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2014 Summary of Art by Psijay
2014 Summary of Art
aaaand it's the end of the year again. I don't know how, but it is, and you know what that means: ANOTHER SUMMARY OF ART!

January: A self portrait. Almost a year later, and the only thing that's changed is my hair color.
February: Valentine's Day fluff! This took me forever, especially the background. But I was so pleased with the result.
March: An art trade with dragonkan. Nothing much to saaaay.
April: My fursona had been around for a year at this point, which is kind of a record for me.
May: A contest entry. I didn't win, but I had a hell of a time learning digital painting!
June: I never get anything done in June. This is just a sketch I liked.
July: Another contest entry. Runner up this time! (Also: the inevitable lombax phase.)
August: Started some point commissions. Also started my first semester of college. Comm was for Cathaclysm.
September: SPACE BACKGROUND. Another comm for Cathaclysm!
October: Arun and Cahrsin make an appearance! I'd been working with them since April, and finally nailed down their designs in October.
November: This was a project for my Design C&T class. I had to make a poster about a social issue, so I chose minimum wage. I ended up getting full points on the project! Also, even while pulling 50 hour weeks between work and school, I also managed to win NaNoWriMo for the fourth year in a row!
December: Another class project, this one for Illustrator. I'd never used Illustrator before this class, and I'm really proud of how much I learned. This is one of two posters I made to look like book covers for Inheritants. I did less well on this project. 98/100, but I love it anyway.

This year has been just fucking insane on all fronts. I can't even explain all of it; it was like everything changed all at once, and somehow I managed to roll with it and actually thrive. I got a ton of opportunities at work, I fought my social anxiety (and am winning as of now), I got my first ever new car, started and finished my first semester of college, made some great friends (and a kind of more than a friend), and at the same time, I was able to improve my art and keep everything under control. I'm really proud of everything I achieved this year, on both the life and art fronts.
Just. Wow. It's been a hell of a year.

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Previous summaries: 2010 2011 2012 2013
hopping on the bandwagon...

I can hardly believe I've been on dA for five years. It sure as hell doesn't feel like it's been five years. But then, when I look at how much my art has improved, I can kind of see how long it's been. I mean, I started here with photomanips. I didn't draw at all. Not even a little. I'd been doing photomanips for a few years at that point. It was pretty much the only artistic thing I did. here's the first one I posted here. I haven't done very many photomanips as of late-- the most recent one was this, a book cover for someone on a novelling site. I don't really see any improvement there.

I didn't actually start drawing until almost a year later. this is the oldest drawing I can find. It was my first ever attempt at digital art! I didn't have a tablet at the time, so I was drawing entirely with a mouse. I can no longer imagine having the patience to do anything like that. My tablet has spoiled me. That lombax there was my sona. She didn't last long. Probably because I still thought I was female at that point (even though I never actually related to my female sonas and they disapeared quickly. I really should've realized sooner that I was non-binary). For reference, here is my current sona: deersona! Androgynous and not a video game species. Much better. They've lasted over a year, which is a record for me.

I've been in the R&C fandom since I've been here, albeit, on and off. Of all the R&C characters I've had over the years, only one from my original set still exists! Apsis. He was one of the first starship R&C OCs (so far as I can tell). He was very different when he started out. I was thirteen and in the teenage angst stage when I made him, after all. His backstory was melodramatic and sad and annoying. I thought it was the BEST most COMPLEX thing EVER at the time, but I was an idiot, so screw that. Now he's a douchebag of an AI who just likes making trouble for everybody and tricking people into thinking he's a lombax with his buddies. Apastron, Elara, and Castor (the aforementioned buddies) are all close to him in character age, but Apsis is the oldest by a couple months. (FUN FACT: originally I created Apsis as a love interest for Aphelion. This is one of my most embarrassing secrets. Please do not laugh at me I WAS THIRTEEN AND DUMB.) I'm not as active in the R&C fandom anymore, due to my interests spreading and new projects taking over my brain, but I'm definitely still a part of it. here's my latest R&C piece, which, coincidentally, is my newest piece overall.

And now the big thing: writing. I started out in R&C fanfiction (R&C was really the catalyst for all of my art). I didn't finish any of the fanfics I started. I didn't get serious about writing until Aaron and Carson came along. Now, Aaron and Carson were actually supposed to be humanized!Apsis and Castor, existing only so I could practice drawing humans. They rebelled. Carson is the best example of this rebellion: he was supposed to be a super annoying straight guy, with an on and off girlfriend and a HUGE rivalry with Aaron. Now he's a super sweet, very anxious gay guy, who ends up falling in love with Aaron. Carson just took his character and rewrote it the way he was supposed to be. Writing him actually helped me realize that I was gay, too, so he's double special to me. Those two idiots have now been in my brain for three years. My NaNoWriMo project from 2012 (I'm Going Slightly Mad), Aaron's backstory, was the first story longer than 10k words that I ever finished. Reading it now makes me cringe, but w/e. It's still a milestone for me. I haven't been writing much lately, except for planning. Aaron and Carson eventually inspired they're post-apocalyptic counterparts, Arun and Cahrsin, whose stories I'm working to develop into comic format: Inheritants. Hopefully, I'll finish and publish it someday. Hopefully. I really hope so. I REALLY REALLY hope so.

Finally: my friends. When I joined here, my social anxiety kept me from talking to anyone. It was seriously that bad. I would nearly have panic attacks every time someone commented on my art. I did manage to warm up to a few people before I started therapy for the anxiety in 2012, and I still talk to all of them, and consider them to be some of my closest friends. To those people: thank you so much for sticking around. I know I was terrible back before all the therapy, and I know I still have a lot of trouble talking sometimes, but it really means a lot to me that you guys didn't give up on me when I could hardly talk to you. Babywarrior5, ITman496, and Kirmon64, among others: thank you c:.

This really got out of hand. So, anyway, that's my DeviantArt story. I've dredged up shit art, personal backstory, and gross emotions. Can I have my badge now?
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  • Listening to: Marina and the Diamonds: Oh No!
  • Watching: Guardians of the Galaxy (I want to see it again!)
  • Playing: Pokemon X


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I'm sure you're expecting something witty here, but, to be honest, I'm just not that funny. Nor am I interesting. Sorry. But, seeing as you're here and all, you might as well check out my gallery, don't you think?

In all seriousness, I am Jay, an eighteen year old from Michigan, currently dicking around trying to avoid college for a little bit. I also work part-time at a Chrysler dealership. I write and draw and take photographs. Mostly the first two things.

You can now find my photography at :iconpsijay-photography:Psijay-Photography!


Queer and proud :pride:



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dragonkan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ill be sending you a note about a possible comission if your interested, details and such will be contained
Zenion-Infinitium Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you very much for the badge. Could you tell me what they are used for?
Psijay Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They're not really used for anything. I just send them out as a way for letting people know I appreciate them adding my work to their favorites, since not everyone likes 'thanks for the fave!' messages all over their wall.
Zenion-Infinitium Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
Ohhhhh okay. Well I appreciate the thought and I like either way you do it ^^
dragonkan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comission :D iv placed it as my new icon, how ever on my twitter iv found a nice use for the old one :3
dragonkan Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Black & red color futuristic plz :3 (you know teh context)
Psijay Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Okay! And is it still wearing a top hat? (I just started the lines for the comm before yours, so I should hopefully have yours done sometime in the next week!)
dragonkan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes the top hat included :3
ProxishDesigns Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks for the fav, much appreciated.
If you'd like to see more of my work, you can visit my 
gallery here, or you can just click my icon on the left to visit my profile.
Please also consider Watching me, new artwork is uploaded weekly and I always post when any website I sell through has deals on.

Thanks again, 

bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional
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Thank you for the Llama :llama:

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