As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and neither is anyone’s talent. Sure, we might be born with a modicum of skill, but unless we cultivate it, that skill will likely fall to the wayside — something you’ll always be good at, but never great. When people freaked out over Marc Allante’s illustration of a lion, he decided to show them how long it took for him to get there. He’s been drawing for 26 years, and his early work is obviously nowhere near the level of his current. Through hard work, dedication, and practice, he became the awesome illustrator that he is today — and it’s kind of amazing to see his evolution.