It all started many years ago, when I was using the mighty tool of Google images to look at beautiful images. Now, when I say beautiful images, it wasn't the usual stuff, like photos, colours or - probably more fitting for my age - pr0n, no, it was more about surrealism, abstract art and photomanipulation. dA was the ideal place to find the best ones.
About two years later, when my internet sessions became more regular, I joined dA, remembering the lovely Favourites and Galleries. However, I didn't really use dA until another year later. And what I uploaded back then was - mildly put - hilarious.
I would have stayed on this level without dA:
Which is OK, for most people. But not for me. Not since I began watching other people, see what they could do on a regular basis. I learned. Slowly.
While learning that I actually could draw, I became more involved with programs. At the end, GIMP and CreaToon stood out and I went from to and from to and you can (hopefully) see that I tried out a lot of new things.
But that wasn't nearly enough.
I tried out Flash, CSS, frame-by-frame animation, more vectors, traditional pencil drawings...
And now I have gotten to the point where I want to be more productive and that's why I started my daily sketches.
159 Daily Sketches (discontinued)This was something nice to try out. I made a total of 159 daily sketches, both pencil drawings and digital creations. I might do this again, but for now, I have to stop. For one thing, it was draining me: It takes time to do this and I often lost sleep to do these. I miss sleep. Also, the day that would have been 160, I had no time at all, I needed to concentrate on other things and I will have to continue concentrating on other things.
It's a huge collection I have left behind! I am proud of myself, I didn't expect to get over 10, 50, 100 or even 150, but I did it!
Did I get any better? I did, I think. I tried out things and I learned things and I am pleased with the outcome. Thank you to all who supported me, who left comments and Fav'ed and everyone who simply had a look at what I did. Without you, I would have stopped way earlier.
There are a few additional things I will upload. Not much and not officially part of the daily sketches.
The entirety of this project has been docu
I started with a lot of pencil sketches, such as or , mostly studies, but also some of my very own creations .
At that point, it was clear that I couldn't have continued this without the constant support of the community. Some were random commenters, others I know well and I appreciate their approval. I even went outside and drew something, despite the risk of someone being able to see me draw.
This all changed when I got a tablet for my birthday.
My family wouldn't have given me one if I wasn't so involved with dA, I think.
From then on, I tried out new things. Mostly animations.
I realised that this kind of thing worked. So I made more!
And people like this kind of stuff.
Happy birthday dA, I don't know what I could possibly give you when you have given me so much.