This picture was one of the first true anime pictures I had ever done. At this point, after I quit with the fan art, I wanted to start trying to draw things with a new style. I didn't yet know what I was aiming for, but this piece "ilia and Valdorn
" was the start.
I had just started out the story of Princess iliana being the prisoner to the Demon Valdorn, but I wanted to try to capture her terror and shock. I don't believe I did quite that well with this, however; but it was only the beginning of my art. I had a long way to go.
This piece, "ilia The Prisoner
" is perhaps my most favorite picture I have ever done. I worked incredibly hard to improve from the first picture I did, and my first goal was to work with realism and clearer art. I tried a different style of texture for this, and ultimately, I think it came out quite well. This artwork was also the first one where I ever sat down and TRULY
thought about what I wanted iliana to look like. I themed her after myself and the outfit after something I had seen in a movie. But from there, I needed to start drawing the villain of my story.
With this picture, "Valdorn the Demon
", it was the first time I had ever
drawn a male character. Of course, I had done one a bit earlier, but it was only a side-view, not a straight-on shot like this. I had to do a LOT of research for this picture, but I've had several people tell me Valdorn actually looks feminine in this
Again, I tried a bit of a different style, but I still hadn't found one that suited me yet. All I can say is that I'm really happy with his expression. I tried so hard to capture a smug, arrogant smirk on his face. It fits his personality perfectly.
Lastly, this art piece, "You belong to me....
", was one of the most recent pictures I have done. I worked EXTREMELY
hard on this picture and put more detail into it than I have with any other picture in the past. I tried to use every skill I have learned so far to make a realistic background, as well as work on the effects. It has a great deal of meaning to me because of what I'd been going through in my life during this time, but it also means so much more. It shows me that I'm capable of actually making good artwork.
(Sadly though, the app I was drawing this on has some flaws with the effects and the art doesn't look quite as good when enlarged.)
So many people on this site have inspired me to try to improve my artwork. I follow many of them, but I have yet to speak to them about how greatly they and their artwork have effected me. But these people.. they have amazing gifts. And although I'm only going to list a few of the artists I know and follow, I know there is so many other talented people out there as well. DevaintArt is truly a place for seeing new things and aspiring to work hard to make your dreams come true.
These people are just some of the very amazing artists out there, and I admire and look up to all of them. I haven't spoken much to any of them outside my few comments and favs, but I'd certainly give all of them my thanks. There's so much beauty in their artwork. Sometimes to the point where I just stare at a painting for a full minute thinking: "Wow. This is absolutely breath-taking.
If I could bring myself to talk to any of them, it would probably be to give them my sincerest thanks for continuing to make artwork like this. They work so hard, yet they rarely ever receive any gratitude or appreciation from the people who see their work. If it weren't for artists like this, I doubt I would have continued to improve my own art. It's my dream to one day be able to create something as beautiful as everything I've seen.
Maybe, one day, when I have the courage, I'll sit down and actually talk to these people. Ask them what inspired them to draw. How long they've been painting, and when did they start. Did they take classes? I myself have only been drawing anime for about a year or so and I have no idea how far I'll be able to go. Hearing from them would probably give me a bit of hope for the future.
Being a part of deviantart has changed my life. It's inspired me to improve. Helped me to meet new people. And most importantly of all, it's helped me to discover who I am. I know now where I belong and what I want to do with my life. I doubt that if I hadn't spent as much time here, that I would have discovered this on my own. I want to continue in life as a Fantasy author and learn to draw fantasy artwork to speak to others, not just through words, but through the beauty of Art.
That is the ultimate goal of my life. And now, I will continue to work hard to make all of my dreams a reality.Thank you to everyone who has been here for me. And thank you for giving me something more to reach for. Without you, I wouldn't be who I am today.
Thank you all so very much. And thank you Deviantart for everything else and more.