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 composes 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.

#1

Drawing Progress Over The Last Few Years

Drawing Progress Over The Last Few Years

Drawing Progress Over The Last Few Years

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Angel
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5 years ago

Woah.

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#2

7 Years Of Progress

7 Years Of Progress

7 Years Of Progress

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SnoopyKoalaBear
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5 years ago

Wow

King Zero
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3 years ago

I know right

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SignorWankhede
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5 years ago

Its actually 7, don't subtract the years. count them all in your fingers. @guss

OscarHanzély
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5 years ago

Its post #2 7 years of progress ;-)

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Zetta Credit
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8 months ago

this is awesome

ILIANNA MARTINEZ
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8 months ago

nice

Joy Beckish
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9 months ago

woah! i love the drawing of katniss!

sweet ducky
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1 year ago

SO perfect

Nathalia Efigenio Aldama
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2 years ago

so cute but i think that the 2012 is more cute

Adam dvorak
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3 years ago

wow!

PancakePanda♥
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5 years ago

I really <3 the Walter white one :3

Isabelle09
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5 years ago

Whoa! What happened between 2011 and 2012?

VishalKataria
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5 years ago

2012 is the most bad-ass!

MarcoCrivellaro
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5 years ago

2009-2010: 1st year 2010-2011: 2nd year 2011-2012: 3rd year 2012-2013: 4th year 2014-2014: 5th year 2015-2015: 6th year It's 6 years. 6, not 7, it's not a matter of counting, there's only one way to count. 2009-2015 is 6 years, 6. Period. Better to enjoy the art than wasting time counting.

Imperfekt
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5 years ago

But.. you're the one doing the counting and explaining the math then commenting on that rather than the enjoying the art.

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Man gerz
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4 years ago

To me, this is just copy photograph. It's not to difficult, as drawing realistic from imagination, Knowledge .

gaz
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5 years ago

2012 is better than 2015.

HeidiFaistenhammer
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5 years ago

It's definitely 6 years guys. They're counting how many years of progress so you start at zero not one.

gussTheodoridis
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5 years ago

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LiliRobinson
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5 years ago

@guss Learn how to spell...

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gussTheodoridis
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5 years ago

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it's 6 years, go back to scholl

AmandaHitchcock
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5 years ago

If your counting the pictures as years you'll notice 2014 missing so thats what might be hard for u to grasp.

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#3

Progression From 2 Years Old To 25

Progression From 2 Years Old To 25

Progression From 2 Years Old To 25

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EdSheeranIsBae
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5 years ago

I don't... The age 11... How...? I'm 12 and I've been drawing for as long as I can remember and I'm not that good. Teach me your ways, senpai! xD

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#4

Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

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Ouzodaki
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5 years ago

Ya oughta be kidding. That's beyond skilled.

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#5

About 8 Years Of Progress

About 8 Years Of Progress

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VickieWilson
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5 years ago

Well. I wasn't expecting that.

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#6

Practice Pays Off

Practice Pays Off

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JonathanLevich
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5 years ago

Cool pic

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#7

I Think My Style Changed A Bit

I Think My Style Changed A Bit

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LauraBucaria
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5 years ago

she looked happier at 9

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#8

5 Years Of Progress

5 Years Of Progress

5 Years Of Progress

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

i like the flat colors and clean lines in 2009. personal choice though. Environments kick my butt.

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#9

The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

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Man gerz
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4 years ago

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To me, this is just copy photograph. It's not to difficult, as drawing realistic from imagination, Knowledge .

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#10

My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

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KateFavor
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5 years ago

I can relate. :)

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#11

From 2013-2015: Same Reference :)

From 2013-2015: Same Reference :)

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DaniNeal
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5 years ago

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What did you do differently? In 2 months..

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#12

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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АндрейСыпачев
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5 years ago

lol'd at 2011 version

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#13

Just Work Hard And Believe In Yourself. 3 Years

Just Work Hard And Believe In Yourself. 3 Years

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LauraLawson
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5 years ago

Gorgeous

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#14

Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

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OscarHanzély
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5 years ago

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And also changing to digital...

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#15

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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MyrandaValles
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5 years ago

The last one looks like an old black and white photo.

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#16

2008 - 3 Hours / 2015 - 15 Minutes

2008 - 3 Hours / 2015 - 15 Minutes

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MarjorieBrassard
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5 years ago

I really prefer the first one!!!

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#17

The Progression Of My Drawing Between Ages 2-24

The Progression Of My Drawing Between Ages 2-24

The Progression Of My Drawing Between Ages 2-24

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ClaraBourget-Devise
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5 years ago

must be age 17 no? =')

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#18

My Drawing Progress 2007 - 2012

My Drawing Progress 2007 - 2012

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hawkeyefan iowa
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5 years ago

Julia Roberts,...., weirdo human being,....,....,Taylor Swift

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#19

My Progress :d

My Progress :d

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Douglas Dio
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8 months ago

thats cool

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#20

Works In 2013 And 2014

Works In 2013 And 2014

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Maebh
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5 years ago

Wow, beautiful!

#21

Difference From December 2013 And February 2015

Difference From December 2013 And February 2015

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SnoopyKoalaBear
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5 years ago

Woah

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#22

Age 16 To Age 27

Age 16 To Age 27

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5 years ago

I struggled to find any before work (mostly thrown out *sad face* ).

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#23

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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TinyDynamine
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5 years ago

Wow, Michael's changed since he died.

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#24

2005-2015

2005-2015

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MontsedeLaMasía
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5 years ago

is that obama?

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#25

Same Character Over The Years

Same Character Over The Years

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DalalBruchmann
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5 years ago

very cool great

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#26

My Drawing Evolution Between 2006 And 2013

My Drawing Evolution Between 2006 And 2013

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LauraNiConmhidhe
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5 years ago

I love all of these!

#27

Drawing Progress

Drawing Progress

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AmandaWhittaker
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5 years ago

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

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#28

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

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

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Alpha wolf and pack
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1 year ago

That horse good

#29

Drawing Progress Over 4 Years :)

Drawing Progress Over 4 Years :)

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AmyWeiss
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5 years ago

Markimoo!!

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#30

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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Louliez
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5 years ago

Amazing

#31

Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

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Femke Uyttebroeck
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3 years ago

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

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#32

Same Kind Of Concept Separated By 2 Years Of Work!

Same Kind Of Concept Separated By 2 Years Of Work!

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KittyBax
Community Member
4 years ago

I love them both!

#33

9/2014 - 10/ 2015

9/2014 - 10/ 2015

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Shenae Loves Art Too
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2 months ago

All with an IKEA pencil.

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#34

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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KittyBax
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4 years ago

Wow!

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#36

1 Year Difference Feat. Lorde!

1 Year Difference Feat. Lorde!

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Cheryl Dearing
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4 years ago

I think this one wins - striking!

#37

My Self Portrait Progress Over Two Years

My Self Portrait Progress Over Two Years

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Cherie Chow
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3 months ago

wow

#38

Age 15 - Now

Age 15 - Now

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StephanAlexander
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5 years ago

It's beautiful!!!

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#39

Over The Period

Over The Period

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Guy on the internet
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8 months ago (edited)

pewdiepie: PENIS

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#40

My Improvement (december 2014- June 2015)

My Improvement (december 2014- June 2015)

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#41

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

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

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#42

8 Years Of Photoshop Practice

8 Years Of Photoshop Practice

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#43

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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Chris DeBlois
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3 months ago

someone really likes yuna

#44

10 Years Of Improvement - Same Character

10 Years Of Improvement - Same Character

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JamesMichaels
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5 years ago

Is it weird I think she's hot??

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#45

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

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

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LittleHedgehog
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5 years ago

No way that's age 6. Plus, I like the second one better than the last.

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#46

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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ChristianBirkedal
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5 years ago

is poo eating a little bear ?

#48

Mond 2015 Now! (stefanie Götzky) 85*85

Mond 2015 Now! (stefanie Götzky) 85*85

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#49

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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#50

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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#51

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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mermaidgirl960
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1 year ago

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

#52

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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Guy on the internet
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8 months ago

this sucks...

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#54

12 Year Old

12 Year Old

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#55

December 2015

December 2015

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#56

The Difference Between The Two, Is Only Two Years!

The Difference Between The Two, Is Only Two Years!

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Guy on the internet
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8 months ago

garbage.

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#57

Self Portraits, 16 Years Difference

Self Portraits, 16 Years Difference

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Denise van der Jagt
Community Member
4 years ago

2 different techniques. But the 13 year old is beautiful as well.

#58

Progress From 2004 To Now

Progress From 2004 To Now

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TheWeeknd
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3 months ago

its cute ;)

#59

Well... It Is Something!

Well... It Is Something!

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#60

2 Year Difference!!

2 Year Difference!!

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#61

11 Years Old

11 Years Old

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Calvin Suzuki
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6 months ago

Amazing

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#62

Feb 2015

Feb 2015

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#63

2 Years Old To 12 Years Old, My Drawing Difference

2 Years Old To 12 Years Old, My Drawing Difference

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Guy on the internet
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6 months ago

Marilyn Monroe put on toooo much lipstick...

#64

2 Year Difference!!

2 Year Difference!!