I guess I may as well jump the bandwagon, an update is well overdue.
I started DA about six years ago when I was 12 years old, actually I was like a month before becoming 13 but for some reason I just COULDN'T WAIT to be on DA that I couldn't fathom waiting a month... I guess I was eager because an old friend of mine (who was also 12 when she started DA) was the one who got me interested. She made it sound so cool so I was like, hey maybe I should one too- I'm pretty talented after all- I thought to myself. I remember I really wanted an account so I could be able to show off my cool stories and original artwork to the world, you know, amazing artwork made by a 12 year old. However when I first had a DA account I pretty much did nothing with it, because I had no digital program of my own until I was around 14 and I had like, NO CLUE how to use a scanner back then. When I did figure out how to use a scanner, I always hated how dirty my drawings looked so I used the hell out of brightness/contrast to make them perfectly white. So all of my drawings back in the day were these overly contrasted pen drawings of my OCs and Invader Zim stuff. Good times.
As time went on, I began to meet people in the Invader Zim fandom. It was a pretty nice community and I still remember the people I used to converse with regularly- although I don't think they have accounts anymore. That's the thing though I learned with DA, friends can really easily just come and go, and I met new people and sometimes they went and some stayed. I've met some great people here, and some I still keep in touch with..! kind of! I know I'm not the most talkative of people, but knowing I'm still a friend with all of you makes my time here on DA a little better. Regardless though, my time in the IZ fandom was a big chunk of my traditional years, cringe worthy, but I look back on it as a nice start.
By around 2010 my dad gave my very first tablet. And I hated it. Like the adventure with my scanner I had NO IDEA how to deal with this new fangled technology and my first digital pieces were... well they were a thing. I had GIMP as my first program and thus began me never learning how to use layers until THIS YEAR. This was also a point in time where I began to abandon the IZ fandom, as well as my OCs, and my beginning of being a part of the Zelda fandom. I started off drawing telink and telink related things, my biggest inspiration coming from
with her pretty much perfect telink fanart with the perfect telink babies. And I was like "shit man, I want to be a part of this." So I did, I tried, It was hit and miss every now and then but as time went on, the better I got with my tablet. I met some lasting friends and honestly without the telink fandom I really don't know where I'd be, probably in lonely land that's where. This point in time kind of felt like my big break, I ditched the badly scanned drawings and went digital. I felt like the hottest shit lemme tell you. I was submitting to groups and had regular favs/commenters, like man I didn't think It could get any better. This is also the time I first met
, who is an amazing artist and friend, I feel like I wouldn't have lasted as long in the telink fandom without her. her telink/ww art was/is amazing and she is such a delight! ;w;
I'll try to wrap things up here, 2011- early 2012 is a complete blur I only remember I drew a LOT (I mean a LOT) of Midna, Midna/Zant every now and then (would've been more but I fucking hated drawing Zant) because of
's utterly perfect Midna/Zant and twili art, still did Telink every now and then, lots of Lulu and Lulu/Mikau from Majora's Mask, went on a bunch of hiatuses and got on the tumblr wagon. Throughout this I've established some pretty amazing friendships, I think this was around the time I met
, and OH BOY WE HIT IT OFF- we talked pretty much all the time and her traditional work was amazing. I felt so much of a connection with her, and always admired her upbeat manner and how it resonated into her artwork. As time went on friends came and went, had some resentments, lost some communications, others were friends through mutuals more than talking, and others I keep in touch frequently (by my standards, y'all know who you are)! The same went for fandoms, many came and went, others went and then came back with a roaring hellish vengeance, and it all leads up to where I am today. Still drawing, still here alongside with tumblr, and now mapping up my life.
My DA story doesn't have many incredible tales, but it's a huge part part of my life that really help mold where I want to be art-wise in my life, so that's pretty nice I believe.