I typically shy away from these types of "tell us about your art" community journals. Even though I am very proud of my art, I hate to sound braggart. But, since I'm feeling rather blah (battling more sickies--will I ever get well?), I figure it would be nice to reflect back and see my growth.
Limiting it to 5 pieces was hard. So I'm not really sure if this full shows how I've grown, but here they are, and why:
My first Daily Deviation, given by Synfull
. There is so much I love about this piece, but there are also a lot of things I could have done better. This piece took me SOOO long to do. The fact I probably could do it in half the time now speaks of my growth.
One of the emotes I'm most proud of. Though technically not spectacular, it placed in the semi-finals of a contest that had over 1000 entries (mine made it into the top-30). I should note this was shaded in grayscale, which was a challenge.
Still my favorite piece in my gallery. Though, again, you can see more primitive pixelling. I probably would do it more elaborate now, but I feel it would lose some of its charm. I much like the simple, more cartoony style of this piece.
My most recent Daily Deviation given by SparklyDest
. I think this piece showcases how far I have come in my emoticon art. While "Surfing the Web" was technically challenging, the pixelling was not spectacular--it didn't have to be. The Icarus piece took me days to do, but the end results are so satisfying. I could not have done this when I first joined the site. I think it illustrates well where I've come in the 5 years I've been active in the emoticon community.
My most recent pixel font. I am just as proud of my fonts as I am of my emotes. In fact, I am more well-known off-site for my fonts than any other art. They are included on several major font sites and have over a millions downloads collectively. Looking back at my first font, it was so simple. The fact that I have so many complex ones in my gallery now shows my growth in that area. But I feel all of my pixelling goes hand-in-hand. I wouldn't be nearly as good at pixel fonts if I didn't emote, and vice-versa.