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Traveling the Path Made for Me
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
About Me

I got into drawing and art back in 2010 when I got fed up with feeling like I couldn’t draw to save my life. I’ve taken a few years of high school art and while it was a few years later a lot of what I learned was still fresh in my head, so I decided to take a stab at it. My first attempt was Sorceress Edea from Final Fantasy VIII and from there I just kept adding details and getting the design down until I was surprised to see that I did better than I expected. From there I dived, but because I knew the importance of a strong foundation I decided to focus on Realism to temper and develop my skills. As you can see a lot of my gallery is composed of traditional sketches and photos, two qualities I wanted to develop as an artist.

Traditional Art

As I mentioned before I got into art when I drew Edea from Final Fantasy VIII but I was already familiar with the risks involved in starting with fan art, however that was easily remedied with beginner’s art book my dad picked up in a Barnes & Nobles discount bin. Initially it was discouraging to upload sketches in a predominantly digital environment however the more progress I made the more pride I took in my work. My goal is to have a strong foundation, refining my skills and developing good habits before diving into other aspects of art such as painting, digital etc.


I got into photography when I took an after school photography class that fulfilled one of my requirements for graduation in my specific group of classes. Originally I joined the class because a friend asked me to take it with him however afterwards I took an interest in taking photos, learning the basics such as Rule of Thirds and such. Unfortunately I don’t have a Nikon or Canon camera, almost all of the photos I’ve taken were from my phone, however over time I learned it’s better to focus on learning the basics even with just a phone camera before buying an expensive camera. I’m not in a rush to get one and as a friend once explained to me “For everyone 100 photos you take you take one good photo.”
You know you have friends here and you see them progress, you know you want to be happy for them. But have you ever felt that twinge or concern where you feel overshadowed or left behind? It's not like I'm complaining but I do feel like getting something off my chest. I try to work hard and I do have moments where I don't draw or practice and I worry that putshes me back. Then when you talk w friends here catch up on their art you can't help think "wow, so and so is doing great. They're making progress getting page views people know their work. That's awesome." But at the same time you start worry about yourself, what progress have I made, how many page views have I gotten. It's a nasty cycle and it's really hard not to compare yourself because you know your friends are people just like you but you can't help feeling maybe they have something you don't.

Anyway this is just something I wanted to talk about so I don't start having a panic attack in the middle of work crying over why I can't be like him or why can't I he like her. I know I've made a lot of progress and that I still have a ways to go. I know my friends have found their fandoms their niche and have made so much progress because of it. People always say you shouldn't compare yourself because it's a slippery road and maybe that's why I'm talking about this. So I won't get caught up doing that and maybe just talk to someone about this so I can figure out what I can do from here. Because frankly for the past year it feels like I've been stumbling in the dark w no idea where to go. This is where a lot of people w potential give up and I don't want to give up. But what should I do? Where do I go from here?
  • Listening to: Challenge the Game
  • Reading: Myself
  • Watching: the world go bye
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Eating: My Heart Out
  • Drinking: the dawn in

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Sun Mar 15, 2015, 2:13 PM
Fri Dec 12, 2014, 7:15 PM
Thanks for the watch and i'm glad to hear you like my gallery.
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 1:17 PM
how are you dude its been so many years
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 8:56 PM
hi. thanks for visiting my gallery.
Sat Feb 16, 2013, 1:07 AM
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 7:02 PM
hi hiiiii!
Sat Oct 27, 2012, 11:03 AM
Fri Oct 12, 2012, 10:22 PM
(i howl)!!!!!!!!!!!!! there's my shout XD .w.
Mon Aug 6, 2012, 1:31 PM
y u no comment n my new pieces?
Sun May 13, 2012, 10:19 PM


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ImpotentRage Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just gonna leave this here.
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me gusta
FuwaKiwi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday :3
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! i actually didn't know you were watching me XD
Slaycrol Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthdayyyyy :D
Have a great and funny day^^
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! it was a pretty good day i enjoyed myself ;)
lightning-13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats my friend!
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you i appreciate that ;)
FireFox-Fever Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you have a Wonderful day and that you may get lots of gifts and Cake >3<
Happy Birthday Godliek :D Swiggity Swooty, Foxy's Comin 4 Booty (Chat Icon) Five Nights at Freddys 2- Chicas Cupcake -Icon GIF Dancing Foxy Chat Icon Freddy is .... Twerking? (Chat Icon) Foxy Dancing the Hustle! (Chat Icon) Foxy is a Boss (Chat Icon) 
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i got cinnimon pancakes if that counts. and thanks XD
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