haha wow, i just noticed that I've officially been on deviantart for 10 years now. gotta draw something to commemorate that soon! i'm not gonna lie, it means quite a lot to me. even though i didn't know it at the time, putting my artwork online and joining art communities like deviantart has become the foundation of pretty much my entire LIFE as i know it now. i mean i started uploading my artwork to this site for fun, just to get in touch with other artists and gain some exposure, and now it is my career. i firmly believe that my fanbase here on deviantart and the things i've learned here have EVERYTHING to do with me being able to work as a freelance artist. i discovered so many inspiring and great artists through this site. the reason i chose the Utrecht School of the Arts as my college was because i followed Bakenius
and loved his work; when i didn't like the school i was attending at the time, i contacted him through deviantart notes and he advised me to check out his school in Utrecht. i met most of my friends and my boyfriend (who i've been with for 6 and a half years!) there. i remember two of my new classmates had already seen my work before ever meeting me, thanks to my DTF's!! (deviantart veterans will know: this means Daily Top Favorite, there was always a list of these on the front page and getting one gave you tons of exposure.)
now, as a freelancer, a lot of my clients approach me because they saw my work online, often here on dA. it's the site that brings the most exposure and traffic to my website, sketchblog, etc. something i never would have guessed when i started uploading all of my pixelly doodles at the age of 18! i still have people approach me, online but also in real life, who know my work from deviantart. it's the art community that i've definitely invested the most time and care into! and have many fond memories of. from the early days when it was still such a small site and new deviations were uploaded only once every few minutes, to the whole jark fiasco and 'yellow day' protest, to the passionate discussions and debates that resulted from every tiny change made to the website, to the chat interviews i've participated in, to receiving daily deviations and becoming a senior member, something i'm very grateful for! although i don't have as much time as i used to to answer comments and interact with people, my fanbase here is incredibly important to me and i really love this community! so yeah, to make a long story short: i'm proud to have been a member of deviantart for 10 years now. on to the next 10!!!