Happy 14th Birthday Deviant Art!
Thanks DA for helping me grow as an individual and an artist by allowing me the freedom to express myself and to view the expressions of this fantastic, artistic community.
Deviant Art attracted me when other galleries proved to be too restrictive and/or worried about their "image". Here I can explore sexier art styles and I've learned to develop my own.
The people here are like any other community: You have your friendly types, encouraging and supportive types, along with your trolls, critics, and arrogant art divas. I've learned to settle in and feel comfortable with all of them whereas in the beginning I fed the trolls and engaged in many stupid debates. Now I've matured and I stick to what makes me feel comfortable and happy rather than engaging in "drama".
It takes time to understand any community, but Deviant Art makes it easy and comfortable to settle in. In other words, I've always felt and continue to feel welcome here. Thank you to all my friends and watchers. You are greatly appreciated!
This is my first (and only) Daily Deviation. Compared to what we see on DA today it is mediocre at best but I'm grateful because it was given to me at a very sad time in my life. I still get misty eyed even now as I write about it. My beloved Grandmommy had just passed away and I imagined myself as a young girl sitting on the beach thinking of her. The fact that I received a DD during my grief really cheered me up.
This is my favorite image of all of my art. There are so many amazing bondage artists out there and I was just learning how to create my own scenes. Wanting to do something different, I spent several hours manipulating these ropes and ties, not to mention the lighting in order to achieve the desired effect. I'm very proud of this one. Thank you all for the faves!!
Ah yes, my April Baby. This is my favorite style of art to create. I don't do it as much as I want to because so many people are small minded and don't really understand what it represents. To me it represents a very sensual side of myself that is "Daddy's Girl". Pampered, loved, playful, submissive, and cutesy. A lot of us women think this way; wishing we could go back to simpler, more spoiled times. Thank you to all my followers who are watching because of this genre I create. Thank you DA for allowing my creative outlet without judgement.
Someone recently asked me which one of my images most represented myself. After much thought I've decided that this would be it. I'm forever in a fantasy world of light bondage and unknown peril waiting for my ultimate desires to be fulfilled. This was one of my first DA bondage scenes. Wow, have I grown since then!
Finally I'll end my DA journey with this image. DA has changed my artistic life in every way, both good and bad. One negative is that we are exposed to art thieves on a constant bases. This image of mine is floating all over the internet on Adult sites. Many of our images are. I've now learned to strategically watermark my art, but I constantly see our art on sites like Tumblr, Second Life, and many other sites without our permission. I'm not sure if we can ever stop this practice but I sure wish the thieves would learn to create their own art for their pay sites or play nice and pay us too!
Again, thank you Deviant Art for 14 years and for 6 years of my artistic life. It continues to be a pleasure to post here.