Hello, Steemit! An Introduction Through Self-Portraits


Hello, Steemit! I’m Ashley, and I’m an artist.

I make (almost) exclusively digital art, including animated short films. I thought an interesting way to introduce myself would be with a timeline of self portraits.

Hope you enjoy!


The earliest self-portraits I have.

This was my first year of college - I was attending UC San Diego with the intention of getting a degree in literature. I was drawing and painting with acrylics occasionally, and always just for fun.


At the end of 2016, I took my first film class.

Two weeks into this class, and I was sold. I switched my major to Film.

I didn’t make any self portraits, but I was introduced to a new medium - experimental film. Cue a few ultra-pretentious short films that I will spare you from, and I had learned a genuine appreciation for the application of time to artmaking.


Enter animation!

I took a class where we spent one week learning stop motion. I made an animated self portrait with a photograph and acrylic paint. My first-ever animation!

Unfortunately, at the time UCSD didn’t offer animation classes, so I bugged the one professor with some animation experience for book and lesson recommendations. I took an independent study and used that time to teach myself how to use Toon Boom.

I made a few practice animations, one of which was a self portrait:

Bonus drawing of me at my workstation:



I animated myself in a recurring dream I have about a haunted house with a deep mystery.

I’m like Nancy Drew in this dream, but a version that's really bad at solving mysteries. So not like Nancy Drew at all, actually.

I graduated and moved to LA, where I landed a job working in True Crime TV. I didn’t draw much for the rest of the year.


Work, work, work, work, work - but I actually enjoyed it.

I was doing a lot of organizing, scheduling, and research (and just a little, little bit of writing) for the show I was on, but I really missed MAKING things.

I decided to start making short films again! But this time, I wanted to have great fundamentals.

I ordered a fleet of drawing and animation books and started drawing regularly. I kept at it for a little over a month, and then bought a giant iPad to draw on instead. Best upgrade of my whole life.

Last year, I spent a lot of time testing different techniques and styles.


This year, I resolved to work on art that is meaningful to me.

I am working on a self-portrait series called “Things I Don’t Do Anymore.”


This is the first of them - swimming. All of the drawings will be centered around hobbies I’ve lost for one reason or another.

I’ll share the rest of the series as I finish it. I’m also working on a pitch for a short film I’m really excited to share my progress on.

Thanks for reading!


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14.01.2020 01:13

Hello @ashleypox, Welcome to the steemit world!

14.01.2020 01:18

Hi! Thank you, I've been lurking for a little while and I'm excited to participate. The community seems really nice!

14.01.2020 01:24

Great first post, I hope you will enjoy steem!

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14.01.2020 01:42

Thank you so much for helping me get started! Your advice was extremely helpful

14.01.2020 02:04

Hi @ashleypox! Glad to get to see the intro post! You're going to love it here. You certainly already found a good group of people to be involved with.

I also like to make animations, but I sit more on the stop-motion side with toys (lego's, in particular) because... well... they're legos.. and I have a tonne of them.

Welcome to steem! I'm really looking forward to seeing your work.

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14.01.2020 01:51

Thank you for the warm welcome! I love stop motion but absolutely don't have the patience for it. I always think of the scene from Parks and Rec where Ben Wyatt tries to make a claymation.

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14.01.2020 03:34

Hi ashleypox welcome! I'm new here too.
I hope you enjoy this platform. Animation is not easy
my congratulations! :3

14.01.2020 03:49

Thank you! And welcome to you too 😆

I just checked out some of you work - really beautiful! Love the textures that you get. I always have to resist the urge to blend all my textures out.

14.01.2020 04:19

Thank you! I'm glad you saw my work and you like it! Do not resist textures are life!😆 I hope to continue watching your animations here.:3

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14.01.2020 04:21

Hi Ashleypox! I like your self portraits and animation is very cool. I'm fairly new here too, but welcome! I hope to see more of your work :)

14.01.2020 04:39

Hi Allen! Thank you, it was encouraging pulling the materials together and seeing my progress over the years :)

Your illustration work is really nice, I hope to see more of yours, too!

14.01.2020 04:44

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14.01.2020 06:13

Welcome! You have a great life!

I hope you enjoy the journey on Steem. :)

14.01.2020 07:18

Thank you! I do, I have been very lucky.

14.01.2020 07:31

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14.01.2020 07:34

These look good, artists are always welcome.. so welcome to STEEM and Steemit from me.

14.01.2020 09:05

Thank you so much for the welcome (and the resteem) 😊

14.01.2020 15:42

Looks like you hit the jackpot!

14.01.2020 17:26

From these samples, I see your works are cool and sometimes funny, too! I like it! 🤗

Welcome to the community, I'll be following you and I hope you stick around.

Be warned that this platform is not easy for beginners. You have to endure through many months of near invisibility before you start seeing real results! 😉

14.01.2020 09:09

I am known to sometimes be funny! 😉 Thank you for the compliment, and I won't get discouraged too quickly.

14.01.2020 15:44

i like your art style! welcome to steemit by the way! how did you come to know about this platform if you dont mind me asking. :)

14.01.2020 12:40

Hi Andy! Thank you!

I found it from a discussion about the platform on reddit, and there was a link to a discord server for learning how to get started. I've had lots of help already! Lots of friendly and generous people here :)

14.01.2020 15:48

Yeah thats my impression too when i first got into steemit. The community of people here are very helpful and nice! Feel free to ask me anything if you need help!

15.01.2020 22:41

Welcome to Steemit! This is an amazing introduction and I can’t wait to see more from you. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

14.01.2020 13:18

Thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment. I’m happy to be here!

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14.01.2020 14:30

Great intro Ashley, i enjoyed the animations, specially the first one and i am looking forward for more:) Welcome to Steem and i hope you ll have the best time here:)

14.01.2020 16:23

Thanks so much, George! The first animation is one of my favorites, too. I have a soft spot for mixed media - which seems to be your wheelhouse! :D love your work!

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14.01.2020 16:28

Excellent introduction! feel free to drop a hello in the Introduction community too!

14.01.2020 18:14

Welcome to steemit @ashleypox.

Welcome the new steemians. Have a great day!

14.01.2020 19:31

First of all, welcome !! This must be the best introduction post I ever read on Steemit. What a way to start your journey on the platform. You clearly get it, and I'm quite sure your content will be well-received by many others. I will press the follow button and looking forward to your future content :)

14.01.2020 19:38

Wow, what a kind compliment! Thank you so much!

14.01.2020 23:13

Welcome to steemit! I hope you will be satisfied with this platform. Insane results for first post! You can check my profile if you are interested. Have a nice day!

14.01.2020 19:42

Thank you! So far, I'm loving it 😂 I can't believe how well-received it is. Here's hoping I can keep it up! :)

14.01.2020 23:15

Welcome Ashley, one of the bests introductions

14.01.2020 20:21

You certainly have talent as an artist! I'm glad you have shared your work with us and I look forward to seeing more of it on here.
You may find that you get a solid following here.

14.01.2020 20:30

Thank you! I'm still finding my artistic "voice" but it was nice for me to see where I've been. I hope I do! I'm really liking the platform thus far!

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14.01.2020 21:49

Very cool! Welcome to Steemit! :)

14.01.2020 22:38

Thank you so much!

15.01.2020 04:53

excellent post , blesssing for you , i like the art and creativity

14.01.2020 23:24

Much appreciated 😁

15.01.2020 04:53

it's so amazing job. wellcome to Steemit.

15.01.2020 00:58

Thank you! I feel very welcome :)

15.01.2020 04:53

Welcome to Steemit!
You wrote a fantastic post. I follow you now.

15.01.2020 02:07

Thank you very much! 🙂

15.01.2020 04:54

Ashley, you are a pro. My art is nothing compared to yours.

15.01.2020 02:19

Art isn't a competition, friend! 😄 I hope you keep practicing and I will, too!

15.01.2020 04:56

Ashley, yes, practice makes perfect. Good idea.

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15.01.2020 02:55

Cool animations.. It was interesting to scroll down and know about you :) Welcome to the community!

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15.01.2020 03:24

Thank you so much! 😄

15.01.2020 04:56

Welcome to the Steem community @ashleypox, and that is an awesome introduction, and I would like to request permission to use this post in my series of #excellentblogpost as an example of a great post for writing and drawing and showing others what they can do rather than some of the posts they do put out.

15.01.2020 03:29

Wow, that’s amazing. Of course, please feel free! Thanks for asking! 😁

15.01.2020 04:57

Moved to the Hive platform.

15.01.2020 05:01

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15.01.2020 06:40

Very well done!

15.01.2020 07:57

Outstanding introduction post my friend! I was able to find you from @jamerussell's #excellentblogpost and wow what an excellent choice he made. I wish you nothing but success and positive energy here!

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Thank you so much! I just read that post, it was so kind of him to share. Already loving the platform (but it’d be hard not so so far, huh?) ☺️

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15.01.2020 08:06

Wow great 🙂👍

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15.01.2020 08:51

Trust me! You're going to be a millionaire! Highly creative and insightful!

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15.01.2020 15:55

You're really awesome Ashley, welcome to Steem

15.01.2020 21:23

We are lucky to have you here!

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17.01.2020 01:17

Welcome to Steemit! It's really a great platform for the enthusiast writers and for the people who want to share their good work with the world! :):)

17.01.2020 08:37

Thank you so much! I’m very happy to be here 😄

17.01.2020 23:12

Thanks for the post.

18.01.2020 00:26