It seems like second nature to me now, but there was a time when my presence on this site was brand new. When I was younger, I was sort of caught up in the cultural ideal of the prodigy. Through years of math contests and science fairs, I honed my skills partly to succeed in competition and partly for the sake of gaining knowledge and aptitude. Though I had read many books on red foxes, I didn't know that anyone else had a sort of inner animal concept as a part of one's identity. Early in 2010, I was pleasantly surprised and captivated by my then-new discovery of charming, endearing, and expressive fursona art on the internet. Though I'd set aside my earlier explorations in art for a time, I found new motivation to create art again. By late 2010, I had produced a few works ready for upload. Early on, my art style was heavily based on a select few inspirational artists whose fursonas and camaraderie represented a world that I wanted to join. My drive to create tribute/gift art and be recognized by these artistic role models provided ample fuel for months and years of practice and improvement in my digital art skills.
In applying my imagination toward finding an answer to the question "how could I make these imagined scenes real?" I first developed the backstory to a future world with profoundly advanced biotechnology and new sorts of sentient fluent animal beings whose identities were rooted in our present day. I also wrote a few chapters where other artists explored scenes as their fursonas. As I became more serious with my plans to develop the story, it became time to separate it from the artists whose fursonas originally helped to inspire the tale. With the assistance and encouragement of others, I soon developed and named my original characters (OCs) whose appearances now populate the recent works in my gallery. I wrote a book-length manuscript version of their story in 2011, but the project has needed considerable additional effort to refine the work. I'm thankful for having had the opportunity to commission other artists for depictions of these characters, and I especially value having received request/gift art of these OCs.
Over the years, I took on demanding artistic challenges to create the most complex and technically sophisticated visual works as gifts/tributes for my inspirations. Not all of these works are public, but I've definitely gone beyond the comfort zone into the challenge zone with some of the more involved projects. This meant that my skill set expanded into more complex backgrounds, animations, and compositions.
From time to time, I'd make art of my own fursona to visually work out different imagined ideals for my self concept. In 2012, I began to make visual art of my original characters as I returned to the story project with new confidence in my ability to carry out the creation of their story. Adding chapters, scenes, and backstory over time, my project has continued and grown over the years. It's now my main creative endeavor in a manner that has supplanted the social priorities of my younger self with the new aspiration of imagining and communicating a world where my protagonist gets her wish and must deal with the unforeseen consequences. I'm always looking for new critique readers, and I'm thankful for the reviews I've received so far on the work. I've joined the creative writing site Figment and also distributed copies of the story to some DeviantArt users by email. For more information on this opportunity, check out this journal: Open call for critique readers for Transpecies
My creative writing and visual art remain amateur pursuits in the sense that I'm not aiming to build a career out of these projects. Rather, the laboratory is my professional workplace of choice. I see my general task in life to not only be envisioning and communicating the way things could be, but also taking the necessary steps to realize my dreams. My experiences here have helped me to reach a place in life where I feel new confidence in my creative abilities as well as allowing me to access a platform where I can openly express recondite, daring, and unconventional ideas in my writing and art.