First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DA!
So in order to celebrate deviantART suggested we tell our stories and I for once think it's a great idea. Although I did something like this before, for my 5 years on here I will say everything once again cause well.... i can't say it enough!
I owe nearly everything I know and do right now to deviantART. My work in Art professionally, the opportunities I've been given. Everything.
I started out in 2009, not knowing anything about how to make art. I created lame little wallpapers and stuff that looked like something out of a 5-year-old's drawing book.
Then I started drawing my favourite characters from Naruto. First colouring in Manga covers, and then trying out doing vectors of them on my own.
After that I decided I like avatars. So I made a few not-good-looking ones.
And then I discovered this Pixel Art form of art that seemed interesting. I found tutorials, made many many attempts in making a pixel icon of my own and slowly slowly I improved.
I then decided that I wanted to make them free for people to use. It made sense. Why not share them and let people use them as their dA avatars? So I kept making them. Lots of them. First they were bad, then a little better, then acceptable.
After a little bit of time, I got a proposition to work for a petsite called www.kingdomsky.org
and make them their icons and avatars. I accepted and I have been with them since 2011.
I got other professional opportunities as well and I truly appreciate the knowledge and experience they have given me.
I also met some really good people on here. Some of them have become good friends even though we may be thousands of miles away.
Nothing of what I've mentioned wouldn't have happened unless this wonderful website existed.So thank you deviantART. Thank you for making me the artist I am today.