wow, dA just celebrated it's 14th anniversary yesterday! and I have been on dA for 8 years, so I have been here for more than half of it's lifetime! feels good haha.
Thinking back to when I joined dA and what happened during all this time is kinda weird, cause it's been SO LONG already. time really flies by fast. I don't think I will manage to tell a story really, more of a list of things I remember, well, let me try anyway!
I remember that 8 years ago I only created an account for the watch function, I did draw myself but I was to "shy" to show anyone. And back then my english wasn't good enough to comment on people's art so I was more of a quiet admirer.
I finally started using dA as Art thing and here is my very first submission which, back when I cleaned my gallery, decided to leave for reasons!
LA 05 are my initials + 05 for 2005 GO ME! jesus that was so long ago haha, dem purple socks. DAT POSE WHAT EVEN XD
When I started using dA after that watcher phase I was a Sonic person, I was still new to the internet and only really used a Sonic Forum Fanboard,
had some friends there who drew and we all had a dA account. I was a pixel artist, editing sonic sprites and stuff like that. I wasn't really active on dA during that time. (haha LA2006)
I had a few pics I really liked and uploaded, but looking back I dunno haha. I didn't really know what to draw.
I tried to have some OC's (which were all just normal people though) and do comics with them, but I really failed at that xD
I don't really remember a lot from the early times, just that I uplaoded quite a bit after a while but no one really seemed to care aside from some fans, no one knew me yet haha.
I tried to do this 100. challange LIKE EVERYONE BACK THEN, I don't think I ever finished it though, this is no. 17 Blood. Poor Tamara, which was an OC of mine back from 2006, from the Moonia kids. she was a PINIK?! haired super shy girl. her brother was Max(imilian).
A year later I started to draw like CRAZY and I uploaded EVERYTHING, every little pencil sketch I did at school was updated on dA haha.
Then I had a phase of Organization XII and I joined a group here on dA, did A LOT of Art for it, even did my very first longer animation, which I still adore, it had all these people in it. I had a dA friendcircle and was happy here.
During time I lost most of the contacts here on dA though, which makes me kinda sad though >:
It wasn't really untill I started reading BCB actively and interacting with the BCB community when people started to notice my art, mainly for fanart. I have read the comic since 2006, but only really joined in around 2010 I think. during 2009 my art really improved. I guess you could call it digital, but I just scanned my traditional outlines, saved them as monochrom .bmp then colored them IN PAINT. I have a lot pictures in 2009 + 2010 that look pretty ok DONE IN PAINT. I was so proud haha, here is one of those summary of art things.
I started drawing digital around the end of 2011 I think, I got a tablet for myself on christmas and changing to digital changed my art a lot. of cours eI am still doing traditional every now and then, and from 2010 to 2012 I had my school scribbles!!! which were like the name suggests, scribbles I did with my classmate Alina during class they lacked quality most of the time, but they were still interesting enough for some people to care.
Around 2011 I started my Nuzlocke.
I don't think I had active people paying attention and commenting before that, but with the Nuzlocke I joined another great community and I hope it can just grow and stay AWSM. The Nuzlocke is my VERY FIRST PROJECT that I actually kept up for so long and I plan on finishing this baby of mine!
ON AN INTERESTING NOTE! DURING ALL THOSE YEARS I USED THE SAME COMPUTER! this also shows me I really need to upgrade this baby haha, 7 year old PC <3
tl;dr I probably wouldn't be on the internet as much if it wouldn't have been for dA, and my english would still be a normal german school level, due to dA I really got online and interacted with people by drawing with them and things like that. it improved my art and my english and I hope my personality as well haha.