I've known about deviantART since I was 12 through a random Google search of Searchman.exe from Megaman Battle Network 4 through 5 and came across some fan art but being the "goody-two-shoes" I was, I didn't register until a few days after my 14th birthday (because I forgot all about it) and I am currently 20. Therefore, I have been on deviantART for about seven years.
Hunh? But my account says it's only been five? Now that's where this account comes in: from the year 2007. I got the name from my character Jameson Night Sparrow with the alias of "Dark Spectrum" I made a year earlier around this time. I updated him before uploading him so nobody has seen the original but here is a demonic form:
This was my first deviation:
About six months went by and it was the summer of 2008. I had just begun attempting requests and art trades at roughly this time.
This was my very first request here: Also, my very first art-trade was here:
I came across some more competition around this time. I found a girl about my age whose account at that time was . Back then, I was 14, too, and I have never seen or heard of anyone at my age that skilled at this present time. She was like a "space alien" of sorts because I had 100% no clue as to how to improve your artwork to get it to look like hers. At first, she did tell me the same things that the typical highly skilled artist would say to another insubordinate, lowly, under-skilled artist like "keep practicing" which meant absolutely nothing to me. Then, as we talked, she figured that I was serious and she explained things much better about the steps that I needed to complete before getting better at this craft. She was my next role-model. She eventually gave me a link to another artist that you may know in order to study as she called it "man-atomy" and that artist was who was Meloki when I first came across her works.
After I was given the link, I had another artist to add to my role models. Whenever she didn't upload anything on deviantART, I would find myself clicking on links to her external blog websites to make sure that I wasn't missing out on her updates. I mean, I have come across plenty of great and highly skilled artists but none of which have impacted me as much as those that I have mentioned. The girl my age was also the first person to tell me how to use a tablet properly when I got one in February of 2009 and I sincerely appreciate that.
I have also been trying to start studying the Japanese language (because it is the right thing to do if you like anime and manga) so a lot of my early works had to do with learning new phrases and vocabulary:
Eventually, I was fed up with the lack of attention I was getting regardless of the fact that I was improving and that was probably because my gallery was filled with old and really bad artwork that I didn't want to get rid of basically. I finally got myself this account about five years ago in July of 2009: . I had trouble trying to come up with another name so I contemplated on name variants based on Megaman Battle Network games like "Dark-SpectrumSP" but I ended up with "Dark-SpectrumDS" for both "dark soul" and just adding the "D" and the "S" to the end of the username. I tried to move all of my friends here and completely redid my gallery. Some of the first uploads from this account were this: and this: (and little did I know, "dokuro" meant something along the lines of "skull" or "skeleton" in Japanese.
I joined other sites simultaneously and they included FurAffinity: www.furaffinity.net/user/darkk… and MangaBullet --> Anipan --> <out of commission>. I couldn't get a y!gallery because I was under 18. I just wanted to start over and have a better outlook on things.
I got a new anatomy book around November and then I constantly drew and yes, TRACED WITH TRACING PAPER the images to help me understand technical anatomy from an artist's perspective. I practically had a lot of stuff memorized but kinda lost it all because I was either too busy with school work or I forgot. I wanted to get popular, too, so eventually, I switched over from a style like this: (which was actually good) to something foolish like this: just to get attention. I got a lot of watchers and favorites plus group invitations and even the most forbidden thing: comments. As soon I as I tired of this style, I tried to move on from it but ungrateful "fans" gave up on me, to, because I wasn't drawing in that strange, cutesy style anymore (thanks to those who stayed with me all this time unlike some people >.> XD).
It was about this time when I got myself together (again) and I went back to the anatomy books and used references more often. Then, the year 2011 came along. It was a good year on the most part. I was happy with my progress before I started college around September where I didn't upload anything for a whole semester. During that summer from about May to July, I was proud of my work and how consistent it was. Little did I know, I came across some more wonderful artists like who shared a love for Street Fighter and is another idol whom I admire and respect. The biggest surprise was when actually followed me and complimented my work. Like, you mean, one of my biggest artistic idols actually followed little, decrepit, unpopular, under-skilled, ol' me after all these years of admiring her? We even chat from time to time (and yes Skype and Tumblr though not often because I still can't believe it and I understand artists are more busy the more skilled they are).
Then, 2012 rolls by and I try to get back into the swing of things after not drawing for a while. This was the next best year of production and improvement. This was the year I did my first commissions. Here is my first commission from the lovely, regular customer: This same year, little did I know that a few more of my later idols ended up liking my work also at this point: and (both of whom I have followed from MangaBullet and/or some other website I forgot), I caught the attention of on y!gallery and thanks to a y!gallery request (yes, I got one as soon as I turned 18) I even caught the attention of (who I knew from a different username a couple years before as AudreyDutroux or something along those lines). Here is my y!gallery anyway: www.y-gallery.net/user/spectr3…
Later, I came across some more young people who made me nostalgic about my encounter with like who was highly skilled at about the same age. I've connected with her as well. Thanks to her, I have had a new-found interest in drawing and painting digitally and even showed me Adobe Photoshop CS6 on a Livestream.
Nothing much happened in 2013 and 2014. :/ Oh, but one really cool thing happened. Though I wasn't following this artist for long, I also caught the attention of and another artist from Tumblr around 2013 actually.
In conclusion, I am very grateful to all of the support and I am especially honored to have been acquainted with highly skilled and great artists for all my years on deviantART. After all this time, I haven't reached a lot of the milestones most people have reached who made these journals, which are much more inspirational than this mess of words such as Daily Deviations or other forms of special recognition. I haven't even gotten popular yet after all this time. Hell, I don't even have 1,000 watchers yet. BUT, at least I am proud to say that I wasn't a "sell-out" if you will and I just stuck with what I did best and actually wanted to draw more recently. The most important thing I learned is that you MUST STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF, EVEN IF you don't get super popular in the long run making it seem like a waste of all your efforts to strive for well-deserved attention. If it is meant to be, then it will happen. I am very lucky to have gotten this far even.
Thank you for all the opportunities and I hope to have a lot more years here even if I decided to make a new account or for as long as this place lasts.