I am the author Lyle Aryn. Writing is my first love, my one true passion. Every since I was able to string a sentence together, it's all I've wanted to do. Websites were you can find my work and more are below.
I started using Daz Studio in October of last year, just as something to dink around with. I'd been signed up with the sight for a while, and would occasionally remember to check for freebies. I was surprised at what I had when I finally loaded up the program. I just started playing around with it, figuring it out. I'd say about 92% of what I've learned in the program I've learned just by playing around with it.
In December I went from being a dutiful son looking after his mom, to the full-time, no nights or weekends off, caretaker of my Mom. As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety and a mood disorder or two, this change has had a drastic impact on my own personal care and well-being. I turned to my blossoming love of doing digital art as a way to cope with the mountains of stress on my shoulders. I do miniature painting, too. But when you haven't slept in 4 days, handling a brush can be very messy. Not being able to paint to my own personal satisfaction was making this avenue of relaxation increasingly frustrating.
Daz Studio has an undo button that you just don't get with painting miniatures.
As my skill with the program grows, so does my confidence. I did the cover to my fifth novel, "Because the Night" using Daz Studio, as well as new covers for two previous releases. (Though they haven't been updated just yet.) And at the beginning of June, I launched a webcomic. It's an LGBT-friendly comic that draws from my own life experiences to open up about dealing with mental health issues such as self-harm, low self-worth, depression, anxiety, loss. In no way any sort of autobiography, I seek to highlight issues that people tend to want to avoid, and do so in a more positive manner than what is typically afforded by the mainstream media.
If you like my work, be sure to check out my Amazon storefront, and follow me on Facebook for updates on what's going on in the world of Lyle.