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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:

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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: The sounds of an early Spring
  • Reading: Lots of people's deviantART stories
  • Watching: Dr. Phil
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: Biscuits
  • Drinking: Hot Chocolate
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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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: The sounds of an early Spring
  • Reading: Lots of people's deviantART stories
  • Watching: Dr. Phil
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: Biscuits
  • Drinking: Hot Chocolate
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:
What I Drew Before dA by priteeboy
What I Drew Before dA
A graphic novel of my artistic journey before dA, brought to you in technicolor crayons for your seizure-inducing pleasure :pills:

OK, so this is a very, VERY small sampling of childhood and early-teen artworks here, I literally drew thousands of pictures in that time, and I (and my mother) boxed away several hundred of those, condensed further again into a mere dozen here. I had to make some difficult decisions with which ones to add. But I chose these since they represented various phases I went through in some aspects, and other interests I still have now in others. While I'm not sure exactly of each individual drawing's age, I know for sure that the first one (top-left) is the oldest. I'm guessing I was probably 5 or 6 when I did that. And the bottom-right is the most recent of this chart, drawn up in class when I was 16 or so, about a year before discovering dA (no, that's not the standard of work I held up at the time, but I chose that one since it shows a phase where I liked to do silly crossover comical stuff for a laugh :laughing:) All other drawings were made some time in that 10 year space in between, still less than a mere 1% of everything I did in that time.

Some things have changed, but what's more interesting are the things that didn't I reckon. The subjects I draw are almost the same for the most part, because I found everything I could be interested in from an early age. My use of colours was the major aspects about my art. Looking back now I wasn't always the best in class when it came to drawing (there was this other kid who, with a graphite pencil could do some pretty cool stuff) But I stood out for my use of colour. I even saw my primary school teachers a few years ago actually - some said they still have my creatively illustrated workbooks from back then which they like to show to each new class at the start of the year. I'm glad to know even this stuff made an impression, as silly a sit seems now :)

And yes, I was a kid in the 90's, so that means one thing...POKEMON! :la:
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If you could have an unlimited supply of any of these common needs, which would you pick? (Money isn't an option)
27%
167 deviants said :popcorn: Food - No more grocery shopping! Just don't get too fat.
18%
110 deviants said :painter: Art Supplies - Create all you want! Never run out of materials (or software upgrades)
10%
64 deviants said :sprint: Fuel - Drive all you want with no expensive pit-stops!
10%
64 deviants said :house: Home Services - Have someone else clean your place, maintain your yard, fix your plumbing, etc.
10%
61 deviants said :typerhappy: Internet - So long outside world!
7%
42 deviants said :strong: Memberships - Full & Free access to your favourite sites, Magazines, Clubs, Gyms, etc.
6%
39 deviants said :liquisoft: Water - Hooray! Long showers and a greener lawn for me!
5%
33 deviants said :lightbulb: Electricity - Now I CAN leave all the lights on!
3%
21 deviants said :flirty: Health & Beauty Products - Because looking and feeling good should be free!
3%
18 deviants said :fish: Pet Supplies & Care - Pamper your pooch or cater for your kitty, spoil any pet rotten!

If you could have an unlimited supply of any of these common needs, which would you pick? (Money isn't an option) 

27%
167 deviants said :popcorn: Food - No more grocery shopping! Just don't get too fat.
18%
110 deviants said :painter: Art Supplies - Create all you want! Never run out of materials (or software upgrades)
10%
64 deviants said :sprint: Fuel - Drive all you want with no expensive pit-stops!
10%
64 deviants said :house: Home Services - Have someone else clean your place, maintain your yard, fix your plumbing, etc.
10%
61 deviants said :typerhappy: Internet - So long outside world!
7%
42 deviants said :strong: Memberships - Full & Free access to your favourite sites, Magazines, Clubs, Gyms, etc.
6%
39 deviants said :liquisoft: Water - Hooray! Long showers and a greener lawn for me!
5%
33 deviants said :lightbulb: Electricity - Now I CAN leave all the lights on!
3%
21 deviants said :flirty: Health & Beauty Products - Because looking and feeling good should be free!
3%
18 deviants said :fish: Pet Supplies & Care - Pamper your pooch or cater for your kitty, spoil any pet rotten!

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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At home :house:
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
And where is that? How's stuff?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On both the smallest continent and the largest island :paranoid:

Things are going OK. I'm still working on some personal art on the side. I had to neglect the last couple of months so I can hopefully get some good ones out for this one.
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is breathtaking! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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link-fan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the llama badge!
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some questions that I want to ask:

Can you design buildings in Vue? Or is it just natural environments only? 

How about caves and tunnels. Can you make them?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, the buildings in some of mine were modelled separately and then imported to Vue. On its own - Vue can only do nature stuff :nod: You can get building models for it though already-made, plus vehicles, people, animals, etc. But they cost extra :p
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand. Thanks for the speedy reply. :nod: 
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chazrulz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your artwork is outstanding you truly have talent
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :bow:
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:iconchazrulz:
chazrulz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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anne1956 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding artwork, wow.
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LaceWingedSaby Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thank you so much for mentioning my deviation When I do, I'm a freak in one of your comments! I feel honoured! :iconsqueeeeplz:
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YumeNoAnima Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama! :)
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MinkWinsor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You have some beautiful artwork!
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