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It took a while to judge the 2016 Improvement contest.
First and foremost because the sheer amount of entries (Over 200 of them!!!) . Second because a lot of the entries had large descriptions underneath them, and I wanted to properly take the time to read all of them. 

What I first and foremost looked for in the entries was the amount of improvement, and the time it took to get that far. But even by those standards, the entries were fairly hard to judge. There were so many different people, on so many different levels, and with so many different styles. The second thing that I specifically looked for, where the descriptions underneath the artwork. I don't love to just see good improvement, but I love to see people share their process of how they got that far. Reading how people progress is inspirational, and it might be helpful for us all. 

Knowing I judged the entries by that standard, here are the long awaited winners:


Star! First place

Pinlin with
Draw Again Meme 2015-2016 by Pinlin
I don't only love the amount of improvement (it's massive) but also the way the artwork description takes you through her journey about finding out what to improve about this artwork. It's honest, interesting to peek inside the mind and see the idea behind the drawing, and it leaves up some open ends for (perhaps) next year.



Star! Second place

Kipip with 
2016 Improvement by Kipip
The sheer amount of added details in the new version, while keeping the style fairly consistent, is downright impressive. I know environments/backgrounds aren't most people's friend, but the amount of time put into this new artwork makes it impressive. Certainly a winner.



Star! Third place

nakaru-san with
Contest Entry by nakaru-san
This is one of the examples that shows how much of an impact a bit of change can make. It went from a cute drawing to a picture that leaves you wondering who those two characters are and what the story is behind it. Very impressive. 



Honorable mentions

(listed in no particular order)

Impressive entries that just didn't make it to the cut. 
You can still be pretty proud at yourself, though :)

Draw this again meme - Cornered by Black-Rose-92Traitor - before and after by MSJPSakura
Improvement meme by MarlitzaDamaiMikaz Challenge 2016 by Asu-hime
(CE) Draw This Again by Glamra
Moonlight Friends Redraw by KaffernsArtDraw again 2016 by IzhiGale


All other entries can be seen here


About the prizes 

To all of the winners: I will send you your prize Points  as soon as possible. 
Please claim your prizes from our other people by sending them a note or a message.


A final thank you

There's one last thing I'd like to say to you and that is: Thank you! 

A huge thanks to MyMelodyOfTheHeartCannabeDrawsHamish-MittyVanillatheNekosmash8989ZamarozvanniesambeawesomeZenopicPhantomDragon1meeshemomoxXCheshireSinXxProxyHorrorChap0ngFoxTa1lKittasticaAOTshadow1 and OoViolinaoO for donating prizes so generously. 

A huge thanks for all over the OVER 200 people that entered the contest, and the many more who shared the link on here on DeviantArt and on other Social media websites. You all did awesome, and it was really hard to pick a winner. 

May 2017 bring you lots of improvement and awesomeness.
And for those that didn't win: Let's see each other again at the 2017 improvement challenge!

Have a nice day! :dummy:
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:iconvanderstorme:
Vanderstorme Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Is it important to have the Draw-this-again meme border around it for the contest? I put mine without a border>  Redrawing Nekomo by Vanderstorme  
Just asking for next time, I was too late to enter with this one^^!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. As long as the dates are clear it's fine with me
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Vanderstorme Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Allright cool^^ I'll join next time! <3
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
I like the hard edges of the original art for the third place winner
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spacesailor10 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I love the first place entry!!! Amazing improvements!! Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
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xXCheshireSinXx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just saw this XD had to manually find it :P

gratz to the winners!
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TheChillBoss Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  New Deviant
Person: Hey, do you think I improved? *shows pictures*
Me: Yeah, I can really see you worked hard to make the new one look better then the old one
Person: Thanks!
Me: What about me? *shows two copies of the same picture*
Person: uuuh... it looks great... how did we meet again...
Me: THANKS! I WORKED SUUUUUUUUUUPER HARD ON THIS
Person: heheheheh.... I'm gonna go now....
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ProxyHorror Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners!!
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Sal-san Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Congratz to all winners xD
I think im gonna join again for 2017 improvement challenge :D.
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Vaporeon258 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on everyone's improvement and to the winners ^^
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MSJPSakura Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Congratulations to the winners! :)
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Jim-Jam-Universe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
congratulations to all the winnders! X3
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smash8989 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Gratz to the winners! maybe I will try to participate this year, idk, also waiting for dem winners to pm me and claim the prices I donated, though holy crap, with so many they will surely spend a lot of time deciding what to ask from each person XD
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Hamish-Mitty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oooohhh, my gosh! I went from having no story inspiration to having FOUR STORIES I GOTTA WRITE! ;-;-;-; (the fourst one being a competition, haha.)
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LizeKisaragi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was kinda depressed lately with my drawings but weirdly the fact im not the winner made want myself improving imstead complain to how suck I am. They' re deserve to win after all, congrat!!!
And this is was really funny thanks for contest! :iconyutasmileplz:
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JeffTK296 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Student General Artist
That was a really fun challenge
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HatsuXinny Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grats to all the winners ><

I'm pretty sad that I didn't even make it to the honourable mentions ;~;
I kept learning from other artists and try to improve myself, I thought I have grown so much since a few months ago,
but it still isnt enough I guess... I'll keep improving!!

Thank you for this chance, at least I really enjoyed to redraw one of my oldest arts! XDD
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There were just so many good entries
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krasuchu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, everybody was amazing! I didn't even have a chance, but it was fun to try anyway~

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for making this contest!
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N4ERO Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
Oh my god ! 

The winners did really deserve the first places !  
This year's entries were so great, I had no chance...  Yato Trash Icon


But I won't give up, next year I'll make a digital drawing and I promise you it'll be better than all the useless crap I usually make on digital !   
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Crymsiscles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
*Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) Congratulations everybody!!! We did amazing! An extra congratulations to the super fabulous winners and runner(s?) up(s?). *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) 

Most of all a huge thank you from me to all you glorious people who made this possible. Ghost Icon Ghost Icon Ghost Icon 

I hope to see everyone again next year, lets kick some ass! <3 Sheep Emoji-1 (Being Kawaii fluffy) [V1] 


(BTW. You all showed some amazing improvement and talent, I am in awe of all the talent you all brought to this contest!) Fox emoji - yay! 
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Shin-Shiroko Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulation to all the winners
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randomguy2k15 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Conrats! Awesome improvements right there! :happybounce: 
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:iconmisaki-onee-san:
Misaki-onee-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
In may again? O.o
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Lauriinjsh Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to all of you, even to those who didn't win, because you all got something out of this! This all is really inspiring... :happybounce: 

Thank you DamaiMikaz for making this contest! I think we all, who participated, got to test ourselves and see our improvements! Personally, I was really happy with my improvements, so, thank you, again! Heart 
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Turq-I-Taq Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the opportunity! Congrats to the winners, they definitely deserved it! :>
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KittysJiri Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Congrats to all of the winners and runner ups! Those were some amazing improvements!
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DefinitelyCringe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, all of these features improvements really inspired me! It's lovely to see a change of mood, to give it more impact! And seeing you too improve from the old pieces does show me how far we have all come, so thank you for holding these Improvement Challenges!
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow. These are so impressive! It's always inspiring to see the improvements and changes of other artists.
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Popularite Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Darn, didn't win again! Oh well, wish i'd at least made the honourable mentions, I guess there's always next year. Congrats on the winners, though.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's always next year :dummy:
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Popularite Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Indeed!
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ItsukiSakura Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this one got worse, not better...kaffernsart.deviantart.com/art…

the grass went from detailed to an indiscernible blob of green, but their character drawing did improve, just not much of anything else

congrats to the winners, though. Guess I'll try again next time...maybe, I don't know, it just seems like the winners are chosen based on which art looks the best in the end, rather than how far they traveled from the beginning.

If I were the judge, I'd say that this one would have one, because LOOK at that PROGRESS, seriously! glamra.deviantart.com/art/CE-D…

Anatomy, shading, lighting, atmosphere, pose, detailing, all improved monumentally! But whatever, the contest is over and I hope to see you all here next time~!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I said in the description... the entries weren't judged by the quality of art alone. The description was calculated as well.

The first one you mentioned didn't get worse. 
Yes, there might be less detail on the grass, but the anatomy, lighting and perspective are actually a lot more elaborate. 
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KenLit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Awesome! Congrats to the winners :)
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Rushingwater2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When is the next challenge?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the end of 2017 probably :lol:
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Rushingwater2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay =.(^u^)=
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LabSister Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student General Artist
Congrats to the winners! Sad I wasn't one of them because I do traditional art and almost all of the winners were digital *COUGH* :D

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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't depend on the medium. There were just far more digital entries than traditional ones
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ryky Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats :) awesome Improvements !!! :)  
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Espamistwalker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners c:!
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hai-tan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHOUT-OUT of pride for my best friend nakaru-san - congratulations bae!!!!!!! //huggles super tight//
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nakaru-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yOUR THE BEST SUPPORT THAT I COULD HAVE Pearl Emote 10 
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hai-tan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHERGHLA
ILY BAE QUQ
//HUGS YOU SO TIGHT//
 hug 
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nakaru-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] 
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Casey-The-Fruit-Cake Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHH I'm so happy nakaru-san was a winner! Yours was one of my favourites and your art is just so nice ;-; tech me

Congrats!!
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nakaru-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awh thank you so much :iconleeblushplz:
and pfft, go ahead and ask me anything <3
i also got a journal here for constructive criticism and stuff ;v ;
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lunamoonpool Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
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Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's some amazing progress!
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