Thought I'd have a crack at one of these, Happy Birthday DeviantART!
This account I've had for 4 years, but I did have a previous account which I had to close for... reasons. But anyway, let's just say I was originally introduced to DA through a friend, but I'll just talk about this account for the sake of this journal :3
When I started this account all of my art was of a traditional medium, pencil, ink and copic pens, as you can see from the images below, some of the oldest in my gallery. I mainly used DA to post pictures of characters I created in various online RPs. Art was very much a way of safely expressing myself, getting rid of a lot of teenage angst without hurting anyone around me; I would frequently end up sketching in school, when I should have been working! But, because art was just a hobby, a method to express myself, I never really pushed the boundaries and a fair few of my images looked very similar or had glaring issues with anatomy.
Manga became something of an inspiration, mostly because humans are so easy (relatively) to draw using that style! The image below is one of the first manga-style drawings I uploaded to this account, though I had drawn others before this;
I also discovered digital art as I grew older, until it became my main finishing medium (I still draw everything in pencil first). Now my gallery is dominated by digital artwork, an interesting shift considering how much I disliked using the computer at first XD DeviantART became a brilliant place to look at tutorials concerning the digital medium, from creating masks to tips on shading.
One of my older digital pieces I'm proud of, learning how to do the fire effects was a godsend XD
Another subject I came across were anthros and 'fursonas'. While I had seen these kinds of characters in passing previously, I had never really delved into the world of anthros until DeviantART (I had mostly drawn werewolves up to this point). I found myself growing to like them more and more, despite some of the hang-ups some people had about them; they were fun to draw and many artists designs were just amazing, so I decided to create an actual fursona for myself. Rather than only drawing anthros of characters, I wanted something that could be 'me' only on the Internet.
This was my first attempt at my fursona, but she's gone through many changes over the years, reflecting both the changes in my life, my art style and my skill. It's nice to have someone I can relate to who reflects me so well, how I've changed and matured, having gone from the image above, to these;
The second image includes a fursona I created for my current boyfriend :3
As time went on, I began to meet people through DA. Some were just in passing, maybe a few comments or a favourite here or there, but there are some who have now become very good friends of mine, Wrennars
as a few examples :3 I hope to keep in touch with you guys in future!
Now I'm trying to expand my artistic skills, going back to the basics for a lot of it - there was a time when I thought construction lines were pointless and I didn't need to use them, now I use them for everything! Let's just say eyes are a lot easier to get level now
I've recently acquired a graphics tablet, which has been a huge help for my digital artwork, though I'm still getting used to using it. I'm hoping to continue to improve over time, including backgrounds and more dynamic poses, which I hope my latest entry (at the time of writing this journal) is some proof of :3