Wow, 14 years. For an art group that's quite decent! I'm pleased to say that I have been a DA member for half of that time, and have the years flown by.
I was initially invited to join DeviantArt by a friend who went from corporate to artist. He's more invested in the inter-world than I am (and I'm on here a lot) but he does tend to find a lot of interesting things online. I joined, had no idea what I was doing, and didn't use this account too often for a while. I'm not sure what it was that brought me back to DA -- I never closed my account -- except to say that I rediscovered the venue. I like the fact that the artist has something to say about their works, that the art is neatly displayed, and that the site is free (one of the best things to give an artist. I do know that here in St. Petersburg, Florida, most full time artists make very small wages; I am a professor by day, artist by night so the arts budget is smaller for me).
Every now and again I enjoy flipping through the gallery. I have decided that if I ever own my own studio that I will call it "Metal Pug Studios". It sums things up nicely: I work in metal, I adore pugs (have my own pack of them!) and I do art. This has been an immensely useful tool for me to see the changes and progressions of my art, to practice photographing my works, and to realize that the works I loved weren't that great, while the ones I hated might have been better than I thought.
DA has also outlasted a couple of computers, and thus photo files, over the years. It has been wonderful to have this as a backup so that I can still find many of my works, replace my files, or at least not worry as much should my computer go down. This site has saved me a few times with that!
About 8 months ago I was gifted a premium membership. I am hopeful to maintain that membership (somehow) -- I've been working on contests to win points but am not sure that I have enough for a year. I need to figure out how to convert points to months -- maybe I can do this on a month to month basis. It's been a lot of fun to be a little on the inside of the workings of DA.
Some of my favorite entries are the hubcap piece that I did for the Landfill Art Project (currently going into a show at a Museum in Virginia). It's an older work, but a fun one! I also had a work accepted for show at the Rossetti Fine Arts Gallery in Fort Lauderdale (August 19 - Sept 5), my first work to show in S. Florida (La Llorona).
A few have won awards: (The Rat, Octopus, The Glass Mermaid, the Capricorn):
A few seem to be real favorites, particularly the poem I did on the Death of Optimus Prime:
The Death of Optimus PrimeAs death crept upon him, the object in his hands grew heavier. His eyes focused upon it for one last time, this precious burden that he had secreted within for so long. It had draped the twin albatrosses of responsibility and leadership upon his shoulders. Feeling the cool caress of darkness draw across his brow he knew that he had failed in attaining his lifelong goal. It belonged now to the next generation. With his final breath, he birthed the philosophical gadfly that had driven him for a millennium: "Until All Are One!" His vision faded. It was finally done.
I recently did my first larger scale journal entry for Project Educate on Wire Working 101, which was fun. I hope to learn more about Deviant Art and to maybe write a bit more again. I am also pleased to say that I was featured in ARTiculate: www.articulatesuncoast.com/blo…
Overall, it's been a fun run. I look forward to doing more on Deviant Art over the next 14 years! Happy Birthday to you -- and MANY MORE!