It wasn't a long time ago since Deviant Art itself celebrated its 16th birthday.
And now it seems to be my turn to celebrate, but geeeeez, 10 years now?
That's a very long time, even for me!
When I first joined DA, I was mostly here for Space Goofs fanart, which was very rare back then. The only people I know who were actively posting some were
, Husky Washu and Delete-Lover and even most of the fanarts were about 1-2 years old when I joined, so yeah, I joined in when only a few people remembered that show.
With my 20 years I decided to draw some Space Goofs fanart (comics) myself, since it was about time I did so as a long time fan and I had tons of ideas, which most of them could be drawn fast, luckily.
They didn't look so good but at least it was something, so better than nothing. XP Like these for example:
I was in my apprentice years as a draftsperson for mechanical parts during 2004-2008 and I didn't have that much internet time back then, so I mostly spent my time with drawing and singing, which explained why I drew a lot of stuff in these years, more than later.
And so I even tried myself on drawing Space Goofs fanart comics with more than one page, such as these:natalietheantihero.deviantart.…natalietheantihero.deviantart.…
But then later I grew to love watching more gross cartoons, such as Drawn Together, which I drew a lot of fanart of it too, even if now that I think of it, wasn't really such a great cartoon. I mean, sure: It has tons of various cartoon characters and styles combined into one show, but the stories weren't for everyone's heart to deal with.
When I came up with my own fancharacters for the show, I thought about writing my first fanfiction of the show, which had more than 20 chapters! I think it must be still around... <.<' Just type in Drawn Together Survival while browsing in my gallery and you will find the chapters. But be warned, they're written as scripts.
Back then I hoped to gain more fan love for my Invader Zim parody character called Intruder Monkeyfist, but Felia Paed, who's supposed to be a parody character of all the magical anime girls being overly sexualized, was the one getting most love, even though she wasn't originally my favourite at the beginning. But due to the fans and demand to see more of her, I began to draw more of her and even gave her own manga stories. Like this one:
Thanks to Drawn Together, I gained more friends when I was still drawing lots of stuff on DA and didn't have so many watchers, like
who happened to be a fan of that show too, though it's mostly because of the cartoon girls and he enjoys cartoon girls in general while I was more hyped about the silly and yet gross cartoon characters and their schemes, also silly pairings with fan and canon characters, lol.
And yet we always had lots of ideas for our fancharacters and how they could interact with one another. Aaaaaaand that's why Felia Paed got paired up with his Lara Croft character, Sarah Soft. X3
True, I had some troubles drawing Sarah back then, but it changed over the years and I managed to make her look more decent.
Oh yeah, what else can I tell you about my time on DA? How about Awesome 5? Anyone remembers them?
Yeah, I thought so. <XP They didn't really get well known in my gallery. Mostly because they're no characters from any famous cartoon show but my own comic project. Sadly I stopped drawing them when I ran out of ideas and interest, but I did manage to draw some comics with them back in the early years and the comic with most pages was "Awesome 5 vs Pink Rhinos".
A bit of a tribute to the Space Goofs episode "Pink Rhinozeros", except there are lots of cameo characters added in the end.
This year, wow, I drew Lee Jean again after so many years, but looking back, I drew Lee way too skinny so I was bold and drew her bigger with thicker legs and a round belly, right here.
Such a shame I don't have so much time for my own comic projects anymore due to my current job, but at least I can be grateful I took my time to show you my ideas when I could.
About the Spongebob fanart I drew, there were some kiddos who didn't like my black sense of humour, so sadly (or not), I had to remove most of my fanarts of Spongebob, which were mostly about my favourite pairings and the mature and not so mature comics... Since there was so much trouble with haters and fans hating on each other, I had to force myself leaving the fandom. Plus it didn't help that the Spongebob episodes got worse and worse after each season.
So yeah, my hype for this cartoon died out and many other fans left too...
I think the last decent Spongebob fanart I drew was this.
Oh yeah and the longest fictional crush I had for more than... hmmm, actually, I don't remember when I started liking him a lot, but for those who remember, I used to draw some Oggy and the cockroaches fanart too, mostly because of Oggy. He was just so cute and sometimes he would sound like a real mature guy. I love cats in real life and the thought of a housecat doing some housework, even with the cockroaches causing a lot of trouble: That's really awesome to have in real life. So yeah, I drew him a lot whenever I actually could think of a cute idea. X3 Like these drawings for example:
But eventually I left the fandom too, especially because a few years later after I did so, some people I never met before begged me to draw more fanart of that show, even when they knew and saw I moved on!
It was so annoying to tell them that I won't be drawing any fanart of the fandoms I left, unless I come back it or get new ideas worth drawing. And no, I never took and never will take any requests.
There's still more I can tell about my time being on DA. Ah, the Sonic fandom... Honestly I only stayed for a while to share mostly fanarts of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. To me it was the funniest Sonic cartoon and I drew lots of funny fanarts of it thanks to Dr. Robotnik and his badniks. Damn, I've never rooted for the bad guys like this before until I watched that cartoon again after so many years.
And it turns out a lot of other people on DA still love my fanarts of it, like these ones:
And then all the YTP references and memes... Oh my gosh, best and funniest times ever!
But eventually... Just like every fandom that had their problems, I had to leave because, well... Lots of people didn't understand my sense of humour and I had to delete some pics from my gallery, again... And there was the Sonichu phenomenom I heard of and I wish I never had...
The Parappa fandom got screwed up too when I was there too, but it was mostly due to one person only and his forum, which I won't mention. Just to let you know: He was kind of a psychopath I wish I could erase from my memories...
Attacking me and my friends, trolling, pretending to be someone else, someone nice, yeah... Not buying all of it. <_<'
A long time passed and while I was searching for a job, I got into the Sam & Max fandom and that's why I started loving suits, trenchcoats, fedoras, ties, jazz, click & point adventure games, dogs, rabbits, more than before, thanks to the freelance police duo created by Steve Purcell.
He inspired me to draw some more comics that were mostly adventure-like and I learned how to draw guns and some vehicles too, which I never took the time for it before to be honest...
Hey, he's a fan of rats and roaches and isn't afraid of them. It's kind of like me not being afraid of spiders and some bugs. I always found rats adorable as pets too, like mice and hamsters and guineapigs. Heck, where I live, it's normal to have pet rats, but they don't live a long life.
Anyway: Here's my fancharacter I gave love the most, Val aka Valerie Le Chat!
Of course I used to believe she needed a partner too because one freelance detective wasn't enough in the Sam & Max universe, so Imp was a recolour of Max pretty much, just with pyrokinetic powers.
They even got three comic adventures which are still posted in my DA gallery.
Oh yeah, the 4th and last one isn't finished yet, so I hope to get to it this year, before it's too late or forget about it completely.
But anyway, the reason why I was forced to leave the fancommunity was not because of the fans or the fandom itself. It's... Oh dear, a lot of Bronies will hate me for this, but I don't care: It's my honest truth and honest opinion and feeling, okay? So you have to deal with it, haters!
I left the fandom because a lot of ponified pictures started piling up in the fanart community and I couldn't deal with it anymore so I called it quits! DX The MLP fandom which grew in numbers made me give up on drawing in general and I just, well... Focused on my job and playing videogames, which is why I became more of a gamer now than before...
But it wasn't so bad: I started to like all kinds of videogames more, like the Elder Scrolls games, like Oblivion and Skyrim. Then I joined the DKC fandom thanks to someone I won't mention in here because that person, well... changed. And I was left heartbroken over this for a year pretty much. To move on I focused on trying to find better fandoms and I was lucky!
I went back into drawing Earthworm Jim fanart again! Yes, there was a time before DA, when I drew some EWJ fanart too.
But this time seeing Psy-Crow again just...
Heh, can you blame me?
Eheh, he was also the reason I got back into drawing a bit too and I still have some doodles that need to be inked and coloured yet, d'oh! >.<'
I was just showing these last drawings never posted on DA officially to you because, well... There's a personal reason why keep most of the drawings I make private... <//w//<' Hey, I'm an adult! But man, that's a lot of history, isn't it? There's so much more to tell you, how I came up with the new OCs, especially how I came up with the pirate crew and so on but... This journal post is so friggin' long, I better stop here. x___x
Anyway, I hope you enjoy browsing through all the drawings I made and look forward to more drawings to come in the future.