Hello. Contrary to the thread title this is actually an introduction thread. The goodbye is in reference to my social life since I found this site two days ago. That and I noticed a recurring theme in this section and couldn't bring myself to name this thread something so predictable.
Anyway, I guess I should actually introduce myself. My name is Tom, I'm 22 and from the rainy land of England (ironically we're having a heatwave at the moment); I enjoy gaming, music, reading, and now thanks to this lovely website... Drawing! As you may have already noticed I have a terrible sense of humour and would like to take this chance to apologise in advance.
A little background on things leading up to here, it'll help explain to you how new I am to this sort of thing and hopefully will also explain the very strange predicament I've found myself in seeing as I'm the only person I know who has an interest in this area.
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to join the RAF (Royal Air Force for those non-brits), so everything led up to that such as grades and fitness etc which meant that I was unfortunately all work but still managed to sneak in a bit of gaming every now and then. When I was 16 I ended up joining the Army instead through some programme I won't go into because it's horribly boring, it was basically a mix of playing soldier and academic work because I was going to be an Engineering Officer. Studied my degree, was absolutely terrible at technical drawing, laughed at my housemate because he was an art student and being a SEAS (School of Engineering & Applied Science) student myself, I was taught by my peers that art was a complete waste of space as a degree and basically easy mode.
At my final year of uni I was Medically Discharged due to asthma and so had to leave my degree unfinished. That was just over a year ago, and it was a pretty bad time if I'm honest. Now there's always a silver lining... I moved back home, got a job in retail and then stumbled upon an episode of Fullmetal Alchemist. As far as I'm aware that's what sparked my interest in this area, but due to what I explained before I felt like it was sort of a taboo thing due to my friend group. So over the past year I watched things like FMA, FMA Brotherhood, Sword Art Online but not religiously.
Recently I began watching Shingeki No Kyojin / Attack on Titan (whichever) and it dawned on me that I'd never actually read any manga. So I started googling stuff and ended up on this site somehow, so I thought for a laugh I'd give it a try. All of a sudden I had so many ideas of things that I want to draw, things I want to create and now I actually have something I really wholeheartedly want to work on!
That pretty much brings me up to where I am now, 2 days and I'm already hooked. It'll be strange having people who actually like the same things as me, and I hope you guys will excuse my complete ignorance in all things Japanese.
P.S. Sorry for the long windedness of it!