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Twenty-year old Jenny uncovers the mystery of art by Gold-Seven Twenty-year old Jenny uncovers the mystery of art by Gold-Seven
I get a lot of comments from people who see my "progress" charts (see some of the links below), who tell me that it gave them courage to see good artists aren't born, but have to learn their stuff the hard way, just like everybody else. 1995 always marked a pivotal point for my art for me - less because I suddenly became good, but because that was the year I tried new stuff and made a huge realisation: I can keep improving. I just have to keep going.

I just read through my old diaries and found these two entries, both from 1995, and thought to share them. Aren't diaries a fascination device? You really conserve your younger self on the pages, for your older one to read. I always think it's fascinating.

Whatever your endeavours, good luck with them! And if you meet people who try to put you down by lying to you - emerge stronger for the experience.

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Liudochka 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is amazing! Particularly Tolkien-related pictures are of interest to me. But this piece is uniquely inspirational and encouraging to endeavour!
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Genny-Raskin Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. I guess I'm on the right way then. I hardly can do anything worthwhile without references... (Unless it's abstract and is not supposed to be accurate...)

The only thing that makes me feel down is that at my current age I am at my level, while there are people 10 years younger than me already do much better art. While I am only at my beginning...
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RavenousDrake Jan 5, 2014  Professional Writer
This is a great encouragement to me.  I don't draw professionally, but I do want to draw well, and this last year has been pivotal in my development.  I've been learning and trying new things, and I'm pleased with the progress I've made.  I'll certainly keep trying and improving.
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:iconqueskribes:
This is the best thing I've read all year.
Thank you.
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:iconbooklindworm:
Seconded. Thanks for making my day!

Plus, you (Gold-Seven) are one of my favourite artists ever. After Dürer. And the guy who draws Terry Pratchett art ...

Happy holidays to you!Star! Christmas Tree Star! 
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Gold-Seven Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! ^^
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:iconteh-wend:
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I've long since given up on art as I once made the same revelation you did: that it requires the ability to "see" detail that I simply couldn't create in my head. And yet you've obviously grown so much since then. Perhaps there's hope for me yet some day... :)
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Dandykeen Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This was very eye-opening, in the sense that I had briefly thought these things, but never voiced them so coherently! 

And also, yay! Another elfquest fan!
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:iconriana-art:
Thats a very interesting text! :) And I think the most relieving part of the text and your progress-chart is, that you can make alot of progress as an adult in the fiel of drawig and painting - in contrast to sport or music, where the training one recieved as a youngster seems to be pretty crucial.
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