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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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