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The Forgotten Chapter 1 Page 1-2 by Deckboy The Forgotten Chapter 1 Page 1-2 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 The Forgotten 005-6 by Deckboy The Forgotten 005-6 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 The Forgotten 003 by Deckboy The Forgotten 003 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 The Forgotten 002 by Deckboy The Forgotten 002 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 The Forgotten 001 by Deckboy The Forgotten 001 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 The Forgotten 000 by Deckboy The Forgotten 000 :icondeckboy:Deckboy 5 0 Going for a stroll by Deckboy Going for a stroll :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 Not quite so lucky. by Deckboy Not quite so lucky. :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 Sailing the High Seas by Deckboy Sailing the High Seas :icondeckboy:Deckboy 1 1 Follow me on Instagram by Deckboy Follow me on Instagram :icondeckboy:Deckboy 0 0 004-5 Web by Deckboy 004-5 Web :icondeckboy:Deckboy 5 9 Let's take a stroll. . . by Deckboy Let's take a stroll. . . :icondeckboy:Deckboy 2 0 'neath the Stary Skies by Deckboy 'neath the Stary Skies :icondeckboy:Deckboy 5 0 When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted by Deckboy When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted :icondeckboy:Deckboy 12 6 Heavenly Shores by Deckboy Heavenly Shores :icondeckboy:Deckboy 2 0 At the Old Drawing Table by Deckboy At the Old Drawing Table :icondeckboy:Deckboy 1 0
I have been on Deviant Art for 10 years. O_o 

I started posting on here back in High School when I used primarily colored pencil and micron pens and drew really tiny hands.

I was young and copied almost anything and everything - character designs, poses, etc...  My favorite thing to do was take a character design from one artist, and take a pose from a different artist, and mash them together.FacepalmForgive me!    Plagiarism wasn't my intent, I honestly was just having fun drawing what interested me, but as I grew older I began to want to design/create my OWN things, not just copy other people's creativity.  So eventually I took down everything that I considered even remotely plagiarized, and started over.:eager: by darkmoon3636

I designed a few Original characters and a whole lot of garbage.  Art wasn't a serious matter to me, just a hobby, something to fill the boring hours of my life.Gallery  
Eventually I reached a place where I became a lot more comfortable with the medium I was using (traditional colored pencils and inks) although character designs, especially their clothes, were a struggle.  Eventually I ended up here:
A year well done. . . by Deckboy
This piece was actually a HUGE turning point for me.  It took me about 1-2 hours to draw, 1 hour to ink, and 8 hours to color.  I ran out of green colored pencils on this piece twice and when I bought new sets, they didn't match, thus the really odd shading on her shirt. No, I disagree!  The reason why it was such a huge turning point is because it pushed me towards  thinking about coloring digitally.  I wanted to make more complicated and intricate pictures.  Full characters and full backgrounds, stuff like that.Jawdrop 

But I knew there was no way I could create the type of art I wanted unless I found a new way to color.Grr. 

But there was a problem: Money.  Having little to no income in high school, I knew there was no way I could afford to pay for fancy traditional coloring tools like Copics or Prismacolor markers.  Buying my inking pens was already all I could afford.:-o (Eek)

Long story short, my high school computer teacher had photoshop and a cheap bamboo tablet which he would let me tinker with when all my work was done.  Over a period of a year, I taught myself photoshop and saved enough money to buy the cheapest wacom tablet I could find.  Now I just had to buy *ulp* Photoshop (Which was in the upwards of 500+ dollars at the time)  I did some research and discovered Paint Tool Sai, a cheap affordable program, with a very similar interface to Photoshop.  Just what I needed!  This led to me creating my first ever digital painting:
Lighthouse Bill Tiller Tribute by Deckboy

I was hookedOMG! I can't contain my excitement!  and thus started my journey of coloring digitally.  I never could get the hang of drawing digitally/digital inks.  It always just took SOOO long!  I would spend 4 hours drawing something digitally that would take me 30 minutes by hand. Seriously. =P  Coloring, though, was MUCH faster, and I could do much more intricate scenes, like this:
Here There Be Monsters. . . by Deckboy 

However, even though I had made some improvements, I began to be really unsettled with my art.  I drew the same things over and over from the same perspectives.  My coloring was quick but had no depth.  It was super bright and over-saturated.  I couldn't figure out how to make it look better.  I spent 2 years trying to make my art look better (especially the coloring) but I never could figure out how to improve.

This was especially unsettling because art, for me, had started to move from "just a hobby" to "potential career."
I finally decided that if I wanted to improve, I had to make some drastic changes.  I had to either be "all in" or be ok with improving very slowly.  I decided to go for it and after pouring over my art, came up with 8 areas I wanted to improve.  I spent the next 6 months drawing and drawing and drawing and watching art video after art video and reading articles and books and articles and books, and, well, you get the idea.  I started finally seeing some improvement:

Dare to Dream by Deckboy

That was 3 1/2 years ago.Okay... Moving on now...  I have done 3 more of these art "training intensives" since then, all with at least some improvement, although maybe not as drastic as before.

I also worked as an art assistant for a comic artist for about 8 months, and even managed to draw a few logos for some small businesses.  No, I wasn't making money off of my own original art, but I was at least making money off of ART.  And, no, I wasn't making enough money to live solely off of art, but hey. . . 

It was a start. =)  Dance! Buy My Prints Please Dance!

I decided to try my hand at making a Graphic Novel,  and eventually started uploading it as a webcomic!  I figured that it would be a good way to push myself in improving my art.  And it has definitely been a challenge, but also rather rewarding.
The Forgotten by Deckboy 

When I joined DA 10 years ago, I had no idea where it would lead.  I definitely had no idea I'd still be posting here 10 years later.  Over the decade I've been here, I've, graduated, gotten married, moved 12 times, lived in 4 different states and worked jobs ranging from setting up drape in conference centers to unloading trucks at 4am to cleaning and shipping auto parts.  I've experienced a lot of life that I never could have dreamed of before.  I've been on a few mountain tops and trudged through a whole lot of valleys.

But through it all, I've decided this whole "art" thing is much more than just a hobby.  It's what I want.  And regardless of whether I'll ever be able to make a living at it, I'll definitely keep trying.

The past 10 years have been fun, here's to another 10!

 :happybounce: I am a dummy! :happybounce: 
When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted by Deckboy  
  • Listening to: Ahxello - Frisbee
  • Reading: Futureville by Skye Jethani
  • Watching: My DA Life Flash Before My Eyes
  • Playing: Fifa
  • Eating: Spicy Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Iced Tea


Artist | Hobbyist | Other
United States
Current Residence: USA
Favourite genre of music: Stuff that sounds good.
Favourite style of art: Cartoons
Operating System: Windows
Favourite cartoon character: Freakazoid, The Tick, Raphael


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sasukexnaruxsakura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hey! ^^, I just wanted to let you know, I got my first tablet :) I got an XP-Pen Tablet. It's both for drawing & Osu! game. For 25 bucks it works out for a start :) I want to get a bigger one in the future. 

I hope you're having a great day :) 
Deckboy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hi!!! I hope you are doing well!  I'm excited for you and your tablet - that's a big step! =D
sasukexnaruxsakura Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Yes it is :D I'm still not use to it yet or paint tool sai. But I'm getting the hang of it hehe. I am a dummy! Meow :3 
I'm doing great & thanks for asking. 
Deckboy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, it takes awhile to get used to, but just keep practicing and it will pay off!
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ArtOfRivana Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol I was tempted to reply and necro your thread. Hope you're doing fine. I finally started my comic. Cheers!…
Deckboy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017   Photographer
many thanks for the favorite! :wave:
Reithya Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!! :D hope you're having fun with the family!! :party: :cake: :party:
Deckboy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!!!!  I had a great day!
sasukexnaruxsakura Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the big comment on tablets ^^ I haven't reply yet to it. I want to keep the links to look at witch one I want. I have use The Bamboo. I am thinking about getting that one. I just didn't know it works for windows as well. 

Oh and thanks so much for 
 Donating ^^
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