Three long years... I guess it's time for a story.
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Edit 24.5.2014: As of now. I've just decided to get rid of the categorizing "series" prefixes on my titles. It originally came from an idea that I'd be painting or submitting a lot more content other than ponies, but that obviously didn't really happen. In the end it just looks silly and doesn't really go well with the way I want my stuff to look: less mechanical, more natural. Also it goes against my philosophy of wanting to introduce the show in a whole different light, I don't want to yell out the fact it's mlp. It just feels wrong and been continuing to do it as a habit. It especially began to grind my gears on the latest pieces where the subjects are more heavy, and so are the titles. Cutie Art Crusaders mentioned about this in one of their episodes a whiiile back, but back then my stand was simply that you're not supposed to read the categorizing prefix in the actual title.. Buut obviously that won't work in reality, it stands out too much and even the purpose is just redundant.

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Also, announcing (I can't believe I haven't a long time ago) that I am indeed going to Crystal Fair con here in Finland as a community guest. It's surely far far away from majority of you all but it'll likely be the only con I'm ever able to attend. I'd love to get a glimpse of the international community out there, so I hope it'll become successful. Would love to see at least some of you being able to come around.

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So yeah, to the point.

I stumbled upon some reeally old stuff and thought it would be nice to properly answer the variations of the question "how long have you been drawing" once and for all, and have something to link for those who ask instead of telling the same story again and again. I've kind of left my past in mystery, especially when all I have in deviantart is pony stuff. I hope this'll cover everything.. And maybe even inspire you to do stuff, maybe.

Ever since kindergarten age I've been drawing like once every few months. Donald Ducks, cartoon characters, video game characters, that kind of stuff. I always had the slight interest for drawing but mostly it was just a way to spend time occasionally. I did even try digital art before ponies came around but that was just like with the pencil ones: I was bored and had a sudden inspiration that went away just as fast as it rose.
I guess I've always been a visual thinker, and thus I've always loved to do all kinds of creative stuff.

So let's take a little sneak peek to some of the stuff I did before I even imagined taking drawing seriously. I dug up a couple of really old drawings and notebooks. Click the pictures for a full view.

-This Scrooge is probably the last Donald Duck -related piece I drew from probably 2007 or so, I used to copy them from the comics.
-Gorloc from Warcraft, around early 2009. This is the tipping point where I don't want to show anything older in terms of video game characters.. It's simply too horrendous.
-The third one was from Bloodline Champions around mid 2010, nothing special. Just to throw in something else.
-Last one is Lich King from Warcraft again, drawn around the end of 2010. It never got finished and it was the very last actual pencil work I did before pony stuff.

Oldestuff by Huussii

I discovered FiM somewhere in early 2011, of course I was rightaway into it jokingly. I didn't start doodling ponies until later in the spring though, I even tried out digital art for a short time around march 2011, those pieces were all about Might and Magic and you can still find them on the bottom of my Deviantart.

Later the things I doodled around notebooks started to turn into ponies, which was still a sort of a joke for me. On the last pages which were actually doodled home, you can see that I actually tried learning to draw them...

Oldepone by Huussii

Somewhere that jokingly approach got lost I guess. And finally the thing that sparked my interest for art was no other than Moe on ol' Ponibooru, who disappeared from the fandom shortly after I had started. He actually even commented once on my work once on Ponibooru, which was the first colored mlp piece from me (the Lyra one). If he ever comes back... By all that is holy, I want to have a word with him.

Yeah, from there on I wanted to become good at painting.

So, as stupid as it sounds. This show and its fandom made me find a whole new side of me. Moe's works also made me realize how much I appreciate painterly landscape art, so I dwelved into those concepts too. Of course I could've eventually discovered all the inspiration for art some other way, but.. This is the way I did.

I'm still far from the professional levels, but I hope I can get there one day.

Thank you all.

And as a thank you for reaching this far down.. Here's a little extra. More notebook doodles which are from 2012:
Oldepone2 by Huussii
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PyrroNeko's avatar
Oh wow, those last doodles... I want Hippony to be canon, haha!

Thanks for the story, and re-introducing Moe. I've had his artwork of a younger Pinkamena staring at a Rainboom saved for the longest and I could never find out its origins.

And of course, thanks for just being plain awesome! Your artwork continues to awe me piece after piece. Only way I can ever show my appreciation is to have them on display; "Mirror Pond" and "Lone Denizen of Everfree" make for such excellent wallpapers side-by-side, and it wouldn't be the first time my friends ask me who drew them.
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malphigus|Student Filmographer
"I'm still far from the professional levels.."

What did you just say there laddie.
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Chai-Wolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe I just found your stuff now! It's... it's amazing. Brilliant. Inspirational! You make me want to be a better artist. I hope that some day I can be on your level, but until then I will continue to try my best. I've always wanted to do epic paintings (digital or not) of ponies or something just as whimsical, but I fear I'm not very good at anything but basics in art, lol! I hope you will continue on this path, and whether it be ponies or not, I will be a loyal fan from this point on. I am absolutely gushing over your stuff! <3
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Here-for-the-ponies|Student Digital Artist
I always like reading stuff like this. And OH MY GOSH MOE! I remember when he headed every drawfriend, and suddenly vanished off the face of the earth. He was one of the first artists in the fandom I had really been wowed by, and it really makes me happy to see someone else who remembers him.
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holographic-poptarts|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You rock, Huussii. You are one of the artists who has greatly inspired me to pick up drawing again :)
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Huussii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear I'm doing what Moe's art did to me. =p
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SeppyX's avatar
Good ol' Moe, still an inspiration to many.

I'm interested in how you got your skill to what it is right now, would you mind sharing? Internet tutorials? Art classes? Books? Or do you just look at works from other artists and try to learn from them?
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Huussii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never had art classes except for the usual elementary school stuff. It's mainly just internet, I did read some books in the very beginning but didn't really find anything really good from our ol' library. I started with all kinds of video tutorials to get some view on the techniques and "how the hell can I work", Xia "idrawgirls" Taptara on youtube was my main source in the beginning. After that it was mostly just actively googling around, searching stuff on Conceptart.org, finding great artists, etc., and piecing up all the information into a bigger overview.

Easily the biggest single source of info I've found is Noah Bradley, he has his own tutorials and talks about such insightful stuff, but the goldmine was Awesome Horse Studios which he was a part of. It's basically a livestream show of four professional artists (plus occasional quest artist), they do paintovers, demos, critiques, all kinds of stuff while talking about everything in art. They still have most of their episodes up in Livestream, evne though they've gone inactive a long time ago. I've watched or at least listened to all the episodes several times, and even bought their first season when they still had their own website up.
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Thanks! I will check out their channel.

How do you pronounce your name, by the way?
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anttosik|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, another reason for me to pronounce Crystal Fair the best can tha is probably happening in Europe this year. Sadly, I won't be there. Hope you'll love the con as much as we others do and will come next year, when we might meet =)
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I can honestly say it's truly amazing what you've accomplished in just three years. Hat's off to you.
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timeice|Hobbyist Writer
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeee
You are good, even in the past!
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Huussii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you're only seeing pretty much just the best of those works. I can promise there's some very crappy stuff done even after the second or third pencil drawing on the first list. Also, I couldn't draw pretty much anything without a clear image of the subject in front of me.
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timeice|Hobbyist Writer
Pfft, I can't either, but meh.
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Armosk's avatar
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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TrueFireAnt's avatar
I forgot about moe! I never even knew that he left since I'd only been linked to his work from drawfriends on EqD. I hope you'll stay with us for the foreseeable future.
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Huussii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The strange thing was that he didn't have any own actual site for his paintings, or at least he never revealed one. He was only in Ponibooru.
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you're the most fucking professional person im subbed to on da though ._. .......
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eytosh|Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, awesome to see those sketches! I sooo want moe back too! I remember finding his stuff and lamenting his leaving all in the same day... XD Keep it up, Huussii, I love seeing your art :D
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Lunaerix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate you writing something like this; I can totally relate. I once started drawing and pursuing creative endeavors 10 years ago but gave up out of shyness (and the drive of my family and peers to pursue a career in science / technology). Watching MLP started to raise my interest again.. "I want to draw that!" was a constant part of watching new episodes for me.

I'm only now learning to draw, so painting is a long term goal that I hope to reach someday. Regardless, I look up to artists like you and I've stopped saying "I could never do that!" and instead say "I will do that someday!". Your work is inspiring.  huussii.deviantart.com/art/MLP… is a painting I probably look at once a day. It's incredible, and I see it as where I want to be many years down the road. It's a painting that reinforces my drive to practice every day.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, and keep up the amazing work.
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Huussii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's as if I'm hearing the past me speaking, except you sound even more eager.

Don't let go of that. I didn't and I guess it got me somewhere... It's still taking me somewhere.
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GTX-Media|Professional Photographer
Always nice to see the beginnings and then get to compare them to today. Imagine doing this again in three more years and what difference it'll be.
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Althyra-Nex|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I couldn't match you even if I tried drawing all week non stop.  You're seriously good and from a way early age?  That kind of artist is very rare in today's world.  You have a gift my friend. 
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