shadowthecat971 joins DeviantART on February 1st 2010...
Now before I get too far, I should note that the two of us had started out on YouTube before. (That was where I first met my old chum Sinbadghost among others) From there we dabbled in websites like iScribble and Tumblr but have primarily stayed here.
Now onward! When I first joined dA I didn't have a tablet. So until June of 2010 I never had a tablet or anything like that. I did all my art and scribbling on my loyal laptop's track pad. The process was slow... and the art I produced digitally was definitely not as good as what I was drawing traditionally... that was until my parents got me my first wacom tablet~ and then the real fun began. and it all started with Shadow. <<< Shadow
Shadow is a character with an interesting history. Her story, as part of mine, begins in the 5th grade back when one of my friends and I were Naruto fanatics. Along the way (to my teacher's dismay) a new character was born. Her name was "Flingosaw" and she was modeled around the spirit/demon characters in the anime like Naruto's Nine Tailed Fox. She went through several designing sessions and edits, but the design became a fox/cat anthro with a unicorn horn on it's head and a green jewel on its chest. She had claws and a bat wings, even mascara-like markings on her face. But in the transition to both YouTube and dA, Flingosaw changed~. Influenced by the furry community of the online world. She turned into a gold cat with a tan belly and orange splotched-tail. She kept the wings, lost the horn, jewel, and mascara, but gained a nifty hairdo and some red tips and highlights on her ears, hair, and over her left eye. Her name was changed to Shadow in honor of my cat. This is how my username came to be.
(Art done by old friend known as DogFetus makes me sad that they left)
From then on young Sophia became a developing Shadow. She joined groups, drew fan art, and made some friends along the way.
The first groups she joined were Pokemon fan groups, but eventually she joined adoptable groups. The first of many being DancingWithDreams group. Her first adoptable pet was a cool dude named Smeraldo. Even cooler was when Shadow became a colorist there. Being a colorist there lead to new friends being made, and the first introduction to actually designing things.
vvv Smeraldo vvv
Possibly the coolest part was meeting Dragonap (who would become a recurring character in this story over at ZayFireAdopts ) other cool people that would inspire me (((just going to apologize now for jumping between third and first person because I can't keep myself writing straight and it's beginning to bug me))) would include Ellkins and LifeError and later TheseWeirdFishes when the "Itty Bitz" group ultimately became Place-of-Dreams <333 ((not officially anyway, just a note from my perspective uvu;; )) (Thea says "Go visit Place of Dreams cause you'll love it")
DancingWithDreams whether she meant to or not may've been the reason for my continuation with adopts groups. Jess bby gurl, lemme tell ya~ you inspired me~ so yeah~ as mentioned before, ZayFireAdopts was the next place I went in terms of working. There my first pet was Blick, another original species.
Dragonap would eventually join in and we had some pretty good times~ like really~ tons of fan art lots of rp, it was great. (I hope sometime in the future it picks up again) (the awesome Dragonap's water color skils)
At one time I tried making my own adopts group... it kinda flopped due to lack of activity... but eehhhh.... here, look at this drawing of Figgy that Jess did cause it's too cute <3
. . . so with all this rambling. . . where could I possibly be going? "it seems like adopts groups are the only things you've been into" you might say. but really... they're an outlet and a gateway~ perhaps I can demonstrate better with more art. Cause Shae's Adventure join.me's were one of my favoritist things ever. (and still are whenever we do them)
(P3 my love~ a subset of Shadow if you will~ I love you~)
I guess what I'm trying to describe is how this website and the things I've done in it have lead to both friendship, adventure, and more.
After all... I met my wonderful boyfriend on here (love you TobyNostigma ) along with the myriad of wonderful people I'm proud to call friends.
But where am I now?
Now I'm drawing cool things~
like awesome pixels of the pets I adopt at Elementiiae (which I'm getting to)
Art for groups! And it totally looks good a mon avis~! like seriously... I'm pretty proud of this stuff
Even my traditional art has improved vastly
For now though... since my story hasn't ended... I'd like to end this missive with what I'm doing now.
Currently it's 10:57 PM of August 7th of 2014. . . I work in vanilleass group Elementiiae with the amazing and wonderful crew of parithsis Spashai ChinZaPep ariamisu and vanilleass herself~ <3 I've had all sorts of fun there, and my design skills have grown and developed along with my drawing style and art skillage xD They may be "internet friends" (people I haven't met irl) but there some of the best damn friends I could ask for <3 (and they're not the only ones)
In conclusion I'd like to say that I'm happy with my life here on the site. I've made tons upon tons of memories here. I even went to a DeviantART Party in real life back when I first joined in 2010. (and have the badge to show for it. . . and I had my picture taken with a llama at the House of Blues) And I'm looking forward to what happens in the future here~