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About Varied / Hobbyist Member Sophia Ellyse BurgessFemale/United States Groups :iconelementiiae: Elementiiae
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Digital Paintings
Waiting... For You by shadowthecat971
Street of Clouds by shadowthecat971
Percival and Rose by shadowthecat971
The Explorer by shadowthecat971
Assorted: The Bazaar by shadowthecat971
Non-lined, digitally painted image, best results usually involve animals and scenery. (Though I could paint a human portrait). 

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So once upon a time... a young girl named Sophia was shown a website called by her best friend seabirdie (known as Aerodynamicstupidity at the time). We loved looking at the flash videos and games people uploaded. So a few weeks later the young Sophia returned to the website, and after playing around with my flash games, decided to join the website. 

:star: shadowthecat971 joins DeviantART on February 1st 2010... :star:

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 by Bleu-Foxx <<< 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. 
Gift art: Shadow icon by DogFetus (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
 .:Smeraldo-Shadowthecat971:. by CasinoAdopts  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;; )) shadowthecat971: Thea by DancingWithDreams(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~ :dummy: as mentioned before, ZayFireAdopts was the next place I went in terms of working. There my first pet was Blick, another original species. 
Breed 3 by DEAFHPN 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)Dunkel Fanart by Dragonap (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
.:PB - Figgie:. by DancingWithDreams
. . . 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's were one of my favoritist things ever. (and still are whenever we do them)

FEARLESS ADVENTURERS by TheseWeirdFishesP3 Animation by TheseWeirdFishesLeetle Adventurers by TheseWeirdFishes (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. :heart:

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~ 
Rhapsody Pixel by shadowthecat971 like awesome pixels of the pets I adopt at Elementiiae (which I'm getting to) 
DRAGON CONTEST FINAL by shadowthecat971 Art for groups! The Explorer by shadowthecat971 Artemis' Grove by shadowthecat971 And it totally looks good a mon avis~! :D like seriously... I'm pretty proud of this stuff 

Even my traditional art has improved vastly (even if most of it sits on my other account but that's a whole different story) 
Volucris meets Envahi by shadowthecat971Burd by shadowthecat971P3 do a jig by shadowthecat971Flaming Transformation by shadowthecat971P3 by shadowthecat971Fire Demon by shadowthecat971

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~

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Sophia Ellyse Burgess
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
P3 Animation by TheseWeirdFishes Rose Pixel by ChinZaPep by shadowthecat971.:Percival PB:. by DancingWithDreams.:PB - Allen:. by DancingWithDreams.:PB - Figgie:. by DancingWithDreams

Hello World, my name is Sophia. I'm an American who loves cats (I have 3, Shadow, Sparky and Rascal) and is a descendant of many countries including Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, and The Netherlands :) (Meaning I have ancestors from there haha).

I consider myself to be a furry as I have a fursona but I don't have a fursuit or anything. ^^; In addition I love to cosplay, my favorite anime to cosplay from being Hetalia. :D

I can draw anything from animals, to reptiles, to mechs, and even things that don't exist. At the moment my focus is on creatures of various types and adoptables.

I use a Wacom Connect Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for most of my drawing. Sometimes I draw things out of paper and then scan the image with the Canon Printer/Fax/Scanner thing. :meow:

Besides drawing I also play the trumpet and play various sports including swim, water polo, and track and field (I throw the discus and shot put)

Current Residence: Earth
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Adult medium
Print preference: none
Favourite genre of music: rock, pop, jazz, blues, etc...
Favourite photographer: my dad
Favourite style of art: cartoon/realistic cartoon/digital/traditional
Operating System: I have an ASUS Lap Top for internet stuff. XBox360. and Ds systems for gaming.
MP3 player of choice: my i-pod.
Shell of choice: hmm. the abalonie
Wallpaper of choice: The Hetalia one I have now
Skin of choice: don't have one
Favourite cartoon character: Germany and Italy, *Hetalia*
Personal Quote: *requires updating*
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Sinbadghost Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Thanks for the fav!! :D 
makepictures Featured By Owner 2 days ago
The Pelican is most grateful for your kind attention and favoritism - - but, hey, how about a small fish or two for you new very smelly friend?

September's Pelican by makepictures
CHOBI-PHO Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey thanks so much for the fav! i really REALLY appreciate it!!~
awesome gallery btw! keep it up!!! :happybounce:
IlyasSiouda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave, I really appreciate it ! :oowal:  Here, have a Llama in return Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
Nice gallery by the way ! Great Job 
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JovaZ Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for the fav! \o/
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