Well since i'm being hit with the spam filter, its finally time to try this..
Well, I joined DeviantART all the way back in Oct 9, 2005. A fun fact, I actually was not able to create a account myself! For some reason even though i had never been on to this website previously it said my IP was banned from making a new account O.o and so a very trustworthy friend created this account for me using his computer <3 Then gave the details to me so i could use it!
My username back then was SuicidaL-RaGe, yup.
That was my first deviation, done with a mouse i believe in PaintShopPro
I found DeviantART like so many others, through Gaiaonline and boy was i addicted to drawing those avatars fer reals!
Most of the people who commented on my artwork where friends from Gaiaonline and i am so lucky to be able to keep in contact with some of them to this day. Gaia was my primary site of choice I guess.. However something clicked inside me and i was tired of drawing Gaia avatars and found that even when i tried to come up with my own idea Gaia would seep into the cracks..
That and the strain my wrists got very bad so of course I have had my share of Hiatuses. Of course i made a promise that i would comment on everyone art that appeared in my watch which i was able to do.. at one point i had made more comments on peoples work than i had visits to my page - this is around the 16k mark i think.... sadly now that is impossible for me to do but because of this promise i always feel a pang of guilt whenever i fave and run so to speak... anyway Hiatuses...
My biggest one being over 2 years ago now and for 2 years i didnt really draw much, or type.. I got sucked into the world of faceook and the clicking games such as Vampire Was and Mafia Wars... Ahh Zynga you heartless beast. Of course working full time wiped me out and made me too tired to art much :c
I really can truly say my true DeviantART story really only truly began after my 2 year hiatus. I somewhat abandoned Gaia and came here to try and focus more on my artwork, nothing too serious but i wanted Gaia influences out of my art..
This deviation truly marks the beginnings of my DevianART story! I started to draw more for myself, still for others also, I cannot not draw for others as most of my Gaia art was done for free for others and i enjoy doing free art for people, i find it less stressful than commissions or anything.
So, i didnt know about groups here on DeviantART, not at all, and i enjoyed colouring, im not sure when i discovered people allowed others to colour their lines, but the group Give-Me-Color helped me realilze this!
I will never forget the welcome i got from the group and from Reign05 it felt so nice, to feel welcome and valued and i began to have fun with my art colouring others lines, i was able to do fanart and thanks to others letting me colour their lines i started to have more confidence in my own work, colouring was always my strong point, it still is... but Reign05, you really helped me have more confidence in my own style, so thank you. Truly, you have no idea how much just a few words or actions from you really effected me <3 so truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Then through Reign and such i discovered CutiePieWonderland ! and the beautful lines of JadeDragonne ! and contest! Huu~ I had never really done contests previously and felt never good enough but i tried it and to my surprise i even placed!
To my further surprise i was also hit with a bout of art thievery, in 2 contests i entered i discovered 4 accounts of art theft... 3 being from my pieces and one from anther deviants work. It was crazy, nobody had ever stolen my work before and thanks to the support of those groups the theives where disqualified and such.. but that was traumatic in the sense and also a lesson learnt.
So slowly i started to meet more and more fellow artists who not only made such amazing and diverse art but actually spoke to me and let me learn about themselves and eventually became people i feel confident enough to call my friends..
I dont have a social life really, i only work, so deviantART is a big part of my social lilfe, sad i know but im mostly happy.
I have met so many wonderful people here and hope to keep meeting more amazing people who will hopefully slowly let me learn more about them too!
I think thanks to deviantART(and tumblr where fandom is RAMPANT) i truly discovered my fandom, and that is Art. I love art, I love art so much and i love all sorts of art, the skill level predominately doesn't matter to me because the ideas shine through.. I dont think anybody should be dismissed because of skill level or anything like that, but sadly it happens.
While the artist community both here and on Gaia online have been the most friendly people i have ever met i do believe that you are treated differently depending on what level of skill you are, more so on Gaia in my experience, i belileve some people only befriended me to get free art out of me, which sucks IMO.
Thankfully i don't believe this has happened on DeviantART for me.. but maybe i am just naive...
Now 2 years after discovering my 'homes' here i am still trying to get better at my own pace, finding a balance of learning and having fun (because all work and no play makes jack a dull boy XP ) During my time both on Gaia and on here i have been fortunate enough to follow some people for around 9/10 years, seeing ther artwork on Gaia and then following them here.. and man some people are frucaking wizards...
Seriously! To name one whos artwork has shown incredible growth int he time i have been watching them i have to mention juhaihai seriously, i've harped on about her before i know you are like shutupsui i already follow Juhaihai but if you do not GO THERE NOW DANGIT! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINT! Ju, Even when i first saw your artwork on Gaia i knew you would go far and back then in my eyes your art was already so damn good and professional even if you may laugh at the thought.
What i also found truly amazing is that there are all sorts of artists here from hobbyists like myself to seriously professional artists! I was amazed that alot of my fave colourists and such from my comic collection actually had DA accounts! Amazing!
I didnt want to put individual mentions up here for my friends for fear of forgetting someone, but truly, you should know who you are <3
...and I love you all for all the support you have given me over the years, for the silent watchers, the favers and the commenters! Truly, thank you, it is a insanely motivating thing for me.
Thank you DeviantART most of the RL people in my life just grunt when i show them my work and are mostly disinterested.. so yeah... its nice to share my fandom here Thank you for creating a platform where i can share my art and interests with others! <3
Here is to the next 8 years <3 I hope to one day be an old lady browsing this site and getting annoyed at the new fangled technology i'd be forced to use then, who knows maybe in the future DA will be a literal virtual gallery where we can all meet up and walk around in!
Wouldn't that be something?