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Improve or Perish by Ashwings Improve or Perish by Ashwings
Something all artists should know about. The need to improve, or be left in the dust to stangnate, well at least thats how I see it anyways.

Kinda vague but you can make it up from there...I hope.
I guess it's okay to leave the character ambiguous, so all can relate.

India ink on #24 illustration board. Probably a solid 6-7 hours was put into this...or 5...I'm gonna go with 5, makes me sound like I have a life...

edit! Fixed somethin on it, gotta fix the print, so I deactivated it u___u don't want people buying the print with the boo boo on it.
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BlackLightning205 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I love your piece and I totally agree with your description, we're all up against this challenge to improve, don't be the one left behind. Keep moving forward and always remember you aren't alone. Keep pushing for perfection everyone! :)
Rikutida Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
This picture speaks the truuuth.

And it's pretty, too <3
kunoichi-kari Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
so great!!
AquaIris Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
awww thats wicked :D
BoyCancer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Hot like wasabi, but how did he die? Was is suicide, or murder? and if so, why? Than again, perhaps you didn't go that far into the drawing. Ah well. ^_^
ixaarii Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
interesting dramatic.
RustedSanity Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
That is such a fantastic piece!
I like the concept, and the artists. ha.
The artwork itself is just great though.

I apologize if I've already commented. I have too much files saved on my computer and I'm going through my favorites list ^^;
JACKIEthePIRATE Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Student Filmographer
wow youre awesome!!! i absolutely love this picture :D
GrimAssault Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
that kind of looks like me.

I like it. a lot
pingpongaddict Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
Something all artists should know about. The need to improve, or be left in the dust to stangnate, well at least thats how I see it anyways.

true words those ones....... I'd like to add by saying that your ink skills are smick as.....nice work
IllusionOfLunatics Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
I knew what it was right when I saw it. Good name and good image. Awesome job.
StraySora Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
nice dead guy!
Kazu-sama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
An excellent use of the black^^ I am much impressed, I sometimes feel like this lol^^
Maggie-Bones Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
*laughs* I feel like that somedays...
devileddante Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005
Thats really cool. love it!
What you say could be true Improve or Perish?
I'll go with improve to be safe.
Nice work again :clap:
xylia0o0 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005
I absolutely love the amount of detail you put into this, esp. the hair, it's amazing :)
zioncross Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
I know what you mean on the need to improve... It's a line every artist needs to cross, its hard to do so. But by just looking at great at work, motivates you to get better and better even if its slow.
yourblankpage Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
this is awesome!
BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ashelin-Fuyu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
Lovely drawing. very well done. ^-^
AmeriaBlack Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
You're right!
I liked the colours very much... love this black and white/light brown stuff... *-*
Faullen Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
yes i can see what you mean i always look for improvement yes
vvalhallaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
improve or die... great concept it's a reality i used to draw more some years ago and I let it because of that improving thing but only for me and know It's so difficult to me to catch the pencil relaxed... How I see you don't have that problem awesome work it deserved the hours that u spendt on it, i love the pencils broken they directly hurt me in a good motivated way :heart:
sreavl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
That looks awesome.... I like your style a lot
doqaz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Greathing. Maybe I should take that more seriously.
toboewolf1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
hm....*sigh* grades depress me...improvementimprovementimprovement.. ..@_@....*goes and sits in corner....rots there*
ExtremeSi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
How do I like all your stuff!?!
Queen-of-Shitland Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
How true your words ring! True artists evolve. Those posers who get by through stealing, tracing, and copying won't ever improve; there's nothing to improve on.

This picture is very awesome, by the way.
zamico Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
that is so cool
and dramatic as well :lol:
Codelyokolover Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005   Writer
That's a good choice for a print... It really keeps people active, lol. IMPROVE OR PERISH
anjiru Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
Thats one way to express your frustration, and I know the feeling all too well. Wonderful job on the imagery, I love monochrome pieces like this =p
caglisto Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
very good
towel11 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Ooh. This looks nice. I love the pure concept of this, and the sketchy ness makes the meaning feel more realistic, I guess. I like how you put everything into place.

I guess this is also expressing how every artist feels when they are in an artist block I guess.

But if I went into explanation I might just resay everything you said.

So I'll end it here.

That sounded too serious...


moe58 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
that is really good, and having in black and wite, really completes the pic, i just have one question though, are those pencils sticking out of the neck?^^;

Ashwings Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
Yup yup! :3
moe58 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
that is really cool,
No-thing Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
..going threw that kinda patch at the moment >_>.
luna-piena Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
A very beautiful work indeed.

for sure is a :+fav:
kidchan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005   Digital Artist
Uwaaa...@_@;;; *SWT*

I think I get what yu meant....XD;;;
and sumhow I am motivated by this masterpiece :D YOSH!! ganbarimashou ka!! >w<

p.s : I luv yur inking..very neat :D :heart::heart:
Endelva Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
A very very good job!
rHyMe-rEaSoN Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
The scary reality of life, yup. T_T
Nehemiah Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
boredchild10389 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
hmm...thisnpicture motivates me to do better. thank you, gotta fav. ^^
NatalieKiea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
I know that need all too well. I've felt like destroying every drawing I've ever made just so I can start a new on other drawings. Anyways, lovely picture.
DiziInsomniac Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
You did a very, very good job on this Ashwings. And you ARE right, every artist or writer has that little voice sometimes whispering and sometimes screaming "improve! you gotta do better!" Frustration always hits you- well.. atleast in my case. Alot of people can relate to this peice. Thats why i like your stuff so much, i can relate sometimes.. :nod:

..No matter how hard she tried, she thought of suicide..
chrisbrasil Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005   Interface Designer
thats a lovely picture you have drawn there dear, keep up the good work...

may god be with you... ;)
Jezunya Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Wow, that's.... really morbid..... o.O;;
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lammoth Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Indeed. It's a shame to feel this way though, it ain't supposed to be part of an artist's work.
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