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I turned 26 last Sunday! I celebrated my birthday at a local roller rink with a 90's/Pokemon themed party.
I got a bunch of awesome stuff for my birthday such as:
About Chalk Dust 2002 (Updated!)EDIT! NEW INFO IN THE TRIVIA SECTION:
As Chalk Dust 2002 is finally dwindling down to its end, I felt compelled to actually go in depth about it.
Chalk Dust 2002 was created in my 7th and 8th grade years of middle school. I just did it for fun for my friends because Leland and I were the only ones of our friends who drew, and drew anime. After the pencil only "pilot" (which I had done at the same time I was doing my Project A-ko doujinshi), I would turn around to do this current Chalk Dust.
So here is trivia and facts about it because nobody wants to read a lot of stuff:
-The entire comic was drawn with Sharpies, both fine tip and regular markers.
-I did not pencil any of it. It was straight Sharpie on paper
-There was no real story planned, I just went with what I felt like.
-The uncensored version before I put the digital edits in was chock-full of cursing.
-The title of their text book is "Junk Stuff" by author "Idiot" because that's how I felt about school at the time.
1. How long ago were these pics posted?
From right to left:
August 21, 2008 (the first day I started using dA after I had created the account 2 years earlier lol)
September 23, 2008
October 10, 2008
May 19, 2009
July 1, 2009
July 7, 2009 (this illustration was recolored in 2012)
July 15, 2009
July 21, 2009
July 24, 2009
July 31, 2009
2. What do you consider to be your favorite of these first ten? (“They all suck” is a cop out!)
I honestly really like either my 2008 version of the Chalk*Dust kids posing for the "cover," or the layout of the New Cutey Honey girls for my 2nd attempt at using PS to colour (I liked both of these images enough to redraw 'em both in 2012 and 2016 respectively, which can be found below)
3. What pic do you consider to be the weakest?
Definitely the Red vs. Misty/Kasumi pic. I just did it for funsies and it took me like half an hour 1:
4. Are the subjects of these pics still something you draw or have interest in?
I literally fucking love all this shit still. Still making Chalk*Dust (slowly, but surely), still love Kurumi, Cutie Honey, Sailor Moon, and Pokemon tons <3
5. Is there any pic you’d probably not post even if you drew it today?
Hmm... Nah, I'd probably post 'em all. Except for the shitty Pokemon battle thing.
6. Do you recall any vaguely interesting memories on any of these pics (either drawing or the response to them)?
I was really proud of my coloured pencil work on that Steel Angel Kurumi picture, and I remember how hard I worked to colour that New Cutey Honey image, since it was my 2nd attempt at Photoshop, and also, I didn't have a tablet at the time, so I digitally coloured all of those using a laptop track pad and my finger (with the exception of the Gainax Girls image, which I recolored in 2012 using a tablet). I remember being really embarrassed by the 3,000 & Honey's tits pic; I remember someone calling me out on it and being like "I have way more watchers/pageviews than you and I don't go around trying to brag about it." I was just happy, but that dude made me feel like shit.
7. Is there anything you look at with these pics and wouldn’t mind trying again?
I actually have thought about redrawing almost all of these other than the 2 that I've already redrawn a lot (except for the shitty Pokemon picture.) I think I will redraw at least 3 of these other ones at some point though...
8. Do any of these pics still get any comments/favorites/notice?
Yes, the New Cutey Honey picture, the Gainax Girls pic (rarely, but it pops up), and the Sailor Moon and Venus sometimes. The rest, no.
9. Is there anything you see in these pics that you still find difficult?
Yes, a lot. Especially, drawing feet, apparently. And not drawing everyone at 3/4 ajdflks;aafjhda
Also, I feel like my art is static af now and want to be more dynamic, but looking at these oldies that are literally sarcophagi or coffins or something, I feel like I've improved a li'l over the years.
10. Do you feel these pics were a help in getting to where you are today as an artist?
Of course! I think every time I draw, even if it's a li'l pos sketch or something helps me improve. I'm very visual in my head, and it's hard to get down on paper/screen what exactly I'm seeing, so when I look at these old things that were my *closest* attempts at conveying what I felt, I can see how I could make them better. Feedback from watchers has always been exponential in growth as well.
Dang, this was fun.