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Edit 4/7/2015: Updated the image to make it hopefully slightly easier to understand. Still lots of info crammed into it but oh well...

Apologies for how messy this is.. I know this is uploaded at night but i scribbled it in the morning.. really early in the morning >_>

I'm trying to find the original graph for this, it was from a personal art blog of someone doing portraits and other traditional art. Their graph was cleaner (well it was like pixel/ms paint?) And every since I saw it i've kept it in mind. Now when I want to EXPLAIN it to other people without the graph it self it's just confusing so i made my own till i can find the other one.

If you know what i'm talking about please let me know so i can credit them!
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:iconizanami-no-kami:
Izanami-No-Kami Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ohhh i didn't knew this o.o
This explains a lot
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Purpllamas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this illustrates perfectly how I feel. I think I've tried to explain this to a lot a people... My problem is that I've been stuck in an "art low" for years because of crippling perfectionism. Sometimes I wish I could stop "seeing"...
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SharkMaster16 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Have any advice on regaining the drive to do art again
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016   Digital Artist
that's a difficult question. I guess you just have to ask what your motivations are, if it's not within yourself then maybe you aren't meant to do it. ideally you do art because it's either your job or you just have fun doing it. if you aren't getting paid AND you aren't having fun, why do it? 
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SharkMaster16 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I guess when you put I like that, you might be right
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:iconlightningcath:
LightningCatH Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student General Artist
This is really helpful ;A; Thankyou for making this ;A;
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:iconadriofthedead:
AdriOfTheDead Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Love this! Might be a shot in the dark, but do you have a high res print version available? I'd love to print this out and hang it on my wall to look at when I'm feeling the Art Lows™ :v
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016   Digital Artist
unfortunately no, that's an interesting idea tho i'll think about it when i'm tired of this version maybe :O
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:iconadriofthedead:
AdriOfTheDead Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016   Digital Artist
Okie dokie :thumbsup:
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A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a glass shattering to me when my teacher told me this. All I see when I draw are mistakes. Everytime. It used to bring me down so much before... Now I'm just trying to connect my ability to see with my ability to draw. Sometimes I still feel like shit though... 
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vexnir Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015   Digital Artist
I finally found this again.

This thing has been my lifesaver for over a year now and it helped me change my attitude towards art and improvement into a more healthy one. You have no idea how much this helped me. Thank you so much for posting this again (I can't find the original either) so I can show it to my artist friends!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015   Digital Artist
No problem!! I always try to think back to it too when i feel down, it's such a good way to keep everything in perspective!
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:icondiemirin:
DIEMIRIN Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2015
This is pure crap
who is the genius behind this lie
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:icondantesmilodon:
DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful, thank you.
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:iconhopeadreki:
HopeaDreki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Found the original (a few years ago, saved to camera roll, no idea where I got it from), I'm not the owner though. Thought if you wanted the cleaner graph, here it is:
hopeadreki.deviantart.com/art/…
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015   Digital Artist
no no, that's MY original, see my username down at the bottom LOL, don't upload art that isn't yours!
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HopeaDreki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Oh! Sorry, didn't see it. I would suggest making it bigger next time ^^; I explained a ton of other stuff in my other comment and took it down :)
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:iconsachi-pon:
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really interesting. i've thought about this before but i have never seen it in a graph.
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Humblelulu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty reassuring. Thank you for sharing this advice along with us! It makes me feel a bit better about the times where i hate my art haha. It is funny though how sometimes I can be like 'yeah this looks great!' then a week later or so think 'this is rubbish, how could I possibly think this was good'
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ZSparkonequus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool and true! ^^
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infinessence Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually really perf. There were always periods in my development where I believed I was at the top of my game, then realized I wasn't and got discouraged/went into hiatus, then started the cycle all over again. Nice!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Digital Artist
Yea, this should help people not hiatus so much, and instead working through it to get better even faster!
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infinessence Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely! I'm going to stay aware of this to use those periods to my advantage >:3
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WetMattos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is, like, an art applied explanation of the dunning kruger effect

a very good one, i might add
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
LOL that's a funny way to put it! When your ability to see is too low you're getting the incompetant side and vice versa for when you're ability to see is high i suppose :)
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Annanxo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art time low.
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Protozerg Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH!!! THANK YOU!!! I remember someone putting this up before... 

Ah I remember. :icondamaimikaz: mentioned this in her journal once. Maybe she knows where it came from. (Unless it's yours that she put up :XD:
damaimikaz.deviantart.com/jour…
It was this one If I remember correctly. 
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
yea... it even has my URL on the bottom, thats the old one LOL
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:iconprotozerg:
Protozerg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh. >.< Well, at least that got cleared up =P
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got it from a painting group on Facebook.
No idea what it's original source was ^^
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:iconprotozerg:
Protozerg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I see. Well, hopefully the artist will appear eventually. :D
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:iconfoolna:
Foolna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
So true.
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Saaally Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014
this totally explains art blocks! i've realized years ago that after an art block, i ALWAYS seem to have magically gained some sirius skill/improved a lot! my theory was that my brain was loading new knowledge somehow :iconyaomingmemeplz: but this makes a lot of sense because whenever i'm in an artblock, i look at art a lot and really study it, and start to grasp more of what's going on in the pieces.

mind blown! thank you for uploading this! <3
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Royal-Manda Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Ia ccidently found what you've been talking about!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0g_g…
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thedrunkenwerewolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Truest story ever told. Not just for artists but writers too. Heck, anyone doing anything.
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BlueMormon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I spent most of this year being depressed and thinking that my art totally sucks. This has really helped me understand what I'm going through. Now I know not to give up. Thank you!
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Elf2807 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soo true
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:iconthesyrin:
TheSyrin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah this makes sense...
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks!
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ravenclawtimelord Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013   Digital Artist
yw hope it helps :)
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ravenclawtimelord Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i did
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:iconronrororo:
Ronrororo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for putting this all together!<3
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013   Digital Artist
for sureee i hope it helps put things in perspective!
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:iconronrororo:
Ronrororo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
It certainly does! thank you again! :hug:
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izfanx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Best Graph i've seen in years. AWESOME :D
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013   Digital Artist
sorry this is late, but thanks!
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TheEmptypot Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah is this by any chance based on the video by Sycra? www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0g_g…
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Digital Artist
nope, in my description i wrote about where i heard of it. it's possible THAT person maybe saw the video but i have no idea since i cannot find their blog anymore v_v
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Nukilik Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
This actually doesn't make me feel better. On the contary.

Now whenever I think my art is not terrible I'll know it IS, I just can't see it because my ability to see is even worse XD
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