I'm looking at my stats and I've really been here for eleven years? That's just three years short of when DA was born! It's kind of crazy to think that I've been here for that long. I remember following a fellow artist I admired from and oekaki board called Digital Yume here. I remember being a fan of yuumei waaaay before she posted anything comic-related!
I loved her anime works and her dark dragon creatures. It was just too bad she chose not to put up her fanart anymore:
Of course, she's grown tremendously since those old, old, works and her original comics are deeply moving.
I follow other comic artists here too:
I was especially happy to know I wasn't alone in many respects, from making the same faces that the characters have while drawing them to breaking the forth wall and letting them interact with the narration box (which I haven't posted here, but Zy used to do that a lot). I mean, it's always nice to know your crazy wild imagination is in good company.
I like a lot of people who's style and medium is very different from mine. The contrast and variety is what attracts me; it tells me where I have still to grow. When I first joined DA, I was a fan of these works:
Now I am still attracted to stunning stuff I can't do:
I just chose just a tiny cross-section of works to highlight the fact that DA is full of so many creative people. People who paint landscapes you want to travel to. People who work in minimal strokes. People who take photos that make one think. People who embody and bring to life 2D characters. People who make costumes that are tailored with so much care it takes your breath away. People who can take a lifeless doll and infuse life into it. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE EXAMPLES I COULD JUST GO ON AND ON. So basically, thank you all for sharing your creations here on Deviantart. Continue to be awesome. Continue to be you.
To all of you readers and my followers here, thank you. Thank you for viewing, for clicking the button, and especially for leaving comments. My characters wouldn't be half as fascinating and strange without their interactions with you. Thank you for their nicknames that we will continue to joke about until the end of time, thank you for sparking lengthy discussions and triggering characters to reveal things even I didn't know about them yet.
Really, I think I've grown a lot between:
Of course, I continue aspiring to explore different styles of art and expand my skills. I am committed to writing stories that have an ending worth waiting for. DeviantArt means a lot to me. I grew up here. You're here.
In short Happy birthday, DA!