Even though I haven't been on DeviantArt for 14 years, (I wish I had, but then I'd have joined when I was 5! And that would be breaking the rules..
.) I've come a long way since. DeviantArt
hasn't just been a place to stash my artwork, it's been a place that offers a community, the general DeviantArt
community as a whole, and the communities offered by groups that you join. Despite the fact that I don't go on DeviantArt
as much as I used to, I know it's always a place I want to upload my work to regardless.
I used to roam forums, and forums often came with the ability to add signatures. I was born into the world of Paint.NET
when I started making these (god-awful) signatures, but then I was able to work my way up and get better, with the purchase of Photoshop
I finally found my working ground. This shows the exact difference that happens over time, what experience comes with learning, experimenting and the like, that things will always change and your skills can only improve. But the learning curve when practising something you enjoy certainly moves faster than it would for something you don't enjoy.
Photoshop Signature. (5 Years Later)
It wasn't long before I found out what I really wanted to do, and that was writing, filming and editing. (As well as acting but I couldn't really do that too.) - So I left DeviantArt for some time to pursue that, with uploading videos to YouTube and Vimeo. I then came to realise that I could indeed upload videos to DeviantArt (I believe it was an added update?) - and I immediately joined the official group and began sharing my videos here too. Sadly I never thought I got the recognition I was hoping to receive, and I slowly stopped producing content altogether. But that was silly of me, and I'm not trying to get back into producing all sorts of content, both imagery and video alike.
Media Studies Trailer.
An example of my video editing, writing and acting came in the form of a Media Studies trailer
for secondary school. Whilst things have changed a lot since, it's certainly a piece of history in my life as to how I began making videos seeing as this was one of the first live-action pieces I put together, since most of my content consisted of Indie Game trailers. I wrote a long idea for an independent film when I was younger, and I decided to mix and mash it with a new idea to form the trailer above. My only regret is that it is too 'story-heavy' for a trailer, and that's probably because I wanted to make a film instead!
(Which undoubtedly made me feel like this:
After I stopped doing signatures, photoshops, videos and so on, I decided to re-explore my hobby in Photography. Whilst that was short-lived, it's still always been a hobby of mine throughout life. All kinds of subjects have always interested me, from space, to nature, to people and to animals. Everything that can be captured nicely in a photograph is always something worthy of capturing and remembering, as well as sharing it with others to see too.
'Faceless' Teaser, featuring myself as Daniel, and Sam A. Mowry as Elijah Grey.
As somebody who suffers from profound deafness, I've felt that to be able to actually write a great deal of English, and speak it too, some people haven't pondered the possibility that I must be deaf, some people have indeed thought I was just your average every-day person, but to project-lead a game, write a book about it, do the trailers for it and even voice act for it is something I never thought I would be doing when I first joined DeviantArt, when I first joined, I felt that I would be making independent films and that from there, the rest of my life would be sorted out. (The way a younger person's mind works...)
But things change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But the future is exciting, and I look forward to see where DeviantArt goes to next!