|It's nice to get away from everything, from time to time.|
I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I started by experimenting with different drawing styles at a young age, and when I reached the best of my abilities for the time, I constantly drew fictional characters I was fond of. I had a few original characters in my youth, but around the age of 14, I began drawing almost exclusively characters of my own design. There were a few fan characters in that mix, but I quickly learned that I had the potential to create worlds of my own, and I've been pushing at the limits of my imagination ever since. (The growth is probably fairly noticeable just by looking through my art over the years.) At this point, I don't know how I keep track of it all, but I've developed a few worlds and stories, most especially the countless characters that populate them. I do my best in drawing and writing about characters specifically, but I occasionally practice writing their stories and drawing the scenery of their worlds. As of right now, the only thing I regret is that I haven't actually completely finished any major projects I've started based on my imagination.
I was shy and not entirely confident in myself when I first joined deviantART; it's quite obvious to me now, when I read through my old journals and art descriptions. At this point, I'm still not a very socially active person, but I feel like I'm learning to take better control of my life over time. I'm always learning more about myself, slowly but surely, and I've gained a lot of insight into the minds and inner workings of those around me. The only thing I'm struggling with right now is figuring out what exactly I want to do in my future. I would do almost anything to just keep doing artwork for a living, and I hope someday to bring at least one thing from my imagination to life. But, the world doesn't always make things so easy, and so I'm doing what I can to work toward it through any methods open to me. For now, that includes college and forcing myself to actually finish one of my major personal projects.
One more thing, just so it's stated: I do occasionally draw for other people or take commissions. However, my mind works in ways I don't always understand, and I can never guarantee that I will get a requested piece of artwork done. Strange as it sounds, what I want to draw and what actually ends up on paper aren't always the same thing. I apologize for any standing requests I have accumulated over the years, but I can't be certain that something will be finished unless there is a dire importance to it. Schoolwork and paid commissions can fall into that degree of importance, but I ask that nobody pay me for any work before I complete it.