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    Post your before --> and after conceptart.org artwork

    This thread is about showing off our progress we're all proud of. Post multiple drawings, but try to keep it in one post. Update as necessary.

    Post a piece of your artwork before conceptart.org or near when you first started posting here, then a more recent piece or two that you are proud of to show your progress...maybe kind people will share critiques and we could help each other improve even further too, who knows...

    Here's mine, i may update as i see necessary:

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    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
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    There are a few retrospective threads floating around in the murky depths of ca but I'll bite on this one Good timing too since even though I've been on ca for over 2 years, it's 2 years this month I started my SB. I'll start counting time from that point I guess.


    Sketches from '06 years ago (in all seriousness, even though they're far from complete that's the best I could do with imagined faces and anatomy):


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    Sketches now (2009):

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    Finished pieces from '06 (the first one was never technically finished except I guess for the main figure's face and the sky/clouds which I thought was done):

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    Finished pieces now (2009):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post

    Sketches from 2 years ago (in all seriousness, even though they're far from complete that's the best I could do with imagined faces and anatomy):
    Awesome progress. it's like night and day, i've seen your sketchbook several times but didn't realise how far you've come. Great work.

    I'll post some comparisons soon, i didn't want to post right away because i didn't want it to seem like i made the thread just so i could show off. Plus i'm at work at the moment and should probably do that when i get home...

    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
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    Great thread idea! It's so encouraging to look at your own progress and improvements. Honestly, us artists don't do it enough!

    Jason, I'm in awe at your improvement. Seriously, you deserve one hell of a pat on the back! I only hope I can make such great progress in only 2 years.

    I'm going to bed now, but I'll post some of mine tomorrow. Then I will hopefully be done with a painting I've been working on (for way too long), so I can compare it with my older painty work.

    Looking forward to see more pics from others, bring it!

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    Well, just too put down the bars, I started out here over 3 years ago already *shudder* that's from the first post on my SB:
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    (Awesome! I recall that monster drawing FROM MEMORY! Still damn proud of that.)

    And my first digital, with Photoshop:
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    Now, my output isn't as much of an improvement as other guys but at least I'm still in the game, seen a lot of people giving up on the way already. Whatever, this is the stuff I'm cranking out now:

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    And, of course the digis nowadays, only that I'm stuck with GIMP to do the trick. But it's all the same, right?

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    Hmmm had I slacked around less than this would be my 2-year mark also, I guess. But I got life-experience

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    Still got a way left to Rainville level. Damn, man, good show!


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    oh boy, nothing says fun like a little public humiliation. what the heck, might as well.

    4.5 years ago or so, right around the time I started posting here

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    about half a year ago
    the resemblance to previous pic is accidental, I haven't seen it in years when I painted the other one.
    must've had the mental image stuck in my brain somewhere..




    I should have painted a lot more.

    here's a couple others that are more recent

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    First 2 are some more recent ones, last is from... Feb of 2004 I think. Didn't improve quite as much as I'd wanted... (@Jason in the post below, 4 years is a really long time!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin. View Post
    Didn't improve quite as much as I'd wanted...
    As if.

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    Wasp

    Funny, I was digging around my old hard drive and this thread comes up. Well, i found out that I actually used to draw worse than i do now, didn't think that was actually possible. Here's a few head/environment comparisions. Laugh it up.

    Circa 2006, before i started lurking here.. (I can't believe it was that recent):
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    I can't believed i just shared that with you guys. Now the rest of you, own up! Now seriously, you guys made awesome progress. Lets hope we never regress into that.

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    Hmm... T-dome 5: "Redesign a Classic Game Character" circa mid-2003. It was the first time I'd used Painter. Somehow I got it stuck on the eraser "brush" and proceeded to do the entire painting with it (not. fun).

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    (ex) CHOW 118: D&D 4th Ed. Cover (2008)

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    My color learning got put on hold to get mah edumahkashun in comics. Too much time spent furiously putting out pages of pencils and sometimes inks. Then the Chair wouldn't let me take the color class b/c he thought I knew everything the coloring prof would have taught me. :/ Oh well, I make up for it now!

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    Awesome progress guys, I already posted this image in the "one year of conceptart.org" but it fits this thread even better!

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    awesome thread, always love looking at someone's progress!

    so, when I just joined CA:
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    I guess I can post speedpaintings. All done between hour and two hours. I think what also improved is variety of subjects and I finally started doing more detailed finished art.

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    This is like one of those weight loss commercials, except that CA.org really works.

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    im a while longer here than 2005 but I can`t seem to find older pictures...

    so here is my first sketchbook post from 2005
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    Ok, this is gonna be embarrassing heh... My first photoshop dundundundundundun... THE SORCERESS!!! (eep!)

    and last chow

    EDIT: oh, I've been here for about a year and a half or so, this THING is back from about 2004...

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    Been around here for 4 years or so now. Cant find any work from before I got here, but can find one of my first pieces here and my more recent:

    Before (sorta). Too reliant on references, color understanding not as great. Stiff boring ass pose.

    Now. More painterly and loose, more movement and well, This one diddent take me long at all, compared to the before which probably took me a good week or so back then.

    Also, conceptart.org did not just change my way of thinking towards art, but also my attitude. Looking back, I think I was an immature little, hey look at me I can copy a photo, arent I great kinda guy. While now I feel im more down to earth and a lot more mature with the way I am here and in RL. Thanks CA!

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Quote Originally Posted by Justin. View Post
First 2 are some more recent ones, last is from... Feb of 2004 I think. Didn't improve quite as much as I'd wanted... (@Jason in the post below, 4 years is a really long time!)
PwNAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Well I only joined in May 08 and I’ve noticed a big improvement. Just give me a couple of more months...

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    WOW, people! Some vast improvements being shown in this excellent thread!

    I guess I gotta do this, too. First piece is from 2002. Pencil and a background via Photoshop. Second, my second attempt to work mostly in Photoshop.

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    Now, a CHOW (#99, I believe); a piece (in Painter), from this past spring and the most recent Photoshop piece. I hope I've made improvements!

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    Well... I still suck.

    (sketch from '04 and painting from '07. I need to photograph my paintings from this year...sometime I will)

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    brilliant idea for a topic
    i'll have to post when i get home. dont have anything here at work.

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    Here is Under Construction V from 1/30/05. I joined in July 2006.
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    Here is my most recent landscape. I haven't decided whether I am improving any.
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    Blue! I remember the process for the second one, glad to see it turned out nice cool progress

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    cool topic. Sadly I don't have any of my non-digital work on my computer. I know it's around on a zip drive somewhere.

    I found CA around June 2005. Up until that point I used oils and didn't really believe in the quality of digital programs. That changed over the course of the summer and by December I got a Mac for Christmas and started playing around.

    Here's my first attempt at Painter. Then one of my first paintings (of the band the Go! Team, done more in my editorial style), then the piece that I'm currently working on this week. (Still unfinished.)

    Sooo, 3 years so far.

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    not much old stuff around, I wouldn't inflict it on any one

    heres 2 versions of a pic, 2 months appear.

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    I tried to pick a few pieces that more or less indicated what I would have done if I could and put them back to back.

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