I will try to donate if I do have something.
yeah this place has made me what I am today, my first few posts here were so depressing ,I was going through a really bad phase of my life, flunking my high school twice and nearly giving it all up for a mediocre life ahead. I got some very heartwarming and encouraging advice then, it was pretty simple actually(the advice), I was just told to keep at it and believe in myself and things I love and facing the shit of life head on. I started an sb here, I didnt suck altogether at drawing but sucked with the basics, so I got even more advice on those matters, everybody here stressed on working really hard on the weaknesses. I remember before coming here, I used to try to avoid drawing hands, so I used to put the hands of my character in pockets , behind somestuff,holding things. Here I realised that doing something like that wouldnt help me grow, and now hands are the most fascinating part of studying for me and I do think I can draw hands comfortably. I also had this misplaced belief that the cool artists here are cool cuz they have worked for years(they are much older) and have computer and digital stuff and also that I was awesomely good for my age so I could just take it all easy, then I came across DanielC , Rodrigo and Orozco, shit did they shake my world, they just werent good, firstly they didnt do digital, just leads in their hands, were 5 star artists, and guess what, they were as old as Me. Learning from them made me competitive and humble , I didnt take my talent and hard word cheaply from then on.
And I also got to learn to paint in watercolors by Solon( I do miss his works these days so bad). And the constant encouragement I got by my friends from early on, put me back up when I was broken down, I cant thank my friends enough, cant repay the debt , but I do know i love you guys .
This place feels like home, I am a bit down these days becuase I am finding out that my type of art isnt exactly in place here, but I see the change taking place too, guys like steve kim, Kev ferrara , chris bennett are awesome and personal heroes for me, and the guest artists like george pratt, sterling hundley and jon foster,keep an eye on out for this place. So that makes me really hopeful for the future. I am home-bird and I am thinking of staying home and working for the rest of my life and yes I will try to help with the house chores more too.
Take care and I love you all,
EDIT- how I landed here??? hmm I happened to click a link by aleksi bricklot at spawn comics forums, and he was the first artist whose work I saw here along with Cos. Just seeing those guys made sure that I wouldnt ever leave this place, this place was my haven. Still is.