First off I want to say how amazing and spectacular it is that deviantART has been around for 14 years and still running strong! It's wonderful to hear!
Second off I want to say how much I have enjoyed being an active member for 3 years on deviantART. I've grown so much artistically through the exposure (even if it's limited) that dA has given me, and I've met some of the coolest people I know here. DeviantART has exposed me to so much more than just my hometown's art scene, and what themes and styles I really enjoy. So the art I'm going to be featuring is what I would call stepping stones in becoming the artist I am today. Enjoy!
I joined deviantART with a goal in mind, and that was to be the most epic wolf/cat/anime artist ever that walked the earth. I knew very little of what I was doing, but I didn't really care. I focused mainly on drawing characters with little to no personality and with colors way to bright.
I started enjoying more dark and sinister things, but with the similar themes of wolves, cats, and anime. I also started watching
speedpaints on youtube, and that started to make me pay more attention to details. This was also around the time I was fully diagnosed with depression and I started to hate school.
After a long time of doing pretty much the same thing, I started to develop a better style. Not very good yet, but a solid style. I went Warrior cats crazy here.
Became decent at drawing and started to make friends on dA, and I start TRYING to get better at drawing. Depression hits hard here, so I start to not upload art as frequently. Songs and music also start to inspire my art more and more.
Started trying different styles than the one I most commonly used. Mostly dark and depressing drawings around this time (I needed to lighten up).
I started to draw in different styles because I realized that an anime style was do inexpressive for me. I started to break my own barriers
I shaded better, had better lines, gave more personality, and became my own person (to me at least).
NOW ONWARD TO DEVIANTART'S 15 BIRTHDAY!