Hi there, and first of all happy 14th birthday DA !
Well, it's time to tell you about my story here, and how everything started. I joined way back 2003, and have been an active member since then (I became a senior in 2007).
It all really started thanks to Ashlie devildoll
who introduced me to the site and conviced me to create an account though I was a complete beginner. I never did photomanipulation before joining Deviantart, and as soon as I joined, I felt the urge to create. I was sort of amazed by the art of aleksandra ladymorgana
and instantly knew that I had to try.
Way back then, (I was unemployed at that time), I used to create an artwork per day (now I am happy enough to create a personal artwork per month). And I practiced a lot. I learnt so much from all the tutorials, from the comments and feedback, and managed to create some interesting pieces (after some time, let's be honest, it didn't work out overnight ^^).
And look at that face, I was sooo goth (haha) :
To make a long story short, in 2005, a canadian band called Kooper Kain contacted me to use one of my pieces as their cd artwork, I agreed...and the rest is history ! More and more bands became interested in my work, in 2007 I even worked for Kamelot, then Adagio, and I was lucky enough to start my own company. Now I am a freelance digital artist, I have the opportunity to create artwork for artists that I love (Stream of Passion), authors, bands, establishing publishing companies, I released an artbook and I recently started licensing my artwork. All of this wouldn't have happened without DA, and I know how much I owe to this fantastic community.
I send many good wishes to all of you people who support me, who keep on commenting on my artwork, who stood by me along the long way, to all of you that I finally met (winteravalon MaliciaRoseNoire
for example), the ones I'm dying to meet next time I'll be in Scotland (fourteenthstar
!) or in Blamont (MythridArt
) & the one who wrote a book with me, my friend The-Underwriter
I also think about exceeds
and the great time we had releasing artpacks with fensterer Aeirmid MarcelaBolivar
and so many great artists.
A big hug to my lovelies MariaAmanda
Last but not least, I am thankful for the six daily deviations I received.
To conclude, here is a selection of my all-time favourites :
From the bottom of my
, I wish you all a great DA Birthday !