Back when I was still in High School, I had lots of free time after school. I had a very active online life. I was an active participant in the online chat world. Being a member at various community boards (forums) and even helping maintained order on some of them. After visiting a lot of anime based fan forums, I noticed a lot of members had nice pictures in their signature area. So instead of asking people to make one for me I decided to learn how to make them myself. Over time, I got better at making nicer looking signature images and people started to notice and started asking me to make one for them. Of course, being an active user I was willing to help out the community.
Below are some of the signature images I created in the past using Photoshop and Bryce renders. I recently found them on one of my hard drives and decided to add them to my portfolio