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On other sites like Tumblr and Deviantart, I've drawn a whole lot of fanart in my time. According to Deviantart I have been posting my drawings on there for nearly 10 years now, and even then I had been drawing fanart long long before then - posting my early monstrosities on the site-builder website Angelfire, which mostly consisted horrible chibi-style fanart of shows like The Young Ones, Red Dwarf and House MD.

House MD was a particular obsession of mine at the time right next to my then new-found love of manga which gave me 'inspiration' for my drawing style back then - oh god they were awful. 14 year old me even made the mistake of posting some of my drawings on the Livejournal House community and had only taken two days for everyone to rip on how terrible it all was. However, my response at the time was a bit odd - I had thought that I had offended everyone with my work and decided to take down the post and write an apology post to the comm to say how sorry I was for posting my work and that I won't post any art stuff until I get better at drawing (which I never did lol).
The response was actually a lot nicer than I expected. One half were commenting on how everyone's attitude had changed for the worst in the community and telling me that I had no reason to apologize for anything, whereas the other half were surprisingly people admitting that they were one of the people who had made fun of my crap work and actually apologized for making me feel so unwelcome at the community. I certainly didn't expect things to turn out that way, but I'm glad that they did because I'm pretty sure that I might have stopped bothering with fanworks in fear of being too untalented to contribute with anything... not that I would blame them to be honest ha ha :'D

Even if they were terrible, I'm a bit sad to say that most of the comics I had on Angelfire have been long-lost alongside the various 'shrines' I had for my first fandom X-men Evolution (Jiminey Cricket I'm bloody old ._.) The only evidence I have of ever drawing terrible chibi-style House fanart is a Livejournal icon I made for myself way back then of Dr Foreman.

Ah yes. True talent.

I can't remember much on how I came across Deviantart - although I'm pretty certain it was the same way I found out about fanfiction sites and LJ; through a now-deleted forum called Extreme Evolution, an X-men Evolution fansite. However, apparently I decided that it would be a great idea to upload some of my cringey Red Dwarf comics onto DA in 2007 - which thankfully didn't end in tears and for some unknown reason got a few positive responses.
However, instead of continuing to draw fan works for Red Dwarf and House MD - I pretty much jumped into my first two major fandoms that got the ball rolling for my god-awful Anime phase that lasted for the entirety of my teens and early 20s, particularly focused on the the works of CLAMP (xxxHolic, X and Tokyo Babylon mostly) and Naruto. Jeez, I was into Naruto for the longest time ._. I still watch anime now, because I love animation in general and there are some good shows out there - but I've definitely calmed down a lot since then.
In addition, I recently had a clear-out of works that were too ugly to stay on DA or were just plain fucked-up... and there was A LOT  of fucked up ones on there (there's actually a few more files I need to go through >_> fun). Teen me either needed hugs or a slapped to the face - possibly both.

I feel like if I ever come back to this topic that I'll make a post about my time on Deviantart (even though I'm still posting stuff on there like a huge nerd with nothing better to do~)


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