It's kind of weird how there's something popular going around the DA and after reading a few of everyone's DA stories, I decided to take it up myself to write my feelings about this place that we know as: Deviantart.
Let's see...my story begins more then 11 years ago, as a matter of fact probably around 15 to 17 years ago when I was a budding artist, as long as I remember, I was able to scribble even a line as soon as I was able to pick up a pencil or a crayon, little I knew at the time I was given a great talent, I wasn't just some kid who was hooked on videogames or something, I was becoming a cartoonist! It was about 5 grade when I decided to begin my artistic career, normally I just spent my time doodling stick figures and just have them battle each other just for my amusement as well letting my imagination run wild. Despite the fact I was clearly a class target for bullies and so forth, I never stopped myself from doing the thing that would ultimately shape my lifestyle. One day, I remember reading about the Revolutionary War of the 1700s and my teacher needed a volunteer to illustrate a scene from the war or anything having to do with the time period. I raised my hand and wanted to be the first to be called up, but the teacher called someone else, much to my dismay. But despite this kid was a better artist, and I could only draw stick figures at the time, the kid started to draw a mess load of random objects without any knowledge gained from the material at hand, I felt bad for him but then suddenly the teacher asked me to come up and draw. I was a little eager, too eager to showcase my talents but as she placed the marker in my hand (which felt good to hold) I nervously looked at my history book and found a picture and I felt like: "Hey, I'll draw this.". A few minutes later after using two markers, the teacher saw what I drew up, it was a scene taken place at the "Bunker Hill Battle". The teacher looked at me with a smile and even the kids started to whisper amongst themselves; "That's pretty close!" and other synonyms, and then to my surprise, I was given a round of applause! I have never heard of this praise before! I took a bow and went back to my seat and continued my studies, I was onto something that would shape my life that's for sure.
Then way into the future, after I graduated elementary school, and discovered both the pros and cons of the internet, I was following this artist who was a major source of inspiration for me, that was
also known at the time: FirebirdBMK. She was a very sweet and caring artist and she drew fantastically! I loved how she did her renditions of my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog characters and her firebird character was pretty too! I followed her works from sites and message boards such as "The Lost Artists", "Team Artail", and many others at the time. Although my time there was lukewarm to say the least, with me being the brunt of everybody's jokes, both FB, and another artist named
was there to support me when some of them took their jokes way too far. Despite this, I learned a lot about how other artists drew and colored their works and I was itching to take my artwork to the next level, but I did admit, I was very intimidated by the other artists at the time. The most I could draw were drawings like this:
and even worse. I had the right idea when I was creating my own original characters, first I started off drawing myself as a generic anime character with spiky black hair, slim and sporting a shirt with the words yWo (which meant: World Yoshi Organization, which I was a fan of both WCW wrestling and the Nintendo character:
) and then later during middle school, I created Daxter, a blue dragon whom I was inspired by Akira Toryama's works, and then another character named Phang, a cobra/naga. Despite my limited access to a scanner and no graphics tablet at the time, I continued to draw and learn another fun skill; role playing. I wasn't just pretending to be me, or a fantasy version of myself, I was learning how to be the characters I draw! I continued practicing both drawing and role playing for a long time, and I've met various other artists on another website known as "NetRaptor". Then I believe I met someone that would ultimately change my life, by the name of
. Her artwork was very detailed and very colorful, bright and cheerful. I was a bit reluctant to meet someone new on the net since during that time, I've met people who would befriend me one moment and then turn around and backstab me in a sense where they would label me a title, an evil individual or someone that I wasn't, and even till this day, I live with this kind of fear. Not once have I ever felt anything where someone would spark a rumor and people would believe in them and then I would be an outcast, rejected and shunned by all.
Despite this fear, I continued to develop my own world, be it influenced by videogames, a comic, or something else, I continued to live my life as I should, but I was fortunate to hold onto the friends that I had at the time, even after the message boards like "The Lost Artists" and "NetRaptor" and "Team Artail" began to slowly go into decline. During that time, I was itching to not only learn how to improve on my artwork, I was eager to showcase what I have drawn, then I discovered this website known as
. Quickly, I discovered more and more people were joining, and even my friends at the time were also making galleries up there and uploading their works. Eager to follow in their footprints, I joined around 2000, the new millennium! New year, new opportunities, and new online adventures, so I say. A few days after doing multiple role plays and balancing out life issues, mostly school, I then drew this picture and later colored it when I tried to learn photoshop:
which even till this day, I was still getting praised because it contained a collection of my favorite videogame characters (with many more not illustrated). With such a large amount of comments coming in, I also attracted the attention to another artist named
, whom took an interest in me because I was drawing a lot of cartoon artwork. We quickly became fast friends afterwards, and much later I started to develop a large group of friends that I kept tabs on with both deviantart's note system, email, and at the time: AIM and MSN, such as
. Then as I graduated one school (through the skin of my teeth I should add) and moved onto others, I've been noticing an all too common figure that was leaving very kind comments on my works, unbeknownst to me at the time, this figure would not only be a very very close friend, but he would eventually change my life, and this individual I speak of would be
. He was both fun to talk to, funny, and we had a lot in common, even discovering he also had asperger's.
In conclusion my artistic talent grew and my creativity began to blossom, I discovered more and more talented artists, and I continue to both show my appreciation of their works and when needed, offer them a helping hand and an ear for them to talk to if they were feeling sad, or upset. With my full pleasure, I'd like to give a shout out to the following people who I have followed and continued to keep me inspired to continue to build my growing cast of characters and artworks, ranging from pictures to comics, and to animation someday;