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sakuraa_ avatar sakuraa_
Level 50 : Grandmaster Vampire
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so i asked yall and you guys said you wanted something like this, so here it is ! this will act as a timeline for how long i've been making skins (3+ years !) and kind of guide you through the "phases" in styles i went through up until now ♥

2018
this is when i first started making skins ! i was pretty bad lol :cries: i honestly don't know what to call this phase, it was kinda just me trying to figure out how to shade, or more accurately, what shading was lol

. π”¨π”²π”―π”ž'𝔰 π”ͺπ”¦π”«π”’π” π”―π”žπ”£π”± 𝔰𝔨𝔦𝔫 π”₯𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔢 .

. π”¨π”²π”―π”ž'𝔰 π”ͺπ”¦π”«π”’π” π”―π”žπ”£π”± 𝔰𝔨𝔦𝔫 π”₯𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔢 .

. π”¨π”²π”―π”ž'𝔰 π”ͺπ”¦π”«π”’π” π”―π”žπ”£π”± 𝔰𝔨𝔦𝔫 π”₯𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔢 .





highlights of this phase :
my very first persona !


found my very first shading style uwu


late 2018 - early 2019
this phase is where i started to get the hang of shading, styles, and even picked up some hueshifting too ! overall, this phase was the learning phase, as it set me up for all the shadings i would do in the future, as well as teaching myself how to hueshift with the help of the other skindex users ♥














highlights of this phase :
a new persona (second persona i ever had) !


learning curve; learned how to shade, found my "style", and learned hueshifting



2019
this phase is where it got real o.o i took lots of breaks, started to work on improving my style to be more unique and special to me, and took more intense measures on hueshifting and palettes. i also picked up new design skills along the way !













highlights of this phase :
third persona remake !


more intense hueshifting, better palettes + designs, and the start of the "cartoon-ish" skin shading look


late 2019 - early 2020 (ish)
this phase is where i learned about a more simple shading style, and this was also the start of more pastel palettes, and a more cartoon-ish look to my skins








highlights of this phase :
fourth persona redesign


this phase is when i transitioned to using the pmc editor. with a little help from a friend on skindex, i learned how to watermark my skins, and i gained a liking to the pmc editor, leaving the skindex editor behind


2020
this was the fun phase X3 this is when i formed a pretty decent style, i was happy with my skins, and i got a chromebook for the first time, meaning i started to make my skins with the touch screen option ! (i apologize for the poor quality of these screenshots, i guess i took them when the screen was zoomed out ? but hopefully you'll be able to get the gist of it ♥)













highlights of this phase :
new persona !


my first "skin series" (my obsession with voltron back then was very strong i guess lol)




late 2020 (ish)ο»Ώ
my pastel phase !! :D tbh, i still haven't reached the "end" of this phase, cause i still do pastels, it's like my thing X3 but this phase was super important, cause it built up my pastel personification for my style, and set me up for new shading styles in the future !





highlights of this phase :
pastels ! c:

new persona (AGAIN lol)





still 2020 lol
i... i really don't know what to call this phase lol. it was an idenity crisis for my style, as i shifted from various styles and shading. this was another one of my learning curve phases, and it helped me overcome that want to quit skinning altogether. pretty dark times lol












highlights of this phase :
new persona (past me really needed to stop making new personas lol)


finding myself skinning wise again ! uwu





2021 until now
so that's it for screenshots, unfortunately i don't have screenshots from this phase, but let me tell you, a lot of stuff happened o.o and it was really fast too !

1. i moved to pmc ! honestly one of the best things i did during my skinning hobby
2. i changed usernames and identities over and over -.- until i found one i felt good with (my current name !)
3. i created lots of new personas (i really needed to stop doing that huh lol) and i new have my current persona, addison ♥
4. life changed. with the pandemic, i had more time to spend with me and my skins alone, and that helped me greatly improve. but it also came with struggles. not being able to go out anywhere caused my anxiety to rise, and there were moments when i wanted to leave my skins forever. but pushing through, i am here now, and that's the best outcome ! ♥


so that's it ! as i move on, the future is super unclear, but i'll most likey go through phases just like these. finding my style again, taking breaks, experimenting with new things, it's all apart of the skinning hobby !

so let's be honest, i did this blog becuase i've been feeling crappy about my skins, and i wanted to remember how it all started. remember those times when i looked for new styles, and take inspo from old styles that i still quite like to this day.

well, thanks for reading all that, heh. feel free to also take inspo from some of my past styles, or look here for some motivation to keep making skins ! ♥
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06/15/2021 11:50 pm
Level 46 : Master Procrastinator
hydrangeaa
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Also, uh, I just noticed - the stuff you said is late 2020 is actually early 2020, since one of the skins is a new years 2020 skin
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06/16/2021 7:15 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Vampire
sakuraa_
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ahh, ty for pointing that out ! yeah, it was kinda hard to organize which years the skins where made, since the files didn't have time stamps
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06/13/2021 7:08 pm
Level 43 : Master Zombie
mirabilia
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eee this is so cool to see! I remember seeing your skins when I first joined skindex in 2018 and really enjoying them - that hasn't changed at all! :D
it's kinda cool how I recognize some of your older skins, especially your personas :O
amazing idea of making this post ^^
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06/13/2021 3:43 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Nerd
CactiFern
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It’s super cool to see how you’ve grown!
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06/13/2021 3:34 pmhistory
Level 46 : Master Procrastinator
hydrangeaa
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I remember the "New Body Shading - Which one is the ..." from 2018.

That's the first time I was inspired by you.
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