So not just doing this for the badge...
I joined deviantART nearly 8 years ago, in January 2007. My best friend, Nikki, had been on the site for a while and introduced it to me. It was fantastic because
- I didn't have an internet connection at home so relied on occasional lunchtimes at school to get online.
- dA wasn't blocked from our school server, even though most other sites (bebo, myspace, youtube etc) were.
- Myself and Nikki were super into the 'emo' thing so I got to look up thousands of pictures relating to the subject (examples below).
As time went on, I started visiting my aunt and uncle, who had very fast internet. I was able to upload my drawings and thought I was the dog's bollocks.
Yeah, the 'emo guy' one is clearly a rip-off of the similar drawing in my 'emo' montage above. Such original. Much talent. Wow.
I generally scanned my drawings, redrew the lines on some of them in MSPaint and eventually, edited them in 'Pixela Image Mixer' (because it was on my computer already). Suffice to say, I didn't know what the fuck I was doing most of the time.
Katey, Complaints, Kat.
After about two years of derping around on here, I got super into the forums, and met the wonderful Katey (iKiska).
I started college not too long after that, and got my first laptop. Due to living with my afore mentioned aunt and uncle, I suddenly had constant internet access. It allowed me to be a lot more active on here and inspired me to up the ante on my art.
I spent a lot of time on in Complaints with Katey. We were there for the fall of BleedLikeAGod, for the panty icon brigade and the beginning of Grievances. Among other events.
We became very close, and along with a ragtag bunch of weirdos, started on a mission to teach a girl, Kat (The last username I remember communicating with her on was 'tsukinohoshi').
This actually helped me improve my own art, because I couldn't be a teacher if I couldn't draw at all.
I did a total of 25 redlines. TWENTY FIVE.
Unfortunately, as is the way with the internet, drama followed eventually. There was a fight, Kat deleted. Life went on.
The Digital era.
As time went on, I started to dabble a bit more in the digital side of things.I EVENTUALLY figured out that there were decent, free photo manip programs out there, and ended up downloading GIMP.
My drawing style itself was improving at this point, and GIMP allowed me to clean up drawings in a way I didn't think possible.
Obviously, these are all from my 'bright colours ftw!!' stage.
I also got very into intricate 'words and drawings mashed together' kind of drawings. I'm still doing this. Currently drawing every song from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' on my living room wall.
'The Way I Live Now.'
Due to real life being a thing, I don't have the time to derp on dA much anymore. I have a job now, a wonderful long-term partner (David) and two beautiful babies (Jake the cat and Eddie the terrapin).
I met Katey in person last Easter. A friendship that would never have happened without this website.
I still draw occasionally, and I think I've improved.
I hope to continue improving. I'm very much into digital drawing now, when I draw at all. I'll always be happy that I joined this site. It's a constant source of inspiration, and a great place to make friends and learn.
I'm grateful for everything I've done and seen on this site.