Hollywood opened its arms to deviantART on Wednesday, November 20th, with an incredibly successful deviantMEET! Over 150 deviants, friends, and family came to hear an exclusive storytelling session from deviantART CEO and Co-Founder, Angelo Sotira (spyed
), where he shared behind-the-scenes details about deviantART's inception and formative years. WeWork Labs' Hollywood location played host to our event, and a number of people commented on the warm atmosphere the location provided.
The night started off with socializing. Pizza and drinks were at the ready when deviants arrived, and within the first thirty minutes, fifteen pizzas disappeared as deviants dug in and made friends.
Around 8:00 PM, Angelo began his speech -- starting with details about his history with the Netherworld BBS and how those experiences eventually shaped him and and the beginning of deviantART.
After the speech, everyone was invited to hang out, draw, chat, and simply have a good time. Art supplies were provided -- everything from markers, crayons, and colored pencils -- and devious artists took over every space they could find to engage in being artistic! As at all deviantMEETs, deviantART staff members were also able to chat with attendees and receive first hand, live feedback about what members do and don't like regarding the site.
While the majority of people in attendance were current deviantART members, Angelo also had the opportunity to meet a few pre-deviants! The future of art is looking bright with these talented children exploring their artistic expression.
Thank you to everyone who joined us! We couldn't have held an event like this without you, and truly appreciate your interest in and love for deviantART. Your involvement in the deviantART community is what inspires us each day, and we hope to see you all again soon!
For additional deviantMEET prospectives, check out the following journals from those who attended!
Whether you were a deviant, friend, or family member, we thank you again for sharing your time with us.
Conundrum2501, kiff57krocker, NewportMuse, JinnyBlue, Ayee-San, CrazyJay007, PlunderPixels, MidNight-Vixen, TwilitAngel, Jepray, WizPandora, ARTist05, DogmaWorks, varascus1323, Mendoza4, Art-by-Edum, log111, KnightAR, bladehawk949, mentelor, redhand22, OrlyCoffee, zuckmuck, vincentsdeviantart, iancinerate, SackBeatingsMonthly, ZacharieGoesMiaou, krswanson, Melaamory, pmmontelongo, Chame, REDexclamation, tomasz, davidtrumantracy, ider2001, charleshildreth, thejr7744, Stripesandangelwings, Bobsheaux, RadleyGL, mayorlight, MiraKHall, tails987, RonimusPr1m3, Renner-P, WhatTheCrapola, Lelouchu-san, Eydea, KCMussman, MrsHyde, MaliciousNature, McCaslin, Ashasta, ratchetthecutest, star-yvonne, KITTY-ANARCHY, YULIEWORLD, MsKillerwolf, Ferreson, AlienArtisan, shipain, Mavros-Thanatos, Roiality, JoshuaLam715, 47ness, Rocky-O, JoshuaCamacho, smashems, Unique3DBellaArt, Mallinda, Stone39, BoxedSurprise, DoctorCowboyPsyD, Freeloader4hire, lag111, and AniRichie-Art.