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First Year on DevArt!!!!! by RoseandherThorns First Year on DevArt!!!!! by RoseandherThorns
Rose & Espina:iconsaysplz: Hi all, and thank you for a year (and a few days) on DeviantArt!!!


Rose:iconsaysplz: We figured that since it's our first year and we have a lot of watchers who don't know too much about what we've gone through; we'd share a little story with you guys~!

Espina:iconsaysplz: What's with this we?  You never mentioned a-

Rose:iconsaysplz: STORY TIME!!!!!

Espina:iconsaysplz: But-

Rose:iconsaysplz: STORYTIME!~!~!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rose:iconsaysplz: This account started out with just my sister browsing around online and showing me cool things she found on here.  At the time, neither of us really thought about submitting anything; as our artwork suuuuuuucked~~~~~.  But one day, after giving my sister a drawing as a present (no it's not on here; sorry)  She suggested that I try submitting some of my drawings online to show other people.

I refused outright for several days.

But eventually my curiosity overcame me and I finally agreed.  But since we didn't know how to put my actual drawings online, we went with the next best thing; I tried using a base.

June: fav.me/d68kq9n

It was lame, and I probably ruined the base in the process; but it was kind of fun.  No one noticed it; so i figured it was safe to keep going.  No rude comments would find me if no one found me; right?

I kept going and I slowly began to get better:

July: fav.me/d6cqn19

Now, for a while before that my sister and I were already nuts with writing fanfictions.  We had so many saved in our computers it was a nightmare trying to decide which one to write in.  I can't remember exactly when; but I believe it was around this time that my favorite Youtuber Markiplier put out a creepy video called "Mister Kitty Saves The World," Or something like that.  After watching it, my mind began to explode with ideas for a story.  I talked about it with my sister, who agreed to have a part in it; and soon my fingers were flying on the keyboard as i typed the story.  I had about three chapters down within an hour and a half; and it was then that my sister asked me the question that would change our channel.

She asked me if i wanted to submit the story on Deviantart.

Espina:iconsaysplz: Geez; lay on the drama, why don't you?

Rose:iconsaysplz: I'M TELLING THE STORY.

*ahem* anyway...

I was panicking for a long time after she asked me, but I think the only reasons I agreed were because the chances of anyone paying any attention it were slim; and hence the chances of Mark seeing it were even slimmer.  Whatever the case, I hesitantly agreed and we submitted the first chapter.

August:  fav.me/d6iunfq

Now, it should be said that up until that point, the only people that had read any sort of stories were my family and closest friends.  I was feeling really self-conscious about my writing abilities and I still had whole weeks where I felt no one actually liked my stories, and everyone was just being nice; like when a grandmother pretends to adore a stick-figure scribble her grandchild does.  My grammar was not the best, and I constantly worried I would Mary-sue the world over.  Submitting the story was a big step for me, and I was incredibly anxious for a long time.

We decided to take a few minutes to relax by watching a video, but my constant shaking made my sister check Deviantart within 15 minutes.

There were 3 comments, and 5 favorites.

My mind was blown; not only had we never received that much feedback within the first 15 minutes of submitting something; we had never gotten that much feedback on a single deviation at all!


I was overjoyed, we were getting comments, favorites, and even watches!

Over the next few months, I flipped between art and the story a lot; but I slowly started gravitating towards improving my art.  I was still working with MS Paint, but it was easy to use and i liked it.

September:  fav.me/d6lkneg

We recieved 25 watchers in October:

October: fav.me/d6lkneg

and I went a little nuts with backgrounds...

November: fav.me/d6tfap8

I even started watching BBC Sherlock (which I have now caught up to btw)

December: fav.me/d6zcuaj

After some more drawing practice; i slowly began to get better with poses and anatomy, and I started to sketch all the time:

January: fav.me/d72khsz
Febuary: fav.me/d75dsgt

I wrote a story for my sister and we uploaded here, my writing starting to get better too:

March: fav.me/d75dsgt

And it was sometime around here that I got a new laptop.  This laptop had a different operating system on it; one that didn't have MS Paint.  I was devastated at first; I didn't know at the time that this would be a big push towards improving my digital art.  I was very bored one day, so I took up an old Chibi drawing and opened it in Gimp; and I just started messing around with stuff.

I didn't put that particular drawing on here, because I figured that the most important part of that month was the fact that RoseandherThorns finally got personas for you to associate us with~!

April: fav.me/d7fxjov

By that time I had learned a few things in Gimp; like shading and blurring; things i could never do very will in MS Paint. (not saying it's not possible; I just didn't figure out how to do it very well)

I began experimenting a lot, and after Markiplier said that he liked Cyberpunk stuff i decided that it would be an excellent opportunity to practice anatomy and perfect the glow effects on Gimp.

May: fav.me/d7jet56

A few more months passed and I experimented further; enjoying the lens flare feature and trying out new shading techniques:

June: fav.me/d7no2zt

Finally we've come full circle; and a year has passed.  This is the latest work I have done:

July: fav.me/d7pmc6d

While I am extremely proud of myself and what I've accomplished over the past year, I know that I have a lot more improving to do. Thanks to you guys my confidence in my art and writing has skyrocketed; and I never would have imagined that we'd have over 150 watchers in just one year.

We've gone through bases-

Espina:iconsaysplz: Sketches-
Rose:iconsaysplz: Stories-
Espina:iconsaysplz: Adoptables-
Rose:iconsaysplz: And Digital art.  I can't believe we've made it this far; and I can't wait to see how much we can do come next year.  You're all amazing people; and thank you all so much for our first year on Deviantart!

And to paraphrase the guy that I draw the most for some strange reason:


Espina & Rose :iconsaysplz: We will see you~ :iconfoxthumbplz: in the next one.  Bye-bye~! :iconfoxbaibaiplz:


June: fav.me/d68kq9n
July: fav.me/d6cqn19
August:  fav.me/d6iunfq
September:  fav.me/d6lkneg
October: fav.me/d6lkneg
November: fav.me/d6tfap8
December: fav.me/d6zcuaj
January: fav.me/d72khsz
Febuary: fav.me/d75dsgt
March: fav.me/d75dsgt
April: fav.me/d7fxjov
May: fav.me/d7jet56
June: fav.me/d7no2zt
July: fav.me/d7pmc6d



Rose:iconsaysplz:............ yeah, no one's gonna read the full thing ;-;


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Immageek4321 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay seriously your drawings/ writings are amazing like I've got good drawings and writings but I'm just like "WHEN IS THE NEXT STORYYYYYY" *Has fangirl crash* you are a GREAT writer and a GREAT artist I have a few good drawings but my strongest area is painting I'll have to upload some for everyone to see :3 I can't wait to see what else you guys have in store :D
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LilydaVinci Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read the whole thing :D I'mso proud of you Rose ^.^
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SaikoroSama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awweesome~
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