Wednesday, February 17, 2016
For those who may be interested, here's a bit of background info on me. I've been doing art since I was a sperm..heh..I'm sure my mother's womb has drawings all about it. I've taken art classes throughout my school years into college. My style and methods have been both praised and ridiculed, and my mediums range from a simple disposable Bic pencil, charcoal, oil paint, oil pastel, colored pencil, digital art, and most recently – watercolor (and a little bit of Sculpey).
Since I was little, I had always watched movies from Disney like "The Fox and the Hound", "Robin Hood" with loving interest. Cartoons like Looney Toons, and later, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs held something close to my heart, even if it was conveyed by an anvil! During high school I would spend my free time with the VCR on pause, sketching the subject frozen on the screen.
In college my lifelong desire of being an illustrator or animator was more alive and kicking than ever. I had become addicted to anime as well, and to a certain game in the arcades called "Darkstalkers". Sometime later, I had my first taste of the internet, and found myself stumbling thru websites looking up art archives on anime, Darkstalkers, hentai, what have you, until one site I found (www.side7.com) split into two separate sections. One titled "Anime"…and the other…"Furry". I was befuddled as to what "Furry" meant, so I clicked myself in.
Suddenly, it was like something fell into place. It was like, "So THIS is what I've been all my life!" I soon discovered that there was a whole underground fandom to this, and that it was like a separate society almost entirely. It's kinda hard to explain, but to try to shorten this thing down, I began to meet others who felt a kindred to this fandom. It's so hard to describe, because so much comes to mind, but one Furry convention later (Confurence 10), things just begin to snowball.
I went to convention after convention, met a lot of wonderful people and made some amazing friends both online and face to face. Then in 2006 I had a major bout of depression, I started to withdraw, and it wasn’t until a few years ago in 2014 I realized I was suffering from serious depression and guilt. It was the gentle tapping of friends from long ago that brought me back and, well, here I am again. It’s been amazing to see the changes that have happened to the fandom since coming out of my hermitage. I’m still acclimating, but I am just in awe of how good the fursuits are and what artists can do with different kinds of technology. To say I feel like I’ve missed out on some amazing things is an understatement.
In January of 2016 I quit my dead-end job of 10 years to become a full-time furry artist, and I couldn’t be happier. Honestly there is no fandom out there as amazing as ours. The love, the support, the appreciation, the feedback...it's wonderful and it's magical! Every one of you furs is special to me and I cannot say thank you enough.