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The X-Files began when I was 12 years old and wrapped up when I was 22, so I literally grew up with the show. Because of that, it had a massive influence over just about every aspect of my life, which continues to this day.

I remember when I first heard about the show, I was under the impression that it was going to be something more along the lines of Sightings than a character-driven drama series, so it took me a few episodes to really tune in. I think maybe I caught a few minutes of the Pilot when my dad was watching it, but my first full episode was Squeeze. That was enough to get me interested. By the time I saw Ice, I was obsessed. And the rest is history.

Scully in particular was a huge role model for me as a kid, as I'm sure she was for a lot of girls my age. (Note: I'm now 33, and I still want to be Scully when I grow up.) I was a quiet, geeky girl without a lot of friends, and Scully somehow made me okay with that. When I first got internet access in high school, the first real online community I belonged to was an X-Files community, and I started meeting a bunch of really great people who I could have intellectual discussions with.

Reading about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the show in the Official X-Files Magazine and in online set reports got me interested in learning about film-making, and I ended up going to college to study computer animation. I remember when it came time to write my senior thesis, X-Files was referenced quite frequently. Even today, X-Files is my favorite go-to subject matter when I want to practice drawing, whether it's realistic or cartoony.

That said, I just completed some new X-Files related artwork. I wanted to draw Scully from I Want To Believe. While I have mixed feelings about certain aspects of the movie, I still absolutely love Mulder and Scully in it. I really like how Scully's views on experimental medicine in a conservative Catholic hospital make her a bit of an outcast amongst her peers the same way that Mulder's views always made him an outcast at the FBI. I always thought that was kind of a neat parallel.

scully_10-2-14_small


I've also been working on a new X-Files blog, and I figured this might be a good time to do a soft launch of it. Not much content there yet, but I plan for it to be the new home for my artwork (both new and old), as well as a place where I can ramble about the Season 10 comics and chronicle my upcoming series re-watch project.

Chasing Monsters With Butterfly Nets

Well, I suppose that's all for now, and if all goes well, I'm hoping to have some more artwork finished in time for the 31st!

Date: 2014-10-02 01:37 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: David Duchovny about to kiss Gillian Anderson; strictly speaking it's Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Bewitched)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
It's lovely. What a carefully detailed portrait of IWTB Scully. ♥

I had issues with the movie, too, but I was so happy to see them again. That was an amazing and magical time. And despite the issues, I think I've written more post-The Truth and IWTB fanfic than anything else.

I look forward to your rewatch posts. And I hope you'll join in the rewatch discussions here, too.

I looked at your website but I didn't see a subscribe button. Are you going to crosspost? I can add you here.

Date: 2014-10-02 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raktajinos.livejournal.com
that's gorgeous!

and I love hearing about shows that people grew up with and how they fundamentally alter the course of your life. It's the best part of fandom.

Date: 2014-10-02 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-red-diva.livejournal.com
Lovely picture! I also love Mulder and Scully in IWTB regardless of all the issues I had with the movie itself.

I will definitely check out your blog :)

Date: 2014-10-02 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
Beautiful art work, thank you for posting. Although IWTB was a huge dissapontment I love Mulder and Scully's dynamic. I will definitely be checking out your website. X

Date: 2014-10-02 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silsbee329.livejournal.com
I enjoyed all of your drawings, and this is a great 'how I became a fan' story. :)

Date: 2014-10-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Oooh, look at all the pretties! Fox and Samantha are adorable!

Date: 2014-10-03 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rustingwillpowr.livejournal.com
Wow! Excellent artwork both here and on your blog. I LOVE the little cartoon of Mulder and Samantha.

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