I started going on deviantART in 2006. That's EIGHT YEARS AGO. And it's really what caused me to want to become serious about art. 2006 was a super big year for me. It's when my family switched from Dial-Up internet to DSL. Before then, my brother and I were only able to use the internet when our dad wasn't home, because he ran his business through the internet. So that gave us a few hours of day. But when we got DSL internet, I began to explore a lot more and came across NeonDragonArt's Oekaki Board
. Of course I had been to Oekaki Boards in the past and had drawn with my mouse in Photoshop, but that is the first one where I actually registered an account and returned to. Since I was allowed to use the internet at any time of day, I felt like creating accounts on websites was actually worthwhile now. On that Oekaki Board, I had met people who posted links to their deviantART accounts. At that point for me, deviantART was this super huge place that I felt I didn't even realize I was allowed to make an account on. I would view peoples' art on it, but I never thought about making an account myself.
But finally, I decided to create a deviantART account. I posted my drawings I did with a mouse on NDA. I only spent about 10-20 minutes on each one. I always longed to be on the 45 minutes and up board, but I didn't know how to take my time and spend that long on a piece. Very quickly, I became almost addicted to deviantART. I convinced a bunch of my friends from school to create accounts, even those that were not artists. At the time, arrowheaddragon
was my only artist friend, and she was way ahead of me in skill level. Also, I remember in high school, I would go on deviantART during my free periods just to look at the art on there, or talk to my friends.
And then in 2007, I got my very first Tablet for Christmas. It was "Genius" brand, so not the best thing in the world, but at that time, it was a huge deal for me. That is when I began to draw non-stop. I started using Photoshop instead of NDA, and posting the drawings here on dA. I drew so much fanart and created designs for so many of my characters in 2008. Oh and I didn't actually start using the brush tool in Photoshop until 2011. Before then, I actually just used the pencil tool and fill bucket. And progressively, I started to submit my works to groups, follow artists I enjoy, and really just contribute what I can.
But over the years, I've found so many great artists and met great people here on deviantART. I literally sit there for hours viewing my favorites artists' galleries and favoriting or commenting on some of my favorite pieces. Now I have multiple artists friends in real life, so I am not quite as actively meeting artists online, but I hope to make a habit of that again. It's great to meet artists from all around the world, rather than just those in one place. And deviantART is a great place for that.
In the beginning, deviantART was the only big community out there for artists. It was a great place for me to grow, and I really learned a lot from the other deviants. Now there are art communities on almost every big social media site. I think it's great that artists are spreading out, but nothing will replace deviantART for me. It's the place I really started, and it will always be my favorite.
Now I'll present some of my most recent favorite deviations that I have created (all in 2014):