DeviantART turns 14 this year - and it's my tenth year as a deviant. That's a lot... it means that I've been registered for very nearly 1/3rd of my life.
Back then, I saw dA as a slightly scary place where all the professional artists like
hung out. So far I'd been on my own personal gallery and TLKFAA, safe little communities, so making the leap to dA was a bit of an adventure. In that time, I had just gotten away from the Lion King fandom and some really threatening experiences there, and I was starting into a new phase of my life with a new partner
, a new education and a new fandom and alter ego.
Then, I was introduced to a life-changing game: Werewolf - The Apocalypse. For a while, that game all but consumed me! What's this, social interaction in a safe frame, storytelling and decision-making, savage horror and satisfying rewards, blood-thirsty werecreatures, mystery and magic, and all that together with some of the most creative and beautiful people I've ever had the pleasure to meet! And a lot of you came from this site. Come here for a big hug, my online and offline WTA buddies!
...and the rest of the pack!
So, suddenly my once varied gallery got a huge influx of wolf and big cat pictures. But I regret nothing.
At the same time, my upload rates decreased. I slid into the biggest art block I've ever had, and without university lessons as premium scribbling time, I find less and less opportunity to sketch. I still have a lot to learn and I'm trying to try little new things with every new picture, one baby step at a time. But hey, life's full of change. Maybe one day I'll get back in form, maybe I'll take it slow for a while longer. I'm still here, you're still here... and that's all we need!
I thank you all for your steady support and inspiration. I'm grateful for every time someone let me know that I've inspired them in turn. It means the world to me, you have no idea!
DeviantART itself changed a lot, too. I do wish that reporting of stolen material was taken more seriously, but other than that, I still love the site and want to thank the staff and programmers for 10 amazing years!