My deviantART story is kind of a murky one to say the least. My original account, Cameron43
was deactivated, a decision I regretted rather immediately. I joined dA February 22nd, 2007 around 8PM that night after being introduced to this site by my best friend. We were talking on MSN messenger the day before and she mentioned something about posting art here. She gave me a link and I spent a good few hours surfing (I was a sophomore in high school at the time so I had to go to bed early). I saw some pretty impressive stuff and boy, was I captivated. I didn't make my account the first night, I came back the next day and created my account and got to work commenting and +fav'ing a bunch of stuff. It wasn't for another few weeks or so that I started actually posting stuff myself.
When I started making my presence known, of course I didn't have much to start. I just kept commenting and being a lot more goofy than a lot of my current friends know me to be. I used the mood system and I was a bit heavy on the emoticons. But anyway, I started out doing basic photography on here. Just going out in the neighborhood and my own yard, and taking pictures of flowers beginning to bloom. I didn't own my own camera at the time, so I was using my little sister's. I uploaded them and within a few hours, I had a few people who had been on the site for a while leave comments and added me to their watch lists. I don't have the pieces added to this account, so I can't show them at this point. But anyway, my friend, and he both gave me some pretty good advice on taking pictures. First, it helps if you do them early in the morning when the dew forms on everything, or, carry a squirt bottle with you and squirt the flowers a bit so they shine. It was also suggested I find a way to stabilize the camera and adjust the settings for macros. It helped a lot and my pictures came out much better!
After getting a few more photography friends, I started my group, RosesEtFleurs
, along with 5 other people, and we were supposed to manage our members and add pieces to it. It was before groups, so we had to upload it manually one at a time, and then include links to the original. Now, I CAN show you pics from there that I took.
Those were ones I took after getting such advice. But anyway. The real improvement I had was after I started drawing. The first few things I did were just little scribbles during class, the usual. I met 1Rusty
on here while surfing through Avatar: The Last Airbender fan art and she's given me a lot of help. It wasn't until I joined the dAmn community and chatted around with others that I became a bit more prolific. I started this account originally as my drawing showcase. It wasn't until around November of 2008 that I actually made this main account. I started out on dAmn as an outcast, meandering in the background during the 8th birthday. I slowly started making a few friends, though the best ones I didn't meet until 2009. Anyway, my drawings slowly improved with the advice I was given and I moved away from a few pieces of fan art to making my own wizard themed drawings. lol
I'm putting this one here first because this was my first drawing that I had done as a gift. At the time, I was banned from dAmn and I was pretty bored just moseying around dA. I came up with this design just based on things i-hate-mushrooms
had and I felt the look matched her. I had also just gotten a few prisma colors so it I was eager to see how they compared to the crappy crayola. Either way I was proud of how it turned out despite being a nightmare anatomically. It was a huge improvement over my earlier pieces so I didn't look too hard at it. lol
This one I did as a gift for someone who meant a lot to me at the time. abelissick-83
. She helped me through a lot that year just by simply being here for me. I struggled considerably both emotionally and with finding employment, which further made me feel pretty bad. In a couple of rather interesting nights, she got me to open up to her and from that point on, we were pretty close. We talked a lot until she stopped coming around as often, for reasons I'm kinda blurry on at this point. She comes around every now and then but it's nothing like it used to be. We stayed up for HOURS and HOURS just talking on the phone and playing music and singing. It was a fun spring, and to show her my appreciation, for her birthday I made her this. As I surfed dA, I had been looking for ways to improve the anatomy and more importantly, legs. I tried to get this one even better because I realized my prior works had been pretty sloppy as far as that goes.
This one is yet another one I did as a gift, for the best friend of the piece I put above this one. I met both of them around the same time on dAmn in a room I was dragged into inadvertently. We didn't get along at first, but slowly, we've grown a lot closer. She's still around a lot, TheirDisease
and she and I have done a lot together. She's one of the people who has helped me improve a lot. For a while, she was working with me to improve on digital art, after I finally got a hand-me-down tablet. It didn't go so well, and I had hoped to draw her something on the computer, but it never materialized. I did, however, spend all night drawing this. I was really happy with the upper half of this and the color scheme I chose. It's not the best piece, but I put a lot of effort into it. If I'm going to be honest, I don't even remember what inspired this beyond her personality. After this, I started trying to look around on dA for various poses to practice with and work on my style a bit more.
For the longest time, this piece was the one I was most proud of in my gallery. It was born from a well known typo in devart made by then lenawargo. It was sort of a new year's drawing and a gift to her as well. I used a gift from TheirDisease
as my source for drawing the legs and dress. Either way, I worked at it for a long time, and it was definitely my pleasure to color it in. After a while I stopped coloring in things that I didn't care too much for the end result of. The choice on clothing was an update from the prior robes I was using, instead searching for a... trademark clothing article that I could slightly alter depending on the piece, along with the hat. The hands were the only thing that bothered me about this.
This was a piece I did last year after something like three years of downtime. I was off my meds and for the longest time, I had a complete lack of motivation. I belted this one out after a bit of brain storming and I have yet to color it in. It was sort of a homage to that principle that letting something sit and age for a bit will let you be better at it when you come back. I certainly enjoyed the way it turned out. The finished product was actually not what you see here, but rather, I had shown this to the aforementioned people I've conferred with and they each pitched in advice for me, the most of which came from Grimsever
) She actually did a lot more for this than anyone else. She gave me some references to use that I used on the only other piece I've drawn since then. If I ever get back into this as much as I was before, she's definitely the one I owe the most to.
This one was my conversion of a character I had been trying to draw normally for a long time and no pose or style seemed to suit her properly. I tried a handful of times and finally, I shifted her to a wizard. I could swear I colored it in, but I can't find it so this will do. This was dedicated to 1Rusty
and aside from what I did last year, it was the best piece in my gallery, in my opinion. It's a bit weird, I admit. The idea was to combine my drawing with the theme of my prior photography to give it a plant-y feel. Due to the constraints of drawing, the things in the background were supposed to be kind of like superimposed in a translucent manner with a glow. If I do color this one in again, I'll be sure to give the results.
Anyway, it's not exactly the best telling of the story of what got me started on here, but in all honesty, I've had a blast. I've learned a lot more than I've ever imagined was possible in my time here. I can do a lot more with what I know than I could when I started, as well. I learn more every day and my list of friends only grows larger. I can only hope they all stick with me to enjoy the journey more!