I guess I need to remove that birthday journal off my page with this, otherwise it will probably be there until Christmas. And so the deviantART questionnaire as suggested by their recent news celebrating the 15th birthday of the site that literally changed my life, and so many others. The site I had no idea even existed during the first six years of its life but oh how I wish I did (but I suppose not being here when I was 13 would
have saved me from embarrassing myself, and from blowing a fuse because of how slow the internet was back in 2001
) That site that came before
Facebook yet everytime I try explaining it to people I have to say "it's like Facebook, but for artists, BUT IT WAS AROUND BEFORE FACEBOOK!!!"
So on with the questions since I do like talking about me
1) How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Nine years. Now THAT'S commitment! But much like my interest in drawing, nature, astronomy, and guys with spikey anime hair - I'm in it for the long term.
2) What does your username mean?
It means I'm more self-conscious about my appearance than I let on. It means I admire the sight of a pretty-boy, fictional or real, and it means my first choice of names were already taken and this is the best my 16 year old self could come up with on the spot.
3) Describe yourself in three words
Passionate, Idealist and a little bit Cynical.
4) Are you left or right handed?
Right, perhaps the only thing I have in common with the common man.
5) What was your first deviation?
Though to be fair, that wasn't the best of my ability even then. It was just something I did one afternoon while I was bored and on a computer that didn't have anything better than MS Paint. But I kept it anyway simply because
it was the first and I felt I needed something that matched my username. Funny - I'd never wear that stuff now, and I have never been that tanned, and that smartass crab still follows me around.
6) What is your favourite type of art to create?
Digital art, in the form of digital paintings and 3D (often I use both together). I used to do traditional art way back, but coming to dA sealed my preference for digital. I draws what I likes, and that involves pretty scenery, space and hot guys mostly. Here's an example of each:
7) If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I wish I could draw people and that semi-realism stuff as quickly and easily as a lot of people here do it. But I invested most of my critical growth time into drawing scenes rather than people.
8) What was your first favourite?
Easily remembered. Went and found it in just 20 seconds, here it is
Made a great impression on me at the time... "How does he doooo thaaaaat!
9) What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Uuummm... I can explain...
10) Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Going by number of artworks of theirs I've faved and nothing else, sakimichan
Wins with 16, and I think JoeyJazz
comes second with 12. These numbers aren't big, but I don't fave generously, so yeah...
11) If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Probably either K-Koji
since I find talking to them/commenting their work to be just as interesting as their work itself, if not - even more. These are two minds I think share a lot of similarities to mine, even though their respective art styles are vastly different. Might also add Bowser81889
since he always has something deep and interesting to say about everything I upload (sorry to embarrass ya!)
12) How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I'd say the one who helped me out the most would be nukeation
He doesn't use dA anymore, but if he see's this by any chance then at least he can know he wasn't forgotten by an aspiring Vue user at the time willing to learn how to really crack into this amazing software from someone who was a rare combination of really knowing what they were doing, yet didn't feel too important to answer the questions of those who asked. He even helped pay for me to upgrade my horribly dated version of the software I was using at the time since he was eager to teach me about all the features of the newer version he could tell I was pining for - but couldn't afford. Vue is a relatively obscure thing on dA, and finding pro-level users of it who are actually willing to help out are rarer still. Glad I knew this guy before he went off to do his own thing.
13) What are your preferred tools to create art?
Photoshop is the critical one I use in everything
to some extent. Vue is also highly significant and sometimes I use Cinema 4D too. The three together often result in my best works.
14) What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Like I have much choice at the moment - my computer desk in the living room. Preferrably when the distractions of family aren't around so I can just chill out, listen to music and draw.
15) What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
There's three high contenders. The time I got my first Daily Deviation, the Sydney devmeet during the world tour, or the day I got my senior membership. There's a saying I heard once that said "You should go where you are celebrated - not tolerated" - for me, deviantART is that place.