I'm a year older than this site. Hard to believe.
I found this site back in 2009 when I followed a link to my favorite artist's art. It was brand new and interesting, so I immediately made an account with the name 'cyndercoolness.' I drew many digital things with my mouse, producing at least 10 drawings a day. Then, I submitted my first real deviation.
Different from what y'all know now, huh? Well, my favorite artist found it cute (she was 14 or 15 at the time) and that just encouraged me to keep going. I continued drawing and drawing, and I created my OC, Carnation.
People liked her, which again encouraged me to keep drawing and using Carnation. As everyone knows, art styles begin to do weird things as you improve, and my art began to change big time in 2010 as I continued. Of course, as the art changes, so does the person. My tastes changed, so I gave my OC hair.
More and more people came and complimented my stuff, so I kept going. I thought I was on top of the world at this time, and I thought everything I did was great. A while back, I thought this was the best picture I'd ever drawn:
Soon, in 2011, I lost the attitude and just continued on with my art. I had several supporters and friends and I had no intentions of stopping any time soon. I matured more, which means I had a different taste. I revamped Carnation's design entirely.
See improvement? Good, because that is the most important thing about this year here on DA. I got critiques on this picture in particular about tail shape. Immediately after that, I never drew a tail like that again. Again, some tweaks were made to Carnation's design, and I grew a little more. That is in 2012, I believe.
By this time, I had made many friends who supported me and gave me helpful comments on my deviations. I improved extremely fast through 2012. Here's one from the beginning of 2012:
And one near the end:
This was very important. Improvement was my main goal. Luckily, I was making more friends who supported me all the way and kept me in the correct mindset. Onto 2013, that's where most of my style cleaning happened.
This is one of my favorites from the time. I was doing well.
I'll finish this up now and go to now. I know for sure that I have grown both art wise and maturity wise, and I'm very glad about that. Here is a final picture of something I have done very recently to compare to everything else:
Overall, my experience here on DA has been wonderful. I can tell you that it was the most important thing I've done in my life, it's a part of me now. I've been here since 2009 (I know it existed way before then), and I have only been on this earth for 15 years. That is 5 years of my life I have put into DA. I'll tell you, they were the best. If I hadn't found this site, I would have never stuck to drawing or found out about my other talents, I would have never done a lot of the important things outside of DA either. I'm happy that I have had such great friends over the years to help me continue drawing and keep me motivated, and some of them are still here. Thank you for the experience, and happy 14th birthday to DA!
(Blah, I'm tired, I bet all of this sounds dumb)