I have a feeling very few are reading this.
However, I felt the need to post.
I created this DeviantART account 9 years ago. NINE. I was in high school, drawing all the time, longing for a sense of community. I found it here. As someone who couldn't afford art school, this is where I learned. My goal was to become a comic artist. The friends I made here led to my first published comic book gig in 2010. And for that, I'm eternally thankful.
Then I started getting off track. I was inspired by too many things, and was too young (naive?) to focus. I started taking any art related job I could, and taught myself a lot. I made a living for a while on random commissions, non comic related, but still art. I learned and grew a lot as an artist, but not as a person. Which led to massive burnout. I burned out so hard, I lost my apartment in 2011. I then became somewhat of an apprentice to multiple entrepreneurs, and started my own business that partnered with a multimillion (now billion) dollar company.
-I traveled the world
-I grew as a person
-Life was exciting and fast paced.
Next thing you know, 2011 turns into 2015. Then my best friend in the world, my dog Buster, got sick. Because I was my own boss, with residual income, I was able to take 6 months taking care of my dog. He lost his ability to walk, so I took him on trips around the country. I carried him everywhere. He then passed away, and my heart shattered. I locked myself in and did some soul searching. Nothing like losing someone close to remind you how short life is. I suddenly remembered my dreams. My original dreams. I was a kid again. But with new knowledge.
I started drawing again. Heavily. Every day. But there was no longer burnout. I found ways to keep it fresh, while staying focused. I went from illustrating covers and trading cards to just comics. Remembering that childhood dream. I sent my portfolio out every day, and got 10 rejection letters a WEEK. Then I finally got a job. Which led to several others. In the past year, I've become the main artist on 3 different series, soon to be published. I've also secured more work for the future (about a year's worth of work). I'm making my way back into comics, and don't remember being this happy in years. I felt that this was a post I needed to make on Deviantart and Deviantart alone, because this is where I started. For anyone still around here, thank you for your friendship. For anyone new stumbling upon this, welcome to my journey.