I like to make stuff. As far back as I can remember, I was creating things. Whether it was with pencil, paint, or constructing models, I was really keen on trying new media -- ways to make things cool I suppose. My several year love affair with what's known as ANSI is no different.
While in my early high school days, one of my good friends ran an underground BBS (Bulletin Board System) which I was a Co-SysOp (System Operator). He was largely the brains for the tech side of things, and I was in charge of the colour scheme and the menu design to make it more attractive to new and existing users.
Fast forward a few years, and I was deep in the digital art scene using the moniker, Lord Carnuss (forgive me, I was young!), and this was my first paying job in art as crazy as it sounds.
These pieces where used either as an advertisement on a message board or as a long scroller login screen for the BBS, which generally speaking, the System Operator would take donations for access, and they in turn would pay for the art as a way to get noticed. Having 'cool' art in a way, was a means to give the board the perception of prestige and status and increase their chances or increasing users and possibly collection more in donations.
Even though I was just in my early teens, I was able to get my first taste of dealing with clients, finding value in my work, and working towards deadlines. I learned a lot and I look back on that time quite fondly.