You've come a great way Sir Weasel, the main and best improvement I see is your ability to make an interesting piece (through better composition, light and textures). For example, I want to see what's behind that cliff, and I have a feeling the seagulls helped creating that interest. I've also came back to view that piece a few times, and it wasn't easly removed from my deviantwatch messeges.. I wish I could say the same, but I'm afraid I was stuck in my mediocre self for the past few years. It's the price for 'hobbying' art, and dedicating time to other fields of interest I guess.
Thats the spirit! There is ALWAYS something to improve And yes, it is cringing to look at old art but it is also motivational as you see that you actually did improved and that means that you still can ^^
Pretty much sums it up for me, I'm never satisfied with my work. I just hope I don't plateau, that's my worst fear. All I do is constantly strive for improvement, but there are times where I feel like no matter how hard I try, I just don't improve. Frustration is my common enemy and sometimes I let it get in the way. One can't improve by wishing they were better. Just have to work through the frustration. I hope one day I can reach the level of improvement you have achieved.
I'm thinking the same way. Back in 2007 I honestly thought I was amazing. Now I look at it all and think "Oh my, how much can a human being be wrong in its assumptions...!" It's been that way ever since, except my ego has taken a beating. Now I just think I'm decent. But for every year that passes I look back and ask "wait, I was NOT ashamed of this!? Why?" and that'll probably keep happening for ever xP