My deviantART story is kind of long, so bear with me.
I started using deviantART in high school, when I was 15. I had tried out for a position on my high school newspaper as the Assistant Entertainment Editor, but I didn't get the position because I wasn't knowledgable enough in programs like InDesign and Photoshop. I was told, however, that if I spent the summer working on learning, they'd reconsider me for the position. It was that summer that I became very familiar with deviantART. I learned to use Photoshop by doing deviantART tutorials and using pictures of my favorite punk-pop bands. I ended up getting the position, and continued to rise through my high school newspaper until I became the Senior Entertainment & Graphics Editor.
I spent a lot of time that summer photoshopping William Becket, lead singer from The Academy Is...
Despite using the site. I didn't actually join deviantART until after I graduated from high school. My friend absence-is-steel
was a big reason I joined - I wanted a way to follow her art.
A piece by absence-is-steel, a friend and artist I looked up to in high school. We haven't seen each other since high school, but I still chat with her occasionally on Facebook and Instagram.
I had also started making fun photo-manipulations (mostly using tutorials and stock photos). They weren't the best work I've made, but I always had a great time making them.
An example of the type of tutorial I used to LOVE. I still enjoy them, although I don't use them quite as often anymore.
After that, I fell off the face of the deviantART earth for a few years during college. I would come back to download brushes and textures, but I stopped submitting artwork. I'd almost entirely stopped creating artwork outside of my publishing classes. Those were some of my favorite classes though - through them, I gained a new artistic eye, and learned a ton about print design. But I still missed creating artwork just for fun.
One of my favorite art projects in school was for a fake cereal brand I made, called Jurassic Pops.
Since I joined the deviantART staff, I've once again fallen in love with various kinds of art. Just in the past (almost) year that I've worked here, I've been inspired by artists on the site to try things I don't usually do - I've painted, sewed, hand-lettered, and taken photographs. I've tried things I probably never would have done before, all because of deviantART.
A piece by loveandasandwich - One of the pieces that inspired me to try embroidery again for the first time in years. (I haven't gotten very far with it yet, but I'm trying! That's what counts, right?)
Over the past five years, deviantART has helped me grow in ways I never thought I would. While I'm still learning and experimenting with my art, I've also found a fun, supportive, and inspiring group of friends on the site. I wouldn't give it up for anything.