I will talk about these pieces from top to bottom.
The first one, the Hanagumori Tutorial. This is the deviation that got me to start digital drawing. I saw the details in the painting, and read through the tutorial, and it opened me up to all the cool effects and details that digital programs can offer. I hadn't even considered digital drawing until I found this, and even though my skills are not that great, I am glad that digital drawing can be an path open for me to take.
The second one was very important for my growth. I had been browsing through Yuumei's gallery, when I saw this link. I knew that my technique is pretty good, however, I also knew that my creativity could be a lot better, and one of the reasons is because I never though it would be important to have originality if your technique balanced it out. But I realized that is not how it works. To think of your own ideas and going through with it is more for self satisfaction than for others. Being able to fully claim your art as your own is one of the most satisfying feelings out there, and in turn, others look at it more because it is different. I still struggle with finding my own 'style' now, but not as much as before.
The third one really humbled me. I had taken art lessons for a long time, and therefore had always been at the top of the class art-wise. Because of this, I had this huge sense of superiority and got quite a bit arrogant when it came to art. I thought that I was already able to do anything, especially with the most basic of mediums, pencil crayon. And therefore, there was a period in my life where I didn't feel a huge need or desire to improve my skills. When I saw Hellobaby's gallery, I really couldn't do anything but stare in awe at how much I had been missing out. I am glad to say that the feeling of indifference is completely gone from my system now.
My biggest role model as an artist is Yuumei, so I have to include something of hers in here. This painting by her really got to me, I realized that I not only admired her for her skill, but also for her opinions. I have always been an oblivious sort of person, not in the way that negatively affected others, but in the way where if it 'doesn't affect me, then I don't need to know about it' sort of way. So all the current events, or celebrity names, or popular tv shows are things that I never really looked into. However, I think this has affected me negatively in the artist prospect. Without opinions, it is hard to connect with people through your drawings, and therefore, I have tried to observe the world around me more. How nice the sun feels on my skin, how fresh the air smells in my country, how lucky I am to be leading a relatively peaceful life.
One of the people I admire the most is Exileden. She lives the life that I would like to live in perhaps another lifetime, because in this one, I am too afraid to live it. A freelance artist, traveling alone and being in nature, rescuing animals, trust in strangers, along with other hardships, and hoping that in the end, it will all be worth it. Instead of living this life, I chose the life of an Engineer, I was originally thinking of architecture, but I didn't get into the program. I tell myself that I am not running away and that I would rather do what I want than have a stable life, but in reality, I am running away towards the stable life because I fear the uncertainty. Therefore, I am glad that there are people like Exileden, who are able to leave behind society's standards and just do what they want to do.
Happy Birthday DeviantArt, thanks for introducing me to all these wonderful people and exposing me to the potential of what art can be.