First off, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! c: I really appreciate it, you guys are awesome <3
Second, I wanted to do this prompt from DA for their 14th birthday...
Though it says I've been on DA 8 years (9 in November on this account), I've actually been around for 10! I got an account here when I was 13, in 8th grade... I actually don't remember how I found this place, but I'd imagine it was through a friend at school or online. Back then I was way into DBZ, Inuyasha... and my original characters were pretty "eh".
I've avoided ever linking my old account, but since this is a special occasion... I will reveal my 13 yr old art to you! ;D
In January of 2005, I got Open Canvas and digitally colored for the first time
. I had experimented with Paint a little before this, but I remember being completely floored by this program! I could put down solid color and shade! I was particularly proud of this dude's hair back then.
So I kept drawing and coloring.
I got to a point where I wanted a new name, so I made a new account... but I didn't move to it until I made a pretty large stride in my skill (or at least, at the time I felt it was a big step). That new account was this one! I had a different name back then. I made the move in 2006.
I got waaay into Bleach at this point.
And in that following year, I made a pretty hefty amount of progress in anatomy, proportions, and colors:
Throughout high school, I went through a TON of phases--Gargoyles, Star Trek, More Bleach, Transformers... plus I was always trying to develop my own world and make a comic out of it, but it seemed to always fall short. I just didn't have the writing skills or the drive on my own--I'd start a lot of projects, design characters, and never finish them.
Then, about 4 years ago, I started to draw this doofus:
He was one of my first original characters to really gain traction. Except, he wasn't "Nox"... he had black hair, purple eyes, lightly tanned skin, and wasn't technically human. He was "Shattered Glass" Primus. For anyone unfamiliar with Transformers comics, "Shattered Glass" refers to the mirror universe. And, per TF lore, Primus is the creator of all Cybertronians--making him, essentially, the "evil twin" of the Primus I had created.
(their bot forms are here: )
I was RPing a lot of Transformers back in the day, so I made a lot of OCs specifically to suit that world, and he was one of them.
It wasn't until I reconnected with J-Cleo
that things started to change. She liked Dark!Primus a lot as a character, and we'd have fun by rping little snippets. One night, she had a dream where a few of her characters interacted with him... and we liked it enough that we wanted to continue the story.
But Dark!Primus needed to be remodeled as a human. I had to knock him down from god tier and find a way to make sense of his powers in a real world. So, he became a skilled magic user instead, and I renamed him "Nox" (the Roman version of the Greek goddess, Nyx). Due to a misunderstanding on Joanna's part, I rebranded him to have purple hair, darker skin, and teal eyes.
Midwinter snowballed from there. We began to see potential in what we were writing, and started to write seriously. Both of us improved immensely during this time; we wrote every day and thought about our work critically. We started to plan plot points while maintaining the interactive nature of RP to garner realistic and unexpected reactions.
And now, just over 3 years after starting the project, we're making it a reality and creating the comic. It's changed SO MUCH since it's inception, but it's so much better, too.
We've had immense support throughout, and I can't thank everyone enough. Even for my personal growth... I've come a long way since being on this site, and without it I wouldn't be where I am today. I've made so many friends and met a lot of people that made an impact on me. Hell, one of those friends became my partner in this endeavor. If I hadn't met her, Midwinter wouldn't exist right now... I wouldn't have such an amazing drive and ambition in my life without her. So I can't thank everyone enough for making this possible.
Onwards to the future!