It's been a good five years since I joined deviantart! :')
I've had good memories and experiences here!! I've met a lot of cool pals! People I've met at conventions (well, just Anime North lmaooo), people I talk to regularly over twitter, and those I've drifted away from for some reason. Still, I'm thankful for the friends I've met here.
I've gotten a lot better as an artist over the years. As a child and a preteen, I never quite had friends who shared the same interest I had for art. It's been really inspiring being on deviantart, and seeing how passionate people are about art. It's helped me out a lot; motivating me to work as hard as my idols, and just knowing that I'm not alone in my interest!
^ most recent from 2014, selected works. Okay so apparently we have to explain why we chose each work. so I'll do that HAHA.
I chose these because I'm trying to develop a colouring style! I hardly drew in 2013, so I'm trying a lot harder this year to develop my style. The first two were fun experiments with a more desaturated colour palette. Desaturated colours are hard to work with; I think most people (including myself) are afraid that desaturated = dull and boring. But once you learn how to use the right colours, it can work! The last one was fun because I came up with the colour palette on my own! I'd like to try more stylistic/graphic styles in the future, in addition to my more rendered style, in the first three.
^ 2012. all of these have super super suuuuper bright colours lmao. I worked with contrast/dramatic light a lot this year! I still drew a lot of busts, but at least I tried more poses, and actually drawing legs and feet haha. I think this is the year I learned and improved the most. Starting this year, I unwittingly moved more towards fanart, but nowadays I'm trying to do more originals too.
^ 2011. I was really proud of the simplicity of the first one! My sense of contrast was weaker before 2012. My colours weren't as bright and were thus softer. I also avoided drawing full bodies!!
^ even older pieces from 2010!! I really liked bright colours and blinding people. And hipster fashion. Basically 99% of my work were originals!
It seems like I started off with bright colours -> desaturated -> bright -> and back to desaturated lmaoooo.
Comparing these ten pictures, you can tell I moved away from boring busts where characters didn't do anything, and started drawing pictures where something was actually going on, learning about colour and contrast, composition, etc... I want to draw more backgrounds! and character interactions!
Still need to settle down on a style ;3; but it looks like that's not gonna happen anytime soon HAHA.
But, there's been a lot of bumps in the road, and there still are. I don't think I quite have the same spark I did in 2011 and the first half of 2012, when I just drew for fun, and I experimented with new techniques and subjects in each picture. I fell out of it hard in the second half of 2012 and the entirety of 2013 ;-; not just because of school, but I think I was just in such a state of limbo, and I was unmotivated. I think I need to be following a show/anime, manga, or game, at all times LMAO ;;
2013 -> 2012 -> 2011
Lately I've been watching and reading a lot more things! Last summer I didn't do much besides part-time work, so I want to try and be more productive this summer. Right now I'm reading Oyasumi Punpun and Pandora Hearts; watching Gravity Falls, Game of Thrones, Aldnoah.Zero, Tokyo Ghoul. and I want to try Zankyou no Terror too!? Fiction keeps my mind motivated and lively, haha.
Still a big time waster and I'm still not very active..........
Regardless, to the future! Here's to great art and undying spirit!!