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Stride and Stare [The S.S Morrigan] by level5pencil Stride and Stare [The S.S Morrigan] by level5pencil
8 years. Can you believe that? It's 8 years now! This year! 8! 

8! 


So if you're new here, hi! I do this thing where I draw Morrigan Aensland once a year on mspaint to track my improvement. (No specific month or anything though, but october feels good!) I used to draw exclusively on mspaint for the longest time. I don't often use mspaint anymore but now I just consider it a treat to use in a lot of ways.  

I've got too much work to do. I think every year I tell myself I can't possibly get better. Not cause I believe I'm perfect but just cause I tell myself I'm just stuck at where I am indefinitely. Just constantly feeling inadequate. I've been through a lot this year and currently as I'm writing this and as I was drawing this I'm still sick. XD  I was very rusty when revisiting the program which made it even harder and I've been struggling to get back into the drawing groove (in general) as I've had to attend to a lot of personal matters outside of art for the majority of this year and really just got back into it recently. Basically this was hard. 

However! I do realize that if I just don't get on with it, I won't get anywhere. So that was my lesson learned with this one. This particular drawing was reworked so many times it's just stupid. Like it was at the point where most people would just redraw the whole entire thing but I had no mental capacity to XD so the reworking went on for awhile. In total I think i probably spent..at least over 13 hours on this. I'm too congested to remember anything past a certain point XD And the majority of those hours were just me reworking the same things. ..Yup. But I am happy with this piece overall. I have no idea what 2017 me will do but I'll deal with it when it comes. 

Anyway, I can only hope that things would get better. And if I can take anything from this particular experience, is it's to never settle and try your hardest regardless of what is happening to you. It's really easy to just write everything off just because something bad is happening and then everything ends up just being a bad time. It may be hard to realize under a negative mental state/surroundings but it is possible to turn it around somewhat. Perhaps not completely but if you work towards the good while not succumbing to the bad things completely, even if the bad things aren't in your control, you can help yourself in becoming a stronger individual. So when something bad happens again, you know how to be strong and work at bringing something positive into your life.  Bear Emoji-10 (Long time no see) [V1] 

Thanks for looking! 
Here's the timeline:
[2009]
[2010]
[2011]
[2012]
[2013]
[2014]
[2015]


8 YEARSSSS. :angry: 

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:iconmboogy:
Mboogy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student Artist
MSpaint!?!?! I tip my hat to you. That is some improvement
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   Digital Artist
 Thanks! Hopefully it'll get better. I'll have to try other improvements based on other programs to be more accurate I think. But mspaint will always have a place in my heart though! 
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Mboogy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Student Artist
indeed. mspaint is a legendary tool used by many a master. lol.. improvement is critical for all mediums, which reminds me, I need to get back into using Manga Studio.. 
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016   Digital Artist
mann same here hahaha, i have that thing but i can never get around to really using it even though it arguably has more features than sai. one day Llama Emoji-14 (Say Cheese) [V1] 
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Mboogy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student Artist
One day it SHALL be used, but in the meantime it can pick up virtual dust in my folders.. lol
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016   Digital Artist
at least put it on your desktop! I have it there as if it is a thing, even though it's not. But I stay optimistic about it's existence. XD 
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Mboogy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student Artist
it is there. It's even on the toolbar... I just contemplate about using it sometimes but eventually I just click on Sai... hehe
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   Digital Artist
XDD well, when the day comes to convert let me know and I'll be rooting for you. haha 

IN FACT. when you do choose to convert, I'll try and do it with you. We can share the transitional pains. 
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Cosmopoliturtle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Congratz man! Always love seeing your stuff, and you've been a big inspiration to me since I've found your work. I hope I can get the same tenacity you have, keep up the great work friend! n.n
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   Digital Artist
Ahhhhh sorry for the late reply 

Thanks so much! It freaks me out a bit when you say I'm an inspiration. Kinda makes me wanna run in circles until my legs give out or something XD idk I could say the same for you honestly! Let's just get to creating and make awesome stuff yeah! :ladummyhighfive: 
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Cosmopoliturtle Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016   Digital Artist
No worries!

Sorry to freak you out but it's true man, I really love your stuff! Panda Bunny Neko Misc Emoji-07 (Applause) [V1] 
I'm really honoured that we can be mutual artists on this crazy website XD When I see your work it definitely makes me feel like I gotta up my game and really get into what I'm doing.Bear Emoji-01 (Good job) [V1]

Yeah man! I'll be rooting for you for sure!  ShakeHighfive 
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JangHeeJoon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dat morrigan

Just keep going despite any bumps in the road!
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016   Digital Artist
RUN (Emoticon Gif) 
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
Nice work :)
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you~ o uo
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JohnDoeHanibari Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a ride, dude!
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016   Digital Artist
I knooow haha Hopefully it gets better from here. Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
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JohnDoeHanibari Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only way is up, bro! Looking forward to the next one!!
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S3rb4n Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously man, you are freaking amazing.
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level5pencil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Ahhh  Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1]  haha thanks 
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S3rb4n Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I really would love to trade art with you someday!
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