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The 8 stages of Progression by Cataclysm-X The 8 stages of Progression by Cataclysm-X
I guess this speaks for itself... :nod:

Some portraits I made in the years from 2001 'till... well... last month!
I hope this encourages people to create the things they like, whether it's drawn from reference images or just totally made up.

Sorry for the low quality. I can't post a high res version of this thing right now because my internet connection is terribly slow since last week. And my internet provider says they'll fix it within 2 weeks. Grrr!!! :shakefist:

If you want to see an old version of a 6 year progress, check this out:
From 2002 to 2007

Take care people. Sorry if I haven't replied your messages yet (the notes about this 3gp converting included). I'll read and reply them as soon as possible. ):
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Lucy-H9 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
cool *_*
Kettuhattu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so great to see clearly how you've improved with your drawings. Maybe I still have hope too XD
Summer-Sorrow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Writer
This is amazingly inspiring. This gave me a reason to keep drawing; I guess in the end its all practise :')
Nicholson85 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, talking about growing lol. Great job. keep it up.
IshbalanHealer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
If I were to put myself on your scale...I would still be around 2001 or 2002....Yeah...It's pretty sad..:D But you have a beautiful taste in art, and your style is just incredibly memorable.
CheeseWeebie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have hope in my abilities in the future!
Forgotemme Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR L:iconiloveitplz:
AND YOUR STYLE:iconiloveitmoreplz:
littlenatnatz101 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student General Artist
now im about where you were in 2004. aiming for your 2008 quality!!! :D i love your artwork so much
Melancholic-King Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
can i call you my super idol?
hapi-tri-fwends Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
that was an amazing thing... realy ur works!!! i'm a big fan of u...!!!
Khaleemira Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you have grown alot! your work is amazing. you should be very proud of this photo. <3 perfect summary to all your hard work over the years!
MonkeeDemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
wow i wanna do one of these once i start back posting things ur art is so amazing really makes me want to pick back up the pencil
NaviWannaB Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
wow, u were good from the begining! this picture is motivating me to keep drawing, so thanks! :joy:
RebornCarrot Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really inspiring, thank you.
Obuxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
xXTHB7NY-5FO8IXx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This story is great motivation for me to progress more in the drawing
I liked a lot of developments from one year to another year
As well as the idea of genius Subject

I wish for you more creativity and progress
EvAnWuzhere Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
if u went back to 2004 (when u were more serious about it but needed some tips) what things did u learn to gorw so much in that 1 year?
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know, my memory isn't all that great :XD: but all I know is that I always enjoyed to draw so keep drawing and practicing as long as you enjoy doing it :) don't push yourself too much ;) with practice comes improvement!
EvAnWuzhere Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks :D
TMiracle Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
omg, now I'm 15 years old, so that means my skills should be like yours in 2003...
Well, then looking at this i finally can make my dream come true, because, I'm drawing almost like 2004 level. I WILL WORK HARD AND NEVER SURENDER, I WILL SURPASS YOU NO MATTER WHAT! need to work even harder. :noes:

*maybe i watched naruto too much, lolx* - still, i will reach your level :floating:
xxZutaraFanxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
ghaleon25 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student General Artist
yay this gives artists like myself hope! Currently I would say that my work is at the 2004 stage but I'm working hard and trying to get the 2006-2008 stage. It seems as if I have trouble takeing my time on the actual drawing proces though ^^. Most of the time I take about an hour, but I'm slowly getting better. Thanks for posting this and resurrecting my hopes of becoming better!
annie-may Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is an ispiration to people who love to draw! Thank you so much! I guess I need to keep trying...i'm at about stage 2...maybe negative 2..but still....Thank you
Mari-J Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow this is a really positive encouragement never to give up, (i wish i didn't give up on realism drawings & went on to do fashion design & manga in 2003 & to go back to it in 2007)
can i save on my computer & use it as an influence not to give up & become amazing like you are :D & many other great artists :D
saitenotoshu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist

what makes 2003-2004 so different!!??!!
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist

You don't see a difference? :?
saitenotoshu Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i mean what kind of effort that you've done to be such rapid "level-up"
asianpie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am.... lacking words! ZOMG!!! this is the most awesome thing Ive seen on DeviantARt!!! or ANYWHERE!!! You kick my ass at drawing 20 times infinity before the pen hits the ground!!! HOLY SH*T!!!!!
I feel like you should have like a castle, a throne and a fricking crown!!! you rock!!!! :D

I love this!!!!
Top favorite!!
Best part is that its also inspiring and there are some good tips in there... like what to focus on first and all that... maybe you didnt notice or maybe you did, I dont know. Its still epic as the H with an ELL!! :D ZOMGALA!!!!!
BirthofaStar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Woow, this is really cool! It's amazing to see your progression like this! You really are very talented.

I'd say I'm at the same stage as you were in 2003 at the moment, hehe... any advice on how to get better? Did you just draw faces all the time or did you draw other things, too?
NDC13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Im doing a portrait right now of my Girlfriend. Its kinda like your 2004 drawings a bit. This is my second portrait ever!! And Looking at how you've progressed has inspired me to keep goin and trying my hardest :)
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow so perhaps you'll improve a lot faster than I did. That's great, keep up the good work!!! :)
NDC13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Thank you very much! and Im a fast learner but i have a short temper so it may take a while to master portraits. i get frustrated fast. lol.
zarhx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Just proves that practice is the best teacher.
ToSeeAButterfly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009   Photographer
This is quite inspirational. I just started "really" drawing this January as I took a Drawing 1 class at school and it has now become a passion of mine. My stuff is ok but not magnificent, this picture of your progression gave me hope for mine. Maybe someday I'll be as good as you are now.

Best wishes and thank you,
CynicalBounce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Phew, that kicked my confidence level a bit higher. I've been drawing for a year now, I unexpectedly found out I had a talent. So far, I'm at stage... say, 4. So I guess another year, and I might actually start to draw like a pro.

I thank you. :D No offense, if you saw any. I'm a fourteen year old kid, and before, I had absolutely no talent in anything. I'm just always a little quicker than others getting things... again, no offense to anyone.
meyrembulucek Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009   Photographer
oh i saw this before when i was searching for tutorials :D,i guess i'm somewhere at 2004,but i rarely draw anymore x_x.
Rose-AnneGagne Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
my god that is so cool XD you progressed so much !!
M2rpsu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
This is the real example for that, that if you are drawing, you can be better. (:
Thank you for that. It's like an inspiration for me (:.
KikuskaG Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist
Wow, very inspiring, thank you!
ozzla Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009   Writer
These are so cool! I wish I could draw like that. Personally, I thought I was good and drew quickly, but this... wow! I thought it'd be impossible to draw that much detail in 15-30 minutes, but you've proved me wrong. I take hours, to draw things and break it up into days to get small details in and redraw different parts.
xprincessofheartsx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
i love your progression my goal is to be as good as you :) whenever i feel like i cant draw i look at this and it inspires me...not to sound cheesy or anything :D
ErinMBeck Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Yay! Gives me hope! LOL
SpookCake Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
i think we all aspire to be able to look back on our art like this when were grown up
your fantastic and im becoming a huge fan!
Angelstorm-82 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most improvement you did in 2005 :nod:
Great compilation of your art history.

:lol: Mine would have the double size (or more)
I started drawing in the late 80´s with Mickey mouse and such stuff :rofl:
You´ll laugh.. I ´ve still got them all :D
Gally7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Look like that you jump up quickly on your skills!
that is good that you continue. When I get unhappy with my drawing I will look at yours and remind myself that my drawing can getting better like yours!
Thanks a lot!
iferania Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
like they always say..."you have to keep doing it over and over to get better" one ever believes it but this proves that it's true. This gives me motivation to try getting better
rimete Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008   General Artist
It's so great that you placed your history of progression....and you have phenomenal amount of talent and dedication.

Hope you update this in 2009 and early happy New Years!
rormnsa2gether Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great progress... wishing you more and more progress for the best

keep it up dear :thumbsup:
domat7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
This image is not only great byt showing the progression but it also serves as an inspiration too! Thanks!
KHFanForAll Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
This is amazingggg!
I could only dream to get so talented in such a brief span of life.
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