This.... is the story of how I died.
Haha, no, this is really the story of how my characters came to life and how my addiction to roleplaying made me a better artist.
It all started on chilly morning in November. Maybe. I dunno what the weather was like to be honest. I don't even remember much about joining. All I really know is that is started with Gaiaonline, roleplaying, and my best friend Cassandra022
. I was pushed to join Gaia by my bestie and twin, Cassandra022
for the rping. There I took on the name Tika Blaze. My memory of events are a little hazy at best, but somewhere amis all this I was goaded yet again by my pesky friend to join another website, this time for my art, since at the time I was posting stuff on to Photobucket. So of course I joined and started posting over SEVEN MONTHS LATER after I graduated highschool.
Oh I am so good with keeping on top of things. Anywho, still a being a big part of Gaia online I believe that there was just a point where I wanted to get Gaia cash for items, so I started an online store on the page and drawing the avatars from there. However it never really got off the ground and I ended up just drawing Cassandra022
mine and a friend I made on Gaia PepperKitty
's avatars over and over. But on the bright side I got better at posing and proportion through draws and redraws.... and also a life drawing club in the college I went to. Also somehow I got my hands on photoshop, but all I really did was use it to clean up pencil lineart (which is still mostly what I use it for).
Look at those faces~
I also decided to start drawing my own characters for RPing rather than searching the catacombs of Google for a likely candidate for a face. But as the rps on Gaia faded, I soon discovered rping clubs on deviantART, long before the 'group' features, omg. So of course I joined one in line with my obsession at the time Kingdom Hearts! Neo-Orginization
- now Neo-Org
- came with the birth of Kixat and some of my first tries at comics.
This rp club was soon followed by other rp clubs, mainly Welcometohogwarts
and lastly Demigod-Rising
. There were a lot more, but these ones are the ones that really pushed me forward.
I met my now best friend, the lovely hellsing-roxx
who created awesome characters and art that drove me to join the group. After a while of talking and rping she also helped me create more interesting characters that I wanted to draw and interact with more.
I joined E-G-G
And there I started following ZenniLynn
(who had another account back then) and by watching them I learned by proxy about comics. I ended up
FOLLOWING them to Demigod-Rising
Where I got MUCH better at comicking through practice and watching others in the group for tips.
I went from this (EGGtech comic)-
To this (end of Demigod Rising comic)
in a matter of two years (doesn't sound like much, but trust me, it is.) ~ Look at those crappy backgrounds! Look at the posing! Look at the color! (I'm a little teary eyed from pride, sniffle). To this DAY I still abuse the gradient though. I HATED drawing comics, hated it. But I learned to love it and now I can't do much of anything else. Best way to get the story across until someone could hook an antenna to my mind and watch the actual cartoon going on in there.
And now onto the present! Now I'm in ANOTHER TWO rp groups Dulcedomum
with more AMAZING ARTISTS TO
It's funny how much Rping got me into comicking, because it' it weren't for rping I would have never GOTTEN this far.
It all begins and ends with Roleplay. PEACE