I decided to post one deviation from each year I've been on deviantART to see my progress over the years!
I joined deviantART in 2003 when I was in high school. I actually had an account before this one (don't ask me the username though because I don't remember it!). But the first deviation I posted to this account is actually featured below. It was posted November 23, 2003. I was a junior in high school - so about 17 years old or so. I found deviantART through other users on neopets.com. I used to play that site all the time and I remember the first time I came across artwork that was done digitally - I was completely blown away and KNEW I had to get my hands on some programs so I could learn how to do it. This artist (I can't remember who it was, I apologize!) had a link to their deviantART account, so I followed it and decided to join the ranks.
I started my digital career with MS Paint and a mouse. Eventually, I was able to get myself different versions of Photoshop and my sophomore year of college I finally bought myself a tablet (which I actually still have and use btw...about 8 years later). By this time I had been accepted into the animation program at BYU and was quickly falling in love with character design and pre-visual development. I got a lot of my inspiration from deviantART and the amazing community of artists here.
I've been through a lot since I joined this site - you can see that through my work, or lack thereof in some cases. Since joining I've graduated high school, graduated college, got married, lost a child and gave birth to a second. I've grown from a young woman to an adult (but still a kid at heart!)
Even though life has this way of changing us, I always find myself returning to dA. Despite everything I've experienced in life - things that have caused long absences at times - I'm never gone for long. This site is home to me. It's helped me become the artist I am today and inspires me to continue to push myself. And even though there are only a handful of people on this site that I know in real life, I feel like so many people on here are part of my family. You've stuck with me through the good and bad, always there to offer congratulations or a hug or a shoulder to cry on. Anything I need, I know I can come here and find friends waiting for me. THAT'S where the magic of this site lives for me - within each of you. It's not the artwork, it's the friends that I think of first when I hear "deviantART".
Thank you dA, for giving me a home for my art. It's been such an amazing journey and I can't wait to see where it takes me next!
November 23, 2003 June 15, 2004 September 17, 2005 June 23, 2006 November 14, 2007 July 12, 2008
July 23, 2009 November 18, 2010 May 11, 2011 August 16, 2012 November 21, 2013 June 8, 2014
Original Background Texture by Ninelyn
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