I started my account on deviantART when I was about 18 or 19 - I'd never heard of it before, but I loved the idea that I could post my artwork and my writing somewhere where other people could see it, and give me feedback on it. I chose a silly name that sounded good at the time (skunkmonkey
) and went with it. Posting up pretty much every crappy thing I'd managed to do with my brand new tablet, or any short story that I'd managed to write -- some of those stories and poems are actually posted on this account as well.
When I'd grown out of the name it was impossible to change usernames, so I made a new account. New, pristine. I transferred over some of my old favorites, and all of the artists that I followed. It was a fresh start. I vowed to be a bit more picky about what I put into my gallery. I can't say that I've held up that vow 100%, but I think I've done well enough.
Over the years, one thing I know for sure, is that I can come back to my account on deviantART and see the progress that I've made. It's refreshing, and nice to have somewhere, other than my own hard drive, where I can view a timeline like that -- and what's really nice about it is that others can view that progress too.
I use my account now to post work from school, and concept ideas, and projects that I try to work on. But I also use it to follow artists that I admire, artists who inspire me to create more art. While I have a modest following, I hope that my art can be as inspiring to them as others have been for me.
The images I've chosen are all somewhat recent works, done with a combination of mediums. It's interesting for me, to see things like this put together, to see how my own artwork changes over the course of such a short amount of time. It pushes me to keep working toward something that I can call my own.
Happy Birthday, deviantART, and thank you.