Yea, I'm jumping on this way late, but here we go.
Ok, so I joined a little over 5 years ago while I was still in high school. At that point, I'd had known about deviantart for a while, and even had a previous, and now deleted account. And I'm pretty sure I deleted it because my art was horrendous. But soon, I got over that, and made a new account so that I could show off this...
My very first Kingdom Keepers fan art!
And it is awful.
The Kingdom Keepers series really sparked me to draw. KK at the time had a small fandom, which meant that ideas surrounding the character's appearances were still up to interpretation. And I was also very much in love with the series.
Other art that followed... and I'm embarrassed to post these... were characters of my own design, from my personal stories.
I was almost as "lens flare happy" as J. J. Abrams...
And God, I don't even want to talk about how I drew hair.
Between these drawings and my next ones, there's this really weird gap in style. I don't know if I just stopped posting stuff, or I deleted a lot, but soon came an onslaught of Kingdom Keepers fan art which gave me a name, even though small, on deviantart. Much of this previous KK work has since been deleted, but I left behind my two favourites.
After my art became known in the fandom, I met
, who came to me asking If I wanted to help with a KK fanfic. Of course I said yes and gave her my characters Jerran and Penny to use in her stories. The Kingdom Guard is also still one of my favorite things, even though I've drifted away from the series it stems from.
The picture of Gale in the TRON universe is also one of my favorite old arts.
Aside from the Kingdom Keepers fandom, I also still continued to play with my own universe and drew a lot more of my own characters.
And then... college.
And with college came dramatic shifts in my interests. Particularly a loss of interest in the Kingdom Keepers.
The hardest part of the transition was shaking off the fandom. Which, no offense, I'm glad to be out of. I've gotten used to some of the craziness, but I still sometimes get peeved over how often my KK art gets stolen, or when fans beg for credits when they do "edits" of my work.
But in all honesty, I owe the Kingdom Keepers a lot. I had a lot of success with my work through it. I've won contests, my KK art is well known (even if they don't know I'm the artist), and my art is still shown in promotional material for the series. I also never thought my art would be shown at the D23 expo behind the author, Ridley Pearson, himself!
It was a magical ride while it lasted.
In college, I also struggled with my art once I began to learn to actually draw. It took me a while to find the compromise between the traditional teachings I'd been learning at school, and the digital I had taught myself. In fact, even today, I'm still trying to find that perfect compromise. But it has gotten less frustrating over the years.
My strip "Crabby Love" is one of my favorite things from my beginning years in art school.
Eventually, after a lot of practice and patience, I reached a happy medium where I'm overall satisfied with how I do things. I still have struggles, and bad art from time to time. But now that I do art for the sake of my own happiness and to please my own muses, the past two years have felt like the greatest I've ever had art-wise.
Some art from last summer.
In this past year, I even began to venture into the more social side of deviantArt. I joined The-Arhzung-Tribes
, and fell in love with it. Even though I feel like I'm just now (after a whole year) getting really active in there. But the times I was able to play during the school year were always pleasant and fun, and just a really great escape.
I also joined Hetherev
, an art challenge group which has really helped me push what I do and try new things. And is also another group I should be more active in.
Finally, I'm where I am now.
Years later, and still growing as an artist.
And I just want to thank all of my friends and followers for the journey. I honestly cannot name you all because I know I will accidentally leave someone out and then feel bad about it forever. But so many of you have been dear to me. I've appreciated the support, comments, faves, watches, inspiration, motivation, everything. Even when I don't respond to all of my inbox, please know, you didn't go unnoticed.
And a bigger thanks to those watchers who've been with me since my first year. I know I've got to be the wishy-washiest artist ever, with so many fruitless endeavors, but you guys still put up with me.
Some of you even let me borrow your characters to draw!
So much love for all of you!
And that's my deviantart story,
PS: Was going to include a list of inspiring artists, but again there were too many to name.