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Shameful Progression Meme by mleiv Shameful Progression Meme by mleiv
Update: Thank you SO MUCH for the DD! Yay, more people to point and snicker! (No, really, thank you! I am truly flattered, even if it does make me laugh.)

CORRECTIONS:
* 1984 should be 1981.
* The little b&w comic strip panel in 1997 belongs in 1994.

Okay, so here it is in all its shameful glory: my life in art. It is not so simple and elegant as its competitors on dA, but that is largely because I am so old and there were a lot of years to cover. Row One comprises all of grade school, high school, and a few years in college. Yes, I am reaching for my walker as I write this, ha!

I think the most awful part of doing this was not the seeing how shamefully bad I was back then (which I was), but rather seeing how good I was more than a decade ago and how shamefully little I've progressed in that time. *sigh* I was hoping for more wretchedly bad stuff so I could pat myself on the back for how far I've come. :/

Also, having read some of my awful, awful writing as I scanned in all the images from my childhood, may I say that I definitely did not miss my calling as a writer. Oh yes, indeed, it was all terrible. I don't have any teenage musings saved from which I could read at the various coffee shop embarrass-yourself public journal-sharing nights, but I think a few paragraphs from one of my romantic fiction stories would pretty much steal the show for absolute, cringing, turn your face from the horror, shame. And no, I won't be sharing any of it with y'all. Oh god no. I am going to drink heavily all week and try to forget it all. :P

Also, since 99% of this stuff is already up on my long-enduring website (holding true to its function as the timeline of my life for the last 15 years), I think I will only post this here. And maybe delete it. Like in five minutes. From the shame and the feeling old and all that. Oh god.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-03-08
Shameful Progression Meme by *mleiv. We see a lot of progression memes here on DA, but with over thirty years of art on display mleiv's so-called shameful progress report is stunning. After a while you stop tracking the dates and just lose yourself in the flow of art and style as she gets better and better. The perfect DD for today's International Women's Day celebrations! ( Suggested by yolen and Featured by fourteenthstar )
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Sketchyanimeluver Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great improvement! I have a question, what program did u use to make this meme? 
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Sora108 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   General Artist
Very Meaningful .. your art works were really a treasure for so long...
I really admire your passion ... :love:
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Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I like your improvement meme maybe most of ALL!
Simply because it tracks your ability from the very beginning, to the present. Sometimes when looking at the art of DA's great artists you forget they started small too.
And there's nothing to be ashamed of :) nobody starts at high level right away, I have the same feeling when looking at MY old drawings, and will probably have the same feeling in the future when I dig up the stuff I have been making in these days...!

But I love how it gradually improves, very nice summary!
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mleiv Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
It is weird seeing where some of the leaps occurred - not where I expected. The years where I drew a ton of stuff, not so much. The years where I hardly had time to draw at all: big leaps. It's not supposed to work that way, dammit! Although I guess in the years of plentiful art I was learning how to do it faster and more consistently, and the other years, I was still THINKING about it all the time... Hrmph!
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Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Yea, I think you're right.
I haven't uploaded anything in ages (except for photos, but they don't count when practicing DRAWING. Lol) and I draw much less than I used to, still I have somehow gotten better... uhm...!

I guess it's the time when you draw less when your brain can get a rest and contemplate all the things you have learnt and done before. After all, I bet you still keep thinking about art and the best way to draw/paint things. :)
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Drawer-Y Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! :O I hope I'll be almost as good as you one day!
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mleiv Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Aw, thank you! I think it is a huge step just understanding that it is a skill that you acquire with lots of work and not some magical fairy gift bestowed at birth. So you've got a head start on everyone else your age there. Anyone can do this, and better, if they put in the hours.
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Drawer-Y Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, definitely a lot of hard work and time! :) That's what makes it fun. XD :D
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LovelyLittleLime Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see BOWIE! <3
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mleiv Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
I need to do more Labyrinth fan art. I could watch that show a million times and never get tired of him cavorting around in tights. ^^
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LovelyLittleLime Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You need to meet my friend. She is in love with DB.
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NefariousDrO Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I'm astonished that you'd call this a shameful progression. To be sure, you've certainly improved in your style and creativity, but the skill you show quite early on is very impressive. I've seen many cartoonists who never really learned to draw or paint realistically, but learning the skills necessary for that really improves one's ability to know when and how to break with realism for cartooning and caricatures. I'm very very impressed.
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Bookaddict209 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
ENJOY PUNY HUMAN YULTIDE SEASON
i'm so saying that from now on
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mleiv Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
:D Perfect seasonal greetings!
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LynLinz Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yah for FireFly also :)
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akaRoger Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Really a fun and interesting idea with some fun and impressive works!
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you! :)
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SomeCallMeWeird Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I like the last one. :)
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thanks! I always struggle to think up ideas for holiday cards. 2010 was a very last minute, desperate idea. I thought it would turn out awful and I'd have to go buy cards instead, but nope, it's my favorite so far! :D Yay, artistic serendipity!
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
You drew all of the major Babylon 5 characters...I am morally compelled to favourite this.
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Why is there not more B-5 fan art? Lyta alone deserves whole swaths of the internet devoted to her. I was watching season 4 last week and the bit where Garibaldi says she is a good liar and she throws a fit and claims she is going to sue someone - it was so brilliant. God, I miss that show!
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Ha ha, the rescue of Sheridan! The cast contained some of the best actors, ever. Bruce Boxleitner (TRON!), Peter Jurasik, Claudia Christian, and last but most decidedly not least: Andreas Katsulas (rest in peace).

I grew up with the show. I was supremely pissed when TNT decided to cancel Crusade before it got off the ground...they pulled a Fox/Firefly right there. I am also quite fond of JMS sticking with Newtonian physics for the traditionally-propelled vessels.
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Teitei2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student
hahaha! I love this! it's so incredibly inspiering! I hope to- 30 years later- create a Meme like this. :D
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you! And in 30 years, you will be AMAZING. I will be very jealous.
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my goodness, I'm so happy for you, my friend!!!! :love: you deserve every DD that hasd come your way!!! :love:
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Awww, thank you! It is so nice having a stable group of friends on dA, otherwise all this fleeting once-a-year fame would make me neurotic. :)
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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aprilclash Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow::omg:i like how i got to see how much it improoved !very nice
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you!
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aprilclash Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome!
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aliceazzo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love to see these memes. :)

And I have to admit, I kind of squealed when I saw Babylon 5. There's so little good B5 art out there!
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I mean, more Babylon 5 fan arts.
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I say this ALL THE TIME! :)
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charcoal-heart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shameful?? Your earlier work from elementary school
and such is better than what I draw at present!

Great work and progression! :D
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Oh, hardly! Your maestro is better than 99% of the stuff I did in college (I threw most of that art away - perils of moving between semesters when tired, ha), and your hiccup is better than the one in my sketchbook from last month. I thought he'd be so easy to draw... no, no he wasn't. :P

But thank you!
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charcoal-heart Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconblushplz: Oh thank you very much! >///<
And you're very welcome!
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ThisLazyPanda Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Such improvement...
1979 - 2010...
VERY long time. o---o
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I know. I am ANCIENT, lol. I will soon be drawing with bifocals and muttering about the kids playing on my lawn. :P
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ThisLazyPanda Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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felisdeityus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
It's not that long, really :hug:
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arxius2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
big file.




....:iconmegustaplz:
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you! And yes, many, many years of fighting with my pencil. :)
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh, 1979 was a cute year. :giggle:
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mleiv Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
^^ Thanks! I can't believe my mom kept that safe all these years (and they moved several times, and to different countries!). Now it is digitally preserved forever, ha.
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well make sure you've got a copy saved on a hard disk or something...with all these viruses and malware issues running a muck...you can never be too careful ;P
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Holly-N Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I agree with everyone else (and I'm adding to the flood of comments :P )

This is very inspirational. All artists start somewhere with their talent and it will help me, and loads of others, to pick ourselves up when we feel bad about our art and make us think of what we will be able to achieve in the years to come with practice. Thank you for sharing this and you really deserved that Daily Deviation!
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I hate that art is referred to as a "talent." It is hard work, and that's it. Of course you can do this, and a lot more, if you work at it!
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amanda-jp Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The sketch from 1987 reminds me of Tangled, mainly the male's hair and their poses. Your progression is beautiful, much more graceful than mine was as an artist.
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mleiv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Thank you! Heavily influenced by Disney.

And 30 years smooths out a lot of the rough edges. And, well, leaves the rest as crumpled, faded old brown paper that can't be scanned. :P Also, I only saved the best stuff, and even that, most of it didn't make it all that time.
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Calin-4 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful progression :D
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