It's official! My dA account has turned 10 a few days ago! This account was created Oct 27 2006, yet it all feels like yesterday sometimes. Or maybe it feels like it's been a while, but not 10 years... I still recall being a wide-eyed impressionable teen, fresh out of high-school, and working with Photoshop as a pastime. And funny enough it all started with a dare! This precedes my joining dA, I was a sophomore in high-school when a friend of mine did some (horrific) photo edits for his MySpace profile (remember when that was a thing) and I called him out for it, and he dared me to try and do a better job. I didn't btw, mine were equally horrific at that time but it was enough to spark an interest to actually learn Photoshop. I was doing sigs, tags, collages and photo edits for friends for almost 2 years before I mustered the courage to take it to a new level and try and do photomanips like I'd seen Eireen and AlexandraVBach do! To this day I can't thank them enough for the inspiration to pick up something that's become an important part of my life and that is the combined art+photomanipulation+Photoshop trifecta.
I know shoutouts aren't a thing on dA but I do feel I should give out a few special thanks to some people who may or may not still be around.
Elandria, faestock, mizzd-stock for the amazing stock they provided to me as a starting artist then and continue to do to this day. I think it's fair to say not only I, but the whole of the manip community, would not be the same without the quality stock being provided right here on dA.
flordelys for taking me under your wing and teaching me to work with Photoshop at a different level
poetmorte : for being my first follower/watcher when I was a truly bad artist (no joke)
Iardacil, Lareth, mirandaadria, night-fate, SleeplessImaginarium and all other artists I've collaborated with in my formative years, it was a great teaching experience and a blessing to work with every one of you
PaintedOnMySoul for believing in me as not just an artist, but a stock creator aswell
christel-b for introducing me to 3D, it's become an indispensable element to a lot of my fantasy and sci-fi work
I could make a list that goes on and on but I'll stop here. If you are watching me: Thank You. If you ever commented, critiqued or faved my work: Thank you.
I'll have a new post soon with my (work-in-progress) calendar, but I just felt I had to make a note of my recent dA anniversary, 10 feels like a big one that should be celebrated