I'll be honest with you guys, I wouldn't normally put a journal up for this but they've tempted me with a badge and I can't get enough for those things.
The prompt is for how deviantART has helped me grow, which is a broader question than I think I really wanted to talk about directly with the community. The more I think about it the more I really want to type about it though, and fear I might spiral into something truly page-stretching.
When I first joined deviantART it was for the simple fact that I wanted to be alerted when a new icon was posted by the pages I was keeping track of. Backgrounds too - I was always browsing deviantART for a new desktop.
When I swapped from Jr. High to High School and took a 'real' art class I became more attracted to isometric pixeling. While I never took on digital art for myself I did incorporate all the detail I loved from pixel scenes into the learn-what-a-horizon-line-is artwork we were doing in class.
It was also around this time that I was taking on my largest cross stitch project at the time, Resonant:
I learned how to take photos through dA forums (they told me all about how to create my own light box and stay focused!) and continue to get better even to today.
In 2008, stitchingpirates
was founded by my good friends cloudrat
. It wasn't until later that I was added as an admin in the club, and when dA swapped everything over to the new group system I was the only one around to keep it up and running.
Here I've met many good friends
(There was one made by Mattsma
too but I can't find it!!)
Though I reached out through Gaia to do it, as Gaia has spiraled out of control I drifted into dA for art of my original character, Aerie. She's been part of me since long before I moved to Arizona in 2005 and since I lack the skills to make her myself I looked for amazing people to do her justice. Working with each of them has helped me know Aerie even better.
The eight and a half years I've spent on deviantART has helped me grow in my own artwork by tremendous bounds. I believe that without dA I would've only continued my stitching and beadwork as a hobby and not be persevering to make it my life as I am today. There's a lot of anticipation with each post to show my friends what I've been working on, to give other artists something to aspire to, to make myself better with each and every piece.
I started as a preteen who wanted a new icon every hour for her MSN chat window, and today I am an artist who sells her pieces with pride. There's a lot to be said for that, I think!
Managed to get it out of my system without stretching it out too much!Need To Post
> Confetti and Cream Mermaid Gown (suggestion by Katjakay
> Mystery GiftStuff I'm Actually Working On Currently
> Dressmaker's Daughter (Long-Term Personal Time, 212 hours)
> Peacock Xstitch
> Sunflower Ballerina
> Princess Peach Toadstool Bead Dress (Pattern Stage)Upcoming Projects
> [Something] and Pink Mermaid Gown
> Thor collab between me and GraniteFire
(Me: Lazy; GF: busy)
> Pastel Dress (I don't have beads yet. I just really want to.)
> Monochrome Eumelia (original design by Guy2362
> Cross-Stitch Pattern based on GraniteFire
original art (unposted) - Wine
> Alternate Wedding Panel customization, to make me happier...
> Umbrellas / Parasols
> Awesome beaded cake kit by Katie DeanPinky My Catalog