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
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4 years ago

Wait, that second one is a drawing? Wow

Julia Wolfe
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4 years ago

Yes.

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Ronald Ferreira
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4 years ago

and now after the long lesson DSC_1000-5...dbd315.jpg DSC_1000-5757675dbd315.jpg

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4 years ago

Nice

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Vitória Barroso
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4 years ago

how old were you in the first drawing?

Ronald Ferreira
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4 years ago

heres my eye drawing before daral tanks five pencil method DSC_0999-5...368f37.jpg DSC_0999-5757670368f37.jpg

Marco Nero
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4 years ago

So... it took 13 years to learn how to trace a picture from a photograph?

Jo Chrisco
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4 years ago

This person can save a fortune on cameras

Liliana V
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4 years ago

But, not on time... :)

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Crystal McCallion
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4 years ago

Who is this guy? Does anyone know?

Jill Bamps
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4 years ago

José Vergara ;)

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Isabella Eads
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4 years ago

WOW

Amina Hays
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3 years ago

Holy shit, that's amazing.

Marlene
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4 years ago

Absolutely unbelievable 😲

James Harrison
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4 years ago

Wow just awesome

Velma Person
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4 years ago

Hyper-realism...amazing talent🤗

Ashley Paine
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4 years ago

holy s*** that eye is incredible! and what an adorable cncept, Im totally behind it, my daughter is an artist and I keep her best stuff, and over the years you can see the dramatic change in her skill, and whenever she feels bummed about a piece not working out the way she likes, I show her the older stuff and remind her how far she had already come :) works EVERY time

Wiktor Osłów
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4 years ago

doesn't look like this drawing has 13 years. I keep mine in folders and older ones looks... older

ramsha mirza rahman
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4 years ago

whats the software youve used here plz??

AkiDitto
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4 years ago

Most likely pencils.

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ramsha mirza rahman
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4 years ago

what software have you used for the second one plz?

Zornitsa Stefanova
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4 years ago

No way?! Good job!!!

Dolores Alvarado
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4 years ago

I wish I could draw like that.

Stephania
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4 years ago

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FAKE !!!

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#2

1970 Vs 2015

1970 Vs 2015

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Agonia Alvernaz
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4 years ago

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

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#3

Age 6 Vs Age 26

Age 6 Vs Age 26

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YaYa!
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4 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
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4 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
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4 years ago

Amazing!

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#6

From 2013-2015

From 2013-2015

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Peter Emerson
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4 years ago

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I like the first one better , it has more ... Personality ?

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Age 16 Vs Age 23

Age 16 Vs Age 23

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Victoria Jolley
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4 years ago

i Love the second picture!!!

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#8

2008 (3 Hours) Vs 2015 (15 Minutes)

2008 (3 Hours) Vs 2015 (15 Minutes)

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Lindsey Lohnes
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4 years ago

To be fair the original looks pretty damn good too

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#9

2013 Vs 2014

2013 Vs 2014

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Indian Lover
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4 years ago

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

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#10

1970 Vs 2015

1970 Vs 2015

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Adhil Naga
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4 years ago

How old are you?

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2005 And 2016

2005 And 2016

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humansmagic
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4 years ago

wow

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#12

2003 Vs 2015

2003 Vs 2015

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Tom
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4 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
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4 years ago

stunning!

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#14

2005 - 2015

2005 - 2015

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Leonardo Martín Rivadeneira
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4 years ago

Wow!!! Those colours are amazing!

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#15

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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4 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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#16

2001 -2015

2001 -2015

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Tom
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4 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
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4 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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Valdis Ozols
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4 years ago

I love how perspective changes

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#19

5 Years Between Ferrari F1 Car Drawings

5 Years Between Ferrari F1 Car Drawings

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Vanessa
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4 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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#20

Fantine 2013 Vs 2014

Fantine 2013 Vs 2014

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I'm listening
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4 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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Nash Nopper
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4 years ago

WOW!

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#22

2000 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

2000 Vs. 2016 Pencil Work

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Heather Crowe
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4 years ago

Both are lovely

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#23

2013 Age 11 Vs 2016 Age 13

2013 Age 11 Vs 2016 Age 13

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Sunniva Jønsson
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4 years ago

Cool dragon

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#24

Aged 15 To Aged 18

Aged 15 To Aged 18

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Dora Kalnai
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4 years ago

Motivation changed ????

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#25

2014 Vs 2016

2014 Vs 2016

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Sara Jane
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4 years ago

wow !

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#26

Woodburning 2009 Vs 2014

Woodburning 2009 Vs 2014

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Philip Atkins
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4 years ago

WHOA, that is Gorgeous work

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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
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4 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
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4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#29

Progress Over 13 Years.

Progress Over 13 Years.

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Philip Atkins
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4 years ago

This is absolutely stunning

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#30

:)

:)

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I'm listening
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4 years ago

Amazing... just 3 years?!

#31

Three Years!

Three Years!

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Ronja Rövardotter
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4 years ago

I really like your technique. It is unique. Nothing like what I have seen so far. Well done! ;)

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#32

July 2015 Vs May 2016

July 2015 Vs May 2016

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MeepMeepImAJeep
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4 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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Art of Galom
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4 years ago

well caught the shine of the horse grooming

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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
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4 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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I'm listening
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4 years ago

Both great! But the 2nd on is so original!

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#36

Progress

Progress

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4 years ago

Wow!

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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
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4 years ago

i love the comical style of the first drawing!!

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#38

Red Sonja

Red Sonja

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Sass Lord
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4 years ago

Her stomach in the first one though

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#39

Slender Grumpy Lisa

Slender Grumpy Lisa

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Lea Kobal
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4 years ago

That just made my day. It's awesome x)

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#40

Panda

Panda

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4 years ago

my mistake, the new one is 17 years old

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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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Chelsea Henson
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4 years ago

Wow!

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#42

2010 Vs. 2016

2010 Vs. 2016

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4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#43

Paleoart From 2007 And 2016

Paleoart From 2007 And 2016

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Sara Jane
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 years ago

I love them both! Drawn wonderfully

#48

2011 & 2016

2011 & 2016

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Goda Cirulytė
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4 years ago

Amazing!

#49

2013 To 2016

2013 To 2016

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C. Wang
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4 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
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4 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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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

These are both GORGEOUS :oD

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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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4 years ago

Wow!

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2011 Vs 2015

2011 Vs 2015

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2004-2015

2004-2015

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1993 & 2016

1993 & 2016

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4 years ago

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

#56

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
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3 years ago

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

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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
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4 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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4 years ago

So much expression in the second one's face!

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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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4 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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Stacey Wellington
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4 years ago

That is insanely good and so realistic <3 My god, I hope to one day be able to draw like that!

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#65

2013 (age 14) / 2015 (age 16)

2013 (age 14) / 2015 (age 16)

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FAKENAME FAKENAME
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4 years ago

Hey look Walter white

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#66

2013...2016

2013...2016

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4 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)