Finally finished my long overdue Cutie Art Crusader fan art!
Spent maybe 15 hours on this one so shorter than I thought but still a hefty amount of time.
I'd just like to take this chance to properly say my thanks to the CAC.
I suppose the story starts with me at rock bottom. I had just finished high school I had pretty decent grades and was in no risk of losing out education wise but my art morale was at its all time low. All the way through my life I had been told by those around me that my art was worthless, that I wouldn't be going anywhere in life and that I should just give up. So i did, I didn't draw anything for months after high school which is a long time for me because usually if I'm not painting I'm doodling. I used to fill sketch book after sketch book with doodles constantly, but this passion was now nowhere to be found. I would just spend my days going to school, being alone, coming home and going on the internet. While searching online I would see all these amazing art pieces that blew my mind and I wished that I could draw just like them but my morale was still at rock bottom so anything I made would be immediately delete and I'd close photoshop down. Then one day while scrolling though my youtube feed a certain video popped up named "Cutie Art Crusaders Episode 8 - Flying" I saw the thumbnail and it looked pretty cool and I had already watched all my subscriber videos so I thought why not. After watching it for just a few minutes I smiled for the first time in months, the fun and educational sides of the podcast really caught me and before I knew it I found myself on a podcast rampage. Just going through episode after episode when i realized I had spent all day just drooling at my computer. This was the first podcast I had taken the time to follow up and it made me want to draw and paint so soon after joining the CAC fan train (choo choo) I drew a pony and I was happy with what I did for the first time in months. A few days later I had a revelation, I realized I really wanted to draw I wanted to devote my life to drawing maybe even make a living out of it at some point so I started to make more art to put onto my deviantART. The first big piece I had made was the piece i did featuring the golden oaks library which got a lot of traction which amazed me, having people comment on my art saying it was "awesome" and "wonderful" was such a foreign idea to me that I actually shed a tear when the comments and favourites kept rolling in. I finally felt like I had a place in the world.
I guess I'm just gushing but what I'm trying to say is that without the spark the CAC gave me I wouldn't be here making art. I owe so much to such a wonderful podcast and I can't even begin to put my gratitude into words so painting was the only was for me to express this emotion. I still have such a long way to go but compared to a year ago when digital painting was something I had only really heard of I think I have progressed as an artist and as a human being and I have the CAC to thank for all this. Of course having all the support from my watchers and people commenting on my art has also contributed a big part to helping motivate me to keep going !
If you haven't already been hooked on their podcastI highly recommend you tune in every Tuesday on Ever Free Network!
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