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    Hello im new to CA and i have a problem ive been drawing for little more than 6 months and i feel that ive not made as much progress as i wanted to and when i look at other peoples work it depresses me a bit im drawing almost everyday and i have to ask is my progress good for someone who started drawing only 6 months ago?

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    Yes, you're doing fine! Stop worrying, you're only 17. Keep at it, it's a fine age to start. Just draw draw draw!

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    You haven't been drawing very long; don't be so hard on yourself. Remember that everyone learns at their own pace depending on their age, experience, situation, genetics, etc. Rather than negatively comparing yourself to people that appear to be learning faster, learn from their example. Look at what they're doing to improve themselves or ask them what helped them the most. Stressing yourself out over not learning fast enough can do more harm than good; stay positive and keep drawing.

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    Some people take longer but learn better. It doesn't matter how it works for anyone else. Concentrate on your own learning. Don't rush it learn everything you can from it. Making your basics solid early on will build a fundation that will help you the rest of your artistic life.

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    Thank you for the advice !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobitt View Post
    i feel that ive not made as much progress as i wanted to and when i look at other peoples work it depresses me a bit
    Don't compare your skill to other people. Compare your skill now with your skill half a year ago. If it improved, then you are doing it right, give yourself a pat on the back.

    Comparing your work to others is only going to make you envious. There will always be people who do certain things better than you. To get a use out of that, instead of thinking "wah, this guy is so much better than me" think "now, what can I learn from the way this guy does his trick?"

    (Tip: Do try to write with proper capitals and punctuation. It's easier to read and does not make you look as if you don't care.)

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    Hey man, it's cool. Just push through dude. Eventually, you will hit this point, where you fall in love. Don't compare so much, you are only learning, if you do compare, do what arenhaus said, don't be envious, (which I am also guilty of at times, I'm sure we all are) and try to learn from others. You'll be fine, as long as you don't quit. Do not ever quit. I've just recently "fallen back in love" with my art, and it feels so good. Also, try to be humble, it helps, put your ego away, and you will learn so much about yourself, what you know, and how to improve.

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    Let's get this out the way.

    You suck (don't even have to see your work to confirm it).

    By next year, you may suck less, and even more so the next.

    In about ten years, you may become...adequate.

    Ten more and you're maybe decent.

    Jump ahead 30 years and you may be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmenSpirits View Post
    Let's get this out the way.

    You suck (don't even have to see your work to confirm it).

    By next year, you may suck less, and even more so the next.

    In about ten years, you may become...adequate.

    Ten more and you're maybe decent.

    Jump ahead 30 years and you may be good.
    But to you you will sound like your own voice on a tape recorder.

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    I been at it for three years, and I'm still a beginner.

    Calm down.

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    i have found structured tutoring has helped a huge amount, if your near a atelier or studio that trains artist it would be invaluable to you. This is easier said than done though

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    But to you you will sound like your own voice on a tape recorder.
    Tape recorder?

    Nah, nah, Recordable 8-track!



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    Quote Originally Posted by OmenSpirits View Post
    Tape recorder?

    Nah, nah, Recordable 8-track!

    JeffX99 is from the days of wax rolls...

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    Ha! You guys are funny...don't make me stop this wagon!

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    Don't stop the wagon JeffX99, we are near Oregon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
    Don't stop the wagon JeffX99, we are near Oregon.
    I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more?

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    Well, this thread is certainly making progress... Though where it's going is anyone's guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffx99 View Post
    ha! You guys are funny...don't make me stop this wagon!
    don't rile the horses!

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