while rediscovering my favorite neopet veteran artists, i had the great luck of stumbling across your work again. your characters, music choices, and art had a massive impact on me as a child, just as you did for many, many others.
i think it speaks to your reach and ability that people are still dropping comments here nine years later. its very sad to see all the art tucked away, but hey, i did the same thing! i sincerely hope you are doing well today.
So I recently re-discovered some of your neopets art and it got me feeling all sorts of emotions... I felt obliged to quickly write something here.
Fatal... thank you for everything. Your contribution to the art community truly left a lasting impact on many of us. To this day, I still think about your art from time to time. Like others, I have many fond memories of browsing your art and especially your petpages, and discovering a love for original characters, storytelling, and digital art along the way.
I would have never found these passions had I not found you and a couple of other skilled artists on neopets, honestly - you folks were really ahead of your time with the illustrations and worlds you created with your own characters. Thank you so, so much for those times... I hope wherever you are, that life is treating you well, and that you are happy. 💖
Also, does anyone remember anything about the backstories of any of Fatal's neopets back in the day (Shacar, Akansho, Acardis, Captayn,Inferno etc)? I've been especially nostalgic over the stories as of late, they used to inspire me all the time when i was younger, but unfortunately, i can't remember a single thing regarding their stories; only some of the music and art that Fatal had at the time. ;__;
Sometimes I think that Aura was destined to be an inspiration to thousands of people around the world. A large part of the people I see who are professional designers started with neopets and had fatal mantis as their main inspiration, her drawings had an enormous charisma and seemed to have a life of their own.
I would like to know If Aura is fine and living a good life.
I would also very much like to recall her stories, characters and drawings, because unfortunately I also remember very little of their stories, especially because my English was not so good at that time.
I only remember Shacar and that she woke up on the beach one day and had no memory of her past and that she was found and rescued by Akansho. and the Captayn and Serraona who were lovers, but I don't remember anything else besides that, unfortunately.
Aura was an excellent person and amazing artista and had a wonderful musical taste too!
I also wanted a little help to see if anyone remembers the name of the song that played on Kahlidah's page, the magma draik.
Me and my mom used to love that song and have been looking for it for many years.
It seemed an african song with drums and a female singer with a choir of children singing in the background, but I'm not 100% sure about the details because it's been years. any help to find out what song it was will be very welcome! ❤️