So apparently, I missed the memo that the 14th DeviantArt Story thing was supposed to be a journal about MY work
Still... the people I follow are super cool and have had a huge hand in how my art developed over the 6 years I've been an active member. I highly recommend checking them out on this journal feature
Without further ado- my REAL DeviantArt story
Let's see... what's the oldest artifact I can drag out from the bowels of my gallery?
Dear God, please not that project......
Just... don't ask. We don't talk about that project anymore.
What's next? Oh! The dragon phase!This was when I was taking a lot of inspiration from reference photos I found online. I mashed them together in my brain and came up with some cool black and white drawings. I had just graduated high school and, as I had been since I was little, I was ready to become a kick-ass illustrator!
Freshmen year of college, I began to really learn a lot in regards to using different mediums and, perhaps more importantly, color.
^Fun fact! The middle image is one of the first paintings I'd ever done 100% in Photoshop!
With a MOUSE
Ah yes, the vampire and mostly-naked-lady phase! The first image here was a redrew of a drawing down by a different artist I'd found here on DA. She was nice enough to let me do the drawing and I used it as an opportunity to learn more about digital painting. Still with a f**king mouse.
I also hit my first 1,000 page views during this time and I began to look at DA as a resource more valuable for feedback.
Fast-forward to my internship in Italy. Featured here are items that best represent three of the most important obsessions that developed during this time. These things really have shaped me a lot over the years and the communities of DA helped foster these obsessions (for better or for worse).
The first is a love of art history-- manifested through a short comic I had made that featured Leonardo Di Vince and Michelangelo.
The second representing an important step I'd taken in recognizing a deep rooted fear I'd had since childhood. It was years after this poem was written that I was finally able to come to terms with this fear and be free of it.
The third-- PIGEONS! Look at them... AREN'T THEY ADORABLE??
Next, I entered my first contest (which I didn't win, but that's okay) and started flooding my gallery with design commissions and roll-play stuff from a (now dead) pbp I got really involved in. I started (and closed) my first DA group!
2011-2012 was special. A lot happened! I started doing series images, finished my senior showcase at college AND became a published illustrator! Two of the three images below are featured on my personal website, which is provided by my DA subscription.
I jumped headlong into the writing community on DA and immersed myself in poetry and short stories. I was still learning a lot about digital painting (this time with a drawing tablet) and got my first Daily Literature Deviation!
When Intending Permanence
When one intends "permanence",
one must write it with
a well-crafted ampersand.
I made a breakthrough at the end of 2012 on a number of levels. Created (and posted) some of my first fanart EVER, really became comfortable with my drawing tablet, and used a writing contest on DA to finally express (and come to terms with) all of the fear crap I'd been facing head on for the past three years. I didn't win the contest, but I did receive an honorable mention.
Resolution23 years living
There was a time
when I’d sit to rhyme
and every line
would carefully define
this mental grime.
With intentions malign
the words would twine,
like some horrid design,
and on the page they’d shine;
all an act, easy and fine.
Such filth brought to light
by a hand made of pyrite,
then, with a voice so polite,
read aloud like frostbite
and dried with sulfite.
The memories I’d recite
of the ever-present floodlight,
the bodies that would ignite,
up in flames by a gaslight,
and the final scream of a Semite.
An eleven-year old heir
who was just so aware;
but for her age to bear
this fowl nightmare…
it just wasn’t fair.
She wasn’t there,
never witnessed warfare,
though in her mind somewhere
she recognized the despair
and transcribed the affair.
17 years in the making
For the sake of my pride
through the years it would hide;
I was afraid of the riptide
and the fear festered and fried,
waiting by the wayside.
On the outside
Then..... this happened:
Not only did I have the balls to post some guilty-pleasure Sailor Moon fanart... but people liked it. Like.. they encouraged me to make MOAR!
Well, THAT opened a can of f**king worms!
I entered Sailor Moon themed contests, Peggy Marinos was born and the rest, I have to say, has been history. I've improved my art dramatically over the past year alone and much of that can be credited to the incredible senshi community on DA. Thanks to their support and encouragement, I pushed my limits and stepped out of my artistic comfort zone more times than I care to count. Though this seemingly fluffy fanbase, I achieved things I never thought possible. From taking on commissions to entering contests, from creating my first animation in under a month-- to raising $3,500 for a charity supporting rape victims...
To my offline friends, it was fan art. To me, it was "challenge accepted"
Welp, that's me to date! I hope you enjoyed!