"Deviant for 9 Years"
God, I feel so old now.
I think I knew dA for around a year before I joined. But my English sucked a lot then, and I didn't bother to read any texts (such as "gallery" link) and couldn't get how this website works at all. I could only see profile pages and for some reason I always liked only the third picture (back then it was always single picture from "featured" "newest" "favorite", in that order) and it wasn't enough to get me interested xD;;;;
But once, somehow, I ended on the front page. And saw this:
And thought that if pictures this nice can be found here it's high time to learn how to use this website.
So I did. I've made an account. I've posted my terrible pictures and tried to get into the community. And very soon I've realized everyone lied to me my whole life, when they were saying my drawings were good, gosh, what a bunch of liars.
At that point dA taught me that whatever I think of my pictures, I will never be able to see how good I am by my own judgment.
So yes, thanks to dA I've got motivated to practice, saw inspiring pictures, I got to progress.
But I think the most important thing I've got thanks to this website are people I've met.
Some time after joining I stumbled upon Polish community. Though everyone seemed very intimidating. There were some great artists that were too-good and couldn't-be-approached, and people at oekaki.pl (most popular Polish oekaki board) were already a formed group, they had meetings, went to cons and everything about them screamed "closed group, VIPs only". Which, now that I look at it was very stupid, and only reflected my feelings not the true thing even in one bit;;;
Thankfully, I managed to get into one meet in my city, and then we made more meets with other people, more from dA, not only oekaki.pl, some friends of friends, basically anyone would do as long as they didn't mind drawing on Saturdays and then we formed club which I'm afraid that in it's golden age of prosperity also looked as a closed group which was very far from truth too. What I want to say here is, in this community usually the groups are only friends who are very open to new people and all it takes, is go to them and start a conversation.
Some recent pics from people from who did very crappily back then ; D (maybe with exception for who was good since the beginning of the Earth)
But back to my dA story, we had our meetings, we drew a lot of illustrations, crappy comics, got hyped over comics and games and started going to Polish cons. And since we always wanted to draw at one point we got a table just to have space to draw :'D (they were for free then). We printed some badges just to have something laying there;;;; And to our greatest surprise some people bought it and so I started to have a booth.
In 2009, after our friends' success at Japan Expo in Paris I went too with and and so our international conventing started. I always loved traveling, and cons enabled me independence in it. Though in 2010 because of many many problems at JE we were so pissed we decided that next year we are taking proper holidays in some nice place with no hope for refunds. And because dreaming is good we said "let's go to Japan". And somehow, by motivating each other through the whole year... we did.
Now it kinda went from my dA story to the story of my life, but well, it's pretty much how it is. dA did change a lot in my life to the point where talking about it makes it a talk about my life. I've progressed a lot, I've got some self-worth thanks to it, I realized that if I want something I should just go for it and I've met so many people who taught me a lot, who supported me and with who I've spent many many great times.
I'm still a student and I'm happy with it because I have time for travels and hobbies (like learning Japanese) so I can't share here how awesome companies I've got to work for (ok, maybe I do, I did some work for Japanese game company CyberAgent), but overall I'm happy how it changed my life, and actually how it has changed ME. I'm not scared of the future, which I don't think would be possible without it. Until dA I've always been told how hard it is in the art industry, but seeing many successful people here I think with enough of hard work and motivation it's a great career choice : )
Now some time for meaningful pictures from my gallery since I somehow ended with a very long text x___x
First Kanua picture. I had many OCs before, but it's the first one that came alive here and with many encouraging words from others her story prospered ; D
My latest pic of her done a couple of months ago:
This is a pic that's not very meaningful for me since it was only a bw doodle but somehow it got so popular and got stolen so many times I have to mention it here ; D
My first Daily Deviation!
First picture of Czekolada who was supposed to be black not chocolate at first xD
At this pic I decided to stop struggling with semirealism since anime is what I like drawing most.
It showed that I didn't like it that much. My pics were very stiff, and while my sketches before 2008 are fun to look at because "haha, crooked", 2008-2010 is simply sad to look at : |
Another Czekolada picture which was also kind of a breakthrough in terms of style (and Daily Deviation!)
Renewed Water Temple. Both are very important to me in terms of doing a different composition that normally and putting a lot of effort into BG (and Daily Deviation too!)
And the Czekolada pic I'm using for business cards etc till now ; D
I really love our digital illustration community for well, being a community. We can interact with each other, motivate each other, make friends and contact our favorite artists. I've got a lot of positive things from this place, I hope you did or will too : D