Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour


Submitted on
July 19, 2012
Image Size
1.8 MB
Submitted with


56,888 (15 today)
1,445 (who?)
Improvement Meme 2005-2012 by Zombiesmile Improvement Meme 2005-2012 by Zombiesmile
I know I am a couple years late. '_';

Sadly I couldn't find any art earlier than 2005.
(please don't laugh that I was 21 and still drawing like a douche. XD Today's teens are like 5 billion times more advanced.) Before 2002 I was exclusively drawing traditionally, usually with pencils and inks only. So this is sort of my entire digital art timeline I suppose.

I also have to mention that in 2007, I met `Endling and since then my improvement has been much more focused. We spend a lot of time discussing art on a daily basis, which helps a lot.

One of these days I'll show you all some art from when I was 12. :'D ...ahaha...

Also, there wasn't enough space for more text, but in 2010 I started work for Tokyopop and 2011 published three books with them (two of them were updated versions of the old books). Thankfully that has been more successful than my earlier attempts.


Original meme is here: [link]
Sorry for typos, but I kinda put this together during work... >m>;
Add a Comment:
IokoThePanda Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think when I am 20 I won't be better as you are (nearly 18)

but in teh end creating art is what counts! : 3
and I hope I can find a style I am comfortable with soon! :3

I love you art! >w<
kijonaia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. ;.; You were way better at 20 then I am righht now(I'm 20)... I constantly feel like I'm not good enough with my art, which has kept me from releasing two graphic novels I want to release. I always feel like I'm not good enough to make them. :/ Are there any specific ways you got better with your backgrounds?
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional
hmm, first of all, age means nothing, so go at your own pace and don't let others intimidate you. C:
Also, for backgrounds, I did a lot of research actually... looking at great photos or skilled environment artists. Also, le-mec was so kind to give me super useful advice on basics and critiqued some of my early attempts.
After that, it was mostly practice. (Still not as good as I like, but getting a feel for it!) 
kijonaia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me! It seems so very few popular artists do(which is understandable, with the amount of incoming messages/notes they have).

I definitely need to work on backgrounds.. They always seem fake.
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional
not a problem. :> I try to do my best since I remember what it was like trying to figure everything out by myself. sharing knowledge is very important to me. 
(even if I take forever with the message amounts. XD ...)

You can do it! just practice lots and don't give up. ^v^
kijonaia Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Btw, I'll be commissioning you soon. :) Just gotta transfer the amount to my paypal now. Is it okay if I change the two characters I had initially asked for? Of course, I'd give more details in notes. xD
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional
oh, sure. I never start before the payment arrives, so you can still change the order. :3
just make sure to send me the refs/descriptions.
kijonaia Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry it's taking so long! I just had to bail my fiance out of jail because of a speeding ticket he forgot about... lol I also just found out that I'm expecting, again, so it's been a busy few weeks.
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional
it's alright, stuff happens. I have had to take you off the list though, to make room for others.
Just let me know when you have the money and want to take up another slot! :)
le-mec Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
And you're better at 20 than I was at 25 (I'm 35 now) so don't sweat it. Also Zombiesmile has way surpassed me in terms of output and commercial success. I had to quit video games in December and get serious.

I have a very methodical approach to drawing - For a while I was obsessed with draughtsmanship and architecture study and engineering -- very technical fields of drawing! I treat drawing like a sort of perspective illusion and try to draw INTO the page rather than ON the page. Artists like Julian Beever (who makes very cool sidewalk chalk illusions) were a major inspiration for me. I learned ways to draw that made better use of my natural perceptions and worked to extend perspective from the real world outside the canvas INTO the canvas.

And I also started to take interest in environments as places where people lived, where they would make a mess and work and live and play. The things we wear, the things we never leave home without, our homes and our rooms are all artifacts of our lives. I think the biggest problem when approaching non-character art is that we have evolved to ignore all the small details, but we have to train ourselves to become observant and open!
Add a Comment: