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A Portrayal of Pony Pictoral Progress by HydrusBeta A Portrayal of Pony Pictoral Progress by HydrusBeta
Shortly after I started watching MLP, I got this inexplicable urge to start drawing ponies, and drew my first pony on Oct. 12, 2012. Before this, I basically hadn't drawn anything since elementary school art class and never thought of myself as artistic. The more I drew, the more inspired I became and the more I wanted to draw. It has now been a year and five months since I began drawing ponies, and 1 year since I joined deviantArt.

Aside from being a proud summary of my progress, I hope that this improvement meme will also help dispel some self-doubt that other starting artists may have. My first pony drawing was hideous, but I went a long way after a year. I don't think anyone is innately "bad" at drawing - we are all at different levels of experience, and much of the skill is learnable (i.e. if your first drawing is bad, it doesn't mean you will never draw well). Just keep at it, and critically analyze your own art to find ways to keep improving.

Be aware that progress does take time. It's taken me almost a year and half to approach the quality and level of detail I've wanted, and I know there is still much to learn and improve. Also, be prepared for frustrations and setbacks; it is likely that some drawings just won't turn out the way you want. Try to pinpoint the reason why a drawing doesn't turn out, and avoid that pitfall later on. Keep practicing, and you'll eventually get to where you want to be.

I hope that the fire of inspiration stays strong within you.
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FloraSpectrum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist
This is incredible! 
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HydrusBeta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Thanks! Joining the fandom and trying my hoof at drawing has been quite an experience for me.
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FloraSpectrum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist
They say friendship is magic, but I think drawing or any form of art really is pretty magical too!
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Yay295 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Wow! Good work!
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HydrusBeta Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Thanks!
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