Edit: I did one of these for my other account too:
My Deviant Art StoryI did this over at my other account :icondragondoodle: so I thought I'd do it over here too.
If you're interested in the full story go here:
This account was started so that I could have a place for my artwork related to my story. I initially didn't want it on my main account because I was incredibly insecure about what I was doing and felt like I just needed a safe place to put everything in case my computer died (which actually happened so it was a good idea). I never thought I'd share my story, nor did I think I'd gain many watchers beyond the few people I'd felt comfortable enough to share my story with.
I started this account in 2008 and my first picture was this one:
Just a nice picture of Raghnall and Eriantielle, the past rulers of my story.
In the beginning I mostly just did pictures from the bits that I was writing and shared a few snippets of the script in prose:
I took to DA rather slowly. I wasn't a digital artist at all but a friend of mine got me involved with a Horror/Sci-Fi e-magazine in 2003 and I found myself doing illustrations for the stories. It was fun and I enjoyed having my art on the web for the first time.
Alas, the e-zine disappeared and I decided I wanted to have my pictures online somewhere else. Someone (I can't even remember who now) suggested I go onto DA.
My first picture posted was this one:
I look at it now and the sheer inexperience with using a computer is obvious. I think I used a mouse to draw with and used filters on a picture of myself. Really weird to look at now.
After posting all the stuff I felt I could from the e-zine I sort of forgot about DA for a while (I gave birth to my son so I think that can be excused). I posted some jewelry and gifts but I only had 4 followers and was fairly quiet.
In 2006 I became brave enough to enter my first DA contest. I didn't win but I was rather proud of the entry at the time:
In 2007 an online friend
needed some filler strips for her bards comic. I volunteered because I was feeling like I needed to do more artistic stuff. I did a ten strip stretch based on a song by the people in the strip, again, I was rather proud of it at the time:
In 2008 I found
and discovered someone who loved the original Oz books as much as I did. This was amazing to me that I could find like minded people in a place like dA. I made art and started having discussions in the comments of artwork for the first time. It was a breakthrough for me!
I started working on my own story and made a new dA for it so that I could have only a select few watch my story (since I was nervous about sharing it at first) so in 2008
became a reality. My first picture there was this one
Things were still pretty quiet until 2009. I was lurking around on dA and discovered
's stories. This was a HUGE step for me. Suddenly I was fangirling over stuff. I found others through her gifts and commissions and discovered I could become friends online! People approached me in notes when I went to their pages and some of those people I'm still friends with
I made fanart for my new friends,
I even gently encouraged two of them to collab on a story that I made illustrations for
My grasp of digital art was starting to improve slowly in 2010 and making gift art was really helping encourage my muse.
I did art requests and more gifts and generally had a great time getting to know people. I started RPing with people I'd met on dA and became even closer friends with a few, making art of the RP's I was involved with and even did art trades.
Encouraged by the fact that people were actually liking and reacting to my art I was determined to make my story into a comic, so I posted the first cover near the end of 2009
and the first page in the beginning of 2010
I'm now up to page 76!
So dA did a lot for me. It got me doing more art, encouraged me to connect with people online, and it took me places I never thought I'd go, like Boston Anime!
All in all I've made amazing friends and met fantastic people on dA and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world!
I still do fanart for friends, old and new like
and I still need to do something for
who has been and amazing supporter and I've completely dropped the ball on that one
Let me know what you would like and I'll get it to you ASAP, kiddo!
I have so many more watchers now that I can't even mention you all but know that you are all appreciated more than you can ever know! And Thank you to dA for being a place I could find a new way to express myself!
You've taught this old dog new tricks for sure