Years ago I started hearing about DeviantART in a Doctor Who forum in the fan art section. The mention of this site so much made me look into it. Seeing what the site could be used for I decided I needed a second place online to show my art. This gallery would show every thing of my art, not just works directly connected to my still running at the time, Buck Rogers in the 26th Century series.
A bunch of images started my account, any thing I felt made a good start to the gallery. I continued adding new art to the gallery here until I became homeless which lasted most of 2009. In the fall I returned to the site and continued adding. This time with an old computer given by a local mission I'd spent time at, using a new to me program named Paint Star, which to this day I still use normally now in combination to other software.
The old computer late in that year got replaced by a new one and much later on I got my first Bamboo Tablet. That's when my work here took a jump! The convenience of what I could do with that tablet and Corel Painter Essentials 4 which came with it, has lead me into making what I see as some wonderful digital art over the years. Besides that and Paint Star, other software titles have been joined into my computer tool box of fun.
But it's been more than just digital work I've shown to this site over time. Back when I made my account and to today, and even before using DA, I make traditional art projects. Sadly in the case of paintings, I can never seem to photograph them well
. Crafts, that's a different matter, and I think those have always gotten on the site well
. One craft got reintroduced back into my life after having been basically missing for years. Making puppets. Rare over the years making them since my teens. I've made more in the last few years than any other time in my life.
Creature crafting is some thing I've been doing since before even being ten years old. I still remember making fake lizards from tissue, tape, and rocks, covered in marker drawn scales. That later lead to odd paper birds, tissue dragons, and even animating some of these fake creatures with my first camcorder. Back in 2011 I even joined DA's Film Community for wanting to present my small films better. These being not just animation, but also puppet shows, and FX work.
I do many kinds of art and refuse to ever limit that. I don't like the idea that I can be called predictable outside my comic work. Any thing in my opinion is game to be called art supplies, and I can't imagine working in only one style.
Being unpredictable I've noticed has kept watchers away. That bothers me but only a little. I truly love the friendships I have with those I can call good friends here. Wonderful people from all around the globe that I feel it's a shame I'll never see in person to face to face to talk to with most of them.
Since I think 2012 I've been trying to suggest helpful changes to this site and have tried a few times to be a CV to promote change and give better exposure for the many unnoticed members of this site. Trying to help others here and trying to incite change in the community is some thing I'm still trying to do to this day.