In light of DA's 14th year, I suppose I too can do some reflection on my hilariously misguided journey in sharing art and work online.
Back in the day, when art sharing on the internet was but a mere babe, I was fairly active on Elfwood. After a while, I grew tired of their ticket system and longed for some more freedom, more ownership over the look of the page, over what I could post and delete at will, and commenting and replying functions. In 2004ish, I ended up deleting my Elfwood accounts (one for original, one for fanart) and moved some stuff here. I then dabbled more with random original artwork and some fanart
as I went into my first grad program in art. I drew crackart as a way to cope with stress and to horrify and amuse the masses. Why not?
Later, I would become fascinated by people's use and abuse of watermarks and decided to place them in the most obnoxious places, for my own amusement. There were pieces I actually tried on too. So it wasn't all crack art lulz... but a lot of it was.
After finishing my first grad program, I was burnt out on art though. I decided to put more creative energy into cosplay. I learned to sew in 1996 and sewed formal gowns for myself during high school so costumes were not a far cry from that. What strted as a casual interest soon became something of the, "Can't stop, won't stop" variety. Cosplay also provided a nice distraction from actual real life stuff as I entered my second graduate program, this one in the more practical field of education. That said, I would like to think my interests and portfolio are diverse. I certainly have made a lot of costumes... yikes.
..and they're all blonde wtf.
... and they all have dark hair, I'm sensing a trend.
My Spirits and Not-humans
A select few friends and watchers even seem to appreciate my lulz. Others seemed too polite to say, "You're weird".
And sometimes I like to give back to others and make tutorials which tend to be way more popular than anything else I post. LOL I think it's a message.
All in all, it has been a very pleasant and interesting 10 years for me on Deviantart. I like the features and options the platform provides and feel that continued development will only draw in more users in the future. Keep on, keeping on DA, happy 14th, now just don't turn into a rebellious little punk teenager. JK