My deviant story started about 8-9 years ago. I was 16-17 years old and I wanted to find a place to appreciate art, and to put up bits of my book that I have been working on since 1997 in my third grade elementary school class.
What i ended up finding was a wonderful community filled to the brim with extravagant works of art and personality's to match. For about three years I dabbled with different kinds of art and styles, putting uploading any of my writing aside thanks to the advice of a fellow writer here on DA. They have since deactivated there account
Fast forward a few embarrassing years...
*Cough cough*A few very embarrassing years...*cough cough*
And that brings us to the sad part of the DA adventure...
Art theft, lies, rumors, stalking, hacking, and hatred...
That is what surrounded deviant art for me at that time. My book, I had to lie about it to every mutual friend we shared in hopes of throwing off the one who stalked me. I lost many friends in RL and online at that time and had to fight just to keep everything I ever worked on. Sadly this was not just on DA. I lot my e-mail for a while, which in turn lead the (for the sake of this journal lets call them TS, troll/stalker.) TS to my other accounts. I sadly didn't listen to the advice of RocketMunky and posted a few chapters of my book online on a writing site. Very quickly my work was all over deviant art, mutated into something deranged that stared my real name and my friends names.
Long sob story short after a lot more unnecessary drama and copyright infringement notices I was able to get the work removed, and went to court for the other problems including identity theft...
At this point in my DA life, I realized that I knew what the truth was. So why was I going out of my way to try and show people who obviously did not like me that I was not lying?
Two years of this hell, and thanks to DA I realized that I did not have to "answer" to anyone. I know what the truth is, and if anyone really cares to ask then I will happily tell them, until then I don't need to force the issue or hash it out with someone just to prove i'm right.
In short, i'm right and as long as I know the truth I frankly don't care what anyone else thinks of me.
This then brings us to the year's after. A little bit of drama but its not really worth mentioning.
I began working with tutorials, moving my work forward bit by bit. Until I began dabbling with paint and coral...
Oh the pain of learning a new art style...
My traditional work got better every day
And eventually, through lots of trial and error, so did the digital work.
It became frightful every now and then...
But with every challenge comes amazing outcomes.
Everything was a new learning experience, a new challenge and that's what I love most about DA. Everyone here is willing to help, to teach, to mentor someone who is willing to listen and getting better. I may never post my writing online again, but thanks to the DA community I have discovered a wonderful way to still be able to show my talent and imagination.
I wish at this point I could go onto to show off my improvements, however due to the death of my wacom, AGAIN...I am trapped doodling without any means of completing them.
However I did still have some wonderful things happen.
I was married to a great man in 2012. Sarge and I are still together, and we still reminisce about that wonderful day.
I began diving into different types of art.
Wood work such as staff creations: (which are SUPER fun by the way, I love making these babies)
And item painting:
As of now I run a fully functioning farm, am still married to a wonderful man, continue writing my books, and drawing when I can.
I have all of you wonderful people to thank for that.
So many others I have to thank, but I tried...And apparently DA journals have a limit as to how many pictures and links can be squeezed into a single journal.
But anyway, that's my DA story up to today
Thank you everyone, and please continue to be so helpful and kind!
Im still saving every penny to replace my art program and Wacom. Cross your fingers that this year i'll be able to finally get those two things back, and then i'll finally be able to update everything, finish, and complete commissions.