This goes out to
probably my biggest fan, or at least most expressive. Long long ago (almost five years) I drew this [link]
Just another doodle of many, but it fired this fellow's imagination in an incredible way. I never much thought of the picture and admit it to be terribly dated, but in a way, I feel like it's one of my most important because it had made such an impact. Funny how such a simple thing could do so much.
If you know much about me personally, you'll know that one of my greatest joys comes from passing on the desire for artistic expression. My favorite comments to get on Deviantart are those which express how much my artwork has affected the commenter positively, especially when it encourages them to indulge in their own creative spirit.
I spent roughly the same amount of time on this as the first one, though I can't be sure. I used no references, as before. I wanted to make them both a little bizarre and otherworldly rather than base them expressly off of one animal or another. Like animals, but they are their own unique species.
I feel funny things, looking at this version as well as the old one. It shows, in a way, how far I've come. But also how far I've yet to go. Five years is a long time. I certainly hope I improve better and faster over the next five years. Now that I'm focused on my 2D art exclusively and not undergrad metalwork, I imagine I will, so long as I don't get lazy.