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February 17, 2012


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The Then & Now Feature.

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 17, 2012, 3:34 PM

Artists For a Cure Glow Stamp by xgnyc:iconshakecancerplz:

The idea for this feature has developed over the past month or so, triggered by the comments we all get from time to time, like; "'I'll never be able to draw like that" or "I  wish I could learn how to do that".
Also around a month ago I was asked a few questions by a very sweet, polite 16 year old girl on here who was extremely grateful that I took the time to answer her.
To cut a long story short, I've taken this girl under my wing in the hope of giving her the encouragement and feedback she lacks from those around her and also to develop her skills and knowledge to the point where she feels confident enough to experiment and grow on her own.

So, this feature is mainly for those just starting out in the world of graphite along with those doubting that they could ever improve beyond their current level and is just a very small selection of graphite artists I both admire and aspire to become as good as. All were chosen for this feature due to the inclusion of early works in their gallery.

I just wanted to add a link to a great article made by :iconsvenjaliv: last year on this very subject. I know many of you would have seen it at the time but I'm sure there are plenty who haven't and this is a good opportunity to give it another airing.…

There is also a great contest starting soon aimed at inspiring others. This is being held by :iconofonesoul: who is looking for various forms of contributions and offering a number of chances to win 3 months premium membership for just helping with the contest. There is a lot of information on this and it can be found here:…


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Jared Leto by TanyaMusatenko:iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz:Ian Somerhalder. by TanyaMusatenko

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May 9, 2011:iconstardivider1plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider2plz::iconstardivider3plz:January 30, 2012
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Features To See

:iconzakkiya29: has a new feature for TheFavouriteShowcase  Centred around Architecture it's a must see, so get your scrawny butts over there and don't forget to fave.…

Here's the latest feature for you to enjoy and fave from :iconanmeher: for :iconthefavouriteshowcase:…

Competitions to enter

For those of you who may be interested, :iconjoannamoory: has a contest now running with two beautiful references to choose from. Please take a look with a view to entering or contributing features or prizes.…

:iconwicked-illusion: Is also holding a great contest with fantastic prizes, the theme being pet of yours or those you know so go take a look at what's on offer and I'm sure you'll want to enter this.

The talented Pastel and Sanguine artist :iconarielrgh: is holding a contest to challenge any graphite artist to reproduce a photo of his own. He is offering fantastic prizes for the first 3 places. Details can be found here.…

Take care all

Gary :icontimmy64plz:          Artists For a Cure Glow Stamp by xgnyc:iconshakecancerplz:

  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: Tea leaves
  • Watching: Paint dry
  • Playing: Hard to get
  • Eating: Do I have to?
  • Drinking: Hydrochloric acid
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Nikkis-Art Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlaglompplz: Thank you for this, it's very inspiring! It leaves me wanting to know HOW did they all become so amazing!!? This has to be one of the best journals I've ever seen :D
Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
What a lovely comment, thank you very much for both looking and fav'ing this feature. I'm really glad you enjoyed it as it makes it worth the time spent putting it together.:iconcreepglompplz:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is GREAT!! :D:D
Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I'm glad you like it Rick, and thank you very much foe fav'ing it.:highfive:
VahnKira Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anything is possible :)
markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great feature, i do like these when they appear. Practice and commitment, practice and commitment. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough and are willing to put in the time. It's not a gift .. just practice and commitment :D
Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
How very true, this is one area where today's culture of instant gratification is not going to be your friend.:nod:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Oh what a great idea and awwwwww you've included little old me!!! (I wanted to do the teary-eyed smiley here, but lost the link to that site you mentioned... Mind mentioning it again??? :pray:)

I will say that, once I had started and felt quite hopeless, nóthing inspired me more than looking at artist's galleries and seeing their old work and comparing it to what they were doing now. It was a main factor in me actually not quitting after my first attempt!
It's therefore I vowed to myself and the whole of dA (in my I.D.) that I'd upload everything I did here. I will not remove my older works ever. They are an essential part to where I am now. And aside from me wanting to keep an honest track record of what I'm doing, I hope in the future maybe someone, even if just 1 person, can look at that older stuff and feel like they've seen improvement cán be done and continue to draw because of that!
For that same reason I will also always upload works that I feel are 'weaker'. We have good ones, we have lesser ones, regardless of skill. I might leave these out elsewhere, but dA to me is/has become very much a place of learning and that should include all works. It's a combination of ALL tests and homework assignments that make up the final grade, right?


Just wanted to express how much I agree with the subject of your feature here!
Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
OK, what should I concentrate on in your open paragraph, the Little or the OLD?:mwahaha:

The site is; [link] and don't lose it again.:grump:

Yeah, you've pretty much hit the nail on the head with what you've said and I feel exactly the same.

Thank you so much for looking, your great comment and for fav'ing this. :iconsquishhugplz:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Oh come on! I give you two perfect opportunities to insult me and you make me choose???
Okay well. At only 5.6 I'm rather little, since the women here are 5.7 on average. Also, I am rather climbing up there in years... Yeah no, you'll have to choose. :no:

Don't worry, won't lose it again as I have no intention of crashing yet another computer for another month or so. ;)

You're very welcome! :glomp:
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