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This could be you! Transform your life with opportunity

Oh it’s you! How you doing? You look fantastic today, good job! Alright guys, sit down, buckle up! In today’s video, we’re going to get inspired. We’re in our Patreon Discord server right now, and I asked everyone there to show me their work from today versus before. And we are going to see some crazy art improvement.

What I want you to take away from this video is that with hard work and dedication, you can get there too. Don’t you dare feel discouraged by the progress of other people. Soak it in, let it inspire you because it absolutely could be you. There’s nothing stopping you.

Let’s get right into it. First up, we’ve got Zy Art. The first one is from December 2022, and the second one is from today. That is a crazy amount of improvement. The pigeons are fantastic. Is this one being put in a chokehold? For the first couple of months of learning how to draw, I was drawing for about 6 hours a day. That is a lot of dedication, and it definitely shows. I still have many things to learn, but I’m pretty happy with the progress. And you absolutely should be. There’s no way I would have gotten this far without the help of you guys. I appreciate that a lot.

Ray says that I think I’ve been trying to improve my art in too many areas at once, so the improvement’s been a little bit stagnant in the past few months. That’s one of the things that we’ve got to keep in mind. You’ve got to work on one thing at a time, okay? That’s when you experience the most growth. I’ve improved in realism shading, hard and soft shadows in these past few years, and you definitely have. This one had the blasphemous airbrush rendering. Absolutely blasphemous, what’s going on here? Oh, my, the kneecaps, dude. I didn’t even see the sword. Looks like one of those clear Japanese umbrellas, but yeah, look at this study here. Fantastic work. Really great job. I can definitely see the improvement. And if you were to now go back to drawing in a more cartoony style like this, I think you would see a lot of improvement as well.

Almost 4 years of improvement. You definitely look like you were very new to art in 2020, but 2020, what? I wonder how long this painting took you because this is… wow. Look at the water. Look at the bounce light on the finger from the water. The bounce light on the underside of her arm. Oh, the cheek, oh, stop it! You went from this to that. You get out of here! Stop it!

I was really scared to get into color and painterly rendering until this year. I feel like I’ve improved so much from the sketch and flat color to today. Never thought I’d be able to make a painting like this, even if it’s just a study. Never ever say that to yourself. Never say, “I can’t do that.” Believe in yourself. Look at this flat shading, cartoonish, simple style. This style definitely has its own place, okay? If you draw like this, nothing wrong with it. But, oh, I’m going to cry and I’m going to die. Bars. You know what word I would use for the colors here? Mesmerizing. Even the little bubbles, they’re so realistic you can practically hear them.

This is only a year’s difference. Oh, the first one was from imagination, and the second one was with the help of a reference. You can absolutely tell the difference here. I mean, I’m sure your skill has also improved a lot, but a reference is absolutely going to help you out so much.

Exactly one year apart. Neither are the best example of my art since it changes so much. Honestly, relatable. Yeah, first I thought this was before, and this is after. I was a little bit concerned, but now I can definitely see that you’ve started using your references. Okay, fantastic, and you’ve learned a lot about coloring as well.

This is about a year and a half apart. Pretty proud of the difference in rendering between the pieces. I’m very, very impressed with the improvement in your rendering because the lighting scenario is so clear now versus before. They look like they were engulfed in goo and poo. Bars!

I improved this much thanks to Sam. Again, I cannot take credit, okay? Only 95%. That is incredible. Look at the difference just in confidence in understanding of anatomy. Your colors are so much bolder. I love the saturated color here on the lips, really great. Saturated here in the hair as well. That’s fantastic, and the hair rendering, can we talk about the hair rendering? Oh my god.

You were pretty cracked in 2021 already. I think here there’s a lot more scratchy lines, there’s a lot more uncertainty. But then you move over to 2023, everything is so clear. The brush strokes actually look intentional. That’s a big compliment. Great job with this piece. I love that you’re doing your environments, you’re doing your rendering, and you’re using your references.

This is about a year apart. That’s wild. Okay, this is before, six months later. That’s wild. What a beautiful man. Look at the rendering on his face.

I know it’s not a big improvement, but I just found out what art style I’m going for, and I feel like I’m slowly getting there. Is your art style going from naked to clothed? You’re making improvement, I can tell.

I’ll be real, I don’t know how I got better. Honestly, that’s most of us, yeah. So, this one’s definitely lacking in terms of anatomy and lighting, but oh my goodness. This is just wonderful. Look at the shading on the cheek here. It’s delicious. The hair, oh, I didn’t even see the hair. Look at the hair. Oh. Are you sure you don’t know how you got better? Could it be because of a certain Sam. Could this be?

Three, two years of improvement. Okay, look. You went from this to that. Oh my. Two years. Look. You guys are too impressive. Stop it. At this rate, we’re all going to be out of jobs. The AI is going to be out of jobs.

Three years apart. You’ve improved a lot in terms of your rendering because it was just flat before. Again, nothing wrong with that, okay? That’s a perfectly fine style to use, but this is just that much more impressive. Really good job.

You’ve done a great job with your colors. I feel like a big part of this is probably because you have a good understanding of values because you’ve drawn in grayscale for so long.

Wow. This is from 2020 to 2023. I love this style. I can tell you were already very skilled here. This is just incredible. The lighting and this, for free? I didn’t know I would improve this much in two years. Through your tutorials and consistency. Consistency is so important. You’ve put in so much hard work here to get from this to that. Wow.

So that’s it, guys. I hope you’re just as inspired as I am. I love making these videos because you inspire me too. This is not a one-way thing. I don’t just inspire you, you inspire me. I love you. And all the improvements that you’ve seen today, there’s one thing in common: consistency. Everyone stayed consistent, everyone worked hard, and everyone was open to learning and absorbing new things. That’s what matters. And I don’t ever want to hear you say stuff like, “I can never do that.” No, stop it. Don’t. You can do it. This could be you if you put your mind to it.

If you want to see more content like this, please do subscribe to my channel. Join my Patreon to see monthly tutorials, process videos, and be in future videos like this. And with that being said, I’ll see you guys in the next video. Oh no.

Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama, a lifelong enthusiast of Artificial Intelligence, has been exploring technology and the digital realm since childhood. Known for his creative thinking, he's dedicated to improving AI experiences for all, making him a respected figure in the field. His passion, curiosity, and creativity drive advancements in the AI world.


  1. What if I don't typically use a reference .-.
    In my defense, most of the time I can't. My computer locks at a certain time so when I'm drawing I have no access to anything helpful since my shitty android phone can't handle google anymore 😮‍💨

  2. I am a traditional artist. Only recently I've been doing digital. I don't draw people often, I usually draw animals, but I can agree that the skill is transferable!

  3. as someone who wants to grow in digital art, I would love to practice multiple hours a day. buuutttt my mom put a one hour time limit on the drawing program I use (to have me be on my screen less probably), so i have to ask for more time or use a drawing app i don’t like :’) help

  4. as a 40 years old father of two…I'm trying my best since the end of 2021. I feel my growth has been slower than I thought at the beginning but my spare time is so scarce that is more valuable than money for me. I draw every day, mostly when my kids are sleeping, but I've gone through the "what am I even doing here" moment a couple of time already and I took a couple of months of break each time. This video somehow gives me both the illusion I can make it and the delusion I am too slow to even compare my current works to the old ones

  5. This is slightly intimidating because I've been drawing since I was little, and I only got worse lmao. Trying too hard to be perfect and I ended up not trying at all. I'm trying to get back into it though!

  6. Good video. Now I need the stories from people who experinced a long time without drawing (burnout, artblock) starting from 1 year of not drawing and up. And successfully crawled up from this pit. Or didn't.


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