Hey there, I'm Daramachenko, Dare for short, and I'm a rookie graphics designer who currently makes signatures, avatars, banners, and sometimes photo manipulation or photo enhancements. I've been at it since June 27, 2012. I started off by using deviantART Muro, and then I went to sumo.fm to work on my basics for a month. When I finally got my own computer (laptop) during the summer, I downloaded GIMP and used that for another month before going into Photoshop, my current program of use.
I mostly make signature for myself when I find an image I want to work with or I want to try something new. When I try something new that I like, I stick with it for a little bit to master the style the best way I can. I try not to stick with one style for too long since I consider myself as a trainee, but practice makes perfect, right? Alot of my sigs consist of either animals (especially wolves), Pokemon, dragons, or other creatures I find. There are other sigs that I make that were requested, so they might not fit my best interest. I use it to get myself out of my comfort zone, and after a couple months of taking request on a couple sites, it no longer bothers me like it did at first.
Outside of the digital world I live in a city in the Los Angeles County in California. I'm in high school taking one AP class and a video game design class. I also play marching drums, mostly the tenor drums. Because of that, I don't always have enough time to make any new signatures or anything, and then there's playing video games too. Once I know for sure what I want to major in, I should be set in the path I'm taking and will take in the future.
For those who don't recognize me, I went by the name K9_Rage_Mastr, DaRe_xLw, DragonMastr701, Wolf-Z, and Coyote-Wind back when I used to be a Premium Member. I used to only be active on the ChatBox, but different things popped up to where I stopped being active all together. When I get the chance I'll be gold again, unless someone pays it for me.
Note: I'm only posting sigs I made in Photoshop.
Current Favorite Signature
Pre-Episode: Getting Warmed Up (August 24 - September 3, 2012)
This was an Episode when I first started using Photoshop, so I was learning some new basics as I went along. The old skills I picked up from sumo and GIMP really gave me a head start on my sig progress! However, I look at them months later and realize just how much I've improved since then. The Episode was cut short due to my laptop's screen braking from me being careless, right before school started too, so it couldn't have been timed any better than that! Of course, I would never intentionally break something worth hundreds of dollars.
Favorite Sig of Pre-Episode: Hunter Troll
Episode I: New Age (September 20 - October 5, 2012)
After my laptop got repaired, Episode I started. This was where I was really starting to develop some sort of a style!
Favorite Sig of Episode I: Dragons 01
Episode II: Transition (October 8 - November 3, 2012)
Episode II was when I started to improve on my style by trying more new things and develop a signature style (no pun intended). This included using different smudge settings, new filters, and improving my basics. I even went to using more effects on my sigs later in the Episode, and by the end of the episode, I already had a pretty good idea about what exactly my style was.
Favorite Sig of Episode II: Blue Eyes Toon Dragon (Dragons 04)
Episode III: Smudge-Ripple Era (November 5 - December 1, 2012)
This Episode was where I started to work on a new smudge setting I picked up somwhere in the previous Episode the most. This was also the first real busy month I've had for requests, so I made sure I did all of the requests! Quite a few of my all time favorites are in this Episode too. Other than that, my style hasn't really changed all that much here. I tried out a couple new things too, like ripples, using a texture for the sig, etc.
Favorite Sig of Episode III: AbSmudge
Episode IV: Brushory (December 1 - 30, 2012)
This is the Episode where I decided to take a break from C4D's and work on my skills of using a variety of brushes heavily for the first time ever. I smudged much less often, but this new style of mine was a little innovating for me and people seemed to like it. I plan on perfecting this style before moving on to others, or at least working on it until I get tired of it!
Favorite Sig of Episode IV: AbSplash
Episode V: Interval (January 2 - February 18, 2013)
This episode is when I started to slow down in making sigs, hence the name and time period. I've noticed that in the middle of the episode I started focusing more on using clipping masks, so that eventually became part of my new style. Still only using brushes to make sigs now, still on a C4D break. This is also the episode where I've had the least amount of inspiration to make sigs, and I'm not sure if that can be seen well or not.
Favorite Sig of Episode V: DaRe is on Fire!
Episode VI (February 22, 2013 -)
This is the current eipsode now being worked on. Right now I'm just finishing up requests and not making as much sigs for me.
Thanks for stopping by!
Edited by Daramachenko, 16 March 2013 - 05:23 AM.