Ya. I realize I probably should have just posted this in the sketchbook section. I just wanted to make sure I wouldn't be rejected from the get-go. I'll move on over to the sketchbook thread as soon as I start doing studies once more.
As for my background? Oh boy. Get ready for me airing out some dirty laundry, man.
I'm mostly self-taught. Throughout most of high school, I drew mostly anime fodder. I had a regularly updated sketchbook on ConceptArt for 5ish years where I taught myself digital painting as I thought that was what I wanted to do. I wouldn't say I'm great at it, but I have a pretty good grasp of fundamentals and have incorporated what I've learned into other drawings. Anyway, the sketchbook received so few comments, I can count them on one hand. Granted, I was not terribly involved with the community and I was much, MUCH less mature than I am now. It took me a very long time to realize I didn't like it there. Then when the site started charging for classes, I left for good. It felt really, really wrong as I had come to the site to learn BECAUSE the people behind it weren't interested in taking my money.
I also have a deviantArt page and a tumblr, but I have pretty much abandoned them as I abhor the site formats.
After high school, I went to SCAD to study 2D animation. I dropped out after the first year (I would have dropped out sooner had my parents not forced me to "stick it out") because I didn't like the school, the people, or the faculty. (Did I mention my lack of maturity?) A long dormant depression erupted. After that, I took art classes at community college while going to therapy in an attempt to rekindle my love for art. I then transferred to a state university where I studied 3D animation. I have my degree now, but have been unable to put it to use. Faced a looooooooooooot of rejection letters for 8 months after graduation. I even got so far as getting an interview at Goddard without any follow-up. As a result, I've relapsed into the deepest depression of my life.
At present, I have been working the last two and a half years as a.............. cashier. Despite liking the company I work for and my coworkers, I'm not proud of it. I hate it. I'm trying to get out, but I'm at a crossroads in life where I can't decide if I want to pursue art as a career or a hobby and if art isn't my career, what should I do? The quarter-life-crisis is real!
I realize now it's my fault I've ended up where I am. I'm terrible at promoting myself and making others see my worth especially IRL. Better late than never, huh? I'm trying to climb out of this hole I've dug for myself. I haven't made a finished piece in almost two years. I'm trying to fix that one step at a time. My first step was finding a new site to be a part of as it helps me stay focused and motivated. So here I am!
Whew! Ok. That's enough of that. Sorry for all the baggage.
As you can see, I don't draw anime anymore. I'm actually quite BAD at it. However, I have obvious influences. I love heavily stylized anime like Panty & Stocking and Tatami Galaxy. I also looooooooooove insanely detailed movies like Redline and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise. As far as western animation goes, I admire Venture Brothers, anything that comes out of Ankama studios (that NEW DOFUS TRAILER OMG), and Genndy Tartakovsky.
My TRUE GOAL is to get my shit together and create a comic. Whether it is a webcomic or a physical comic I haven't decided. I just want to do heavy planning beforehand so I have a solid foundation. I have several stories in mind but think I'm going to stick with the one that involves the imp in my original post. The story is slice-of-life and loosely based off my current job, attitude, and a few people I used to live with. There is no plot so I don't have to worry too much about plot-holes and can focus on character writing. Eventually, I'd like to make a short animation of some sort to promote it. I love the format of anime openings so I might take on a project as ambitious as that somewhere down the road. We'll see!
It's been a while since I actually posted in a forum. Guh. I hope the walls of text aren't too annoying.