After years of being pushed and prodded by my friends to join DeviantArt, I finally gave in and created an account about a year and a half ago. I avoided joining because I was afraid of sharing my artwork with so many people, letting it be accessible to pretty much the whole entire world (or, at least, the entire internet world, which frankly scares me quite a bit).
I was blown away by the incredible artwork I found on here, in every shape and form, beyond my own feeble imagination.
One of the first pieces to catch my eye was this piece by VianaArts, the ballpoint-pen portrait of a redhead girl:
I was astonished that pen could be used to create such beautiful and realistic work. And imagine how hard it is, knowing that every slightest mark you make on the paper cannot be erased, every step forward in creating your work of art cannot be withdrawn.
I was also impressed by Yuumei's Countdown, depicting the perilous and self-destructive situation we have put ourselves and the entire planet into with our unsustainable patterns of living. Her work demonstrates that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, and this quality can be used to convey a message far more effectively than any speech, article, or essay.
The ability of an artist to convey raw emotion through his or her artwork is something that I admire as well. It takes incredible strength to create such a piece, and even more courage to share it.
Art carries the unique quality in that it can exhibit both the good and the dark sides of anything - nature, life, humanity. Sometimes it can even bring together the two sides into a surprisingly harmonious composition.
Lastly, I wanted to end with a piece where I tried to bring out my voice in artwork. I created "Not Another Pretty Face" during my senior year of high school for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to prove to myself that I could still do art, even after two years without art classes. Secondly, all my life I have been concerned about the welfare and our treatment of the planet. The way we consume resources, produce waste, and destroy habitats and lives without a second thought is abominable, and I wanted to deliver a message about it somehow. Below is the result.
I am currently studying to be an Environmental Engineer to help develop better forms of technology that allow us to live comfortably without destroying our one and only home.
I hope to find time to hone my artistic skills, although it has been a challenge balancing my life and scrounging up spare time for an artistic expedition. I do not aspire to become a profitable or famous artist, but I want to be able to create artwork that is close to my heart. I have few other gifts or talents that I can give back to others; I hope that art can be my gift to the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.