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SYAC - Growth by TomPreston SYAC - Growth by TomPreston
Copyright 2014 Andrew Dobson
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It annoys me so much when I see people in the art community perpetuating this thinking that your artistic growth is a straightforward line from start to finish and that everything you do must further this rigid normality. I feel the exact opposite at times. I think progress should be more organic, fun, and not something that can be bound by quantifiable steps.

It take a lot of courage to admit to yourself that your art isn’t perfect. But if you keep at what you do, slowly and gradually you’ll grow and bloom into awesomeness. Even the biggest trees start as little saplings. You can’t force growth, you have to let it happen naturally.

(not to say you can’t help it out from time to time with a little fertilizer, but just don't force it)
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DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: i really like this one
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JuliJuliJuliYay Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaaaah, omg i have been waiting for someone to come right out and say this!
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BrandonSPilcher Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never understood why certain critics in the artistic community put your artwork down. It seems perfectly solid to me as a cartoon style, and I actually do detect improvement over the years.
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tushantin Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's one of the most beautiful explanation ever! Putting this on my Specials folder. 

On a side note, though, even this perception is quantifiable (due to the number of trees you have), but not in the way most would do it. Lemme explain with this anecdote: 

Me: "I just learned how to draw a CIRCLE!"
Friend: "Whoo, boy! What are you gonna do with it?"
Me: "I'm gonna draw a duck! WITH TWO CIRCLES!"
Friend: "That's mah boy! What'chya gonna learn tomorrow?"
Me: "To make a triangle."
Friend: "Why a triangle?"
Me: "So I can draw the duck going to a BIRTHDAY PARTY!" 
Friend: "HUZZAH!" 

Basically, 1 + 1 = 3. (Gestalt principle) 

It's not a straight-forward line, but anything you learn, ANY TIME you learn, influences where you are, how you are and what you can make. xD That's what makes you unique. Learning photography helps you become a better animator. Learning typography will enable you to create better motion design. Better color theory allows you to prepare your "food preparation" in the most elegant way. It's an unpredictable, but exponential growth nonetheless! 
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Tarin-san Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
I guess I need to give my tree more water.
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hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what I needed to hear! :heart:
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I also feel like this is more accurate because of the way a tree will grow in different ways.

For example, someone penning comics might have growth in one area of their art and mind while someone who works in photography might go a completely different way, making for two different, beautifully lopsided trees.

Now just tell the photographer to try making a comic and see what happens. It's not gonna work, right? xD
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greylokke Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gotta say that it honestly for me anyways, always did kind of feel like I was getting better in the same way you described it.
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revolverwingstudios Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this.

This can be applied to character development as well. 
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Paradoxigent Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay, these are words of pure friggin wisdom. Instant fave.
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