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Wow, I actually have TIME available to me to participate in a deviantART community event!  HUZZAH!  And what a great even it is too, celebrating deviantart's 14th birthday and telling my deviantART story of growth.  And I've been a part of deviantART for 11 of those years so this is a milestone for myself as well!!

Every good story has a beginning, and this is mine. 

Faust VIII by zamba

I started off here as most do, a fan.  A fan of art, a fan of entertainment, a fan of LIFE. I was into anime and manga, anything Japanese related was awesome to me.  I was in the later years of High School, hanging with my friends, trading stories and books and drawings.  Creating stories all our own.  Often times they called me Zamba or Z, though I had given myself that name several years before.  I had natural talent in the arts, but only my friends knew.  Sure my parents knew too, but they didn't know.  This was how it all really kicked off for me, friendly encouragement and nods from my parents as I drew fan characters, characters from anime and manga, and images of how I saw myself "online," the inner me. I even went on to "publish" a tiger that in drew in the school yearbook.  But it was friend's encouragement that I started my story here on deviantART.

Tranquility by zamba

At around the same time, I was starting to show an eye for photography.  I started carrying my little Hewlett-Packard digital camera around with me everywhere I went.  I used it to capture images of myself, my friends, and life around me.  It was around this time as well that my parents took a bit more notice in my art, but really only my photography.  Until I posted the images here to deviantART.  The community here helped me begin to realize that I had something, something worth keeping.  Even if it only was a hobby.

Brick by zamba  Goblin Shark by zamba  Glass Study by zamba  LEGATO THE AVALANCHE by zamba  Figure Movement Study I by zamba

Then came college and my studies to become a marine biologist.  I excelled in my science classes but math royally kicked my butt. That lead to me having to give up my dream and move onto my other passion: art.  I did surprisingly well in all of my classes, frequently thinking outside of the box and surprising my professors.  I was often the oldest, by about 2 years, in most of my art classes due to most everyone else being freshman and I a junior.  So goes life though. It was here that people started to look at me differently, very differently.  It was like everyone around me, everyone that had watched my grow up over the years were finally realizing that I had artistic talent.  People were in awe and asking how I had kept this hidden.  My answer was always the same, "Well don't you remember?  I was always, constantly doodling and drawing.  I always had a small sketchbook with me.  You saw it, but never paid attention." But in another world online, on deviantART, I had LOTS of people commenting and favoriting my pieces that I posted to showcase.  I was starting to get a little fanbase.  It made me feel good, it made me move from the heartache of having to set aside my marine biology dream to pursue art.  Something I had only gotten better at.  

Self Portrait by zamba

[[Creepy isn't it?]]
But it was my parents that had the biggest shock.  This self portrait was what made them finally realize, finally admit to me that I was talented.  My mom even cried a little when I brought this home to show them, still a work in progress at the time.  They were proud of me, something I often wondered I lost when I had to change majors.  It was a happy day.  This portrait now hands in my parents bedroom, and they proudly show it off to guests all the time.  

Sunrise-10-2013 by zamba

Nowadays I am a 911 Emergency Dispatcher, doing photography and graphic design/painting on the side for people.  I have acquired better camera equipment and a full blown studio in my house to handle any art project I set my mind too.  I don't have a lot of time to post to deviantARt anymore, in fact I should probably consider myself a lurker sometimes.  But I'm still here, checking my messages almost daily, commenting on art that makes me smile.  Because I remember what it was like 11 years ago when I was still a novice artist.  You may not always have encouragement from the people around you, but you can always expect encouragement here from the great community that is deviantART.  

Shark Week 2013 Day 4 by zamba

So new people only just starting your deviantART journey?  Stay active.  Stay positive.  Never give up.  Join some of the smaller clubs/communities!  They'll be some of your biggest supporters!  I'm a yearly participant in Shark Week Sketch Jam.  This is my Spotted Wobbegong from last year.  I'm excited to see what this year's sketch jam will bring, and am completely ready for next week!  [[Gotta fresh sketch book to start doodling sharkies!]] 

Fronk's Fish Tacos by zamba

...And Keep Your Roots!  I'm STILL a fangirl, creating fanart!  

Thank you deviantART!!  Here's to 14 years of Awesomeness, and to many, MANY more years in the future!!  deviantART 

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack
  • Drinking: Milk


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Zamba Sabretooth
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Current Residence: A house in a small town. *SOB*
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Country, House/Electronica
Favourite style of art: Traditional or Digital Drawing
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iTunes + Griff the iPod of Awesomness or Torden the iPod of Epicness
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever piques my interest at the time...
Favourite cartoon character: Decisions...
Personal Quote: Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity

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nomis78 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
zamba Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Pika pi!
nomis78 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
pika-chu pika pika pika chu, chu-pika pikachu!
zamba Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Pi pi pi! pikaaa-chu! Pika pi!
ALA1N-J Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thanks for the fav!
Tenchin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zamba Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
kalkie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the fave! :bounce:
zamba Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeeeeesssss.... Cailen linked me to your ...Kevin drawing and it was an instant droolfest. I'f I could spam you with favs for that image I would.
toxicamera Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Many thanks for the fave! :wave:
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