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I'd known about deviantArt for quite a while before I joined. My friends and I were into a number of fandoms, and sometimes we suffered from intense feels resulting from those fandoms.... So much so that we needed an outlet. And fanfiction.net could only help so much. I think it must have been my friend martiowlsten who pointed me toward deviantArt. And the artwork I found therein supplied. What a smorgasbord of catharsis.

And then, on August 15, 2007, I came home from work and put my key in the door.... and didn't hear my aging cockatiel Leia start shriek-singing in wonted greeting at the sound. I came inside. My brother was on the family room couch, watching something. Leia was in her cage in the living room. She was dead and stiff. I put the blanket half over the adjacent parakeets' cage so they wouldn't have to see any more.

She had been old. I'd guessed it was to be expected, someday. And I'd had pets die before. I didn't cry, but I still felt.... heavy.

I took a shovel from the shed, and buried her in the backyard.

Mom did cry. When she came home and I told her. She didn't get to say goodbye.... And I felt.... stupid for having acted so robotically, putting her in the ground so quick.

We shared memories and I wondered when I could just get back to my life. What was wrong with me? Was I so cold?

That evening I joined deviantArt, probably looking around for catharsis again, albeit a bit listlessly. Stonily. Heavily. Maybe sinking into the internet and wandering around aimlessly was just my version of getting drunk, since I'm a good little Mormon girl who doesn't drink alcohol.

Maybe it helped. Maybe it didn't. Sometimes only time helps.

It was around Harry Potter heyday time. This was my first favorite:

Marauders by Gold-Seven

by :icongold-seven:

So I had an account, and even a few favorites. And my friends martiowlsten and DanikaMorningStar welcomed me warmly into this new community. They had seen some of my art at work or over emails, but I had never posted any of it online. I was afraid of.... thieves or spoilage. I wanted my works to mature before I showed them to the world. But Marti and Danika encouraged me, and I uploaded a few things.

This was my first upload, something of which I was very proud, and something the world had already seen anyway. Or at least.... anybody who'd flipped through Nintendo Power issue 175:

The Boy without a Fairy by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

That and a couple other Zelda pieces went into my gallery. I had no idea how to interact with other members of the community, though. Some of the comments I got went unanswered for months.

So I had an account. And I had some art.

But I was silent for a very long time.

Life went on, and some time in 2009, I pulled myself away from a colored pencil drawing and told myself It's okay. If I didn't want to do it, I didn't have to do it. I'd been saving a DVD series I had ordered, not letting myself watch it until I finished this picture.... But I finally just put the picture aside. I wasn't enjoying it. It was a tiresome chore. I admitted to myself: I didn't like drawing anymore.

And I broke out the DVDs. The series was called "Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles". It was a computer animated show I hadn't seen since 1999 or 2000, and I quickly fell in love with it again.

It was a fantastic show, and many of its visuals still hold up well even today. But even better than that, out of the entire franchise, Roughnecks was probably the most faithful to Heinlein's original novel. However, its fanart is sadly lacking in the deviantArt community.

There are a very few good ones, though.

Nothing like a Bug hunt by taketheSky

by :icontakethesky:

That picture I'd been working on? It still sits unfinished. But I had meant it to represent.... Everything....

Around came 2010, and I finally broke down and went to see How To Train Your Dragon. I didn't expect anything more than cheap thrills; I hadn't really enjoyed anything from DreamWorks since Antz and Galaxy Quest. But strangely enough, I thought How To Train Your Dragon was chocolate covered gold with sprinkles on top. All six of the bee's knees. And I felt a strange exploding urge.... my hand, my pencils, my colored pencils.... were so restless....

Over the next few years I submitted eighty-eight How To Train Your Dragon-based submissions. I think it's safe to say that that was the milieu that brought my art back to life like a defibrillator.

Two Of a Kind by Stalcry

by :iconstalcry:

A few years have passed, and here I am. I have submitted many deviations from many milieus as well as from my own imagination or recollection, all in many, many forms. Drawn, photographed, vectored, written.... I have a better grasp of the community now, too, and though I don't always answer all my messages, I do read every single one I get. I have joined a number of groups. I take part in contests and activities. DeviantArt is a big, wide world. But I have come to feel so welcome and comfortable here.

My skills have improved as well. When I came here, I didn't know how to use my Wacom tablet:

....stupid tablet by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

But I've practiced and learned.... and become more patient:

Rusl by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

That is my latest, really refined art piece. Huh. What do you know? Full circle back to another Zelda piece. The Legend of Zelda really will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I am so pleased with the growth I have experienced while a member of this wonderful community of artists. I would say "I'm getting there," but.... the truth of it is, there is no "there" to get to. Artistic progression does not lead to any destination. It's just a road that goes on and on.

Where are you on the road? It doesn't matter. There's always room before, and there's always room behind, and that goes for everyone. Never judge yourself against anyone but who you were yesterday.

As for me, for now I may just keep walking down the road. Maybe we'll walk together. Who knows? Maybe one day I'll call that old colored pencil drawing back to me, and I'll finally finish.... Everything....

I'd been thinking about it lately.

This lovely lady reminded me when I saw her the other day:

Mushroom Fairy by EccentricTeatime

by :iconeccentricteatime:

I guess time will tell. It usually does.

See you down the road.

~Connie :heart:

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:icontehstrelok:
tehstrelok Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
hey, make sure you check out part 10 and leave a comment there hehe

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KirbyIsLove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I'm sure you've heard, but...:iconmajorasmaskplz: on 3DS!
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Yoshigurl01 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
ERMERGERSH your art is AMAZING~!



:imwatchinyou: =3
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:icongenesis19:
Genesis19 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your Zelda fan art.....I've been a huge fan of the series when I bought Ocarina of Time on the N64.
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mission call has been opened :)
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Oh my gershhhh.... :iconyayzplz:
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission!!! Spanish speaking and I report to the Provo MTC on December 3rd!! Extremely Ecstatic Emote 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
CONGRATUMALATIONS!!!!  :iconlawooplz:
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SpeedyAlchemist Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Writer
:tighthug: Have an excellent day Buddy!! :iconyuihugplz::iconyuiglompplz: :iconrubcheeksplz: :huggle: :hug: :glomp:
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Dragon6125 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave and the comment as well, I really appreciate it! ^^
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thank you for arting! :D

It's a great scenario-take of an already charged scene. :) Love it. :clap:
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Visr Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Tag, quality  deviant, you’re it! Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!
 
Heehee hahaha :laughing:
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YellowFangWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello, I like me many your drawings especially them of fullmetal alchemist, it is special those of edward *o* troublesome you that you agrege to watch? Equal I have made drawings especially based in fanfic of fma ;)

 look after yourself byebye!!!
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Hi! Wow su Ingles es mas mejor que mi Español! :D Me gusta Fullmetal Alchemist; muy muy divertido. :icontarddanceplz:
Haha, I haven't watched it in a while, but when I do watch it, it makes me want to draw! ^__^

Cheers! :wave:
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:iconyellowfangwarrior:
YellowFangWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hahahah actually nose English, alone use translator google or, or I am of Spanish speech, encourage to draw if yes-yes n.n
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