Even More Practice Makes Perfect

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The importance of practice and perseverance to an artist’s improvement are again highlighted superbly by the now popular annual progress charts, showing once again that practice makes perfect.

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The 2000-2012 template for any artist here interested in making their own:

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See also the previous post for more such encouraging examples of artistic progress.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 01/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    so uhm... where are the hentai practice through the years versions ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I have a folder full of bad anatomy hentai accumulated over the years. And of course a stash of "anatomy practice~"

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @01:21 The pages are all sticking together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it possible to fap to this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 01/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    so the lesson here is just draw one pic a year and in ten years you will be drawing to the highest standard????

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You DO realize these charts don't show ALL the pictures these artists drew over the years, right?

    ...or was that just a clumsy attempt to be funny?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You DO realise your sense of humour sucks?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, I'm sorry. I guess four question marks should have tipped me off that this was ROFL LOLZBURGERS instead of poorly delivered "sarcasm".

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    stfu u just suck

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 15/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    U SUCK TOO. U CANT DRAW SHIT FOR BALLZ TITTITSTISTISTTTITTTTTSS

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 16/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL.....haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 03/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Damn the SICK BURNZ NEVAR END

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'll tell you what you don't realize. Sarcasm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 01/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In some pictures, they reached the max level already so they stop evolving

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    Comment by Phaeton99
    01:27 01/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I would argue that these may be as much "better reference for imitation makes perfect" — but that would sound to much like an harsh accusation for what is the usual way things go for artists of all kinds. (^ω^)

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    Comment by Hayate
    12:41 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    'practice makes perfect'?
    no, it makes u better

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This just makes me depressed that i didn't start practicing earlier on in my life when I had time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah me too.... my hobby as a kid was drawing then as I grew up I ended up losing interest in it. Then I discovered anime, then I suddenly wanted to draw again but then I could only draw grotesque things, depressing... =<

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    Comment by SK
    08:24 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's the amazing thing about art; it's never too late to just pick up a pencil (or digitizer pen) and start practicing. It's not like athletics, where getting into it too late means you've missed out on your prime and will probably never go professional; an artist of any age can do just as well as any other, if they only have the creativity and the dedication.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's... nonsense really.. the thing is if your growing up you tend to do, no make it required to do many things just to LIVE aka JOB.

    Work, work, work... and even more work. By the time you get your day-offs, you're just too stressed out to do anything at all.

    I guess one can start dabbling into art once they reach retirement age, maybe around 60+ but by that time, they're ought to die in a few more years because of heart attack or some random cancer..

    Life is just so depressing for people without talent.

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    Comment by Sly
    03:19 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it's not just their drawing have improved but also their style especially the form of the artwork.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    004 actually drew better in the early 2000s than he does now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glad I'm not the only one who noticed that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Take a closer look, the artist didn't degrade. It's just a change in style. From realistic to gag-styled manga.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    01:13 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Say what you want about the 'hobbyists' of today, for they may be the very ones powering the anime industry of tomorrow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Very true. People who are driven by passion should be in charge, not bean-counters. Everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You'd be surprised. A lot of those bean counters WERE people with passion. In the end, making money supersedes the things you're passionate about...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People who have both skill and passion would rather not waste on a management job, even is the pay is higher.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    02:56 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't make it sound so evil to do that. Shit happens, babies, marriages, bills, etc. Not everyone can pursue their dream, and no one dreams about doing the jobs society needs to function. At the end of the day we could probably do without artists for at least a while and survive, but with no bean counters we wouldn't have much of an economy to speak of.

    As far as this goes, some of these changes are very dramatic. This would be a great thing to show to aspiring artists--hell, when I was in middle school I was in the art track, but when I moved I dropped it so my drawing never improved that much. Maybe if I'd stuck with it I'd be as good as these guys are today. I certainly started out better than some of them lol.

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    Comment by madao
    13:53 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahhh... that's nice, even hobbyist have an industry to look forward to. in my country animation/comics/etc are practically dead. So not just hobbyists but even us in art schools who are trying to make it into a profession won't have an industry to look forward too. So all the students just take film/video as their major, cuz indie films are the fad these days. and the cycle goes on and on. so yeah everyone ends up being free lance and doing indie comics etc
    so everyone becomes a madao
    animation/character design will turn you into a madao
    everyone is now a madao
    madao madao madao madao madao madao madao
    madao madao madao madao madao madao madao

    But, If you wan't to be a man !! be a MADAO !!!

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    Comment by Phaeton99
    01:28 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And so, the circle of life continues....

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Practice makes perfect... except some of these people have been consistently proficient, and some of these people seem to make magical leaps in skill. Granted there are a lot showing steady progress through the years. Just a few I have a problem with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Re: Pic #52...
    Wow! How old was that person 12 years ago?? lol!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best post I've seen on Sankaku Complex in many many months. ^_^ Thanks.

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    Comment by Karusan
    15:30 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the charts make as strong a case for Talent as for Practice. Good in 2003 = better in 2012, but sucked in 2003 = just sucks less in 2012. ;)

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    Comment by Kohaku
    22:25 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it bad I don't recognize 90% of the characters/series in there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    one prime example of this is Masakazu Katsura of Zetman fame and Ogure Itoh(Air Gear).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:00 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since last August, when I found the previous article about this, I also tried. You can see how I progress since. I've never drawn before that time.

    h ttp://bit.ly/H5EFge

    Was surprise about the results :p will be uploading Progress 5 soon (I lacked motivation so it was on hold for a time)

    So give a try! (need feedback on my sucky drawing skill)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    People don't realize that the great artist are the ones who don't stop drawing AND studying. You can draw all the time but if your not learning anything new while you draw then you've been doing jack shit that whole time.

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    Comment by Fran
    19:14 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are really inspiring, but I feel some of these are a bit bad examples, because the choice of some drawings vary too much.
    For example the artists who draw normal-style colored anime, but suddenly you see a gag-style doodle at the end...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even more reasons the to make me think how talentless I am. These progress charts discourages me to improve the little drawing ability I have.. or maybe it's just because I'm not japanese.

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    Comment by Nandeitemei
    06:38 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is inspiring, i too should be practicing more. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A pity the artists' names weren't added with the images... very much a case of NEED MOAR!

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    01:12 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    its great to see how every artists' style differs and the history to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:42 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    for a second i thought Sankaku is under attack from Pivix. now that i think about it..they improve so much! been wondering what i have being doing with life..i could have end up like them.. sigh

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It took them 10 years to get good! That's too long.

    I don't want to wait 10 years until I can draw something presentable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of the first arts look better than anything I've ever made.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 02/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The most fascinating sequences are when they start out very childlike & then progress almost to the level of an illustrator. They're clearly starting as children of 5 or so & by age 15 look like committed art students. That's a clear example of someone with raw talent. Average people don't progress nearly as far. It would be interesting to see another 15 yrs. of development as 30 somethings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can really see how these people have changed together with their drawings. Like the one who started by drawing pokemon in gradeschool and turned to moe characters by late elementary/early middle school.

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    04:23 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perfection = Priceless prize for artists who shoved their middle fingers to the entity called "Pessimism" that would leaded them to giving up after a few days of holding the pencil, and instead choose to hug and embrace the thing named "Effort".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 01/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's discouraging is that these people have more talent than me when they barely started drawing.

    I will never be good at drawing ;_;





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