Ah, a nice chance to sit back and look back at what the DA community has done to me.
I’ve been a member here for almost three years now. I was a regular visitor prior to that, mostly browsing through Sonic art and the like, looking up artists that I admired, all the while building my own craft through sketches and half completed projects.
Upon joining, the first thing out the door was that lax attitude. Being surrounded by a community of artists, each capable and willing of sending out feedback and encouragement really pushed me to get the most out of what I do. Projects no longer get pushed to the side once they are half done. I now have the determination to see them through, and I am a better artist for it.
Over the years here, I have continued to develop as an artist. After opening my commission horizons, I’ve really been challenged to draw different styles and new characters. All of which teach me new things and opens more doors and opportunities. While Sonic is still my #1 go to franchise, the My Little Pony DA community has shown me a lot of support. Despite not knowing the first thing about that series, I am deeply grateful for what it has done for me. Between Sonic and MLP, I’ve done more than my fair share of commission work and gathered a rather loyal following of customers. Even a new friend or two.
Okay, lets talk about some of the artwork out there that keeps me going.
This is the kind of Art I honestly come to see from my DA peers. Sonic is my favorite franchise and to see peoples unique spin on the games, characters and franchise as a whole is nothing sort of an absolute pleasure. This one in particular has always spoke to me. It’s just the subtlety in the emotions, the thought out planning and the dry humor all mixed into a single magnificent package. It’s stylish, it’s fun and it’s funny. What more could you want? It brightens up my day every time I see it and it’s taught me so much about how to use space in an image. Thank you kekani
I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the Fleetway angle on Super Sonic, but I have always been floored by what some Deviants are able to do with it. This pic by Subordinance-Works speaks volumes. It’s so raw and powerful that it jumps right off the page. It’s taught me the value of detail work through colors rather than lineart, which is a lesson I continue to master to this very day. Mad props to the artist on this one. It’s spectacular.
One thing that has really developed on my time here at DA is my curiosity in crossovers. They are beacons for creativity and when done right a delight to behold. Taking two of your favorite things, mashing them together and creating something highly entertaining! That’s what this place is all about. Being a rather large Pokemon guy myself, I’d be amiss if I didn’t include some kind of Sonic/Pokemon image in this journal. This one here never fails to amuse. The expressions on each character are so well done and the ideas put into motion are top notch. It’s not the most complicated drawing in the world, but that’s not the point. This artist had a fun idea and ran with it. That’s an important life lesson in art. vaporotem helped me learn that with pics like this.
tigerfrog literally kills me with his work on Body Language. He gets so much out of his Sonic characters without the need for word bubbles or text. In this image for example, you can read the entire situation without any kind of previous knowledge. You can deduce what Amy is feeling, you can see the fear in Sonic’s eyes, the desperation of all parties involved. You could take a kid who had never seen Sonic a day in his life and he could probably give you a pretty good summary about a few of these characters, just by looking at this thing. Its simplicity. Its poetry and it’s an art form that I’ve always admired off of this guy. Big fan.
Animation… it’s something I’ve only now begin to dabble in, but I’ve always looked up to the artists that have their style down and the ability to bring it to life. Aerobian-Angel in particular has really raised the bar in the Sonic community with his stellar work. The amount of planning and effort is clearly evident in every screencap and segment. You can see where the carful timing, the angle work and the guts and tenacity to get it done all combine into some seriously impressive fan work. As I learn the ins and outs of animation myself, and ponder a jump over to the Source FilmMaker side of things, I’ll always remember the kind of end result you can get to with a little dedication.
And I do want to send a special shout-out to orin I don’t think you are around DA these days, but your art has always stood out to me as some of the best work I’ve ever seen. You image depicting Super Sonic taking on Iblis still stays with me to this very day. It’s hauntingly gorgeous.
Okay, before I wrap this up. I do want to talk a little about my current standing. I’ve really done my best to do my part in the DA community. I’m an admin of an awesome new group dedicated to all things Sonic
It’s built up fast and it’s a nice platform to share what I love with people like me.
I try my best to promote people to push themselves in their medium through contests and encouragement and I’ve seen the fruits of my labor first hand. Even in these 14th Anny DA journals, quite a few people have either name dropped or art dropped some of my work. It’s pretty nice to know you’re making an impact on such a large community, and if anything its more inspiration to keep on keeping on.
I’ve grown a lot in a short time. Here’s to getting even better. Oh and happy 14th to DA!