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Improvement Meme 200?-2012 by Wicked-Illusion Improvement Meme 200?-2012 by Wicked-Illusion
Hope you had fun with 200?-2006. These are the better ones :rofl: Oh the stuff I drew...

Well, the only more serious regrets I have is not starting to draw earlier and using bad/inappropriate drawing tools/materials for such a long time which considerably slowed down my progress. Just the contrast between 2007 and 2008 speaks for itself. Actually, it's only now in 2012 that I can say I finally got all the art supplies I think I needed to be able to do the best work possible, as good as my current skill level and patience allows of course. :)

:liquisoft: 2005(?)-2006 - spent browsing various personal art websites and admiring pretty pictures. It all started with discovery of Zindy-Zone.dk and *Zindy's work got me enormously inspired, so that's how I started drawing for serious in the first place. I wanted to draw and have pretty pictures too. :D

:liquisoft: When I first started it took me approx. 2-4h for a drawing. Sometimes I'd finish up to 2 drawings a day, or even 3 in couple of occasions. :faint: Now I finish under 20 a year (this year I don't even have 10 yet :noes:) and it takes me...I do not want to know how many hours! It's better that I don't know, really! Just the time I spend on my ACEOs is insane :crazy: Although, I can give you the approx. stats from a year ago: min. 20-60+ hours, sizes worked on: 2.5x3.5"(ACEO), A4 and A3. I'm guessing most of them (A4s) took somewhere between 25 and 35h and the actual drawings were all, more or less, smaller than A4.

:liquisoft: On one occasion I burned 200 of my drawings exactly, wanted to burn much more and I'd still have plenty left. Unfortunately, you must keep some for various reasons even though you'd rather pretend they never existed. XD

:liquisoft: I don't know if you can tell, but I constantly challenge myself with all kinds of 'hard', 'new', 'different' drawings to see not only if I could do it but if I could do it really good. Drawing a first ACEO ever of a hard subject I never drew before, drawing something that seems very tricky and hard I never drew before, drawing a complex and detailed subject I never drew before in a medium I practically have no experience with, not to mention skills, etc. Why not? And then I accept no less than a very good or even fantastic result. Mediocre is not accepted. Realistic expectations, right? :lol: Taking small steps, trying with something simple for the beginning, what's that? I have no time for that sh*it, it all or nothing right away. XD And the funny thing is, it has worked every single time so far, if my memory serves me right. :) I also like to try some new medium, type of art, etc. from time to time. So far you could've seen me drawing with graphite, colored pencils, doing photomanipulations, digital paintings, photography, making jewelry and other stuff with polymer clay, designing and coding Journal Skins...God knows what's next.

:liquisoft: I've tried different things, but I don't feel like I've made a lot of improvement in the last 3 years. Nothing very noticeable at least. Luckily, it's usually like that for most people: drastic improvement and difference between old and new in the start and then everything slows down.

:liquisoft: My favorite years are definitely 2010 and 2011. Both because of the drawings I did, how much I like many of them and how happy I am with how they turned out. 2011 especially for all the 'firsts' - it was a great year.

:liquisoft: As you've noticed, I practically draw only fanart now, but that's bugging me a lot, I want to and have in plan many, many other drawings, but they almost always lose in the fight for priority, especially because some things you gotta draw before it's "too late"and the moment, inspiration and especially motivation for it is gone. And there just so many fantastic TV shows/movies (or maybe I just watch too many of them? :rofl:) and SO much TV show/movie love to turn into drawings. When I finally have enough of each fav I will have peace. For now I'm currently "done" only with Harry Potter, Fringe, Dexter, etc.

:liquisoft: Now when looking at 2012, I can't believe the year is almost over and I have only drawn a few ACEOs plus one normal sized drawing. What the hell did I do the whole year? Quality over quantity, sure, but at least a few more drawings wouldn't hurt! I've never drawn so few. :crying: Last year I did over 15, thinking how I'll draw even more this year because ACEOs will be relatively quick :rofl:


And this was my shorter version of my shorter version of my shorter version of my description. Oops.
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Original meme tempate by *Kamaniki, edited and filled by me
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myostis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
houli mouli what a progress!!!! :-O I'm speechless! phew you're great!
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Pinewhisker123 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Love seeing the progress. The tone and shading you use is interesting and captures the eye. Keep up the awesome work c;
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r0LaNdB2001 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome works...it keeps getting better and better everyday...
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Fluzzen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
This is the most inspiring thing I've ever seen.
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zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The improvement from 2007 to 2008 is extraordinary! Drawing materials make all the difference. And hardwork. :) Best of luck with all your future works. Waiting to see more :)
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Andtrains Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SUPER REALISTIC OMG
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lacidart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
wow, this is amazing.. seing how people improves, and you did it so quick!
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sonofrage Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hats off!! :D
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N0rks Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I always love seeing things together like this!

You've progressed quite fast over the years, every year you seem to make a leap forward and/or in another direction. :aww: Even in the later years I can see changes in your style, although not as big leaps as in the first few years, like you said. :)
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Believe me or not, but I have read your whole comment :D
I really looove such memes, I think it is really interesting to see once progress. Just looked through some of my veeeeeery old works today (I was about 5 years old when I drew them :lol: ), for me it is always a pleasure to see how the skills have developed over the years. I see your first works have very much white space, but as the years passes by your works are getting darker and deeper, quite similar to my progress :D Yeah backgrounds are really great :D
Gosh, this meme also remembers me how old I am, some works you did back in 2010 are for me like you have drawn them some month ago :faint:
Please keep up your good art, my dear, I am looking forward to new artworks from you :heart:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A :cookie: for you then :D
Thank you very much! :hug: Yeah, time passes very fast, I can't believe it will be my 6 years on dA in couple of months :shocked:
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
On 27th of December is my 6 year Deviantart anniversary , can you imagine that? :-O
Btw. I still haven't found the perfect drawing paper for me yet, even though I use quite good paper. :/
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine's on Jan 29. :)

I have and haven't. I have a paper with perfect texture for me, it's from Canson, but I want it to be more than just 180g/m2. I didn't get the chance to try more Canson papers which are more heavyweight, but I'm guessing the texture is probably the same, just gotta have the luck to find and pick the right one.

I've tried Strathmore Bristol 400series vellum and at first thought the texture was too strong, but it's actually weird, different, "dotted" vs "lined" Canson texture and I don't like it, while Strathmore Bristol 300 series vellum has completely different texture, not "dotted" and maybe too light for big drawings, but I really like it for my ACEOs and it's the only I ever tried using for them + the paper is 240g/m2 or 260g/m2 and that's exactly what's needed for this small papers to not get easily damaged, wrinkled.

That's nothing to worry about, most people find several papers they like working on the most, even if they never find THE one. Maybe if one day we could make orders like: I want it to be white as X brand, have texture like this paper from Y brand, be available in ... sizes, be as erasable as Z brand etc. :D
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh so you have joined dA just a month after me :O
I need a paper which has a nice surface in order to make smooth gradients, but on the other hand does not get destroyed as easily as my current paper does. And of course it shouldn't be too thin. It must be possible that such a paper is existing, doesn't it? :O
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, that's impressive! :clap: I admire the fact how quickly you've progressed!

Zindy was one of the very first artists I came across online in 2006, too! :giggle: I redrew a few of her drawings, but preferred to make my own "art".
"Completed over 200 drawings [ in 2006]" - do you really mean it? :XD: Jesus Christ! I thought I was crazy executing over 70 drawings in 2007. This was when I discovered soft pencils and went excited with the fact I could obtain a deeper blackness than before. I also blame myself for using the wrong paper and pencils [or rather: one HB pencil] for so long... :disbelief:

"On one occasion I burned 200 of my drawings exactly" - you're mad! :lmao: I don't know what had driven you to do so, but I'd have kept them to laugh at [if they were so bad what is hard to imagine in your case] or to recall your beginnings :)

I can relate with the fan art problem. It also bugs me. I have thousand of ideas of drawings, both from imagination or based on photos, but there is always some fan art that I am so fascinated by, that I end up rendering another famous face instead of something new and challenging ;___; I'm "happy" to hear I'm not the only one who feels the same.
On the other hand, you're doing plenty of other things [which you've mentioned: photomanipulations, digital paintings, photography, making jewelry], so after all you shouldn't feel so bad. You're creative!

I love your attention to detail even in such small ACEO portraits. Even tho you feel you haven't made any progress, I think you did. I bet that one year ago or two you'd not been able to execute such an accurate and detailed portrait as you're capable of now :aww: It'd have been amazing for sure, but now you're more experienced!

P.S. Oh no, why are you over drawing Dexter fan art? :noes: I'd love to see one more piece from you, for example Jennifer/Debra. But it's OK, I'll somehow cope with it :XD:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: I redrew a lot of her drawings too! At first I just wanted to have my own version of the pics I liked the most, but after zillion of reproductions, they turned out to be just a practice and time to figure out I actually want to draw my stuff and be an artist :D Yeah, both 200s are true and most of those 200 I burned were reproductions, I have very few left now and I'll probably get rid of them sooner or later. I have plenty of drawings to laugh at the beginnings. As I've mentioned a couple of times already, 200 is really not that impressive number if you drew every other day and it took you only 2-4h - in 365 days it strange there wasn't even more.

And just how many of us used wrong materials for so long...

Yeah, there is just so many things we're obsessing over and the new ones just keep on coming. Actually, not so much right now, only drawing and photography. Haven't made any digital art in about a year, I'm in a process to start afresh on a new account and just as I wanted to start with digital again, my tablet broke and it could be months till getting a new one.

Maybe you're right. I said I'm "done" which means I have one good drawings of it and is currently not on my to-draw list, but that definitely doesn't mean there won't be any more sometime in the future. (like I was done with HP project and then I drew Dobby ACEO :D ) Don't worry, some nice Dexter refs have been waiting for me for a long time and it's very likely one of them will be picked to be drawing before the show's ending. :)


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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
But the time you've spent on redrawing Zindy's works paid off! It's an excellent challenge and perfect way of practicing ^^

I know it it possible to draw such a number of drawings, but still :lol: I used to draw one thing in 2-4h, too, also used to draw a few portraits in a day, but I wasn't as crazy as you to produce 200! :XD: :giggle:

Oh, bummer! Hope you get a new tablet soon :hug:

Phew, I'm relieved :giggle: As I said many times, I adore how you draw, not who you draw, but when you portray some famous face that I like, I cheer even more :la: So, good luck on creating not only fan art - if you desire it!


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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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koala145179 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god, you already drew like a professional when you were my age ah i'd happily take teaching classes from you hah :aww:
you're skills are f a b
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really cool! I love seeing the progression and how much you've improved over time. I think you're doing really terrific work my dear and I always look forward to seeing your artwork :D
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Other people's memes are always fun to see, especially if of type of art we do too :)
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I look forward to you doing more with colored pencils too! :D You're very welcome my dear :hug:
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D17rulez Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
An amazing improvement meme. definitly an inspiration to a lot of pencil artist ;)
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! One one the reasons for uploading. :)
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alfredorf22 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! You´re so talent! :glomp:
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Kisii Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
This is really inspiring. It´s amazing how you improved from 2007 to 2008. I wish I had the time to finish over 200 drawings in a year.
I love all your drawings, you´re very talented(:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: I wish I had time for 20 now :D 200 was long time ago and it's really not impressive if you needed only couple of hours and drew almost every day. :)
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic impovement, you are very talented!:faint:
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Nocturnal-Link Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... absolutely amazing improvement.

Makes me truly wish I would have stuck with the drawing route, instead of venturing off to the Marines to be a warrior. It's close to my end of service now, and I'm looking towards college hoping they'll yet make a Diamond out of me. Hehe.

One question: How on earth did you ever get past smudging your own drawings all to hell? Perhaps I've been doing it all wrong, using my palm and pinky edge as a point of rest for manipulating the pencil?

Please, keep it up... don't ever postpone, deviate, or give up.
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's never late to start drawing again :) You mean unintentional smudging or? You gotta put a sheet of some paper under your arm to cover the drawing and always be careful to not put you hand on the drawing and move the paper around as necessary. In case you mean blending, I don't think I ever liked it and was always in dilemma should I and how much, what to blend and the most times I didn't like what the blending did to my drawings, etc. and figured I don't need to blend just because almost everybody else is doing it :)
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Nocturnal-Link Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alrighty! Yes, I meant unintentionally smudging your drawings. I've tried paper under my palm, but my movements just transferred through and ended up smudging it anyways.
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Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such improvements :faint:
you are amazing
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ViviDybowski Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This is amazing. Such a gifted person you are. :wow:
You know, this kinda encouraged me. Thank you for that.
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Masquerader13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
fantastic improvement over the years
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Charwee3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow they look great and altogether make an impressive body of work :)
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ReyeD33 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Svaka čast!! :wow: :clap: :worship:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
From talented to genius, an amazing collection! waw and congrats
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Still not even near where I want to be :)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
omg do i know the feeling!
I am a professional now and i should take some pride in that but i am still like a little kid with dropped jaw before the art of the masters and that will never change how good i am still going to get, there will always be better and i am totally ok with that, i love to admire and i sure do admire you honey! :hug:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, there is always tons of people to admire no matter how good you are, especially because we all have different styles, ways of work, type of work we do, etc. so it never stops being interesting browsing someone's else work. :clap: for you. I hope to do freelance work in digital art too someday, but my digital art skills are currently dusty and I need a lot more practice until I can say I'm good enough to offer my services, even though there are many artists with skills worse than mine who still them. (The only couple of book cover offers I was given when someone liked my work failed because of certain irresponsible stock providers who never replied to give permission, or didn't even bother leaving a contact address while at the same time had rules that demand you contact them and get permission for certain things. Typical -.-')
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh we think of ourselves as never good enough
i would never have dared to offer my services, luckily for me a serious compny contacted me here on da and i took the plunge ready or not!
end of december i have finished the game and the next one is probably mine too
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats! :dance: It's great when they contact us. There's nothing I'd like more than making whatever I like and then just people/companies contacting me and saying: I like this, I'd like it to be used for....and then you get payed. :D Earning from your art and not making it your job, not accepting commissions and making what the clients want but clients picking already finished works that suit their needs would be the most preferred, but you don't get that that often.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well i turned it into a job and it is the best job ever, it came out of the blue at the end of my carreer and thus i cherish it like a long lost love, it was my destiny somehow and i took a wrong turn for the money to pay for the household and the kids but it always felt like torture and sacrifice but now i do what i love and my boss is amazing, he leaves me a free hand in all the artistic dicisions and so often follows my suggestions, i couldn't be more blessed.
Moreover, i impress the youngsters lol, waw look at that old lady, she has such a cool job, digital painter for the gaming industry, never been more proud in my life and i did it all on my own, never got any help or schooling :faint:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic! I'm very glad for you! (I was speaking more about myself mostly. I you're lucky, when your art is also your job, it can be really great, you can enjoy getting pay doing something you actually like, but it can be completely the opposite, plus some people just like to leave it to be just a hobby, no matter how brilliant they are. You can always earn by selling prints, etc. without doing commissions and going pro.
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AlexHenkel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EVOLUTION!!! Evolution is everything!!!
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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sense983 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Wow, so many years, severe!
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drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so refreshing to view something of this nature, to actually see the devotion to ones craft cause such a blossom of improvement and perfection. Seeing so many here state that they have drawn a beautiful piece in two hours and that they have only been drawing for over a year is disheartening to those who are trying to do something with their abilites.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS AND YOUR CANDOR.
May 2013 be a great year for you.
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :glomp: It's all about work and practice. And if you have a natural talent, than great for you, you can improve even faster, but that doesn't mean someone who isn't a natural, but has worked and practiced much more than you can't be actually much better. People are mostly just lazy, want too much with too little work and often have unrealistic expectations and quit too fast before even realizing all the things they could do and be good at if only...

Yeah, and so many people think our talents drew all that, what hard work, countless hours of practicing our skills, all that effort, motivation and patience, etc.? :lol:
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