So this is my first journal entry, so I figured I'd give some background. I am not a professional artist, but I've been drawing since I was a kid. I got my start tracing comic books back in the 1980's. I was a big fan of The Amazing Spider-Man
and Uncanny X-Men
, so my earliest influence was probably John Romita, Jr
. I've taken exactly one formal artistic technique class as a senior in high school, and one art history class as a freshman in college. The rest of my artistic education has come from copying people like Romita Jr, J. Scott Campbell
, and Bill Watterson
, and from a couple of how to books like Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure
and Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art
. I did some painting years ago with oil and acrylic, and I'm experimenting now with ink, but I mostly stick to drawing with pencils, both traditional and mechanical.
I decided in the 7th grade that I was going to be an architect. That was one profession that I figured would allow me to be artistic, and yet still feed myself. Several years and many life lessons later, I'm now a computer software developer. It turns out that writing code fills that same need that drawing and painting do. For better or worse, I've now progressed professionally to the point that I delegate almost as much as I code. I've found that the less I code, the greater need I feel to draw.
Which brings me now to DeviantArt. I stumbled across DeviantArt a few years ago while looking for some online inspiration. I browsed for a while, and finally set up an account so I could get past the adult content filters and see all the art. I finally got brave enough to post some of my own work last week, and it's been cool getting some positive feedback. Hopefully, I'll get around to scanning some newer material soon, and maybe doing some digital colors.
So anyway, thanks to all who create and post, and all who browse and appreciate. I hope something here can return a bit of the joy and inspiration I've found here on DeviantArt to someone else.