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    Unhappy am i too far behind the competition?

    hey, i am 17 and i love to draw, but im not especially good. i draw and try to get better, but i dont seem to be getting anywhere. i havent been drawing all my life like most of the others that i see and all the people that go to art center colleges. am i totally out of luck because i started when i was 16?
    thank in advance


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    No, you are not out of luck.

    You are in luck because you have found a site where people will help you to improve, if you will let them, and if you are serious about it and prepared to work at it.

    Start a sketchbook, post some work, and let people see what you are doing currently.

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    16 is not too late to start. In fact, it's still a pretty early start.

    And yeah: stick around CA and learn.

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    Artists really only hit their peak at 30-50. It's not like gymnastics, art just builds and builds.

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    It's never too late to pick up a pencil, this stuff is based on experience - which you gain over time regardless of what your age is. If you are enthusiastic about what you do, and strive to learn - then you are in the perfect spot to push. Are you stagnating? Hard to say, a lot of us can't see our own improvement until much later in the game. None the less, this is the place to be, whether it's for critiques, general tips, or inspiration.

    I'd like to say one thing though that I wish I'd heard way back in the beginning: Don't compare to other artists. Learn from them, but don't base YOUR learning off of THEIR capabilities. We can only draw as ourselves.... because that's who we are

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    are you kidding? you're 17! you've got your whole LIFE to draw!
    i didnt start really taking art seriously until i was 16 or 17 either.

    post some stuff, get some critique, and get better. you'll be fine.

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    17? too late.
    sorry better luck in the next life.

    but really art isnt a fickle mistress. she doesnt care how old you are, she merely demands your passion and commitment.

    ...and she's great in bed.

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    So, you've gotten a pretty resounding and unanimous answer.
    Now lets see some work.

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    what the hell u think we were gonna say? ur 17 its too late give up... jesus christ

    whats up with kids these days? them and their rap music

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    Hi Fezbo!
    Draw as much as you can and enjoy it!
    There is no competition drawing is about how much you love what you do!
    Draw because you love doing it.
    Buy a sketchbook, fill it, buy another one and start having fun again. Post your stuff get critics.

    You want to start studying something about drawing
    buy something from vilppu for example:

    http://www.vilppustudio.com/

    People around here can tell you about plenty of other wonderful resources

    if you get tired of studying refresh your mind by drawing your stuff or emulating people that you like. Have fun
    good luck!
    and sure you are not late

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    I think it is the perfect time! If you really love to draw and you want to get better, just start now!!!

    Good luck!

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    LOL I love everyones responses! I agree with what everyone says
    Keep drawing... And keep painting!

    My Sketchbook Critiques please!

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    Now if only people would stop asking the same questions....

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    I still say there should be a sticky with common questions like this.

    Something like:

    Having doubts about your abilities? READ THIS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fezbo View Post
    hey, i am 17 and i love to draw, but im not especially good. i draw and try to get better, but i dont seem to be getting anywhere. i havent been drawing all my life like most of the others that i see and all the people that go to art center colleges. am i totally out of luck because i started when i was 16?
    thank in advance
    I've linked this before but I'll do it again.

    http://www.jasonchanart.com/gallery/2000/

    These are Jason Chan's works when he was 17-18 years old. You know where he is now? Well, I don't know but a little birdie told me he's working in Massive Black.

    We're not in the mixed martial arts fighting business, here. Just continue.

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