In an instant, I was in love.
I'm not a person that enjoys social media. Don't get me wrong, I do indulge, get sucked into the ether and have fallen through the click bait hole of despair from time to time, but it's usually in spurts and then I get annoyed or bored, or both, and don't go back for months. I got on Myspace a year (give or take) after it was cool, which I think was a few months before it wasn't. I deleted that profile and a hop, skip and jump later I begrudgingly entered into the world of Facebook.
I can't say it is all bad. I get to share photos, links, quotes and the funny cat video with friends and the good family members. There just seemed to be something missing. Something to feel like I was a part of this social, online world and wanted to participate. Then I found Instagram. There I could roam free in a world of art, photography, nature, fashion, fitness, food and adorable animals - all with good lighting and uncluttered backgrounds. (Is that a weird pet peeve to just me? Please move your pile of dirty clothes, plastic bags and junk out of the background so I can focus on whatever you're wanting me to because all I can see is how you didn't make your bed.)
But seriously, I've never felt and been more inspired before. I am a very visual person and I found a social platform that spoke to me on all the levels I needed. I began to follow artists I knew and loved and found new ones that continue to push my creativity and skills with each double tap. I began to follow photographers and models that just begged to be replicated and recaptured by another's eye. My sketches started out simple, and by simple, I mean rough, and have evolved into more detail. I've begun to challenge myself more with odd angles, face shapes and scrunched noses.
I knew I loved to draw and hoped for a future where I created original art that people wanted and connected to. I wanted to be an artist. It's funny how a social networking site made me realize I have always been one, I just needed to see myself amongst others artists to believe it.