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by Felyn
This is my entire art journey so far. I've shared only a few of the years on this website.

2011- 2014 - Years of my oc Bloodpaw/ Waffles I hadn't shared him here. But with all the cats you can probably understand why my name is Felyn.

2015 - Probably the most busiest art year of my life. There was about 190 pieces in 365 days.

2016 -  A lot of my art changed from being cats into designs. Probably facing largest traumatic event then, a lot changed about me.

2017 - Probably a regrettable path for my artwork because the kind I did, but there are some works I don't loathe.

2018 - 2019 - Year of major improvement. Despite the way it seems my art didn't improve much or any at all before then. Straight practice doesn't make you any better.

2020 - Year of learning color, light, composition, and painting, eventually making my first successful piece.

2021 - Very fulfilling results from pieces. Still getting better, and friends I think about a lot. Thanks <3


Thank you to the people who cared about who I am, I've found the best loving people in these recent times and it makes me feel very free and alive.

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cub 172,569, cat 146,505, cute 113,307, baby 13,850
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Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Rating: General

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BlazeHeartPanther
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Man, I have to say. Your first works compared to your most recent. Its hard to tell it was the same person.
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Yeah, I think I've done a lot of different things with my art, it's amazing to see the progress over a count of years. It's all the love for art and motivation. Thanks Blaze ^^
RattieTatTat
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Really proud and amazed at your progress! Keep up the great work.
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you really so much. I'm really happy to hear thoughts like yours ^^. I'm excited to see where things go from here
Deeridoodle
1 month, 2 weeks ago
You've improved so much from the beginning, holy wow! This is honestly really inspiring.

I remember silently following you since 2017 on Pixiv, but I can honestly say I enjoy what you make regardless of what it's about. I love seeing the adorable stuff you draw, and I wanna continue seeing your art journey c:
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you, very flattering ^//^. I didn't know you've seen me on pixiv before, so interesting how you've found me here. ^^ It makes me happy finding people who like what I do regardless of what it is. It's something that gets me down frequently thinking about that. Thank you again, I'm looking forward to how things will be in the future. <3
MidnightGospel
1 month, 2 weeks ago
congratulations for all your effort and improvement! >u< ♥
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much, I can't regret becoming an artist. ^-^
ElinorMiaFan4Life
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Wow the history of you
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Yeah it's been a long time being an artist
0Froucette
1 month, 2 weeks ago
As a discreet fan, I don't talk often to you, but ...
today I must confess you that I knew and enjoyed your art before I came to inkbunny.

I have more love for your old styles, but I have to say that
something really amazing happened with your art in 2020 ! How to say...

This diligence(?) that makes you improve as an artist and person is admirable.
You can be proud of yourself.

I wish you even more for the years to come ~ ✿
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Now that you said that, I had no idea you'd seen my art many years ago. Although I'm doing these new things, I still have a love for the kind of soft illustrations I'd done in the past. Often I incorporate them in patterns I make for my pictures.

Thanks, I think 2020, there has been a major change in my work. I think I forget how difficult art is as a skill for all of us.

I'm looking forward to my work and your work and what we create from here on. <3
0Froucette
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hehe, indeed, and it's always a pleasure to see you reusing them !
Sometimes difficult, but that makes our lives less boring and repetitive.
Sure ~^-^
JamesTheOtter
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Your artwork has just gotten better and better and better.
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you James ^-^ I appreciate it, as well as the support you give me
JamesTheOtter
1 month, 2 weeks ago
You're welcome. Say, me and you should RP together sometime. You up for that?
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
No I'm okay, I don't really RP. Thanks for asking ^^
cubtoothdecay
1 month, 2 weeks ago
I don't even know what to say. This is so impressive. AMAZING growth! It's clear how hard you've worked. Your skills are truly something special.
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, your comment is very flattering! ^-^' It's really nice to hear someone noticing work I put into my craft, but this is just the gift of life and me enjoying it. So I give a lot of thanks to friends and family who've influenced my life. Thanks again <3
Pururing
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Awesome!
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you! 🎨😋
ModestWold
1 month, 2 weeks ago
This is exactly what I was talking about lol. No one I knew in the class of 2019 when I was 20 at RIT was close to this level. Maybe 1 or 2 but they had much more to improve than u at this point in your life. By 2020, you're already at industry standard for modern illustration fields.

If you got a portfolio of 15-20 good, diverse pieces, you might be ready to start applying. People at Wizards of the Coast publish work that's  well below this quality. I've looked at your recent works and thought, did he make this in Maya or did he paint this?

If you can create work that looks 3d modeled keep in mind that concept art is meant to go down the pipeline TO a 3d modeler. And before you might argue, I had a friend who got a free ride, housing and 30,000 dollar tuition in scholarships, for black and white forest scenes that didn't have this level of space and proportion.  You could say she was earning 50k a year for personal work without a degree.

Do you see where I'm going with this?lol
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for this message, I've been pondering over it a lot throughout these 24 hours. I thought it had been longer, but I had been really thinking about it that much. Most of my discouragement comes from lack of social media success and that chaining onto me feeling like I'm inadequate. I think I should read your messages when I get that way. You really believe in me, it's so encouraging.

Now today I have been feeling bad sadly because I put a lot of work into my work but it doesn't seem to go anywhere, but I'll keep powering through considering my options, and reach for that goal to become an artist
ModestWold
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Ahhhhhh. There's one of the problems. Social media is both your best friend and worst enemy as an artist XD. It's best feature is that anyone can see you. It's worst feature: unchecked, you can mistake the dopamine rush you get from fav's, likes, and watches with success. Art social media is the worst for that, especially inkbunny, furaffinity, (and don't get me started on the sites where people lack enough enough of a place in this world to go through the art feed and downvote/upvote pieces, like...) sofurry, and the all lovely e621.  

Honest to God, I just enjoyed doing gifts for people with enjoyable characters because the fandom is a place I can Express some things I usually don't feel comfortable expressing. And then I found that a lot of the work that I just do is enjoyed here.  AAAAND then I got my first commission because of a gift I did for somebody. So sometimes I forget why I'm here, but it shouldn't be for popularity or money. I get to worry about that outside the fandom. But the reality is that patron commissioned me because he came across by chance, a gift I did for someone, with no intention of advertisement.

My point, now I tend to take for granted when people i do gifts for like the different directions (some of them sharp left turns from what their character was originally created for if you catch my drift) I take their characters in, and generally that people love my work.

If you want to know your art is going somewhere, don't depend on likes and watches. Reach out to other artists you enjoy. Show your work and ask about theirs. Make friends with them, because they will usually support you. Keep in touch with people who love your artwork on a regular basis. Jrr Tolkien said he never would have been able to write lord of the rings if he didn't talk to people who unconditionally loved his work.

I got in touch with a famous illustrator when I was about 17, who legitimately loved my work. When I showed him my portfolio recently, expressing my concerns about the "quality" vs "industry standard", he told me I shouldn't be focusing so much on one field when I have a diversity of great work.  

My point is that on social media, it is absolute chance when your true audience comes across your work.  The people you have and will find that love your work are usually already on to something because they keep loving it and there's a reason why that only you can provide for them.

So social media is BAD for confidence starting out. Actual thoughtful feedback is more important than likes/watches/recieved comments/upvotes. More importantly, you're advertising yourself to people here against irrelevant odds. Why not go directly to the people you admire or already support you?
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the lovely message.. Responding soon, put on a buffer because I'm a nervous person. I love things like this.
ModestWold
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Join the club ^^ Oh one more thing...

BREATHE....

Anything you learn about how to make it as an artist is very true and you can do it, but it doesn't happen in a night. That seems obvious, but you can find yourself discouraged in as little as a week if you do not take it one day at a time. Especially since you're recovering from a physical condition. You might find yourself doing a huge step  in a day, and then pushing your pace past capacity. That's normal, and it results in changing your mind from something that rewards you for every step into a constant NAAAAGGGGG that turns a wheel of "you are inadequate. Now don't forgive yourself for feeling inadequate and get angry at yourself for feeling bad."

The reality is that what you're feeling will happen throught your career, even when you're supporting yourself, and for different reasons. So take it from another nervous person, "one day at a time" will help you regularly forgive yourself if you FEEL you're falling short, pace yourself at a healthy adaptive rate, and let you be ok with where you are and happy that you got there.  More importantly, it will help you be at peace with your insecurities and doubts. And that environment that enforces everything you're having trouble with is important to grow confidence for an ambitious field like the visual arts.

And I sure as hell am not there, which is where there's beauty because wherever you are in that, you have it more correct than you did the last step. Don't let this take you out of the moment, but the next step, you'll have even more correct than the last one where you knew enough more to be proud of yourself.

So with all that daunting information about taking it one day at a time, take it slow. It will never be too late to start, but it's also never too soon. And the best place to start is to acknowledge that you can start today.
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Often I feel quite embarrassed, it's a lot to do with feeling again and again people find my art creepy, useless, or annoying. I try to fight it a lot, but I'm usually just feeling upset about it. I need to remember to excuse those times I'm doubting and learn to get along with this. Forgive some of my choices and celebrate over some. Thanks you deeply. This time of my life is still rough but I'm going to build myself each day until it's over.
ModestWold
1 month, 1 week ago
I think every dedicated artist deals with that. Your audience comes across you for being serious, and so do the people who don't like what you take seriously.

Hell, I was a fine arts major, and so many pretentious students and professors scolded me just because I did scifi and fantasy.

Honestly, don't let your mind get carried away if you don't actually have proof. I have a lot of anthropomorphic characters that look pleasant enough for people to associate with furries, so I thought my friends in high school would make fun of me. Up to this day, even the friends who have said "wow she looks sexier than usual" (Male, female, "nerdy", preppy, sassy, quiet, catty, likeable) didn't even know what a furry was until they looked it up.

The people who made fun of me tended to have less to do with their time than the former, and use that for confidence. The people who make you feel good about your art tend to be happier with themselves than the ones who don't. And that definitely says something about you as a person.

Just a funny way to think about it, if I see 3 downvotes on my piece on e621 and 2 favs, I think, " 2 people enjoyed my work, and at least 3 people on e621 have some very slight existence outside of a site run by bad dragon."

I woulda made that shorter but that's my response to the first bit of your response. You can do it ^^
ModestWold
1 month, 1 week ago
And before you tell yourself, "but I draw Cubs in diapers", ask yourself this:

Why the hell did walt Disney create mini mouse with her underwear showing every 5 seconds, why are we still cool with it, and at this point would it actually be wierder or even stupid if they WERE covered up?

And that's just one successful example, that happens to be an icon
Regatto
1 month, 2 weeks ago
You have gone through an incredible journey, to say the least. You have a bright future in art, your dedications shows, in how well you progress, you are very skilled, and one day will make a career of this, I am sure!

The art pieces themselves can remind us of our past, some good days, some bad ones. Life is pretty strange, but I am glad I got to meet you, as a fan and a friend~
Felyn
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much, it's interesting how impactful it is just to get into something. Because maybe you'll be doing that thing for years and years like this. Maybe I'll be able to do the thing I love as a career, mostly thanks for believing in me. Maybe if I try it'll work!

 You're right, some of these pieces can almost be reminders of old memories, but honestly, I just love the new memories I'm making with different friends. Thanks, I'm glad to have met you too ^^ <3.
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