Oh these are fun xD my family's the type to save everything, so I have a bunch of drawings from when I was really young. Here are some random examples:
These were some of my earliest drawings, around Elementary School:
This one was maybe... 1st grade or earlier, ~2001
and iirc I was doing this thanksgiving cross over comic around 4th or 5th grade, 2004 or 5.
Around middle school is when I mentally made the switch from just drawing randomly to actively wanting to practice and get better, although it was a slow go xD
This had to have been around 2006 or so, I had started getting a lot of "how to draw (usually manga)" books from book fair and stuff, and trying to replicate the lessons they had, with questionable results.
These were maybe later 2006 or 2007. I persevered and made definite improvement
Sometime in 2007 is when i started writing my very first original story with the intent of making it into a comic, taking several queues from the cartoons and anime I was watching at the time. Kei Konguki! This was the first page of that story (but it didn't get far at this time xD I think this sketch book only has like 3 pages drawn) I mostly continued working on it in later years via a series of reboots and character designs and such
This is one of my more proud projects I still have laying around from middle school. Around late 2007 or so I started making a digimon fan comic with me and all of my friends at the time xD I have like 8 or 10 pages of this complete (so again, not very far, but farther than most of my projects back then!)
2007 was also the year I finally met some "art friends" at school, who in turn introduced me to Deviant Art. This digimon comic was one of the last things I drew before joining DA so none of the work for it is up there, but a lot of my art from late middle school - early college is! so 2008~2013 or so. I'll drop the link, but also pick out some highlights: https://www.deviantart.com/neji-san021 (that username... cringe.... xD)
this was my first ever post to DA in Jan 2008. Was really proud of it at the time!
Also jan of 2008, this was a cover I made for Kei Konguki. Even just over the course of a year or so (compared to that page above) the characters are already looking quite a bit better imo. This was also around the time I got into coloring with markers (my parents were enablers and started buying me copic markers in middle school LOL)
(^ this one's kind of a fun throw back, the 3 chars in the foreground are the older versions of the ones I'm using in my current one-shot xD)
(one of the many reboots of Kei Konguki)
(another Kei Konguki reboot. Legit like one a year lmao)
this was the year I finally got a computer tablet for Christmas, this was my first ever digital painting:
followed by this for a friend (he still has this as his phone BG 5 years later <3):
Between 2014 and 2016 I didn't do much polished drawings of characters and things: I was in architecture school in college, so instead I was glued to modeling programs most of the time, and just doing sketches, architectural or otherwise, in my small sketch books xD here's a sketch I did of a condo building in 2017 for funsies (and another pandora sketch in the same book):
It was the end of 2016 I started considering comics something that I wanted to get back into pursuing seriously. I decided while job searching for a position in an architecture firm I would totally do Kei Konguki for real this time. I pushed out a few pages late 2016 that looked roughly like this:
Then I worked holiday season retail and didn't feel much like drawing during that, and got an architecture job in early 2017, and so 2017 was mostly a dead year drawing-wise xD;; Inktober 2017 was my first Inktober and also what I used to kick my butt in gear as far as balancing working/drawing.
After inktober concluded I started working on my most recent Kei Konguki reboot (now shortened to just "Konguki"). I had intended to start uploading it to tapas once I got the first chapter done, and had started to do so to my tumblr in the meantime. I got 8 pages done in Dec 2017/Jan 2018:
After this I came to realize I wasn't interested in pursuing a super duper long form comic at this point in time, so I dropped the project and began writing/concept art for a new one-shot comic. I also started getting into art social media at this time, February 2018. Some drawings from earlier this year:
and now the present, I'm pretty much a slave to the one-shot I've been working on this year (and have just started posting this month), TreasureHUNT!!
Here's a no-text WIP spoiler of the most recent page I'm working on:
This turned out long with like 18 years of content so... apologies for the wall of text I guess