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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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Yetmişiki Saat
Community Member
1 year ago

Say My Name

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 year ago

Merida?

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

reminds me that inktober is fast approaching

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#31

May 2014 To May 2018 - Four Years Of Practice With Colored Pencils

May 2014 To May 2018 - Four Years Of Practice With Colored Pencils

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Lina Maverick
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow.. very sweet and soft composition. I love this one...

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#32

One Year Of Practice (1 Hour Each Night)

One Year Of Practice (1 Hour Each Night)

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope you're proud because that is amazing progress! Very talented!

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#33

So Satisfying. Watercolors

So Satisfying. Watercolors

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
1 year ago

Water is so damn hard to draw

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#34

2.5 Years Between The 1st And 2nd Picture

2.5 Years Between The 1st And 2nd Picture

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Johnny Frostbite
Community Member
1 year ago

First pic focused on drawing the boobs rather than the face

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#35

Davy Jones - Draw This Again

Davy Jones - Draw This Again

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#36

Progression, Digital

Progression, Digital

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Luca Cammarata
Community Member
1 year ago

SAIL!

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#37

Elephant Before And After

Elephant Before And After

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Random Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

The art style of the first one fits the concept better imo. But the second one is impressive.

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#38

My Mom Found One Of My Old Sketch Books From 1999 And The Drawing On The Left Was A Little Gem I Found In There. I Drew The One On The Left At Age 9 And The One On The Right At Age 19

My Mom Found One Of My Old Sketch Books From 1999 And The Drawing On The Left Was A Little Gem I Found In There. I Drew The One On The Left At Age 9 And The One On The Right At Age 19

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Emma B
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd love to see a 2018 or 2019 version! I can only imagine the talent!

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#39

Draw This Owl Again

Draw This Owl Again

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incoherent screaming
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the first better its so floof

#40

I've Never Really Redrawn An Old Artwork Of Mine Even Though I Love Seeing Them From Other Artists. So I Gave It A Shot And Tried To Keep Pose And Palette Similar. 12 Years Of Difference

I've Never Really Redrawn An Old Artwork Of Mine Even Though I Love Seeing Them From Other Artists. So I Gave It A Shot And Tried To Keep Pose And Palette Similar. 12 Years Of Difference

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Pumkin
Community Member
1 year ago

The eyes of the new one are so pretty! So many colors :D

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#41

My Progress In 7 Years

My Progress In 7 Years

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Lauren Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

Ya that's crazy! I can shade pretty well but my cars are squares on 2 circles! Great drawing. Amazing shading/lighting/reflection!!!!

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#42

I Redrew My Childhood Drawing

I Redrew My Childhood Drawing

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Perry Swift
Community Member
1 year ago

Very Dali!

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#43

Gosh, I Was So Proud Of This Back In 2013. And I Really Did Improve In The Past Three Years

Gosh, I Was So Proud Of This Back In 2013. And I Really Did Improve In The Past Three Years

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Cookie Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Love those eyes!

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#44

Coloring Improvement Over A Year

Coloring Improvement Over A Year

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Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually think both of these are pretty great!

#45

3 Years Apart

3 Years Apart

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

She finally got an eye and a shirt

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#46

Draw This Again: Drowning Maiden

Draw This Again: Drowning Maiden

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 year ago

Great artwork style on the right!

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#47

I'd Seen People Do This Before And I Always Wanted To Try It Myself Some Time. To Make It Fair I Stuck To The Same Conditions: No References, No Color And The Same Pose

I'd Seen People Do This Before And I Always Wanted To Try It Myself Some Time. To Make It Fair I Stuck To The Same Conditions: No References, No Color And The Same Pose

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Josie Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Dud he just add wolf junk?

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#48

This Should Give You A Lesson: Never Give Up! You Can Do It

This Should Give You A Lesson: Never Give Up! You Can Do It

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incoherent screaming
Community Member
1 year ago

Never let yourself down

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#49

Here Is The Remake Of A Self-Portrait I Did Back In 2010, Before I Did Any Digital Work, All Inks And Cross-Hatching Back Then

Here Is The Remake Of A Self-Portrait I Did Back In 2010, Before I Did Any Digital Work, All Inks And Cross-Hatching Back Then

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#50

My Drawing Progress From 2015 To 2017

My Drawing Progress From 2015 To 2017

U_N_I_C_O Report

Lauren Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

2015: amazing 2017: phenomenal

#51

1 Year Difference (Progress)

1 Year Difference (Progress)

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

"Get off my lawn!"

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#52

7-Year-Old Me Vs Now Me

7-Year-Old Me Vs Now Me

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Zorena Deckard
Community Member
1 year ago

Brave little bird. Nice improvement!

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#53

Had So Much Fun Doing This, I'm Glad I've Improved

Had So Much Fun Doing This, I'm Glad I've Improved

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Happiness is Hippo
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome improvement!

#54

My First "Draw This Again", And I'm Really Proud Of The Result

My First "Draw This Again", And I'm Really Proud Of The Result

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Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing 💜👏🏻

#55

I Don't Remember When I Did The First Drawing, But At That Time I Didn't Draw With Tablet, It Was With Mouse, And My Pulse Is Horrible. I Hate The First Drawing But I Think That The Difference Is So Incredible

I Don't Remember When I Did The First Drawing, But At That Time I Didn't Draw With Tablet, It Was With Mouse, And My Pulse Is Horrible. I Hate The First Drawing But I Think That The Difference Is So Incredible

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NoYFB
Community Member
1 year ago

The before pic isn't so bad but if you had put some contrast in the jaw area the shape of her face would have become a lot clearer. It looks like she has one chubby cheek. You nailed it in the new drawing.

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#56

Left: When I Was 15 Years Old. Right: More Than 2 Decades Later

Left: When I Was 15 Years Old. Right: More Than 2 Decades Later

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Christopher Mack
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you change your signature too?

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#57

So In My 12-Year-Old Mind Preppy Equaled A School Girl Outfit. It Was Very Fun Redrawing This! Huge Confidence Booster

So In My 12-Year-Old Mind Preppy Equaled A School Girl Outfit. It Was Very Fun Redrawing This! Huge Confidence Booster

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Genesis Harrison
Community Member
1 year ago

So cute

#58

This Just Goes To Show You What Practice Can Do! If You Just Stick With It, You'll Improve

This Just Goes To Show You What Practice Can Do! If You Just Stick With It, You'll Improve

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Cookie Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought the recreation was real at first!

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#59

I Really Enjoy To "Restore" My Old Characters Of Elementary And Middle School And Only Now I Realize How Synthesized And Anatomically Incorrect They Are

I Really Enjoy To "Restore" My Old Characters Of Elementary And Middle School And Only Now I Realize How Synthesized And Anatomically Incorrect They Are

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Jane Doe
Community Member
1 year ago

What does synthesized mean in this context? Please and thanks.

#60

One Of My Old Drawing, Which I Didn’t Throw Away - Today I Can Do Comparison Of My Progress

One Of My Old Drawing, Which I Didn’t Throw Away - Today I Can Do Comparison Of My Progress

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Linda Something
Community Member
1 year ago

It kind of looks like a young Leo and young Kate, who grew up a bit in the second drawing. Nice work! :)

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#61

Not Sure When The First One Was Made, May Be 1994 Or Something. Anyway, A Bit Of Progress Since Then

Not Sure When The First One Was Made, May Be 1994 Or Something. Anyway, A Bit Of Progress Since Then

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it how you stayed in the same color scheme and pose in the new one!

#62

I Still Can't Draw Hands But I'm Getting There

I Still Can't Draw Hands But I'm Getting There

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Desiree Cretan
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish I couldn't draw this good!!!

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#63

So I Opened My Drawing Time Capsule From 10 Years Ago. I'm Not Sure If That Black Thing Is A Mouth Or A Mustache

So I Opened My Drawing Time Capsule From 10 Years Ago. I'm Not Sure If That Black Thing Is A Mouth Or A Mustache

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Happiness is Hippo
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing progress, the re-do is beautiful

#64

Re-Draw Of An Older Drawing From 2003

Re-Draw Of An Older Drawing From 2003

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Alex K
Community Member
1 year ago

hey loish, love your work <3 :)

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#65

A Huge Progress In 4 Years

A Huge Progress In 4 Years

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Graham Dron
Community Member
1 year ago

That's amazing!

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#66

It Only Took 13 Years To Get Around To Doing This. Better Late Than Never, Right?

It Only Took 13 Years To Get Around To Doing This. Better Late Than Never, Right?

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

They're both so good!

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#67

Zero Improvement, Right?

Zero Improvement, Right?

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Cactus Corsage
Community Member
1 year ago

Fishing?

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#68

Organizing My Files, I Found This Drawing Which Is One Of The First Digital Drawings I Made, 13 Years Ago, In Paint. I Thought It Would Be Fun To Redo It And See The Result

Organizing My Files, I Found This Drawing Which Is One Of The First Digital Drawings I Made, 13 Years Ago, In Paint. I Thought It Would Be Fun To Redo It And See The Result

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Adimu
Community Member
1 year ago

First one reminds me of Goodnight Moon

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#69

Ocelot And Dog 6 Years Apart

Ocelot And Dog 6 Years Apart

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tarebear
Community Member
1 year ago

Docelot?

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#70

I Found This Drawing Book I Had When I Was 4 So I'm Like "Ok I'm Gonna Draw It Again And See What Happens"

I Found This Drawing Book I Had When I Was 4 So I'm Like "Ok I'm Gonna Draw It Again And See What Happens"

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Freaking adorable

#71

Somewhere In There Were 5 Years Where I Had Stopped Drawing Altogether, And I Wish I Hadn’t Because I Think I Would Have Improved Even More. All That To Say, Keep Drawing And You Will Get Better

Somewhere In There Were 5 Years Where I Had Stopped Drawing Altogether, And I Wish I Hadn’t Because I Think I Would Have Improved Even More. All That To Say, Keep Drawing And You Will Get Better

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serena
Community Member
1 year ago

I love your art!! I checked out your instagram.

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#72

Well, I Tried To Draw Jessica Alba Again

Well, I Tried To Draw Jessica Alba Again

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