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Been drawing almost daily since I was a toddler, I tried digital for the first time in 2001 but didn't adopt it as a serious and regular medium until coming here and working harder at it in 2006. I have invested thousands of hours and dollars in this hobby just in the past few years alone - please don't steal what I've dedicated everything I have to perfecting :police:

P.S - everything before the deviation "Burgundy Breeze" was drawn before I got my drawing tablet - proof that you can still do some awesome shit by mouse if you try hard enough ;)

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Over the past week or so you have probably been getting a lot of "My deviantART story" journals from other people you watch, maybe you have even made one yourself. But for thos eout of the loop it's is all in celebration of deviantART's 14th birthday which passed recently. 14 is old even for a cat! let alone a website. We should really be grateful it even lasted that long, still standing after the invasion of the Harry Potter crowd, the Naruto fans and more recently - the Bronies. And think of this - the youngest members of this site (who actually have abided by the minimum age rule :evileye:) weren't even born yet when deviantART celebrated it's 1st birthday, which I'm sure the majority of us missed, since I don't know what you were doing in 2001 - but me, definitley not spending a great deal of time on the internet, seeing how my family only got it the previous year. And so we were like cavemen discovering the wheel for the first time (by wheel, I mean that wheel of dial-up cable we had :rofl:)

But while many people have talked about how dA has influenced them and helped them grow as an artist, I could have sworn I had done that in another journal already. So I'm going to talk about life before. deviantART, which now seems so foreign and long ago to me that it almost feels like trying to recollect what it was like before being born. Until I remembered this:

What I Drew Before dA by priteeboy

While I have reflected on my pre-dA days "artwork" multiple times since joining this site back in 2006, I for some reason scanned a (very) small sampling of them for one reason or another a while back with the intention of uploading here, maybe because I felt like starting a meme, or remaking some. I can't remember. But they're here now and tell an interesting story of what my art was like before dA kicked me in my shiny metal ass and said "try harder!" :shakefist:

A lot had changed in my artistic life around the time I joined dA, some of it was already in the workds before hearing about this site but was finally sped up by the act of joining. For starters by the time I joined dA I had only been using digital software for a few years (Paint Shop Pro 6 =p) it was still second to my traditional works back then but I saw more potential in it when I saw what better digital artists were doing, some only as old as I was back when I came here. I'll be blunt and say I dropped traditional media altogether. By that point it had become a bit boring to me anyway and I saw more career potential in digital media. But still, there was a time before people here knew I even existed where I spent most of my afternoons painting (and most of my class-time doodling :shh:)

It was innocent fun, not being on any art websites meant my only competition at the time was in school, and even with those drawings I managed to top the class. I drew purely for fun and wasn't all that concerned about improving as long as I remained unrivalled at school. It was a blessing anbd a curse, a blessing because art was the only thing I stood out for back then, I was average to sucky at everything else and not popular enough to get away with it with simple charisma either. But a curse because competition forces artistic growth in the same way trees grow faster when there's other trees around competing for the same resources, and no competition meant very slow growth for me. That's why I oftenb say I grew more as an artist in one year of using dA than I did in five years beforehand. So thank you dA for helping me suck less as an artist :handshake:

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priteeboy
Matthew Attard
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Australia
Throughout my life I have always been a very visual and creative person. So developing an interest in art was practically in the bag, starting out traditionally for many years as I grew up and then converting to digital since I favoured that more. I've had very little professional training particularly in 2D, much of which I have just picked up through my own self experimentation. I learned some remedial 3D skills from a course though, But I'll always know more about 2D and don't consider myself to be a "true" 3D artist, often my 3D is mixed with 2D for maximum effect.
I take a shine to anything that looks interesting, probably why I see such fascination in the natural world. But I even get inspired by games or fashion etc in regards to character drawings especially, That's where the whole Final fantasy/Japanese love comes in!

I'm usually a hobbyist artist for most of the time as I do not work for any studio's or companies. I do commissioned works as the offers come (I can be e-mailed regarding that) But nothing beats doing art for your own personal enjoyment!

If off-dA viewers wish to contact me regarding commissions, features etc, e-mail me at: matthew.attard1988@gmail.com
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160 deviants said :popcorn: Food - No more grocery shopping! Just don't get too fat.
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104 deviants said :painter: Art Supplies - Create all you want! Never run out of materials (or software upgrades)
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63 deviants said :house: Home Services - Have someone else clean your place, maintain your yard, fix your plumbing, etc.
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60 deviants said :sprint: Fuel - Drive all you want with no expensive pit-stops!
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58 deviants said :typerhappy: Internet - So long outside world!
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40 deviants said :strong: Memberships - Full & Free access to your favourite sites, Magazines, Clubs, Gyms, etc.
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37 deviants said :liquisoft: Water - Hooray! Long showers and a greener lawn for me!
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32 deviants said :lightbulb: Electricity - Now I CAN leave all the lights on!
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21 deviants said :flirty: Health & Beauty Products - Because looking and feeling good should be free!
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17 deviants said :fish: Pet Supplies & Care - Pamper your pooch or cater for your kitty, spoil any pet rotten!

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:iconultimatedragonoid:
ultimatedragonoid Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Wow! You are really talented, I love your work, it's amazing:D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! Glad you liked my gallery :bow:
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KatyMinecraft Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Did you just featured one of my deviatations? If so, Thank you so much! :la:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I was using it as an example of the Final Destination stage I was talking about :D
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KatyMinecraft Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I see! :meow:

Again, thank you sooo much! :D
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Quicksilver-88 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Thanks for the llama.
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angellis3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Thanx 4 the Llama!
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
:party::cake:HAPPY BIRTHDAY!:cake::party:

Seems that I'm late as ever, but nevermind that!^^;
I hope you've had a wonderful birthday today and may you have another happy year!:meow:

Also....I will owe you something....(time is being strict with me :nuu:)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wa slate even with my own picture...I was up until 2:00am that night finishing it. Boy was I tired the following day :yawn:
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Nah, I still want to do it....even when late!:eager:
Unless you don't want a drawing and want a 3D version! :meow:
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N1ft Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for le llama! :ahoy:
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dontb Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Happy Birthday!!! :party: :cake:
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Aquilapse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Photographer
Happy birthday Matthew! 2 years on and I still have some of your amazing art work brightening up my wall! Always looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Have a great day :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Glad you still like looking at e'm. I can relate - I bought some prints form other artists here a few years ago, and I'm still glad I got e'm when I did =p
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UniverseDreams Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!! :party: :cake: :airborne: :w00t: :dance:
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