I joined dA as leash1994 in 2007. There was a core group of people who I built strong friendships with here on dA that challenged me and inspired me when it came to my art. We would bounce ideas off of each other and just enjoy creating together.
You could see my art was quickly improving as I moved along as a young middle schooler. I began to develop my own style, while still staying closely to the "manga style". I worked mostly with Crayola colored pencils, which I really want to return to.
I moved my accounts over here to lemur-llama in 2009. I began to dabble in acrylic painting, and took a lot of inspiration from the impressionists. Lighting began to become something I studied frequently. I wanted to capture the colors of what makes something look real.
Giving my pictures backgrounds gave an odd context for different pictures. I loved thinking of different stories as I meticulously added layers upon layers of colored pencil shading in order to achieve a more realistic color scope. I've always had a weird side to me, and I wanted my odd imagination to be known on paper. Many of my pictures just don't make sense without an imagination. I just want people to feel like there's a story behind each drawing.
Around 2012 my church and school gave me the opportunity to paint during worship. I ended up doing this in front of crowds of 1,500 or so as well as churches in the Philippines. There's a lot more symbolism needed in these types of paintings, because they follow the prophetic flow of what the Holy Spirit is doing in the services. For those of you who aren't religious just consider how cool it is that the churches are trying to make room for more than just music to be used in our services. There's a big movement to allow different forms of creativity to count as worship.
I've struggled through drawing digitally. Figures just kill me, however I've seen a lot of improvement lately. Things have remained absurd in my artwork. Anywhere from a chicken leg peg leg to a flock of mafia geese.
The insanity has continued with my poorly drawn comic The ELM. It's really just a giant experiment in storytelling that I hope will improve greatly as I continue in this feat. There are some great, weird, and fever-dream-like characters that I've thought up that I'd love to include in this odd story.
A slightly more successful comic-esque experiment has been in collaboration with my brother Qwark-tastic. Graveborn has been our pet project for a year now. I've been in charge of the backgrounds and lighting, which has helped me stretch so much! I've had to draw the same scene for so many different panels in different angles many, many times. I've tried to keep it interesting by having time change through the lighting. This is definitely one of my favorite art projects I've ever done, even if it has very little recognition from other deviants. It's just plain fun.
I've continued to grow and create some really weird (and beautiful) things. I know I have tons of room for improvement, so I'm excited to see what this next year has for me in terms of creative ideas.
Happy birthday, dA!