I've seen quite a few of these "DeviantART stories" lately, and that made me check the date of my joining as well...and holy shit it was June 9, 2004! I missed this fact because I changed accounts at some point (six years ago), when changing your username was not possible yet and I started hating my old one.For old times sake, I will share the link to my old account,
so you can go check out my embarrassing old works, if you wish. I still have most of my works there, though I have deleted the very first ones:
(just click on Gallery)
I don't remember how I found DA, but I think it's possible I found it via GaiaOnline
, where I was super active back in the days.So, my artistic life and DA from the beginning..
I got my first computer in late 2003 I think, and a tablet in 2004 (I was 15 years old). After that I drew A LOT, and progressed tons in just one year, after finding Corel Painter (before that I used Photoshop Elements and Open Canvas, also oekakis). I wanted to learn to paint pretty realistically, and one my greatest inspirations was enayla
. Some of you might still remember her...buuuut at the same time I was also into anime, so I tended to use both styles side to side.
For some reason, I got pretty popular and my old account still has almost 100k more pageviews than this one...not that I care about that too much, but it's still a fact. I also got something like five Daily Deviations, how on earth I don't know...but I guess that is partly because the community was a lot smaller when I joined. I still remember there being something like 5-7 million works posted back then, now there are 291 million (!!!!) pieces of art! I also liked the community a lot better, it really felt like being a part of something bigger. But that was before all the other art sites and Tumblr and so on. I guess you just have to accept that things won't stay the same. The site itself of course works a lot better, does somebody still remember the dark days when works didn't have preview pictures in the message centre (only subscribers had them)....?
Looking back, I feel some regret...I still feel that years 2005 and 2008 were a golden time for me. When you look at my old works, you can see that they were really emotional, and I remember being really inspired by music all the time. Perhaps the anatomy + perspective etc were not correct, but I always included some kind of stories or emotions in my works.
Just look at this one for example: shomia.deviantart.com/art/A-De…
There must be a lot of mistakes in the perspective, but it's still a pretty ambitious work. I haven't really tried anything similar ever since...
Well, things change. Nowadays I don't dream being able to paint realistically, I aim for more stylized works that have some kind of conceptual and symbolic ideas behind them. I have also pretty much given up on Painter and use only Photoshop these days, though Painter is still FUN to use, but I just can't get the results I want with it. I am grateful for Painter though, it taught me many things about mass and lights and shadows. I know I am supposed to say that programs won't teach you how to draw, but in my case, I don't think I would had improved so quickly without Painter.
Professionally, I'm still not very far, unfortunately. I started my graphic design studies in 2008, and I am supposed to finish by 2015 (usually bachelor+master is supposed to take 5 years, but I did a one year exchange in Japan. Also, writing the master's thesis is so slow for me ahah). I have no idea what I will do after that, I guess I'll try to get some graphic design related gigs and go from there. The problem is that I STILL don't know exactly what I want from my art and my art career. I guess
illustration is the thing, though at the moment I lack self-confidence. I just don't think my works are something that would make me stand out. I still have to work on that and experiment with styles more while I'm still a student. Anyway, if there are any people who have been following me since the very beginning, give me a shout!
I also want to thank everyone who has been following me through the years, and also new watchers! It would be very lonely here without you. Many people have left, but I have no reason to leave, so I guess I'm sticking around for another 10 years!