Hey pandas, I have been always struggling with drawing. Even after practicing it for a while, my drawings still suck. Recently, I watched a professional artist create illustrations and I was completely shocked at how easy and fast she was drawing. Now I feel hopeless.

So my question is - is it a talent you are born with or can you learn it with lots of practice? Post your before and after pics of your progress.

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13 Years Progress Of Drawing An Eye

13 Years Progress Of Drawing An Eye

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Celia McDaniel 3 years ago

Wait, that second one is a drawing? Wow

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1970 Vs 2015

1970 Vs 2015

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Agonia Alvernaz 3 years ago

Is this a drawing or a photo? It's perfect!

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Age 6 Vs Age 26

Age 6 Vs Age 26

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YaYa! 3 years ago

That age 6 drawing is pretty good if you ask me!

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2010 Vs 2016

2010 Vs 2016

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Jonathan Levich 3 years ago

Really like that 2nd pic.

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#5

My Little Sisters Whale When She Was 8 Compared To Her Now At 26

My Little Sisters Whale When She Was 8 Compared To Her Now At 26

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Sarah Diehl 3 years ago

Amazing!

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From 2013-2015

From 2013-2015

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Art of Galom 3 years ago

Both of them are nice, first goes more to illustration , other reality

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Age 16 Vs Age 23

Age 16 Vs Age 23

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Victoria Jolley 3 years ago

i Love the second picture!!!

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2008 (3 Hours) Vs 2015 (15 Minutes)

2008 (3 Hours) Vs 2015 (15 Minutes)

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Lindsey Lohnes 3 years ago

To be fair the original looks pretty damn good too

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2013 Vs 2014

2013 Vs 2014

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Indian Lover 3 years ago

Isn't the second drawing of the girl on NatGeo's cover?

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1970 Vs 2015

1970 Vs 2015

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James Johanson 3 years ago

awesome work.

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2005 And 2016

2005 And 2016

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Sarah Lennie 3 years ago

Both of these are amazing in their own way.

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#12

2003 Vs 2015

2003 Vs 2015

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Tom 3 years ago

It's purrfect! How old were you in 2003?

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#13

My Progress

My Progress

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teurboa 3 years ago

stunning!

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2005 - 2015

2005 - 2015

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Victoria Jolley 3 years ago

If Obama was really like that...?

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I've Only Recently Started Using Charcoal And I Think I'm Progressing Well!

I've Only Recently Started Using Charcoal And I Think I'm Progressing Well!

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-1,000,000 Total Upvotes 3 years ago

Omg I love pit bulls! When people say they are bad they are blaming the wrong end of the leash, judge the deed not the breed

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2001 -2015

2001 -2015

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Tom 3 years ago

That's an improvement! But I have to say that the 2001 version wasn't bad either. How old were you then?

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#17

My Portrait In Digital Drawing

My Portrait In Digital Drawing

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Emily J 3 years ago

Isn't that Noukka Signe on the right?

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#18

2010: Age 14 - 2015: Age 19

2010: Age 14 - 2015: Age 19

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I'm listening 3 years ago

What medium for the 2nd one? Both are great!

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5 Years Between Ferrari F1 Car Drawings

5 Years Between Ferrari F1 Car Drawings

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Vanessa 3 years ago

wow the first one is really good, considering you were only 11 wow the first one is really good, considering you were only 11

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Fantine 2013 Vs 2014

Fantine 2013 Vs 2014

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I'm listening 3 years ago

How cool to do a repeat and see for yourself! Even though you're obviously talented, it must be rewarding to see your growth. And don't we all want to know our hard work is helping us grow?

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#21

From Pencil To Acrylic In 7 Years

From Pencil To Acrylic In 7 Years

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Very moving painting. Both are great!

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#22

2000 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

2000 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Yes, both are great! Talented for sure! I see greater maturity in that 2nd one.

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#23

2013 Age 11 Vs 2016 Age 13

2013 Age 11 Vs 2016 Age 13

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Ronja Rövardotter 3 years ago

Wow great progress! Keep going! We are looking forward to your "Age 15" version!! :)

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#24

Aged 15 To Aged 18

Aged 15 To Aged 18

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Dora Kalnai 3 years ago

Motivation changed ????

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2014 Vs 2016

2014 Vs 2016

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Woodburning 2009 Vs 2014

Woodburning 2009 Vs 2014

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I'm listening 3 years ago

The second is a woodburning, too? I've never seen such beauty teased out of wood. What type wood was used?

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#27

Change Of Clouds From 2015 To 2016

Change Of Clouds From 2015 To 2016

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Marco Andreas 3 years ago

the right one is a lot like dali's work, I like it a lot!

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#32 2012 And 2015

#32 2012 And 2015

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Beautiful!

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#29

Progress Over 13 Years.

Progress Over 13 Years.

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Your kitten was done at age 13? Amazing! And yet, even though that kitten is fabulous, I see maturity in the 2nd, bold darks, shadows and light. I keep noticing that. As artists grow, they seem less afraid of the darker darks, keeping paper white, more drama to the piece.

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:)

:)

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Amazing... just 3 years?!

#31

Three Years!

Three Years!

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Lea Lei 3 years ago

You're really great with comic eyes and I love that bottom right one, I want to move there!

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#32

July 2015 Vs May 2016

July 2015 Vs May 2016

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MeepMeepImAJeep 3 years ago

Great progress! One massive tip from a designer, lose the lines! If you can get the definition of different elements of the face without drawing lines but by using shadows (like you are downing very nicely bytheway) you get a way more realistic portrait! Keep it up!

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#33

Horse Development

Horse Development

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Wow, if I were ever blessed with your talent! Amazing drawings!

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#34

5 Years Of Practice (12 Vs 17 Years)

5 Years Of Practice (12 Vs 17 Years)

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TheArtistUnnamable 3 years ago

Both are stunningly beautiful.

#35

5 Years And Now We're Here

5 Years And Now We're Here

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Antanas Bukauskas 3 years ago

I swear the 2nd looks like Zarya from Overwatch

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Progress

Progress

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Stacey Wellington 2 years ago

Both are insanely good but the second one... wow... and the detail in the background just makes it so mch better...

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#37

The Big Lebowski - Walter 2013 Vs. 2016

The Big Lebowski - Walter 2013 Vs. 2016

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C. Wang 3 years ago

i love the comical style of the first drawing!!

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Red Sonja

Red Sonja

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Dano Rog 3 years ago

I like more first one :)

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#39

Slender Grumpy Lisa

Slender Grumpy Lisa

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Only 5 months between the two... amazing. And beautiful.

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#40

Panda

Panda

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Another born with talent! What have you done to increase level of skill, though? Do you take art in school? At an arts school? Or just lots of practice?

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#41

I Hope I Didn't Reach My Full Potential.

I Hope I Didn't Reach My Full Potential.

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Oh, my! You already have talent, yet look at the growth! Beautiful shading! Hey, I'm 59 and hadn't drawn or painted in 40 years. Now, that would be a sad before and after, cuz I was better then! However, I'm doing and learning many things every time I work! You're nowhere near your potential and never will be, you see. You'll learn and grow until you're a very old man! I hope you keep at it.

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#42

2010 Vs. 2016

2010 Vs. 2016

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Stacey Wellington 2 years ago

Who are these and do you take commissions? Haha

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#43

Paleoart From 2007 And 2016

Paleoart From 2007 And 2016

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Sara Jane 3 years ago

Are these drawings or digital image creations? Awesome whatever :)

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#44

2014 Vs. 2016

2014 Vs. 2016

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Iulia Bianca 3 years ago

Both awesome!!! Looks like you've found your style on the most recent one.

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#45

One Year's Difference

One Year's Difference

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I'm listening 3 years ago

They're both fab!

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#46

Digital Painting - 1 Year Of Difference!!

Digital Painting - 1 Year Of Difference!!

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Wow! And the first was already awesome! How long did it take you to do each of these?

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#47

From Sketch To Digital Painting

From Sketch To Digital Painting

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Megan Zayat 3 years ago

I love them both! Drawn wonderfully

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2011 & 2016

2011 & 2016

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Goda Cirulytė 3 years ago

Amazing!

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2013 To 2016

2013 To 2016

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C. Wang 3 years ago

i love the graphic style of the 1(2016) one!

#50

7 Years Difference!

7 Years Difference!

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Donna Oades 3 years ago

Oh wow both of these are amazing. The second one particularly so :)

#51

2013 Vs 2015

2013 Vs 2015

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Stacey Wellington 2 years ago

That second one is breathtakingly beautiful... I mean wow... Never seen anything drawn like that before...

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#52

Changed The Ship's Windows For Other Details Through The Years.

Changed The Ship's Windows For Other Details Through The Years.

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Wow!

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2011 Vs 2015

2011 Vs 2015

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Megan Wells 2 years ago

Wow!

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2004-2015

2004-2015

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1993 & 2016

1993 & 2016

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Oh, dear Lord, they're both beautiful! But yes, the second is masterful.

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At 16 And 18 Years Old

At 16 And 18 Years Old

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#57

2012 Vs 2016

2012 Vs 2016

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Sockpuppies11 1 year ago

Wow, that is a lot of improvement!! The pictures are awesome!

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#58

6 Years Of Practice!

6 Years Of Practice!

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#59

From Sketch To Masterpiece

From Sketch To Masterpiece

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Both are fabulous!

#60

Canine Head (sketch) 12 Year Old - 15 Year Old

Canine Head (sketch) 12 Year Old - 15 Year Old

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

12 y/o lol

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1988 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

1988 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

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#62

97-14

97-14

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#63

Top = 2011 Bottom = 2016

Top = 2011 Bottom = 2016

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Wow!

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#64

2012 (charcoal Drawing Of My Aunt) Vs 2015 (pen Drawing Aunt's Marriage Photo)

2012 (charcoal Drawing Of My Aunt) Vs 2015 (pen Drawing Aunt's Marriage Photo)

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Now this is good

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#65

2013 (age 14) / 2015 (age 16)

2013 (age 14) / 2015 (age 16)

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Hey look Walter white

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#66

2013...2016

2013...2016

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I'm listening 3 years ago

Ok, you started with talent! How long did the flower take to complete? I really like them both!

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My Work From 2013 (13 Years Old) To 2016 (16 Years Old)

My Work From 2013 (13 Years Old) To 2016 (16 Years Old)

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Donna Oades 3 years ago

These are all amazing!!

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#68

Robson De Figueiredo, Brazil, 2005 - 2015

Robson De Figueiredo, Brazil, 2005 - 2015

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Mairead 3 years ago

Both are actually great!

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2012 Vs 2014

2012 Vs 2014

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#70

2013~2016 Digital Form~ball Pen Form

2013~2016 Digital Form~ball Pen Form

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

I'll be honest it's nice

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2012/2016

2012/2016

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#72

13 Years Old Vs 17 Years Old

13 Years Old Vs 17 Years Old

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I'm listening 3 years ago

So creative!!

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#73

2011 And 2016.

2011 And 2016.

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#74

My Daughter's Progress Over 7 Years

My Daughter's Progress Over 7 Years

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#75

Perfection In 3 Years (from Age 11 To 14)

Perfection In 3 Years (from Age 11 To 14)

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

That's good

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Marilyn Monroe Progression

Marilyn Monroe Progression

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Amazing What 2 Years Can Do And (hopefully) Still Improve

Amazing What 2 Years Can Do And (hopefully) Still Improve

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I'm listening 3 years ago

You have alot of talent! How many hours a week do you draw?

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2015-2016

2015-2016

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Oh no more furries

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2014 To 2016

2014 To 2016

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

I have a feeling that this person is obsessed with minecraft

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All About Figuring Out One's True Aim- Plenty Of Surprisingly Excellent Steps In Between

All About Figuring Out One's True Aim- Plenty Of Surprisingly Excellent Steps In Between

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Merrandah Whitcomb 3 years ago

Not sure how to feel about this one...

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2011 - 2016 Pencil Work

2011 - 2016 Pencil Work