So I was sitting here today, looking back on what drew me into digital painting and the world of art in the first place. Most people knew they wanted to become an artist the second they set foot into that classroom in Kindergarten, others later in middle school, some in highschool, and others later yet. Once they identify that spark of interest, the desire to create, it's hard thing to stop yet so very easy to let go of. Without the right motivation, brutal truth and encouragement, a young mind with a dream may be swayed. If I had to give an answer, of why art is still such a dominant fragment of my life, this forum would be it.
I would think I'm not alone in this when I say I stumbled across this forum over a decade ago thinking I could interact with Gabe and Tycho, that this was where they hung out on the internet. That dream was short lived. I did however snoop around long enough to see the most unbelievable artwork, and some not so unbelievable stuff as well. There was always an answer to why things didn't look right, why a hand looked "wonky," people were LEARNING. So naturally, I didn't post a single thing for 2 years. I was horrified and ashamed that my art wasn't even in the same universe as the people posting. If I have a regret, it would be that I hadn't posted my artwork sooner. I put off the free education and motivation this community provides.
I would like to take this opportunity to display the very first piece of artwork I had posted on these forums. I encourage everyone to rummage through their old photobucket accounts, hard drives, archives or what have you and do the same. Let this also be a chance for those long time lurkers without the courage to post (YEA YOU!) to get in on this wonderful environment of growth, learning, and awesome doodles all around.
I leave you with this Masterpiece...