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.

#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

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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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guess
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#4

Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

Eye Drawing Progress In 3 Years

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SnoopyKoalaBear
Community Member
5 years ago

Wait, you drew the second one. WOWOWOWOW

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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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JakeFerguson
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5 years ago

Well that improved

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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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MyrandaValles
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5 years ago

I wonder who this character is. He likes him a lot.

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#9

The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

The Difference 2 Years Of Practice Makes

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Maegan Tse
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1 year ago

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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#10

My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

My Drawing Progression From Age 12 To 14

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KateFavor
Community Member
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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SaraNacman
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, that is an amazing drawing. Like a photograph almost!

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#12

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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АндрейСыпачев
Community Member
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
Community Member
5 years ago

Gorgeous

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#14

Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

Drawing Improvement Over 6 Months

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TheWeeknd
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8 months ago

The texture is so good.

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#15

My Drawing Progress

My Drawing Progress

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JorgeDeArmas
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5 years ago

You can see how he mentally grows up and his interest as he gets older

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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
Community Member
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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COURTNEY HALL
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1 year ago

that is so cool

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#20

Works In 2013 And 2014

Works In 2013 And 2014

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Maebh
Community Member
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
Community Member
5 years ago

Woah

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#22

Age 16 To Age 27

Age 16 To Age 27

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Community Member
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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Ratatox MK
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2 years ago

that's Yennefer from The Witcher! O_O

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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!

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#27

Drawing Progress

Drawing Progress

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PoorMan
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4 years ago

The age 17 one is Bella's and the wolf guy's mentally handicapped daughter. LOL

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing

#31

Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

Progress In Regards To Color Understanding :)

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Femke Uyttebroeck
Community Member
4 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
5 years ago

I love them both!

#33

9/2014 - 10/ 2015

9/2014 - 10/ 2015

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Shenae Loves Art Too
Community Member
6 months ago

All with a single IKEA pencil. Wow!

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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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Dat.Boring.Gurl.Tho
Community Member
4 years ago

Sherlock, I approve

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#36

1 Year Difference Feat. Lorde!

1 Year Difference Feat. Lorde!

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Cheryl Dearing
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
7 months ago

wow

#38

Age 15 - Now

Age 15 - Now

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StephanAlexander
Community Member
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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1 year 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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8 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
Community Member
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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Meh Meh
Community Member
6 months ago

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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#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
Community Member
1 year 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
5 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
Community Member
8 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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10 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
Community Member
10 months ago

Marilyn Monroe put on toooo much lipstick...

#64

2 Year Difference!!

2 Year Difference!!

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TheWeeknd
Community Member
8 months ago

double post.

#65

Same Person's Portrait...2 Years Of Progression :)

Same Person's Portrait...2 Years Of Progression :)

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KELSEY HALTOM
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1 year ago

I love that drawing download-1...555b3.jpeg download-1-5f3edd08555b3.jpeg

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#66

2 Years Worth Of Practice

2 Years Worth Of Practice

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mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 year ago

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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#67

11 Years Done In An Hour

11 Years Done In An Hour

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Guy on the internet
Community Member
10 months ago

sorry wah?

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#68

Age 14

Age 14

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Guy on the internet
Community Member
10 months ago

are they having sex and smoking weed??

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#69

At 8 Years..............20 Years

At 8 Years..............20 Years

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Guy on the internet
Community Member
10 months ago

not bad tbh

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#70

13 Years Old Done In 15 Mins

13 Years Old Done In 15 Mins

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Guy on the internet
Community Member
10 months ago

WUT THU FU-

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