It's easy to compare your artworks to those of the greats and feel miserable. But if you're an aspiring creator you need to understand that nobody was born a genius and everyone has to start somewhere. And nothing proves this better than the 'Draw This Again' challenge (previously here and here).

Its rules are really simple. Artists upload side-by-side images of their earlier and current works, showcasing how much they've progressed. And some of the participants are even redoing their old doodles, which makes the effect of the comparison so much stronger. From realistic portraits to surreal character design, scroll down to check out the improvements they've made over the years and upvote your favorite entries.

#1

Two Years Of Drawing Every Day

Two Years Of Drawing Every Day

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Perry Swift 1 year ago

I can't upvote this. The original is too good.

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#2

I Broke My Neck And Was Paralyzed In December, 2010. Here Is A Photo Of The First Drawing I Did In Rehab, With Assistance From My Recreational Therapist Ashley. Followed By A Self Portrait I Did 7 Years Later. I’ve Improved A Little

I Broke My Neck And Was Paralyzed In December, 2010. Here Is A Photo Of The First Drawing I Did In Rehab, With Assistance From My Recreational Therapist Ashley. Followed By A Self Portrait I Did 7 Years Later. I’ve Improved A Little

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

Perseverance. It bloody works! :)

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#3

Found This Drawing I Did In 2008 When I Was 11 Of The Puppy We Adopted Who’s Now An Old Man

Found This Drawing I Did In 2008 When I Was 11 Of The Puppy We Adopted Who’s Now An Old Man

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#4

It's Been Exactly Three Years Since My First Drawing, So Decided To Do This 'Draw This Again' Challenege. Not Dissappointed

It's Been Exactly Three Years Since My First Drawing, So Decided To Do This 'Draw This Again' Challenege. Not Dissappointed

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Perry Swift 1 year ago

The first one is amazing, it's just different to the second.

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#5

Me And My Art, 6 Years Apart

Me And My Art, 6 Years Apart

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C.Marrero 1 year ago

Is that a drawing of Pewdiepie in the background

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#6

Eye Improvement In 2 Years, 13 To 15 Years Old

Eye Improvement In 2 Years, 13 To 15 Years Old

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Soozie Poozie 1 year ago

I am mesmerized, hypnotized just looking at the tremendous detail of that beautiful blue dreamy eye!!

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#7

1 Year Improvement

1 Year Improvement

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Ani Archeron 1 year ago

i quite like the first one!

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#8

Then And Now

Then And Now

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Kaisu Rei 1 year ago

Love the style!

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#9

My Drawing Improvement 2014 - 2017

My Drawing Improvement 2014 - 2017

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#10

Nearly 10 Years Ago I Drew Sybill Trelawney From Harry Potter, And Now I’ve Done It Again. I Pushed Myself With The Details, And I’m So Proud

Nearly 10 Years Ago I Drew Sybill Trelawney From Harry Potter, And Now I’ve Done It Again. I Pushed Myself With The Details, And I’m So Proud

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Perry Swift 1 year ago

This is my favourite improvement. The first picture is a lot better than I could every do, but the second is just brilliant!

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#11

I Found An Old Drawing Of Mine From When I Was Seven Of My Mad Baller Speedboat - A Hybrid Blend Of Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Racing Boat, Tactical Jet Aircraft And Whatever The Hell Else I Wanted. Then I Did An Adult Version To Homage The Original

I Found An Old Drawing Of Mine From When I Was Seven Of My Mad Baller Speedboat - A Hybrid Blend Of Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Racing Boat, Tactical Jet Aircraft And Whatever The Hell Else I Wanted. Then I Did An Adult Version To Homage The Original

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Naima Ivansdóttir 1 year ago

is this really a drawing? looks like a render to me

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#12

Awesome Progress

Awesome Progress

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Lotte 1 year ago

This one is so talented, for someone to make this much progress just wow

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#13

Improvement

Improvement

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 1 year ago

I LOL'd

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#14

My Drawing Improvement 2013 - 2017

My Drawing Improvement 2013 - 2017

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Soozie Poozie 1 year ago

Both are equally amazing!!!

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#15

A Little Evolution Trough The Time

A Little Evolution Trough The Time

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Misterscooter 1 year ago

Style change, too.

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#16

The First One I Drew When I Was Twelve Years Old. The Second Sheet Is A 25-Year-Old Guy Who Started Drawing

The First One I Drew When I Was Twelve Years Old. The Second Sheet Is A 25-Year-Old Guy Who Started Drawing

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issam 1 year ago

You do really hold fire in your hands my friend .. great

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#17

A Remake Of An Old Drawing From 2014. It's Nice To See How My Art Style Changed As Well

A Remake Of An Old Drawing From 2014. It's Nice To See How My Art Style Changed As Well

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rockswood 1 year ago

I feel like it's a personification of my nick name :D

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#18

My Drawing Progress Over The Year, Criticism And Advice Always Welcome

My Drawing Progress Over The Year, Criticism And Advice Always Welcome

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Devin Robinson 1 year ago

okay in 2016, are there flowers in his beard?

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#19

One Year Drawing Progress

One Year Drawing Progress

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Molly Tallmadge 1 year ago

Rocket!

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#20

Sometimes I Think That I Do Not Advance Or Improve, And Then I Find My Drawings From Years Ago

Sometimes I Think That I Do Not Advance Or Improve, And Then I Find My Drawings From Years Ago

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Perry Swift 1 year ago

If I could draw as well as the first picture, I'd think I was some kind of genius!

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#21

Old Work Done Around 2008-2009 And The New Version In 2012

Old Work Done Around 2008-2009 And The New Version In 2012

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Lyndsey 1 year ago

Okay, but the first one is already a hundred times better than what I can do.

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#22

Improved Nutella

Improved Nutella

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issam 1 year ago

First you draw Nutella .. second , you made the Nutella .

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#23

It's Always Nice To See How Far You've Come, And What All Of Your Time And Effort Has Ended Up As

It's Always Nice To See How Far You've Come, And What All Of Your Time And Effort Has Ended Up As

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Grumble O'Pug 1 year ago

Beautiful!!

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#24

It's Been 4 Years And I've Learned A Lot. And Honestly? I've Learned Most Of It By Watching Much Better Artists Than Me

It's Been 4 Years And I've Learned A Lot. And Honestly? I've Learned Most Of It By Watching Much Better Artists Than Me

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Sill Marien 1 year ago

I prefer 2008 bunny ;)

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#25

Honestly Most People Drew Better Than Me When They Were Kids. I Just Enjoyed Drawing, So I Kept Doing It, And Improved As A Byproduct

Honestly Most People Drew Better Than Me When They Were Kids. I Just Enjoyed Drawing, So I Kept Doing It, And Improved As A Byproduct

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Heather Johnson 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#26

Did A Re-Draw Of My First Ever Digital Painting From 2012. Pretty Cool To See How Far I’ve Come

Did A Re-Draw Of My First Ever Digital Painting From 2012. Pretty Cool To See How Far I’ve Come

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#27

I Got Inspired To Remake A Drawing I Made 7 Years Ago For A Friend

I Got Inspired To Remake A Drawing I Made 7 Years Ago For A Friend

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Anna 1 year ago

Both so cute!

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#28

This Was So Much Fun To Draw! I Used The First Pic I Ever Drew With Photoshop And Did It Again. Any Improvement?

This Was So Much Fun To Draw! I Used The First Pic I Ever Drew With Photoshop And Did It Again. Any Improvement?

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redmark 1 year ago

Awesome improvement, but that first picture is just super cute :P

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#29

Recently I Came Across A Super Old Drawing Of Mine And I Thought It Could Be Fun To Redraw Or Paint The Thing. I Added Some Details Though To Make It Look Nicer Besides The Whole Rendering Part And Everything Else

Recently I Came Across A Super Old Drawing Of Mine And I Thought It Could Be Fun To Redraw Or Paint The Thing. I Added Some Details Though To Make It Look Nicer Besides The Whole Rendering Part And Everything Else

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Rit 1 year ago

Hab ich dich erwischt, Julia! Liebste Grüße von Inga/Ritchat :D

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#30

Redesigned A Character That Was Created In 2010, Called Semira, Now Called Lily. I Find It Very Cool To Remake Old Designs, 'Cause It's Easier To See How I Have Evolved

Redesigned A Character That Was Created In 2010, Called Semira, Now Called Lily. I Find It Very Cool To Remake Old Designs, 'Cause It's Easier To See How I Have Evolved

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OH OH 1 year ago

reminds me that inktober is fast approaching

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