Well, it's dA's fourteenth birthday, so what the heck. But be prepared, because this is gonna be long.
So, let's start at the beginning. The very beginning. Two years ago, I was not a very good artist. I mean, I wasn't terrible, but art wasn't really my main thing. I did it in school projects, I knew how to draw, but you couldn't really consider me an artist. Well, anyway, back then, I was into the show Phineas and Ferb, as many of my old watchers know. So, I began drawing them.
Also, during school, I would sit with my friend bleachyoursoul, and just talk and draw. But one day, we ended up talking about devianART. She had joined a few months before me, and told me it was an art website. I had been on it before, to search up Phinbella drawings and the likes, but I didn't have an account. So, I got one in April 2012. And at first, it was shaky. I just uploaded some sketches, and maybe some poorly coloured pencil-drawings. But I had absolutely no grip on the pencil, and the paper and supplies that I used, were very sloppy. Heck, I couldn't even use the scanner correctly! xD
But…strangely, I got a little better. By looking at other artists' techniques, I started colouring in the lines, doing backgrounds, and even changed my style to look more like the actual PnF TV show's.
So, in one month, I had gone from this:
…I'm not gonna bore you with all of Summer 2012, but basically, during that time, my grip on the pencil got better, I was more accurate with colouring, and I stopped sketching as often, and actually put time and care into my work. Not saying I was good at it, just saying I was becoming more interested. It looked something like this:
Then came september, where I began to learn about shading. And while I can't say I improved much, I started using a lineart pen, and prismacolour pencils, which helped for colouring. So…fall 2012 looked something like this:
And then came 2013, when I started using copic markers. A lot. Heck, I even took point commissions. :'D
This went on until spring, when a friend of mine introduced me to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. So, I got into that, and started using different art tools - charcoal, lead pencils, and even Painttool SAI. And I also started mixing markers and pencil crayons together.
And here we are, in 2014. I'm still trying new techniques, drawing both digitally and traditionally, and hanging out with the friends I've met on this site in the past 2 years. I'm not the best artist ever, but I'm happy to be improving. And I'm sure I'll keep doing that as long as I keep drawing and uploading.
And that's the thing about dA. It's like a portfolio. Back in 2012 and even farther back, I used to just draw a bit, and then throw the drawing out. Here, I keep track of my past work, notice the flaws, and improve on it next time. So, that old cliche "practice makes perfect" (that people reaaaaaaally hate hearing xD) actually holds some weight in this case.
Because if I can go from this:
…in a little over a year, maybe practice really does make perfect. And so, I keep drawing what I love, and sharing it with all of you. <3