Everybody's First Post Is The Hardest

ObilexObilex Registered User regular
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...

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  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    edited January 2014
    This was the first thing I posted, which was copied out of the FFX strategy guide around 10 years ago. I wish the threads were still around from back then because I don't remember any of the replies. Sadly, I am only good at copying things and even then I don't have the patience any more.

    kimahri.png

    Also, if you're looking for horribly embarrassing things that you wished were obliterated from the internet, look no further.

    Edit: oh god it even has a border, ugh.

    bombardier on
    Mangoes
  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    bombardier wrote: »
    This was the first thing I posted, which was copied out of the FFX strategy guide around 10 years ago. I wish the threads were still around from back then because I don't remember any of the replies. Sadly, I am only good at copying things and even then I don't have the patience any more.
    http://iseenothing.com/art/lookhereifyoulikepoop/kimahri.png

    Also, if you're looking for horribly embarrassing things that you wished were obliterated from the internet, look no further.

    Edit: oh god it even has a border, ugh.

    Oh god what was I thinking posting that shit?

    Now it's on the Internet forever

  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    I still love that shaving drawing.

    Metalbourne
  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    I love retrospective threads.

    I'm sure I've reposted these before, but it's always fun to look back. Very necessary to remind yourself that you've grown!

    I think this was in literally my first post. Morrowind fan art, probably 2004.
    scan038.jpg

    WoW fan art, probably late 2004.
    tauren.jpg

    Some of my very first digital pieces, early 2005.... I just noticed that the dragon has a part of a lady's anatomy on its back. Wow.
    dragonocolorf.jpg
    oldelf.jpg

    Scosglen on
    Mangoes
  • MangoesMangoes Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    My first post contained these two gems:
    hovercar.png
    sniper3.png
    And a bit later, I dared to draw a face. But I hid most of it because I was scared.
    medivalsoldier.png

    Circa mid-late 2007. Brown.

    Mangoes on
    ObilexRayiner
  • SpaceMooseSpaceMoose Registered User regular
    I haven't been here as long as most of you so my first post is only from just shy of a year ago. Definitely not embarrassed about it but cringe at mistakes that I was making then compared to where I'm at now. In my thread I revisited this picture a couple weeks ago and made another go at it. Much happier with the outcome.

    girlbrush.jpg

  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    As a long time lurker of this particular forum, these posts are still not encouraging me to want to post. Don't ya guys got stuff from when you were like 3 or something? come on...

    Also, since it's my first post in the Artist's Corner I think it's only right to tell you guys you're all super awesome and I really dig all your work. There's some really incredible talent on this forum. You don't know how many times you've all almost encouraged me to draw something and then simultaneously dashed all my ambition in the exact same moment =P

  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    Found it:
    oh hi
    first post around here
    I'm a 15 year old artist/cartoonist (well... I'm becoming one at the very least). Decided to finally make an account here and follow it up by a submission for this very contest. I was inspired by a comic called "Blacksad", an anthropomorphic noir comic (please don't refer to it as "furry" I'd say blacksad is as far from furries as it could possibly be, though still remaining within the anthropomorphic animal borders, do as you please though)

    here's my submission
    noir_bear_by_emir0.png
    I was very fond of bears at the time.

    lyriumtapeslingerGoatmon
  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    My first post 11-12 years ago was this drawing of Captain N. I think my thought process was "Penny Arcade is about video games, these guys will appreciate my Captain N fan art."

    captainn.jpg

    I redrew him about 5 years ago:

    new_captain2.jpg

    Tubesteak Samurai
  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Well I was in highschool and drew a bunch of fairies,naturally. So my first post was this baby fairy:

    babyfairy.jpg

    I think I had finally felt brave enough to post because I had gotten a tablet and this was my first drawing with it.
    But I was pretty into that tablet at the time, producing gems such as this uniquely-skulled girl

    ff.jpg

    lyrium on
  • Ash of Yew wrote: »
    As a long time lurker of this particular forum, these posts are still not encouraging me to want to post. Don't ya guys got stuff from when you were like 3 or something? come on...

    I don't have anything from when I was 3, and my first post on this forum is so old it doesn't even exist anymore and isn't in bombsy's archive (like holy shit that's old), but thanks to the internet Wayback machine, I can show the first stuff I ever put on the internet (presented in glorious original upload resolution), rockin' at ya from somewhere in between 1997 and 2000. If this doesn't prove that persistence and training is a bigger factor in succeeding than 'natural talent' I don't know WHAT will.

    I was kind of into Dragonball Z at the time, which clearly in no way influenced any of my drawings in any way, no way.
    archer.jpg
    amazon.jpg
    fireshield.jpg
    scouter-mech.jpg
    Check out this fine arts shit, I thought I was so clever drawing every last tree branch like that.
    japansunset.jpg
    cliff.jpg

    MangoestynicbombardiertransatlanticalienShifty24Prospiciencetapeslinger
  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    Oh I definitely understand it's hard work and practice. It was more of a joke.

    You guys are all really inspiring. Thanks for digging those out!

  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    This is your own fault for asking for older drawings.

    Hot Sephiroth Fan Arts. Probably like 1998.
    CCI01252014.jpg

    Bacon's embarrassing anime bullshit is way better than mine.

    Scosglen on
    Angel_of_BaconMangoesmageormiketynictapeslinger
  • MangoesMangoes Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Older stuff? Yeeeaahhhh! I never went through an anime phase, mainly because I couldn't get the eyes right.

    Forum signatures. My first drawing ever shared online. Yes, my name was Big Daddy. The 991st, in fact.
    sig.jpg
    2 edgy. 2006, when I learned about using bright colors on the layer mode "screen". I still use this.
    guy.png
    I did not realize that this was phallic in nature at all at the time. Really. I was 12. It took someone pointing it out to realize I had drawn a fully detailed cock and balls in military getup.
    soldier2.png

    Mangoes on
    m3nacetynicProspiciencetapeslinger
  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    Man, embarrassing manga? Okay I guess, all of this is from way before I joined the forums. This is from 2007 when I was 12:
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    I even signed it with a Japanese phonetic translation of my name! Ffs.

    Oh, and the first thing ever colored digitally from an 11 year old m3nace
    an_old_classic_from_early_days_by_emir0-d36m870.png

    Mangoestapeslinger
  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    I had been arting for a while before I posted here so Ill post something from high school:
    yYa0X7N.jpg

    Also my first experience with a tablet:
    cdxnElW.jpg

    And one of my first commissions.... a portrait for someone in the aol MUD Gemstone 3:
    OOVCizz.jpg

    Wassermelone on
    Angel_of_BaconMangoesmageormiketapeslinger
  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2014
    oh man retros

    I think stuff from the first year or so of me posting here is now long gone, which is probably a good thing. I remember the first pic was an entry to the monkey-cowboy-robot-ninja competition. Bombsy asked me why the fur was so fucked up, it was an excellent question.

    edit: oh, shit, yeah, the artchive. I forgot. Hey and it's there! ...
    ... oh god I can't post that I'm pretty sure it violates forum rules now

    I went and dug around and this is the oldest thing I seem to have, from '05

    cowboyadventure.jpg

    I also found a comic I drew as a dare from someone (I wanna say Noom?) which was 'six pages of a man yelling at a chair'

    chair1.jpg

    tynic on
    Tubesteak Samurai
  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    I love how that unicorn is just looking slightly annoyed like "hey, quit it."

  • Tubesteak SamuraiTubesteak Samurai Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    This was my first art post, as well as my first piece of fan art, for a (now defunct) webcomic called Sand and Stone. It was basically an excuse to start posting an onslaught of my own webcomics.

    rememberseth.gif

    Tubesteak Samurai on
    tynic
  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular

    Ahah, oh man, you can faintly make out the image of more Sephiroth fan art on the page behind that one in the sketchbook.

  • RocketRacoonRocketRacoon Registered User regular
    Sadly all of my old work was lost on an old computer long ago. But you inspired me to post some of my newest stuff. So thanks for that!

    Mangoes
  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    middleschool1.jpg
    middleschool2.jpg
    middleschool3.jpg
    I have no idea how that fucking sword was supposed to function.
    middleschool4.jpg

    So I've posted those before. That is some of my older art that isn't just shitty Garfield tracing. Chronologically, This is just after I was drawing comics about my conciseness, who were an anime devil and angel, of course. Before that everyone in my comics were Kirby shaped. I do have some paintings from middle school but they are probably at my parents house.

    Unfortunately, Most of my really early digital is lost. The combination of harddrive loss and the internet not really producing anything of mine before 2004 is a little too bad. Here's a relic:
    static.gif
    2004:
    yuke-co.jpg
    2005:
    irukawolf.jpg
    It took me a really long ass time to learn to paint without lines/figure out that I needed light. Like, It did not really sink in until mid-late college. Honestly, My work improved super slowly if you consider how long I've been at this. I could do one of those DA Memes, But I indulge in contemplating my old art a lot as it is.

  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    DMAC wrote: »
    captainn.jpg

    If Gabe saw that tangent on the hand, you'd be finished.

  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Iruka wrote: »
    2004:
    yuke-co.jpg

    i remember thinking this was so effing rad. (It still is really)

    SpaceMoosetapeslinger
  • BegforrainBegforrain Registered User regular
    four_fourteen_by_Dreameater45.jpg

    Straight outta 2007. I am 12. A truly great year for DeviantArt.
    I'd also like to point out that during this time I only painted floating torsos because I had absolutely no idea how legs even began to work.

  • kevindeekevindee Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Ugh, I actually always saved every drawing I did, so I have a permanent shame-library to look back upon. I'm never sure if that's a blessing or a curse.


    The first thing I posted on the forums was in a thread I made where I asked for colouring help:

    anatomy-female-head-sketch-inked-trying-to-colour.jpg

    @Angel_of_Bacon and @Wassermelone gave me some advice that stuck with me, and probably kept me going past that period where you just have no idea how to do anything, it really inspired me to learn more.


    Unbeknownst to anyone, though, I had already figured out before posting that thread that linework was a waste of time entirely, and tried my hand at straight-up alla prima digital work. the following was probably my first 'painting' ever, something I called "pipeman":

    pipe-man-initial.jpg

    I used references for this and everything. Don't ask me where the pipe came from. Ref below:
    Digital-Painting-Techniques-1.jpg

    This was all mid-2010, I think. Over 3 years ago, feels like forever

    kevindee on
    tapeslinger
  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    Amazing progress all around.

    So I have a tablet and I've just messed around before, trying to copy a photo here and there or what have you but what's the best way to really just start learning to digital paint. I mean I've lurked this section of the forum for a while and I've seen a lot of great resources posted but I guess it's just a bit overwhelming and I don't even know where to begin. I guess more specifically I don't really know what I should be trying to draw/paint. Should I be doing basic shapes and stuff, or should I be trying to copy photos/doing still lifes. For that matter, how do people do still lifes digitally, it seems a bit impractical to set up assuming you're using a desktop.

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    @kevindee, that second one is awesome, especially when you see the reference.

    @Ash of Yew Without knowing where your skill level is, its hard to say. I think that if you are really at ground zero the first thing you have to figure out is what you want to draw. As shitty as most first drawings are, its an important step to just start getting in there. Learning a bunch of technical stuff doesn't help if you have nothing you want to apply it too.

    After that, yeah, I would try some simple studies. You don't have to make a complex still life, just draw whatever shit is already on your desk.

    But really, a big trick to finding the way forward is thinking critically about what you want to do with your art. Look at a ton of art and decide where you want to go and what you make. Looking at the artists you admire and trying to break down their skills into basic components helps a lot.

  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    Thanks for the response Iruka.
    I'd say I'm pretty much at ground zero, I basically get the urge to draw something once in a blue moon and give it a go. Which is probably my biggest issue, a lack of focus. However, that does tie in with what you're saying, and I suppose I ought to give some thought as to what my goals actually are. As well as drawing something more than once every few months =P

    And I suppose Obilex has succeeded in his goal and echoing these sentiments
    I was horrified and ashamed that my art wasn't even in the same universe as the people posting.
    here are my first bits of art to share (unless you count my avatar)

    I am gonna spoiler it though because ugh.
    first bit of messing around with digital painting
    bleh.jpg
    first attempt at a photo reference
    bl.jpg
    latest attempt from reference (probably 2-3 between this and previous)
    JH3copy.jpg

    and an attempt at pixel art
    monster-1.png

    You guys got no idea how long it took me to click post. Or maybe some of you do =P

    Obilex
  • sampangolinsampangolin Registered User regular
    That second photo study is already loads better than the first one Ash of Yew. Keep at it and well done for posting.

  • Ash of YewAsh of Yew Registered User regular
    Thanks man, I think I'll probably start trying to do something every day, even if it's just some little doodles.

    SpaceMooseObilex
  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    Keep at it ash! I'm glad you posted!

  • Prof. AwesomeProf. Awesome Registered User regular
    On the topic of embarrassing anime bullshit:
    I put this thing together for SE++'s webcomic thread a while ago.

    Old-vs-New.png
    Same characters, then and now.

    Huh, seems like I'm still drawing embarrassing anime bullshit... :c

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    That Lizard man is lacking 100% of the dagger/SMG combo in 2013 and that seems like a huge step back.

    FugitivetynicSpaceMooseBegforrainMetalbourne
  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    bombardier wrote: »
    I still love that shaving drawing.

    I kind of really miss noom now.

  • GoatmonGoatmon Property of Amara_P Registered User regular
    edited February 2014
    Iruka wrote: »
    That Lizard man is lacking 100% of the dagger/SMG combo in 2013 and that seems like a huge step back.

    Lizard woman, if I'm not mistaken.


    m3nace wrote: »
    Found it:
    oh hi
    first post around here
    I'm a 15 year old artist/cartoonist (well... I'm becoming one at the very least). Decided to finally make an account here and follow it up by a submission for this very contest. I was inspired by a comic called "Blacksad", an anthropomorphic noir comic (please don't refer to it as "furry" I'd say blacksad is as far from furries as it could possibly be, though still remaining within the anthropomorphic animal borders, do as you please though)

    here's my submission
    noir_bear_by_emir0.png
    I was very fond of bears at the time.

    More Blacksad-themed work is never a bad thing.

    Goatmon on
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