I had been aware of deviantART’s existence for years and years before actually joining. I think I first saw a link there when I was browsing someone’s personal website and they mentioned they had an account in a big art site. I visited it but didn't understand a bit about how it worked or what was it’s purpose. Slowly, as I became a bit better (or at least less awful) at understanding English, I started to figure it out and became curious. I was afraid of joining for a long time because I knew it might result someone misusing my art, which was the absolute worst thing. I also knew that my English was far from fluent, and internet can be surprisingly harsh towards those who don’t speak English as their first language. I was terrified of writing descriptions to my pieces, because they had to be understandable for people all around the world and I simply lacked words.
In one late evening in September 19, 2010 (the year I started high school) I got tired with undecisiveness and gathered enough courage to register an account. I chose the name I had been using on a couple of forums, GhoulShoe (Ghoul because I was crazy about Near-Eastern folklore and Shoe because it kind of rhymed, eh). Years later I changed my username to something more personal, CanisAlbus, which means ”white dog” in Latin.
The oldest piece in my gallery was submitted September 19, 2010:
Masque's and Radon's debut.
September 24, 2010.
One of the first completely digital pieces.
December 12, 2010.
Making things stare at you since 2010. Yes.
January 18, 2011.
Some of my newer watchers may not even know that Machete's bandages used to be light brown, not red.
May 21, 2011.
The first Okami fan art.
May 27, 2011.
I was so proud of this. To be honest, it still looks kind of neat to me.
June 11, 2012.
I think this was one of the first pieces where I tried something different with the stylization.
August 18, 2012.
Full backgrounds, even as simple as this, are a lot of work when you work with traditional media.
October 8, 2012.
Around the time I made this, I finally found an efficient way to combine traditional sketches or inked lines with digital coloring and shading. This increases the amount of mixed media art in my gallery, but sadly there's less completely traditionally made pieces from now on.
November 26, 2012.
Strange style experiments.
February 25, 2013.
My first animation.
May 26, 2013.
Textile printing, or more like textile painting.
It's still in frequent use.
June 24, 2013.
Not much to say about this, except that it gathered tons of notes on Tumblr for some reason?
August 21, 2013.
One of my personal favorites. Sighthounds are taking over...
August 29, 2013.
One of the rare completely digital pieces. Digital inking is still my nemesis.
October 25, 2013.
I need to make more silent comics like this. I really enjoy them.
November 3, 2013.
During this year I doubled or tripled the number of my OCs and started to pay more attention to their connections and relationships and the world they live in. The warlord story was my main headworld.
December 3, 2013.
First self portrait with exposed face! Also halos. Halos are my trademark.
December 15, 2013.
Finnish mythology and folklore served as an inspiration for this.
December 26, 2013.
This is currently my most popular deviation.
January 16, 2014.
And I keep mirroring things for the sake of symmetry.
January 27, 2014.
Another personal favorite.
March 16, 2014.
Products with this image on them seem to sell fairly well on my Society6.
July 21, 2014
I want to make more masks too.
And this is the newest addition, submitted August 6, 2014.
I think I started gaining followers slowly but surely right from the beginning. I remember how grand it felt when the hundredth watcher joined the crowd, back then I used to thank everybody individually for watching me :’3 if I were to pick the moment of ”surfacing”, it would most likely be December 2011, when my page views crossed over 8,500 hits per month. I received my first Daily Deviation around the same time:
The main subject of my drawings were and still are canines, anthropomorphic or not, but I've also tried to include other animal species to my pieces. I love creating my own original characters and plotting out stories for them. Most of the animals that make appearances in my works have names, personalities and back stories. I enjoy variation, trying out new techniques and styles, it keeps an artist from stagnating and makes one’s art less easier to imitate, I think. Ever since I started taking a less strict approach to what and how I draw, I haven’t had a single major art block. Drawing humans is something I’m still a bit hesitant to do, but this weakness doesn't bother me that much. I don’t enjoy portraying humans as much as other things, so I don’t see a reason to force myself to draw them unless I have to. I think I should try to focus more on developing an ability to create scenic backgrounds in the future, and it would be wonderful to learn to paint digitally someday. Generally I’m very content with the direction my art is going at the moment. I doubt that this kind of improvement and development would have been possible if I just kept my art to myself and never showed it to anyone.
At the moment I joined dA, some of my biggest idols here were
During my four years here, I’ve come across a number of other artists worth admiring,
just to mention some top picks! There's plenty of more. For some reason, many of the mentioned people watch me nowadays, I’ve had a chance to talk to them and somehow befriended quite a few of them. They never cease to amaze and inspire me with their art, same goes for all the rest wonderful artists that I’m watching!
Surely showing your art online has it’s downsides and I would be lying if I said that the often occurring cases of copyright infringements and persistent style copycats never made me lose my sleep or think about leaving the site completely, but I try to stay positive and remember all the sweet and encouraging comments I've received. Apparently my scribbles genuinely brighten someone’s day every once a while, and that’s what keeps me going.
Lastly, I want to thank all my friends and supporters, I wouldn't be here without you! Those active watchers who frequently comment, contribute and offer their help deserve a special thank you, so do those who watched me when I was still a newbie artist larva and have stayed around for all these years. You know who you are, thank you for existing `v´ I know I’m not good at replying at your messages and lately I've really failed at showing my appreciation towards the fantastic gift art people have made for me (I’m so terribly sorry, I’ll comment eventually!). Even if I didn't respond your message, I want you to know that I’m not purposely ignoring you so please don’t be discouraged! I always read everything that ends up in my message center and your feedback means a world to me! I’ll do my best to keep making art that pleases your eyes~
All in all, this site has offered me a way to bring out my best sides and share my enthusiasm for art with the community. I’m eternally grateful for that! Happy birthday DeviantART!
And here's a small selection of my all time favorite masterpieces on this site