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So people have been writing these for deviantART's 14th birthday I presume? Regardless, I thought I'd contribute to it and try my absolute best to rack my brain for memories of my time here at deviantART. Despite the fact that I've deleted huge portions of my gallery and cleansed it of the "weeaboo" crap as best I could, there should be some things I can salvage, and I haven't completely bombed my entire gallery of course, it's still there,the multitude of art, just not as big as it used to be. But whatever, let's try and start from the beginning here ok?
I joined deviantART April 1st 2007 with a deep, burning love for all things Naruto, but mainly one of the more popular characters, "Hinata Hyuuga". I had just gotten into the whole Anime scene you see, a close friend of mine had opened up the doors when he taught me how to pronounce the word "Anime" as "ann-e-may" and not "a-nime". I was pretty into it before joining deviantART yes, but signing up for an account here just skyrocketed my obsession to new, embarrassing, heights. But where were we? Oh yes, Hinata. At the time, all I wanted to draw was Anime. Anime, Anime, Anime. I used my skills from a cartooning class I was attending to springboard into this new drawing phase. The best I could do was copying other artwork,screenshots or manga panels with my greylead, and I thought I was pretty good at it. A fairly recent example of this can be seen here: I printed out various pictures of anime characters by the bucketload. And I mean bucketload. I probably destroyed an entire rainforest I used that much paper. What I did with these pictures was use them as reference (a practice I still use today, naturally), or just outright copy them onto even more paper. In a google search on that fateful day of April 1st, I found this one particular image of a chibi Hinata Hyuuga and instantly fell in love with it. "I HAVE TO PRINT THAT!" thought my prepubescent 11 year old mind. So I clicked it, and it took me the picture's deviation page, with the name of the artist and all the comments and favourites and what have you. I wanted this image so badly, so I made an account then and there. Just like that. And you might remember my old username? Yes, that name is:
HINATAISCUTE Or, hinataiscute, as it was displayed on the website here.
The funny thing is, I can't even show you this Hinata picture, because despite making an account solely for it, I never favourited the damn thing! Idiot! But yes, it was extremely important to my time spent here.
Because a huge chunk of my gallery has been deleted, I can't show you too much, but I can tell you my gallery was heavily saturated with Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, Negima and Lucky Star amongst other things. I was enjoying myself though, I made some friends, who are all either deactivated now or just dead or something I suppose, and had my anime-introducing school chum with me too, who is now also gone. I was using xD too much, and my journals were all in lowercase with obnoxious grammatical errors about cringe-worthy subjects such as:
- My obsession with Naruto - Happy Tree Friends (That I got really into for some reason...?) - My mission to hunt down Plush toys of characters I adored - Using the "l33t" language (JESUS F*CKING CHRIST)
Then I guess more older watchers of mine would remember that puberty kicked me in the face hard and suddenly I was a savage animal to put it bluntly. This greatly affected my art, and while I made it my mission to rid the world of everything I drew in that stage, you can still see how it influenced me later on:
Now I'll save you from the wordiness of the journal so far and try to explain myself with images more. I'd say about 2009 I was calming down a little bit, used very loosely mind you, but I started taking requests for people. By 2010 I was getting more normal. I was however smacked in the face with a sudden obsession with "Scott Pilgrim" and I'd say that has to be hands down one of the biggest influences on my art style to date. This is especially true when you look at my comic titled "C.o.L." or "Comics of Life", started in 2011 when I was doing work experience at the time. I loved and still do love these comics. They really did help in making particular difficult situations in my life more light-hearted, and I'd find myself thinking throughout the day how I could illustrate a particular situation in a humorous way. And thankfully, you people enjoyed them too! You can see here how the style has developed over the years I've been drawing them with the very first comic and the latest one:
Of course I have to address "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" because it was around this time in 2011 (June-ish) that I was sucked up into the show, accurately shown here:
Now not only would this show help me therapeutically (Because I have serious pessimism issues, evident in thousands of journals written on this account talking about how my art is rubbish and I give up), but it entered me into the world of digital art! This was all very, very exciting for me, but also extremely intimidating, and it still is to this day. My very first digitally coloured piece was pony related:
From here on, digitally coloured pieces would become more common, among a gigantic flood of Pony art, which is still going strong to this day, I think! And sure, my digital skills are not fantastic, but we'll get there someday.
Not yet have I experienced something else that has affected me as greatly as Scott Pilgrim and My Little Pony in terms of my art, but that's not to say I haven't become involved in more things as time progressed. But as I've moved on into the present, my content has been varied greatly with traditional and digital pieces, which is something I never thought would happen, being so opposed to digital art for some reason back in my early days.
I'm not exactly sure where to go to from here, but I've become a fan of series like Homestuck and Adventure Time, and also an avid viewer of Game Grumps among other things, so my art has just been a giant culmination of all these interests, and whatever characters pop up in your deviation stacks of mine is related to what I'm feeling into at the time.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is, I am very big on fanart. I do draw original things, but I am pretty privy about all that stuff! It kind of embarrasses me showing off my original characters and things. Being so big on fanart, I can't say that I can notice any distinct artistic style in my things. That's not to say there isn't one, and artists might not be able to tell they even have a style, but because the things I draw are so radically different to each other I can't see any consistency. One minute I'm drawing a colourful pony, and then I'm drawing a troll, so it's hard to say.
And yes, I stay very "safe". I notice that I don't branch out and try new things too often, like different colouring techniques or shading, or drawing different poses if I'm drawing people. You will notice a lot of portraits because I've been sticking to that formula for such a long time. Thankfully, school has opened a door to change, I just need to continue going down that path, because I know now that I can be different! It's still really apparent to me though that I am pretty damn negative about my stuff. I get into these moods when all I want to do is destroy everything I've made, or just give up and never try again. But drawing means so much to me now, it's just impossible. I could never stop, and I never want to. I love it, but it really hits me hard with those mood swings. Things like my infamous "BEST DRAW" show accurately how much I can hate myself at times:
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. My extremely wordy and lengthy deviantART journey, the best my memory can conjure up anyway. Thanks if you spent your whole day reading this, and thanks if you didn't! I had fun writing it all regardless.
I hope I can improve in the future as I can continue to draw and all that nonsense, and while it's been quite a rollercoaster ride here on deviantART, it's been awesome, and has definitely been pretty influential for me, even if I'm not as involved as I once was, and don't have anywhere near the insane number of friends as I once did.