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Being a part of deviantART for over 9 years of their 14 has been nothing short of exciting! From my very first deviation, to my very first devMEET, I have not only grown as an artist, but with other artists! And to be part of a community that cares so much about art and nurturing other artists has to be one of the best things I have ever been introduced to!
Old friends from high school showed me a very early version of what dA was, and even then it was captivating. Something about it spoke to me. After signing up and using it just a little bit I knew I found my home for all things art I was ever going to do! I found other people and groups who loved nothing more than to share and talk about art. The dA homepage was - and still is - merely the most recent deviations uploaded. I thought that was a brilliant idea! I would refresh the homepage for hours! Looking at all the new stuff people were posting. I even follow some of those people til this day. It is such a great way to find that "gem", because how else can it happen than by chance?
I also use the "Random Deviant" button quite frequently! In fact, I just ran into another amazing artist who expressed her viewpoint on making art, and I immediately connected to that. So I HAD to follow her and tell her how excited I was!
Llamas are... llamas. I'll leave it at that
Eventually, I connected with some of the staff, loved the artsy vibes they were giving off, the excitement of pushing the art community even further, and just being really awesome individuals overall. During the second devMEET I decided to create a recap video to share. Of course, it's impossible to really share what it felt like, meeting so many awesome people.
And then the big 10! The 10th Birthday of deviantART had to be one of the best times I ever had. Even though I went alone, I was surrounded by friends, previous acquaintances from other devMEETs, and ART! We went back to revisit the beginning versions of the dA layout and got to see some awesome new stuff coming out. I even got the chance to meet some big time artists that I was for sure I'd never ever meet.
Some people are invested in all sort of fandoms. I mean, I'm no exclusion, but if I ever fangirl out the most on, it would be dA!
I was given the opportunity to visit the HQ in Hollywood (where I live, coincidently enough). I got to check out their workspace and see some familiar faces. It felt so surreal, because when I think of dA, I think of an interface, a website layout, a certain mascot named "Fella." To see what goes on behind the scenes was really awesome, and super fun.
Los Angeles doesn't really have a whole lot of awesome things (regardless of what people think) and I think dA is one of those little treasures that makes this city tolerable and fun again. One of the few reasons I would want to stick around. That and LACMA. (Go check it out. NAO!)
So, let's talk about... ART!
This piece entitled "Selfportrait" by Ryuuzakira is candid and magical! Ryu was the individual I happened on through the "Random Deviant" button. She created a calm atmosphere that I just seem to get lost in with the hard details in the middle of the smooth brush strokes.
I mentioned this one in a blog post a few years ago, but I still keep going back to it. "Angel" by kargapolovR is so well lit, timed, and posed. I almost have to question whether this is real or not. (of course it is.) The backlight is an especially great effect in this poece. It hits not only the subject, but all the particles and dogwood seeds around her passing by. The subject is wrapping her arms around her stomach, but I can't tell if it's intentional or not, which is why I love this so much.
"Winter Story" by nayein is another piece with a snowy backdrop. Call me crazy, but I'm ready for the colder seasons... This is one of those pieces that I love simply because of how it makes me feel. Soft, calm, quiet, with the faint sound of a freeway in the distance. Very natural light, and very well color graded.
Two things I love: redheads and sci-fi. "Captain Glenn Motu Fan Art" by AldgerRelpa covers those things very nicely. With just enough emphasis on the long locks on this fine lady, the light are a nice touch to this sci-fi feeling atmosphere. And although I would expect an action shot from such a shot, this is quite calm. Like the moment before the storm of a battle. Really wonderfully captured.
How can I NOT show something from my first devMEET!? dammitMEL was one of the dozens of people I met there (who also took the photo) and got to hang with. These people are dedicated, weird, engaging, and despite our collective introverted-selves, we connected in a way you can't just connect with anybody. These were artists, art-appreciators, community members, and a wonderfully talented staff. Seriously, I could go on... (I'm the one in the hat on the right with shades on my head...)
Time for some shameless self-promotion! I really, really, really like how this photo came out. I built a small set and used lights that were just sitting around the apartment to light it. I did a little post editing, but it pretty much came out like this. Mysterious, quiet, thrilling... I love it.
There are so many more other pieces I've discovered over the years that I would love to share, but there are so freaking many! Art is who I am. I cannot live without it. dA has given me the ability to stay connected to other amazing artists and their work to continue to inspire me and my work in my life. As with every dA birthday, I look forward to many more years with this incredible community!!