I´m super late but... HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012
I wanted to do this retrospective almost 2 years ago .... talking about procastination here, even with having pretty much all the files ready haha.
So, I´ll give a shout out to Casey and Okha , who still had a lot of my old images and saved me a lot time :)
I´m just going to cover the years 2000-2006 though. From 2006 on you can see most of my drawings here in the archives anyway haha
Oh and this was inspired by the wonderful Katie Rice , I highly recommend to visit her blog... her retrospective is unfortunatly gone :( And make sure to check the look-back from Daniel Lieske Daniel Lieske
Short Story: I´m drawing since I can hold a pencil and, initially inspired by cartoons and the Disney Feature films, wanted to become a Animator at Disney.
This has been the years I discovered Internet and quickly found the animexx community (at the end of 2000 I think), where you could upload fanarts and share them with other members. A lot of people I got to know there, are still present in my life to this very day and I´m looking back rather fondly to this times :) Basicly this has been my first experience in terms of getting more feedback on my works. I actually think that all this exchange with other likeminded individuals has had a high impact on my works so... I really cannot imagine where I would be today without the Interwebs ;)
And I still had the motivation to finish one Illustration per week haha
Influenced by the few Mangas and Anime that were on the market around that time I was highly influenced by Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Battle Angel Alita , Record of Lodoss War and Escaflowne (character designer Nobuteru Yuuki was in fact the first animator whoose name I actually remembered and the first Anime based Artbook I bought was some kind of groundwork Artbook for the Escaflowne Movie)
I almost exclusivly worked with traditional media, also using a mouse every now and then to test with digital media. But as the gain was so little and I couldn´t invest much time to practise, I still stayed with watercolor, ink and pencils... and screentones, cause we all know a real mangaka uses screentones so I bought a lot of these expensive foils to work with them... I actually still own a few sheets...all unused of course
Got my own mac for my 19th birthday with Ps6 on it and could finally properly practise CGing. I already owned a small wacom at that time and now spent all my free time between school and jobbing to practise :D Couldn´t wáít to do what I´ve seen from other artists online. The beginning wasn´t very promising though, I had a hard time getting used to do everything digital.
Also I started to study Graphic Design in Hildesheim that year and at the end of 2004 I discovered ca.org and was blown away haha Also a few month later I bought a proper sketchbook, beeing inspired by wesburt to actually render with pencil...
Also started with a few comics during that time but never finished them...
Whats left is a big bunch of stiff drawings and frustration over non existent ability to create interesting images. And I wrongly thought that this was cause I was simply not skilled enough with the basic principles haha So it´s just sketches sketches sketches.
Trying to change that though... slowly and gradually.
Don´t know what else to say,
I´m just happy to have this off my chest :)