Hi guys, it's been a while!
I heard about this contest from robotnicc
and felt like contributing to it! Presenting my artistic journey... this picture captures the some of the biggest influences to my art. These are things that have been with me throughout my entire artistic journey. Allow me to elaborate, and give some backstory!
Video games (the controller, WASD keys) was the birthing matrix of my artistic being. The thing that got me started drawing in the first place as a kid was nintendo - copying off the manuals in my nintendo games, and designing my own level maps, and making up my own megaman robot masters. Video games has been with me as far back as I can remember, and has always been a fresh and endless source of inspiration... still to this very day!
The tablet stylus represents a door opening in my life that made art something very real, accessible and relevant to me. Although I doodled in my school notebooks, I didn't start making art that wasn't ballpen on ruled notebook paper until my last year of college. I decided to switch majors - from computer science to fine art, much to my parents' chagrin! Because I was coming from a tech background, I wanted to integrate my background in computers with art. A starving artist was not really something that I wanted to leave computer science for, but graphic design! That sounded a lot more like a real career, with stable income... and I could STILL pursue illustration, thanks to graphics tablets! I use a Cintiq now, but I still have the crappy Wacom Graphire that I first started drawing on the computer with... it's a treasured memento.
The USB and ethernet cables represent the internet, which gave me the ability to draw inspiration and the means to communicate ideas and form opinions with people that were more on my wavelength. While video games presented me with the foundation blocks to my artistic self, the internet took my worldview and perspective to strange and wonderful new places. The totality of my being was no longer just video games, it was anything and everything the internet had to offer... for better or for worse. I think there's a lot of beauty and poetry in that.
The dA icon and the Fella, of course, represent DeviantArt, which has been the most instrumental piece of my artistic journey. I know that this sounds like a cop-out, but in all reality I owe almost everything that I am artistically to dA. Aside from the means to show my work and the opportunity to connect to like-minded artists, it has literally led me to almost every full-time job I have ever had since leaving college. I have met some of the best friends of my life through dA, and I have also met the love of my life on deviantart as well. it brought us together, despite being ten thousand miles apart. Deviantart has not just been a part of my art life, it HAS BEEN my whole art life. My first deviation on here, which was in late 2003, marks my very first piece using a tablet and photoshop. If you ever wanted to track my growth as an artist from the beginning, then all you have to is check my account page... it's a perfect chronicle of my artistic journey. dA has been there since the beginning, and I have grown with it. It has seen me through many artistic transitional growing pains, and has been with me through many high highs and low lows. I have since broadened my horizons and extended myself to a variety of social media, but deviantart is something that will always be dear to my heart. I owe it so much, how could I not make an entry representative of my artistic journey without giving serious props and gratitude to deviantart? More so than any other element, this entry is dedicated to you, dA. Thanks for everything.
Sorry for the huge wall of text! I felt like I needed to explain this piece, because it represents such a significant part of me. You have nothing but my immense thanks and gratitude if you ended up reading this novel of a description.