[casually uploads this one day late] Oh well I took the day off of work today (I'm feeling sick) So I might as well share a bit of history with you guys!
I joined DeviantART on November 20, 2007 under the username Eevee-Angel
. I found the site as I was using Google Images and Photobucket for my picture-finding needs and was like, oh man, I hate seeing all these repeats of the same pictures over and over. I stumbled upon DA thinking it was like Photobucket, but with much less repeats (little did I know that there was a rule against reposting others' art, as I soon found out)
I was 14 at the time, and the first few things I uploaded were my favorite pieces of art from other people -- primarily from the deviant VengefulSpirits (Sorry!) I got called an art thief and a horrible person for taking Ash's art on my first week here and thought about leaving. I never wanted to be a part of a community that was so harsh. But of course, after explaining the misunderstanding, things calmed down. I didn't return for a few days, but when I did, I had decided that I wanted to show off my own art.
This was the first piece of art I ever uploaded to DeviantART, and it's redone version from 2010. The first was done with a mouse on MS Paint, and as you can tell, I was a little....fond...of the circle tool. Most of the comments pointed this out as well, and suggested that I try freehanding it. Of course later I recreated it, and I want to do so again to show my improvement.
These monstrosities were born from that, but at least it was something of my own talent and skill. Here they are with their remade versions.
During 2007 was a time where I was involved with a Guild on GaiaOnline.com (also called The Warriors Guild, for those who know my current group) and while I decided to practice my art by doing requests for the members there, I still was not very good at drawing cats. You could kind of tell they were felines...kind of...
Of course as time progressed I became a bit more comfortable in not only the style I was using but also being able to draw quickly with satisfying results. After 2009, the Guild kind of died out, much to our dismay...we went to High School, we didn't really have time for it anymore, and everyone else kind of parted ways. I began doing my own stuff, creating my own characters. I was uncomfortable with drawing humans, so everything was a creature of some sort or other, and most of the time they were like a mix of cat-wolf-foxes? I'm sure many people were very confused. Anatomy was not ever something I was worried about.
My main character for a long while was named Chockelle, who had a "dark side" of her that she transformed into called Kiranti. I'd joined an Oekaki board somewhere around the road and made a few good friends there, all of which were better than me, but nice to me all the same. They really made me want to be better. I began using Paint BBS intermittently with Paint.NET. I received my first tablet in 2009 on my 16th birthday as well, so I was trying out a lot of new techniques with it. Honestly, I picked it up right away, and have used one ever since. Anyway, Kiranti later became my favorite, and I ditched Chockelle altogether.
A fateful day in August was when I first came up with the idea for Nothing. In all honesty, I thought of her when I was taking a shower and thought, You know what would be boss? A creature named Nothing. That'd be hilarious. And later that week or month I drew this little puffball. Originally it had no gender, and could alter it's appearance at will, and was just a little wisp of a thing. I was trying to branch out from my previously all-female character bias, and eventually I made Nothing officially male. I was also trying to draw humans a bit more, and had a "persona" called Panduh because I was ORIGINAL AND EDGY XDDD but really I was a giant dork.
I began writing stories like Shadowed Secrets and Broken Silence, both based around creatures instead of humans. Later of course I would start Pokemon Trainer Jess and become a little more adept at drawing humans....sort of. Still very anime. Anyway, I had a lot of original characters spring up here, like a more well-defined Nothing as well as Freezie and Seven, and Checkers. Jess became my true Persona and Nothing my fursona, though lately I've stopped calling her that because I'm not a furry lol. The comics became my life and sole reason to be on DeviantART, which is a shame because the art in them is kind of...not good. I constantly have plans to redraw them, but alas, no time to do so.
In 2012, GeneralPanic
and I re-created The Warriors Guild. I'm happy to say that it it a HUGE success! Though I still wasn't very good at drawing cats or backgrounds, I can absolutely, positively say that the Guild has affected my art for the better. The pictures here are the very first thing I ever drew (completely free-hand, no ref) for TWG, a few of my favorites, and the latest thing I have drawn.
I want to thank everyone who has stood by me, supported me, helped me, critiqued me, laughed with me, and been there for me through these 6 years on DeviantArt. I really appreciate every single one of you, you help me become better, not only in my art but as a person. I really, really...couldn't have done it without you guys <3 I love you all!