I've been around here for wait, what? Seven years already? Seven years of ups and downs – more ups though, fortunately.
What got me interested in joining dA seven years ago was a google search on my fandom obsession at that time. While looking for information on the Kaleesh species from Star Wars, I stumbled upon some amazing artwork that made me realise for the first time that there are people out there who share my passion for fanart. (I'd been praticising fanart mostly for myself until then, as a quiet hobby, never to show anyone outside my family.)
Wanting to make contact with this community, I joined and tentatively posted my first works here. Though I've been drawing fanart of various genres since early childhood, these were the first works I dared to present to the larger audience online:
The reception I received here was truly overwhelming. I never expected to get so much support! All you great people of dA have fueled my obsession and have driven me on to refine my skills and to keep going with whatever I was doing during these seven years, and for this support I want to thank you all – from my very first watchers to everybody who has added me over the time! But not only did I receive valuable input on how to get better at artsy stuff – even more important are the personal friendships that have developed and go far deeper than anything art or fandom-related.
Though I can't name them all, here are just some of the wonderful people I met here and some of them in real life. Please forgive me if I forgot someone.
Of course there were also shadows. Where people of so many different cultures and languages meet, there are bound to be misunderstandings. I lost dear friends who were very close, lost them due to said misunderstandings as well as to real life circumstances. For a while, I even took a break from dA, but despite technical issues that won't let me use the site at times, I still return because dA is still an important part of my life.
In short, dA has helped me in so many ways to grow as a person and an artist and for this I want to say Thank You and Happy Birthday, deviantART! Keep going for many years more!
Below, have some dA love!
And have some fine tutorials and swatches as well! These have helped me out on several occasions: