graphic designer. I'd like to incorporate art into my daily life more, but the illustration jobs are few and far between. I need to branch out. I think this might help me focus.

Thanks for the time you spent preparing this!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know how the not sure thing feels. before I got the job at Jagex in 2008, I worked as a graphic designer, and it was a hard thing to suddenyl decide i wanted to abandon that, as I did enjoy it. But this kinda art's always been where my heart is, just took me a while to find my direction.
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MimiStriped Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Fabulous improvement..:clap: :love:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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