Seven years. I've been a member of Deviant Art for Seven Years. And boy has it been quite a journey for me. My friend
introduced me to this site and I both blame and thank him for that.
For the first few years, I was blown away by how much amazing art there was here. And while I was not a popular artist, I did appreciate every comment, favorite, and watch I received. It all encouraged me to keep drawing and to keep working on my original ideas and characters. Eventually I even participated in group and community events and contests. I met some cool artists on this site, even befriended them and followed and supported their work.
DeviantArt Secret Wars. This was hands-down the best thing I was a part of on DeviantArt. Years ago,
started a crazy huge collaborative event called the Deviant Art Secret Wars based on Marvel's Secret Wars. It started with the similar premise of the original story with a being called the Beyonder summoning two forces to fight each other on Battleworld. One army being made up of heroes and the opposing army comprised of villains. Like Marvel, it also has 12 chapters. But from then on, the stories and characters are all original. Each of the characters belong to an artist and nearly one-hundred artists have contributed to this project with their characters and storytelling skills. Going on for over two years, this was quite the journey of a project and some artists including myself have benefited from this. They gained new friends, practiced with their styles, developed their character(s), and got feedback from fellow artists on their skill. Each artist and character has without a doubt been an important part of this project. This has been a long but grand project and a great experience for the artists involved and hopefully a good story for any interested viewers.
Unfortunately, the Final Chapter was never finished and thus the DA Secret Wars was not concluded. But even so, this gave me the amazing experience of collaborating with other artists to keep the story flowing, to create tension, drama, humor, and action, and to practice comic book writing and drawing. It led to friendships and to other community and group events. It helped me build more self-confidence in my art and characters as well as gain support and believers in my ideas. And just as importantly, I had a lot of fun along the way.
Over the years, I not only worked on creating art to practice and improve myself but I also did what I could to support fellow artists. I would comment on their art, critique their work, favorite it, even make entire collections dedicated to favorite artists and DA buddies. I also went out of my way to suggest as much artwork from as many artists as possible for Daily Deviations. This Lucid's Dream poster by
is one of eight suggested and accepted entries for the Daily Deviations. If I had the money, I'd buy a print, commission, calendar, or even a book to support them and to have one of their works for my own. In 2008 at Anime Expo, Deviant Art had these screens featuring artists and their work. Any attendee who had an account could type in their name and their artwork would be featured on these screens. I typed in as many artist's usernames as possible and it turned out a month later, they all got a free month's subscription to DA. As said from an Arab proverb, "If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart."
I have followed many of these artists for years, watching in joy how some of them grow, improve, and even make their dreams come true. Sometimes they even surpassed them. Others disappeared, not updating their accounts or deleting them altogether. Some went beyond DeviantArt and made their way into the professional business, joining companies, or even started their own. It is amazing and inspiring to see how far some artists have come.
It was also a lot of fun to follow artists and to see the amazing fan art there is here. Sometimes it inspired me to create my own fan art or to even be curious about these fandoms and follow whatever it is they are making art of. At times, it drew me to the show/movie/series! And long after I got into the series, I still browse occasionally to see what amazing work people come up with for their favorite series!
Though for now I am on DeviantArt less and less to focus on college work and animation, I am still glad to have been a member of DeviantArt and I am thankful for all of the experiences, events, and friends from this amazing website. More than anything, I want to do what I love and encourage everyone to do the same. Happy Birthday DeviantArt. Thanks for the memories and hope to be back soon with new work I can be immensely proud of.
PS There are far too many artists and too many favorite artworks for me to put up in this journal. It would be too big and flooded with images! I wish everyone here the best and hope that they keep up the awesome work!