This is gonna be super late going up 'cause I typed this in Hong Kong last week on my iPad... and you know how wonky DA is on mobile... Also it was almost 11 when I typed this so... I was kinda delirious.
Uhhh I guess it all started when I started using the internet pretty extensively back in 2007-ish, I believe? I didn't have an actual tablet back then, just this weird sensor that came with this pen that tracks your markings. I think I just made an account and noticing that no one really favorited or liked my drawings and I just used it more to track artists that I looked up to.
I dunno what exactly made me want to start posting art again, maybe getting into The Neverhood fandom...? But a friend from middle school/high school used Sharpies for her art and I started following her. I dunno, definitely not my best stuff, but at least I drew and kept going.
I actually started Soot in the 8th grade, but it wasn't until 2010 that I started what I guess you could call the "definitive webcomic" version. As a webcomic that I just had to keep chugging along with, it definitely helped me improve my art a lot. I used to do a butt ton of stories before my time on DA, but they were really short stories and I had never really put an extensive amount of effort into them as I have with Soot. It's really awesome to see how far I've come with the comic.
Joining PMD-E and PMDU was one of the best things I did. I learned a lot about working with deadlines and the prompts really got my creative juices flowing. I also got to meet a ton of really awesome artists!
The fandoms I've been a part of over the years have really shaped my style. I used to be really into Adventure Time in high school (I mean, I still am, but I don't really have time for TV anymore, bleh), I got into The Behemoth's games as I transitioned to college, and now I'm into Shovel Knight. Um, I guess it's not super DA related, but since we're talking about improvement and stuff, I just wanna say...
Originally, I tried to emulate each one of these styles to a "T," but... I mean, it looks kinda weird and wonky when you do that because... you're trying to be someone you're not. I mean, yeah, you can "copy" or "steal" all you want at first, but... try not to stay like that forever. I mean, like, don't trace art and post it, and if your art looks same-y at first, don't worry about it. Just work towards molding your art into something unique and different!
Presently, I'm more active on Tumblr just because it's much easier to upload doodles and works that I like but aren't 100% polished, but if I ever come up with something I'm very proud of, it'll definitely go here! I'm currently trying to figure out an easier way to post Soot comics 'cause I know reading comics on DA isn't the easiest... and although I'm not completely sure where the comic's going, I'll still give it my all! I'm also working on another comic concept that I'm going to try to plan way more thoroughly than Soot.
And to my watchers, thanks for sticking with me! Although I may not have as many as the super famous artists, it's still great to know that people out there like my work! Thanks for all your support! C:Art and CSS by xlolfishx