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Draw this again! Meme (Joel - The Last of Us) by Names76 Draw this again! Meme (Joel - The Last of Us) by Names76
So here we goooo, meme time!

The point of this meme is to take an old picture you really loved at the time, and redraw it now to see your improvement. The template originally only had slots for "before and after", so i had to modify it have three slots ._.

I drew Joel on July 2, 2013 shortly after I beat The Last of Us. Being a big fan of the game, my brother eventually saw the drawing and requested one for himself as well, so I ended up having to draw Joel again shortly after on October 26, 2013.

When I completed the first Joel drawing, I was pretty ecstatic. I had only just started to do realism portraits and I thought it was amazing. Then my brother comes along and I redraw it, only to feel it was EVEN BETTER. I remember feeling on top of the world when I gave it to him as a gift, I was so proud to have it being displayed on his wall.

But now? Yesterday I redrew Joel, and I almost cringe thinking about the one that's displayed in his room lol.

It doesn't matter how good you think you've become. You're always going to get better. Honestly, just like back in 2013, I feel like this 2015 is the best I'm gonna get. But who knows. Maybe in 3 years I'll draw him again and look back and cringe at the 2015 one too.

As long as you put the time and effort into learning and practicing, you'll keep getting better. I've been drawing for like, 12 years now or something. Skill doesn't come quickly, but you WILL get better.

In the words of Shia Labeouf:

"Don't let your dreams be dreams".
"JUST DO IT"!
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:iconabdulkaleem:
abdulkaleem Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Awesomeomfg 
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abdulkaleem Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
how much time did it take to draw each?
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Names76 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely took more time each time I redrew it. The last one probably took around 20-30 hours.
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JapanEyedPinoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Oh yeah?  I feel like it should be the other way around.   The more times you draw something, I'd imagine you would be faster just cuz in theory you should know what to look for and stuff.  I should try redrawing something I've drawn a long time ago.
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SMXIII Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Wow *o* awesome evolution ! I love how it shows the great importance of contrast and dark dark dark shadows !!
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Names76 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks xD. I almost feel like doing it again sometime soon, it's nice to see how my stuff changes over the years.

Strong contrast is definitely one of the things I've always really liked and made present in my drawings. I've been a bit conflicted with it lately though, kinda feel like it makes it less believable. Less realistic/natural I guess. It just doesn't always work is all xD
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SMXIII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
If you've got the motivation you should definitely try it again sometime ! It's so cool and inspiring to see improvement :D 

 I see what you mean. A lot of contrast gives a more realistic/photographic feels to the drawing ... but at some point the trick starts to show and doesn't serve anymore the initial goal ... tough 
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tentacledork Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student General Artist
amazing bro
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DesignerDessin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Next he will blink the eye. :D
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Karalia-M Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Graphics updated haha... Anyway that's a great progress, thank you for posting.
*Plus you are giving us hope!
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Names76 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Cynicalbrit395 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Dang, must be so cool to see yourself improve like that. Awesome stuff man.
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Names76 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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DavidTheArtNinja1345 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, lots of improvement!
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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SuperSecretBrony Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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Soriokink Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1, Hella  good detail! 
2, a bit better the n the last, i see the contrast is a bit more defined.
3, Nice grayscale picture!  Very nice angle and... wait.. this was made with pencil?
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Henshidoku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
D:
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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kurokuni Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Amazing! When I first read it I thought the first picture was made only 28 days before the last pic, and I was shocked lol!!! But then I read closer. ^^ Still great great improvement, especially lighting
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol xD. That'd be quite the improvement for 28 days xD.

Thank you though!
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DragonicDemonWolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
r e l a x
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louistik Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great improvement! 
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Aline96 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's definitely some improvement here! :D 
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ! :la:
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Aline96 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :dummy: 
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SentireAeris Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What... Dayum son! O.o
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
I see your Shia Labeouf and raise you a Yogi Berra:

"When you come to a fork in the road, TAKE IT!"

Well done! I think these are all awesome, but even so one can see your artistic progress.
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha xD Thank you so much =]
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Tobias1997 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you can really see the improvement, nice! :D
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Names76 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Kotado Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Major approvement!!! Love it! Wish my portraits skills was like yours lel...
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DrawWithNessie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You were already pretty good in 2013 but wow, 2 years of practice has done wonders to your art! Your newest version looks like a black and white photograph! Your shading is impressive.
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Names76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much =]
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Minouze Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooooow omggg!!! Such an improvement!! it's so impressive!! ;U;
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Names76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much xD
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Aragold Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Woooow! Great improvement! It's sooo motivating and inspiring! 
I love your style so much!! 
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Names76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Aragold Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You're very welcome! ^^
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fairy-lee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I like all three of them very much but seriously WOW the last one looks almost like a picture! Also, your words are very inspiring ^^ 
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Names76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much ^_^
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fairy-lee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You're welcome!
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