As part of the birthday celebration, deviants are encourage to write a journal and talk about their art journey here on dA. I tend to shy away from these types of things, but I'm sick yet again (strep throat, yuck), and I started to get nostalgic. So here's my ramblings about the 4 years I've been on this account.*
The things about my mirz-alt
is that I created it to be for my OTHER stuff. I had experimented posting things other than my emoticons/pixels on my Mirz123
, but my watchers didn't want to see them. They came for the emotes and stamps. While some people would argue that I should have just posted what I wanted, I tend to be shy and self-conscious. I didn't want to disappoint my fans. Creating a second account was the best thing I ever did. Without feeling guilty, I was able to stretch my artistic wings. While originally this account was meant to feature lit, it has grown to so much more. I actually feel more at home here than my main account--though I still love both. I guess the difference is that I feel I have to keep up a certain level on the other account. I can wear my hair down here.
Oh, right, this was supposed to be about my art journey...
Aside from lit, I wanted to use this account to pursue pixel dolling, which I had always loved, but never really dabbled in. I have come a long way. My first dolls were awful--pillow-shaded and blah. But I am still proud of them. Seeing the progression from the first doll on the left, to a later doll, to my last pixel portrait, it's very cool to see my growth. That said, the one thing I love the most is that I have found my pixel style. It is a bit cell-shaded cartoony, on-purpose. Probably not technically correct, but it is my signature and I'm happy with it.
During my time on dA, I have gotten more confidence in my strong areas, like pixelling. However, I have tried so many new things. One was song-writing. I've composed the lyrics to several songs, and even wrote a melody for my fiction series (which I commissioned into a formal orchestration). Being around creative people helps breed creativity. It's infectious in the best of ways.
My most recent foray into an artform is photo-manipulation. While I dabbled in the past, this scared me so much. I don't have a good art program, and the dynamics kinda escaped me. But as I am learning more, I'm doing more and getting excited to see where it will take me in the future.
In Search of the Liber Seed "Have you ever seen a girl's boobs?"
Andy lurched forward, coughing as soda shot out his nose. The action caused Tony to roll back in laughter.
Managing to compose himself, the ginger-haired boy ran his arm across his face. "Why do you want to know that?"
"I dunno. Just curious." Tony turned to his other friend. "What about you, Mikey?"
Michael felt heat rush to his cheeks. It wasn't the question that embarrassed him, but his answer. "No, not real ones. I've seen them in Playboy, though."
Tony sat up straight. "How do you get dirty magazines? My dad doesn't even get them. I have to sneak them when my uncle comes over."
Fiddling with the pull-tie on his jacket, Michael shrugged. "Some of the kids bring them into school and let me look at them."
With a snort, Tony crossed his arms. "Why aren't I getting in on that action?"
Of course, my lit. deviantART did not show me how to be a writer. However, being here showed me how to be a better
writer. I was so proud of many of my earlier pieces, but when I did a hard-edit a few years later, I was surprised how much I saw wrong. I learned to be brutal with myself, and how to do the best for the story. I do not feel my series would be as strong as it is had I not had the inspiration and feedback of my fans, and had been exposed to people like raspil
, and vespera
(among others) who inspired me to push myself and make my writing the best.
So, there's my story. Link me to yours below. I'd love to read it.