I'm Vitaly, 30 years old and I live in Moscow, Russia. Since the times when I finished school,
I enrolled in the Faculty of Ecology. However I eventually decided to turn my hobby into a job and became a game developer as a programmer. Those days I spent lots of time on russian gamedev forum, studying DirectX, shaders, and many other scary things. One day I found a strange forum thread related with a cartoon about little colored horses, which had a lot of short funny videos, comics, and pictures. I was interested and I began to search for it online. So before I saw my first episode, I already knew about Brony phenomenon and took it kindly.
First season was finished in two days, and some days (maybe couple of weeks) after I was still under impression. But even after Season 2 was started and finished I was in "read only mode". It took about a year of looking at fan art and PMVs until I started draw something by myself. I can't say that I didn't paint before, but that was when I was just a schoolboy.
So I began to study drawing that was totally inspired by MLP. I've had some old knowledge that helped me to progress faster. For example, as a game developer I've already knew a lot about Photoshop, and my shader programming experience helped me to understand lights and shadows. I gained most information from youtube videos, tutorials, and books.
And that's how Equestria was made, I became an artist. It's a bit strange way I think, but the Brony fandom is strange from very beginning. Strange and awesome!Click here to view Cannibalus's gallery!
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