How are you doing?
Pleased to meet you! My name is Solus Zelt. Let me tell you about myself.
Solus Zelt is a pseudonym, a name I use online. You may also know me by other names. That is because each persona character represents me in some way or another. Solus represents me fully, while my dragon persona represents my art side. Hence each character has their own 'specific' trait they represent. Soon after I adopted the names I designed online personas to fit those names. You can read more about them later under my Characters list once I have completed that. However, while Solus Zelt is more directly my representation, my dragon persona is more linked to my artwork. Just as much as that Solus Zelt is a representation of myself and isn't just a name to me, so goes the same for my 'dragon-side'. These online personifications are me. All things I design, create, come up with are things I thought of. Everything I would have thought of would come from my mind. My mind is me and I am my mind. Therefor all things I imagine are a part of me to some degree. Since Solus Zelt, the name and persona, are just myself represented online, it is me, they are me. Think about it: You can do what you do -whether it is because you have to or want to- thanks to your brain, and your brain houses your mind. Creating things, coming up with worlds and thoroughly thought-out backstories for characters is essential to me. I cannot not-draw. So that's me in a nutshell. I could come up with personality-traits, but that can differ from person to person. What I can say from my own experience with myself and others to give you an idea: I am a very reliable and loyal person. Others describe me also as being very kind and helpful. Not afraid to speak my mind and get straight to the point. The artwork is my way of communicating and showing you a glimpse of my mind, my imagination, and my personality. In other words: Please take a look at my artwork if you want to know more about me. Look at and read about my characters to get to know me better.
I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, or so I have been told. I have always liked to draw. It's a way for me to express my imagination. The worlds and creatures I come up with I just have to get on paper or on a screen. I am a self-taught artist. Most things I have learned has been through practise and experimentation, followed by a few select courses. One is never done learning, and that exact motto is something I stand by firm when it comes to creating art. Whenever I draw, write or experiment with other mediums, I always learn something new. Often I will actually challenge myself with each drawing, each commission I get, giving myself different smaller objectives to complete when creating the final image.
Why did I choose a dragon as a creature to represent myself as an artist? Well... Online you can be anything, so I chose to be a dragon. Dragons to me represent -or even embody- the whole concept of fantasy and imagination. There is a huge variety of types of dragons, you can create mixtures of dragons with other creatures, and to me dragons can be designed for any situation and it wouldn't be too crazy! You can do basically anything with the design of dragons and it will still be a dragon, still imaginative. My dragon persona is a dragon which has fur instead of scales and also has some rabbit-like traits. All of this and more my characters you can read later in the Characters tab, so be sure to check that out too once it has launched! :)
Why did I choose an alien rabbit to represent myself? I have had gerbils, fish and rabbits as pets, but it seems rabbits in particular stick by me more than any other animal I've interacted with or have had as a pet. My first rabbit was a rabbit named Flopsie, named after a rabbit a dear childhood friend of mine had. I suppose I missed her a lot after I had moved to another country. In any case I got Flopsie soon after I had moved. I was around 7 years of age. After a few years Zwartoortje (Little Black-Ear) was introduced into my life. He seemed to be quite the sick bunny, but throughout the years he managed to strengthen up and heal quite nicely, almost seemingly a young, healthy rabbit, as it should be. Anyway, it soon turned out Zwartoortje was a male and Flopsie, well... female. Surprisingly, though, they seemed to have a hard time making baby rabbits (babbits?). It took quite a number of years before they got their first nest. See, the thing with rabbits, once they managed to do it, they did it again and again. We had to separate Zwartoortje and Flopsie (unfortunately) so we could figure this out. Rabbits have a tendency to get pregnant again nearly as soon as they give birth. Throughout the years we raised Flopsie, Zwartoortje and their offspring. Unfortunately the offspring got babies very soon too. We got more than we could handle. It broke my heart, but some we had to give away. We were able to check up now and again on some in their new homes and they seemed to be doing rather well. It gave me a good feeling in the end, luckily. (We didn't just gave them to anyone either.) In the end, I have had rabbits for most of my life thanks to Flopsie and Zwartoortje. Flopsie lived for about 8 years and her last offspring under my care was Dappertje, who lived approximately 11 years. He passed away on the 13th of April 2012. After Dappertje's passing, about a month later, I designed the first concept of an alien bunny character. I played with the idea for years until 30th of November 2014 I started to realise the character design in more detail. Its backstory, its species, and much more. I had before then already designed and developed another online representation of myself, the "Artist Side" of myself, so to speak. This is my dragon-side. Thus originally Solus Zelt is my one and only, and true-self representation of myself.