Listening to: Symphonies of the Planets
Okay, late with this. Sorry.
In 2004, I was talking to an individual who I'll call Reb. I had met her on Fanfiction.com over an Altlantis: The Lost Empire fanfic and she had mentioned that she did art and posted it on deviantART. I took a look at the site myself and found it to be a treasure trove of all sorts of things and much more useful than an internet search. So I signed up.
As time went on I had worked up the nerve to do fanart. I wasn't the best of artists that my 15 year old self was and it was a "hide in the closet" thing as my parents wouldn't approve of it. Those I shared with in person would laugh and make fun of the subject matter. I found deviantART the only place I could post these works of art without receiving the harsh criticism I would in real life. It was also the only place that people would at least be open to seeing what I drew. I was not aware of anything in the community back then such as forums or the like. To me it was a very big public art gallery.
After a fallout with aforementioned individual in 2006, I was left on dA on my own, as I started to progressively get better at my art, but not too much. My subject matter shifted mostly to sci-fi and depictions of space sagas that were in my head. Also it included random doodles I would do in class or work.
It wasn't till I started going to ETSU in 2010/2011 that it I had a crisis of my ability to do art. I left dA and shut off my creative side for almost my entire tenure there, seeing different students do much better work and seeing how they flowed with encouragement and freedom, looking at myself as some cripple that was yelled at with my parents to no do art and go get a business degree and could barely draw a human figure properly. I almost deleted my dA presence as all I wished to do was computer work and be "a damn pilot" (it was my mantra for several years).
I did grow however and it wasn't that bad. And I'm still growing. Now graduated and with the new tools at my disposal, I feel that I can accomplish things. And I'm proud of my dA presence and what I put on here. I deleted a good chunk of my gallery and have tried to make it reflect who I really am now, and am starting to dip my feet into the community after being an isolationist all these years. As I learned from my recent Kickstarter project, deviantART has the largest amount of people in any community that I'm a part of (real life included) that show appreciation for the things I draw and are willing to support things if given the chance.
And that's my dA story. Thank you, everyone. *bow*