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Three and a half years by bigbigtruck Three and a half years by bigbigtruck
Don't think I ever posted this here.

KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING
LEVEL UP AND LEVEL UP AGAIN
SO MANY MORE LEVELS TO GO
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haius Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
DIALOGUE LEVEL UP
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LB-Lee Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the double-faved; moved from BaaingTree. Thanks again for the reminder.
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offctr Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Yeah! Lvl up! I know another artist who says the same thing lol.

I need to lvl up too from 0 to 1 XD
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dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*clings* Thank you, so much, more than I can ever express, for being willing to show us the "before E.K. took levels in should-be-Eisner-nominated" drawings. Because for me that's incredibly inspiring. I WILL LEVEL UP, I WILL I WILL.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! My old art's embarrassing, but it's also nice to see progress. :)
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dragontrap Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
HUGE LEAP FORWARD, GO!
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BaaingTree Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Wow, yeah. When you put them up like that, it becomes really apparent, doesn't it? It seems so subtle from day to day, but making a few years jump in a go makes it really obvious how you've improved.

I love things like this; thanks so much for showing the progression!

--Rogan
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slooo12 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Wow.

I'm pretty blown away by the style change. Not to mention the vast improvement in your technique.

Thanks for posting this.
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portmanteau321 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
thanks so much for sharing these!!! it's fascinating (and also really encouraging) to see other people's rewrites/draws!
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leckford Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to see how a moderately subtle adjustment to the curve of Amal’s jaw makes him look like a completely different person.
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NoChristmasJokesPlz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAL WAS SO ADORABLY SHOJO. XD Seriously. I want to poke his cute wittle nose.

But I want to do that on the recent one too. XD I JUST LOVE AMAL AND HIS FACE. I WANT TO TOUCH HIS FACE. ALL THE TIME.
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Potatoe1988 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, Amal had such manga eyes O_O
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chaosstriker89 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Oh my god 2008 Amal. I didn't realize he looked like this back then. I'll have to look back at my art from high school again and compare between then and now, it's surprisingly encouraging to see how much change has happened in what seems like a really short amount of time!

And the best portmanteau I can come up with for anime-esque Amal is "Animal". Most unfortunate.
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DerXder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love seeing these improvement posts. It's easier to remind myself that practice really does add up over time, especially on those self-pitying 'woe is to me who will never be good at drawing' days.

Thanks for posting this! :D
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ClusterFack Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the differences are quiet big, especilly with the style. The left one looks more "Manga" than the right (I have to say I am thankfull of that, since there's to many comics of "this kind" out there witch only use manga).
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coloradogirl86 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW this give me hope in myself.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
You are an inspiration.
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CuilEggs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really amuse me to see Amal so bishie then. But my it's a massive level up.
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CabooseBlue Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's such an amazing improvement. I hadn't realized it was a revamp of old work of yours. It's wonderful that you kept with the idea to make it into such an amazing series. I'm still waiting to see if TJ's reaction to Amal sleeping is what I think it is.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
if it helps, TJ's reaction is what Amal refers to immediately after that last panel :)
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EduardMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
♥ n.n
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creepella Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Wow... what I find interesting is how TJ doesn't seem to have changed too much with time like in his overall look but Amal got a bit more beefed up. I also love the growth evident and how the scene moved from being in the car to being out... it's great, I liked this chapter and them looking out at the horizon at the end
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vangelisgenesis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love looking at the incredible differences then and now! I prefer how less bishie and pretty Amal looks now :P
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brumagem Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You will up ALL THE LEVELS

Also, your eyes used to be so...kawai, for lack of a better word. I'm glad that is no longer the case :nod:
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Lykii Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Wow, this is so awesome! I feel like I've been following your work for a while, and sometimes I don't really immediately notice the improvement, but it's so cool to see it side by side like this, how incredibly obvious it is how much you've improved! You're so awesome!
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devilkitten1 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
LEVEL UP!!! I've been watching you forever, and you never really notice the transition until you put them side by side. [forest for the trees and all that jazz]
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mrsklemzak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Like the second one better, personally. They seem similar but I don't remember which one was in the actual published one..

Love when you update and do LiveStreams. You're awesome and I hope you never quit!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is what I keep telling people... yet some still think there's a huge magic secret to drawing. Looks good!
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burgandydreamer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing transition very nice work.
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ShiningThanatos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
AMEN! KEEP ON KEEPING ON!

Though you're, like, what, Level Fifty? Sixty? Cuz your art's such that dragons have started being Random Encounters. And that's on a 1-99 Level scale, BTW.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haven't checked my Attributes lately but I know I can at least take out king slimes at a decent rate ;)
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ShiningThanatos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
You should try for the dragons. They aren't far off. :) Meanwhile, we in the Grasslands are cheering you on!

BTW, did you really plan this page to go into this exact place in the story so far in advance?? Or was this simply the right place to put a scene that was previously free-floating?
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
The 2008 pages were set sort of free-floating. I wasn't focusing as much on the environment (which I'm glad I do now, since it keeps the scene grounded), so it could have gone anywhere.
It was originally supposed to happen pretty early in the story, but I moved it later to keep Amal's "bam" speech tied in more closely with Chapter 29. :)
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ShiningThanatos Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Aha! I gotcha.

Yeah, you're right; it makes for better storytelling. Though, geez, it honestly wouldn't have surprised me if you'd said yes to the former. You're one of the best (and subtlest!) storytellers I've ever seen. I can only speak for myself, but this comic's been an emotional rollercoaster. I always look forward to - and, I won't deny, dread - reading the next page page. You rock. :)
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KellyDawn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooooow...not only has your art improved, but so has your visual storytelling and your grasp of each character's dialogue. Truly impressive!!
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faerie-chan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
GOD AMAL YOU LOOKED SO SKINNY BACK THEN
i am glad he ate a sandwich in between these three years
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kawaiidebu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is really excellent. Everything about the pacing, writing, the emotion, just vastly improved.
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Teknogeddon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DATBACKGROUND.
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dauwdrupje Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing those improvements is so encouraging! It's quite amazing. If I feel down again about my own art, I think should take a look at the improvements I made, too...
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Xaidurk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I love seeing these comparisons. It's great to see how an artist has evolved and changed over the years. :D
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CiiMoore Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
[i]KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING
LEVEL UP AND LEVEL UP AGAIN
SO MANY MORE LEVELS TO GO[/i]

...sunuva*****!! lol I was thinking something similiar to that, I think yesterday. Only more so on the lines of "You get to what you think is the top...but it's only the first of many levels."

...and there are SO many levels. @_@

I also gotta say....love your characters and I love their expressions, especially Tj!
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Keed-Kat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome changes! ^^ Though I love the past one too. Actually I'm rereading your comic again. xD

Yes, the more you draw, the best you will be at. I can see cool changes on my own comic too. ^^ Keep the awesome work up!
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L1ghttAng3ll Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, just lovely how you can see that you improved a lot, not that the right panels aren't drawn well, on the contary they are pretty amazing and left panels just wonderfull. I so love tj and amal, I adore the comic :)

"KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING KEEP DRAWING
LEVEL UP AND LEVEL UP AGAIN
SO MANY MORE LEVELS TO GO" that cracked me up I should better think the same way about drawing, could help to keep me motivated in drawing :D
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GlowingWaterEyes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW. *_* So much amazingness...
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NeipyPien Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMEN
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