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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.)

* 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 )
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? 
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:
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!
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!
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. :)
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!
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.
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
LovelyLittleLime Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see BOWIE! <3
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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