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You've probably heard the saying "Practice makes perfect" at least a couple of times during your life. And there's nothing cryptic about this phrase - it merely means that you'll get better with repetition. Nowhere is this more obvious than in drawing and illustration, where an understanding of proportions and proper painting technique can turn rough doodles into a detailed face.

The list that you'll find below is composed of our reader's submissions of their process of learning to draw. The techniques vary from pencil drawings to digital images, but with every before and after photo the improvement is more than evident.

Now, scroll down for some practice inspiration below. You'll find that even the most simple illustration is actually a diamond in the rough for beautiful drawings.

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Drawing Progress Over The Last Few Years

Drawing Progress Over The Last Few Years

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    Progression From 2 Years Old To 25

    Progression From 2 Years Old To 25

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    guess
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    8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Lol I couldn't draw that well at age two ;u; ...I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING

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    Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

    Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

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    5 Years Of Progress

    5 Years Of Progress

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    The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

    The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Ignore the random guy below. He said it was easy, but realism requires skill and precision. It's not called a copy. It's called making beautiful, flawless art

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    My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

    My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

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    From 2013-2015: Same Reference :)

    From 2013-2015: Same Reference :)

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    Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

    Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

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    My Drawing Progress

    My Drawing Progress

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    The Progression Of My Drawing Between Ages 2-24

    The Progression Of My Drawing Between Ages 2-24

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    My Drawing Progress 2007 - 2012

    My Drawing Progress 2007 - 2012

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    #22

    Age 16 To Age 27

    Age 16 To Age 27

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    Same Character Over The Years

    Same Character Over The Years

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    Drawing Progress

    Drawing Progress

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    8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Love how the drawing develops into a recognizable person...Bella right?

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    20whatever To Present: Practice Is Everything (talent Is Overrated)

    20whatever To Present: Practice Is Everything (talent Is Overrated)

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    Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

    Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    You should totally commit your drawings to Magic The Gathering for card creation... this is amazing

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    Same Kind Of Concept Separated By 2 Years Of Work!

    Same Kind Of Concept Separated By 2 Years Of Work!

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    My Progress - Fanart And Original Work

    My Progress - Fanart And Original Work

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    #35

    2014-2015 Progress. (got It Right This Time)

    2014-2015 Progress. (got It Right This Time)

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    My Self Portrait Progress Over Two Years

    My Self Portrait Progress Over Two Years

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    My Improvement (december 2014- June 2015)

    My Improvement (december 2014- June 2015)

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    3 Years Of Practice! Age 12 To 14 (almost 15)

    3 Years Of Practice! Age 12 To 14 (almost 15)

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    8 Years Of Photoshop Practice

    8 Years Of Photoshop Practice

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    Found On The Internet (not Mine). Great Progress In 10 Years

    Found On The Internet (not Mine). Great Progress In 10 Years

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    I've Been Drawing More Than 25 Years...

    I've Been Drawing More Than 25 Years...

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    My Drawing Progress 2012-2015

    My Drawing Progress 2012-2015

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    #47

    Drawings From Age 12 To 15

    Drawings From Age 12 To 15

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    Mond 2015 Now! (stefanie Götzky) 85*85

    Mond 2015 Now! (stefanie Götzky) 85*85

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    My Work From Age 14 To 36 - First Starting Out With Acrylics And Then Moving Onto Watercolours

    My Work From Age 14 To 36 - First Starting Out With Acrylics And Then Moving Onto Watercolours

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    My Self Portrait Over The Years - 22 To 36 Years Of Age

    My Self Portrait Over The Years - 22 To 36 Years Of Age

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    2 Months Difference, But Can Be Achieved In 4 Days (check Betty Edwards)

    2 Months Difference, But Can Be Achieved In 4 Days (check Betty Edwards)

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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Yeah, I draw every day and see improvement (even if it's only a little) every month :)

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    11 Years Of Progress

    11 Years Of Progress

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    #53

    Age !9 - Zero Experience.. To Now :)

    Age !9 - Zero Experience.. To Now :)

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    It kind of creeps me out...but in a good way? I love it, could be a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark cover

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    12 Year Old

    12 Year Old

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    December 2015

    December 2015

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    Self Portraits, 16 Years Difference

    Self Portraits, 16 Years Difference

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    Progress From 2004 To Now

    Progress From 2004 To Now

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    #59

    Well... It Is Something!

    Well... It Is Something!

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    2 Year Difference!!

    2 Year Difference!!

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    Feb 2015

    Feb 2015

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    2 Years Old To 12 Years Old, My Drawing Difference

    2 Years Old To 12 Years Old, My Drawing Difference

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    2 Year Difference!!

    2 Year Difference!!

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    2 Years Worth Of Practice

    2 Years Worth Of Practice

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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Why is this downvoted so much? It's still an improvement and every artist should respect that. Not everyone can go from a stickman to a beautiful masterpiece in 2 years...

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    13 Years Old Done In 15 Mins

    13 Years Old Done In 15 Mins

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