How ya doin', all you wonderful DA peeps?? All you talented artist-types, you developing-a-talent types, you just-starting-out types, you I LOVE TO LOOK AT ALL THIS ART!!!1 types! I hope you're doing/creating/looking/growing just fantastically!
As you all know, I'm a huge fan of DeviantArt, and always have been. Love the platform, love the interaction and critiquing, love learning from people waaaaay-hay-hay better than I am. Huzzah! so yeah, I'm-a jumpin' on this bandwagon. DA is 14 years old, which is almost impossible to do on the internet these days, and I truly, desperately hope that it keeps on TRUKKIN' (see what I did there?) for another 50 or so. I love it here. I've always had great experiences sharing my art here and connecting with great people. You can find EVERY flavor of human on here, and it's been neat to realize we all can get along just great if we treat each other as fellow members of the species.
I've been on here since... I don't remember the exact join date, but it says 6 years on my page (I coulda sworn I joined in 2007, actually, but I guess not.) I've loved it ever since. DeviantArt has allowed me to get into contact with SO MANY of the "Art Gods" I admire and wish I could emulate. I'm a huge Transformers comics fan, so getting to speak with and ACTUALLY COLOR WORK BY the creators of those books never ceases to amaze me and increase the width of my permagrin.
I have liked to make art ever since I can remember, but it's never been anything great. I mean, I've loved some things I've done, but never made much worth showing the neighbors. I studied graphic design and art and photography in college, but never got to do much professionally with any of it, or progress to the point where I was objectively "good." Joining DeviantArt was a shot in the dark -- I never thought I'd actually MAKE anything.
BUT LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF IN MY GALLERY!!!!! WHO KNEW THIS WAS POSSIBLE???????????????????
As always, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the Art Gods who let me color their work. It takes a certain type of kindness to allow some unknown amateur to marker all over something you worked hard on, and know is worthy of far better treatment. And yet so, so, so, so SO MANY of them did just that. Thank you all, more than I can say. Somehow coloring is much, much less scary that Actual Drawing, and I'm not too intimidated to begin.
I also need to express how much it fills my bucket to come here and know I will find tons of great art that inspires me, and makes me feel so darn happy. You never know when something you made on a whim will mean the world to someone else.
Speaking of meaning the world, a MASSIVE, UNENDING, UNIVERSE-SPANNING THANK-YOU to the wonderful people who made fanart of my stories. You have no idea how much that means. Knowing I created a world that someone else loved enough to draw something from it is...... well, it's amazing. So thank you, all of you, who read and who drew anything.
(How the everlasting HECK can I choose from all these wonderful things???)
People who drew my little family of bots (Kids, hubby, and I all have TF identities since the '07 movie came out and changed things forever for us.)
People who drew non-porn Prime-n-Megs-Getting-Along pics that I treasure:
<-- How I met the most delightsome Razzie!
<-- How I met Onsaud, who was willing to dissect MTMTE issues with me for thousands and thousands of words.
I really need to make a favorites folder for the art people have drawn from my beloved fanfic universe. Because right now it's intermingled with the rest of my faves, and I cannot find it to save my life. but again, THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the small, but thoroughly-loved pool of "Transformation" artwork.
I am overwhelmed at the impossibility of mentioning all the people who mean something to me here on DA. So PLEEEEEEEASE, if you do not see your name, know that you are still loved, and that profoundly.
[Some of] The Art Gods, with many thanks: