Since it was DeviantArt’s 14th Birthday the other day here is my DeviantArt story:
Back when I first joined DeviantArt I was mostly filling sketchbooks full of rough sketches and original character designs rather than fully finished, full-coloured art pieces. My first big inspiration was the artwork of Tetsuya Nomura ( my favourite character designer / artist ) whose work inspired me to create my own characters and at the time of joining I was becoming influenced by the style of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto as well. At the time I was worried that my gallery looked very empty, so my first submission was a sketch of Asuka from Evangelion that I particularly liked followed by some work that I made for a friend’s forum ( which I also used for my DeviantArt icon ) and some art that I had made for and at some anime conventions.
I really enjoyed exploring the work of people in the same fandoms as myself and I was lucky enough to win an Easter competition that I entered in a Death Note fanclub. It made me really happy that it ended up getting over 1000 favourites and that it got such a good response. There were maybe two comments where people took it not as intended, but it really made my day whenever someone told me that it made them laugh
This piece marks the first time that I felt I was beginning to feel confident with using the Pen Tool to create my cell shading.
I later went on to join in with some other art projects and I had my first experience of working on a comic page as part of a team. Here I contributed the script, art and panel layout. It was an interesting challenge to fit a self-contained story within just one page since I would have naturally spread it out more over a larger number of panels.
Another really nice moment came when I was asked by the DeviantArt Risembool Rangers if they could include one of my Ouran pieces in a professionally-printed book of fan-art that they were putting together as a surprise gift for Vic Mignogna ( who happens to also be my favourite voice actor ). He even filmed a nice video message afterwards thanking us for it ^^ This is the piece that I contributed to the book.
Backgrounds are an area that I have always felt that I need to improve on, so these two are the pieces where I put the most effort into doing so.
So it was thanks to DeviantArt that I progressed in creating fully-coloured digital artwork since I felt driven to build up my gallery into something more substantial. It’s not the biggest gallery ever but I feel that it’s at least a reasonable size now. Back in the PS1 era around the time that the first Silent Hill game came out there was a piece of fan-art that I particularly liked. I always used to wish that I could create something that looked as professional ( it had been coloured digitally which I had no idea how to do at the time ) and felt that it was something that was way out of my reach. It kind of set the bar in my mind of where I wished that I could get to. Now recently I have thought of that piece again and realised that I have actually passed that milestone without being conscious of doing so. So I am generally pleased with my progress but of course I still have a whole list of things I still feel that I need to keep improving on ^^ This is my latest deviation at the time of posting this journal ( in which I had some practise at creating sunsets ).