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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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  • 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:


Matthew Attard
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
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:

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

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


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smilekeeper Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there!
I hope today you had a wonderful birthday celebration
wherever you may be.
Continue to be inspired by art,
hope you had a great one
fellow deviant artist.
Happy Birthday to you!

priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much :thanks:
smilekeeper Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014

I just wanted to wish  one of my favorite artists a Happy Birthday!
Keep up the great artwork!

GOD bless you now and always.

John 3:16

priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm one of the favourites? :squee:

SeekHim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Yes you are! I love your works!
Almetheus-Nol Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Hey there! Hope you've had yourself a great birthday! :) 
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was OK :)
Almetheus-Nol Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
LOL, at least that's better than what most people can say 'bout their b-day.

I had to work on my birthday, so I bought myself some donuts and shared some with the class I was teaching st the time. :D
VIRULEINCE Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :la: 
I hope it is/was a great one! ;) 
Black-Jack-Attack Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Photographer
happy birthday!!Happy birthday tarkie 
organblower Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess this is a belated happy birthday wish. Sorry about that. Have some :cake: You can work it off gardening!
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I worked it off in the garden in advance last week :D
organblower Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a good way to do it, Matthew, not that you need to by the look of you.
We have so many chipmunks in our garden who are pretty well all tame now. They jump up on your leg when the peanuts come out. They are very territorial, and beat the crap out of others who are cashing in on the action. Consequently, most have scars, except one who is pristine. We call him priteeboy :) I have a couple of shots in my gallery. These critters live in North America south of the tree line.
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I think I'll have to go look at those pics now :plotting:
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