This is the earliest form of my fursona. I have no better shots of it than this, because I hated it. I remember it had blue eyes, though.
I don't really consider this one official. It was rather slapped together, and I had no idea how to build in primatives.
The first picture I ever took of my avatar in the making. As you can see, I started over from scratch. I can't remember why I went with blue, with green spines, and grey eyes.
I was always simplistic when I drew dragons. No horns, no ears, no wings, etc. It shows.
I chose a dragon because ever since I was a small child, I had always adored dragons. So naturally, when I became a furry, I chose a dragon as my species.
Here it is a few days later, after more work was done. It's now glossy, fully black, sporting wings, and new yellow eyes.
I chose yellow for the eyes because, in real life, I had caught the reflection of myself in the window of a car. For some reason, the way the sun hit me made my irises light up a ghostly amber color, which is abnormal, and unusual for me, as I have brown eyes that are on the darker side. I loved it so much, it became part of my avatar.
Though I've never needed glasses, I thought they looked cute on me, so I made a pair.
A few weeks, and a massive upgrade later...
A much longer neck was added to the original design, a new tail, new spines, new hands, new legs, horns, ears, spikes, and whiskers.
You can see, from the shots standing in grass to the ones standing on a blue block, the neck was thickened.
The hands are gigantic because I didn't want to use inviso prims, because it would get rid of any shine, and any human skin would be rendered invisible if the primitives crossed over them. But I still have to hide the default hands beneath the avatar.
At this point, I was supposed to have white horns and spines that were tipped in blood, because I wanted to be a human slayer. (I was so edgy :p). Unfortunately, I didn't have enough to make the textures I needed, so I just left them all red.
The belt is something a friend of mine showed me how to make. I couldn't find a good place to attach it, on the body, but I really wanted to use it, so I attached it to the default avatar's nose and positioned it to look like it was around my dragon avatar's neck.
The first time I drew my new fursona in color and uploaded it. (I warned you I sucked.)
The whiskers were removed. I Just didn't like them. The membranes of the wings were colored yellow, due to a friend of mine making a 3D render of my fursona, and mistakenly making them yellow. So I tried it out for a time.
The X-shaped belt came back, a few more were added, as well as a tool pouch, watch, necklace, and I even tried out some stripes. He was also given a more pear-shaped body to make him more cute.
By this time, the differences between Bastendorf as my fursona, and Bastendorf as a character were steadily growing.
8 was much better, but I still didn't like it. So later the same year, I set out to work on Version 9. After receiving constant complaints about his feet being too small, I decided I wanted him to be built for speed. I went with a more raptor-like design for the lower half of his body.
I also shortened his mane, refined the shape of it on top of his head, and dropped his 4th toe. His main two colors also received even more saturation at the suggestion of a friend. I'm not sure why, I just loved how he looked all vibrant, even though it deviated from the dark-colored dragon I always imagined him as.
Even though he stopped being a human slayer, years ago, the red claws and horns had grown on me, and so they stayed.
Here's a quick n' dirty edit I made, later, to show how his outfit has evolved.
I had also tried out spots and stripes again.
Didn't stick, but I may still toy around with the idea.
Another common complaint had been the lack of muscle. So while doing some sprite art, 3 years later, I put some muscle on him. I started with the torso, and by the time I had finished it, he had turned out more ripped than I had intended. But rather than fix it, I built the rest of his body to be equally muscular.
Here's a preview of the yet-unfinished version 10 that I started earlier this year. His ears clearly lost their fin-like shape, and the fins on his neck have been reduced down, quite a bit, to little more than vestigial bumps on the sides of his neck. He's also 6' 1" tall rather than the old 5' 11". This is because I worked on his mother character at the same time I worked on him, and she was always designed to be taller than him, despite the fact that I'm taller than my mom.
When his mom underwent an overhaul to make her more like him (She was a lot more like version 3, but more feral) I had to make her smaller, but I didn't want him to remain too much smaller than her, so while her height decreased, his increased.
As a character, he's nothing like me any more, but as my fursona, though he's changed over time, he's been a constant and I wouldn't replace him for anything.
Despite 10 years of changes, his eyes are still yellow, and his claws and horns are still red.
You've come so far since that late night, building you on Second Life.