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Improvement meme 13 YEARS OF ART by Suzanne-Helmigh Improvement meme 13 YEARS OF ART by Suzanne-Helmigh
I keep updating this every year. it's funny to look back at this.

Thanks for all the comments! I will do my best to reply to most of them, even if it sometimes takes a while, reading these always cheers me up a lot! :D

I stream on behalf of Adobe on their Twitch channel:  www.twitch.tv/adobe
But also on my own channel!:  www.twitch.tv/suzanne_helmigh

Here you will find more on my Illustrated novel project Caldyra: www.caldyra.com/

I'm there for feedback and questions! :D Let's grow together!
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Jasinai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this! This is very nice motivation to go on and practice and never give up to work on one's skills!  :)  Sometimes I feel like I am a bit stuck with no improvement in my illustration skills because there is so little time to work on personal projects. There are other skills then, like 3D and texturing which are growing. Feels a bit like following one path, then another one, switching back and I am not sure where it is leading me. But this collection remembers me about just keeping on!
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wanda-panda Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
how does it possible to make such progrees between 19 years old and 20 years old ? ;o it just jumping a hole, not make a tiny steps ;oo
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
inspiring for sure!!! I have a question: did you go to an art school?? I've seen a lot of great concept artists come from unis in the netherlands so I was just curious :P thanks for sharing!!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Art school didn't accept me at that time actually XD
I got so angry with myself, that it stirred a motivational fire within me.
Enough to have me become so productive and spongelike to get better in a fast and short amount of time.
It has been going ever since :) So yeah, I'm completely self-taught.

Funny enough, that same artschool offered me an interview for a teaching position about 3 years after my declined student application. :P XD silly right?!
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing!! It's really cool to read about highly motivated artists such as yourself! I know a lot of aspiring artists put a huge emphasis on art schools and base their own value and skill on whether or not they get in, but it's cool to see how you turned the rejection into a positive!! That's also interesting about the teaching position haha! Thanks again!!
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CindyTheKitty-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH! This is REALLY cool! I love your art! I think I'll keep practicing and see if I can get as good as you!
Anyway, great job! I'd LOVE to see more!!!!When you saw mama red eyes :D (Big Grin) Clap La la la la :happybounce: Nod Love I am a dummy! 
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely amazing.  I could do some of this, though I don't think I have anything going back more than to 2008 or 2009.
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LoLo-is-SeaDoo-ing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   Digital Artist
It's one hell of an improvement over 13 years!! So inspiring! :D
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing ! You're progressing so fast ! Best wishes for 2017 miss Suzanne ! :D
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Sephellone Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of magic happened between 2009 and 2010?)))
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
Have a Happy New Year!
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crescero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016   Digital Artist
Inspiring!
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ladyAristes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Awesome progress :) Keep going! 
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janfon1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is always so fascinating to see a professional artist's first steps from way back then. Gives a man a sense of progression, how we all started from the basic drawings and wacky people until reaching realism and making our own style.
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XG912 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I think my style can relate to your 2009 progress. I am familiar with facial structures but I'm not that well with anatomy. I know I can do more to improve my shading but I coward away and believe my works are finished. My gallery is full of practices of pixel art, and I believe so far, pixel art is helping me to improve my coloring skills. Not saying it's a legit method try but, I am noticing that I tend to add extra with my non pixel art.
Emoji06 
Your message at the end was very inspiring Suzanne-Helmigh, thanks for the encouragement.  Painter 
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Fedodika Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's cool but... Can ya do a backflip on a trampoline? ;P
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ChIandra4U Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016   General Artist
Superb ! 
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You give me hope.
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MassacreArts Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're an amazing artist, all the powa to ya ;)!
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GarnetDawn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's inspiring! I hope i can improve when i grow up like you did <3
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Luminaara Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at the stuff you did when you were my age (18) and at the glorious stuff you do now gives me so much hope! I wonder how good I will be once I am your age? Meow :3 Heart 
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Ironysince1997 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so inspiring! A lot of times I get really intimidated by some of the wonderful art I see published here, and it's really encouraging to see things like this that reinforce that art takes years to improve. :). Love your work!
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Messalita Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really nice *0*
and what a great improvement from 2009-2010 *shocked*
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FlyingPengu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAMN What happened when you were 20??? Dude, you legit ate radioactive mushrooms or something! XDDD
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MALTUZ17 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
I like yu work Su, beatifull....
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Zoltan86 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Very inspiring! :O
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ArkiArkt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The improvment from 19 to 20 was massive, was thier anything in particular you started to do that year that helped im 18 and about at that level just wondering what i can do to improve, already drawing as much as i can, and im going to start doing studies soon.
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makisan2607 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi!
Your updating every year help me a lot.
I love Digital Art so much, I want start to study digital painting.
But i don't know how to start, what i need?
So I hope Can you tell me what I need to prepare for study without a teacher?
your reply so very meanful for me. 
Thanks a lot.
p/s: sorry my english not good.
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this. It good to see an experienced artist show there novice artwork to show that it is possible to get better. Thank you for showing this. It has truly inspired me to aim for my dream of becoming a concept artist.
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Wow! That's some journey you've been on!
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Baalto Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your old work. It's so amazing to see how you get better and better. Would you say your first freelance jobs helped you a lot?
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! Yeah most certainly! Those first freelance jobs just got em do a lot go groundwork.
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Baalto Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Were you well-paid or did you took the jobs for improvement? (It's ok if you cannot answer) I had last year my first (and last for now) freelance job and got 20€ for a postcard-sized digital painting, which was printed in a pen&paper journal. However, I hope we'll see lot of great artworks ^_^ Keep it up!
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Egxe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
great progress looks like something clicked at age 20
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So inspirational ... ;-; =D
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seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i probably would be as far as 2007 with this xD really inspirational though <3 i want to become a concept artist as well but for board games and cardgames and such x3 let this year be a good art year ^^
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so inspiring.
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
I'm so glad you are making your love of art available like this to others. Simply wonderful. I've caught a few TWITCH streams, and it is delightful how you professionally handle the weirdos and really answer the serious and sometimes humorous questions. I delight in how you look at something and see something that no one else (yet) sees. Keep up the good work.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D Thats super nice to hear!.
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I've had my fair share of weirdo's over the year :P So I'm used to it. 
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow you've gotten so much better! Amazing :). Nice to see how your art got better and better! I wish you a creative 2016 :)!
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CritterUnknown Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Artist
This is inspiring. :) What's going on in that last strip? First frame? Blood bending? Is this concept art for an avatar...anything? :P
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes thats blood bending. Was for Pathfinder, a roleplaying game.
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CritterUnknown Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Artist
Very cool
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:iconhellbat:
hellbat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Wow!  That's quite a massive improvement.
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:iconneophobica:
neophobica Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man your improvement is really great :) Hope I will get there too one day!
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:iconellestrix:
ellestrix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student General Artist
I think I saw some Assassin's Creed stuff in there...  my opinion of you just skyrocketed ^^
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that's inspiring!
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Anti-Matter086 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
"want to art just like me? you too can do it in an affordable and simple 12 years worth of steps! it's that easy!"
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MN-DVNT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Like everyone else said, that jump from '09-'10 is insane! Also, think you could tell me a little bit more about Caldyra?

Love progress charts like these :) gives me hope that I could become good at art one day too if I just started trying! But I just shrug it off and say commissioning is just better for me haha. Get an automatic second opinion on your idea that way too! Anyway, cool stuff. Happy New Year! 
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ghostofdestruction Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015   Digital Artist
ik hoop veel te verbeteren ( liefst dat ik goed genoeg wordt om professioneel ermee iets te doen) dit jaar. heb nogal moeite om mezelf te motiveren. schema's werken niet echt :/  ik begin er moeilijk aan en geef snel op :/ 
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