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I remember the first time I opened deviantArt, I was very confused. It was my wonderful friend simoendli's profile page; she was showing me the site and telling me it was fun and I should sign up too. I remember thinking that a "forum that was made up of profiles instead of threads was totally weird". At this time, I had a myspace page (that was kinda more like a personal website, since I used the then-popular hack to hide pretty much all the default boxes, and make my own instead). It was two years before I signed up for facebook. So to me, this was a totally foreign concept, and frankly: I didn't believe in it.

It's thanks to my friend that I walk away. She nudged me about it again two weeks later, and showed me enough cool stuff for me to (somewhat reluctantly) agree to sign up.
And from there, it was only a short ways to falling deeply, irrevocably in love with the site, it's art and it's community.

bukkit. by simoendli caged. by simoendli new york. by simoendli
(some of the older works from my friend, who also happens to be an incredible photographer, graphics artist and web designer - all though only her photography is viewable on deviantArt)

A part of something beautiful

"Where does milk come from?"
"That's a dumb question. From the store of course."
When I started browsing deviantArt, I felt very much like that kid in the joke above. It wasn't that the quality of Art on the site was unlike any I had seen before - but when I had seen it before, it was printed in newspapers, on billboards, or in google search results, and it felt very much like artworks just appeared in our world through magic. By joining deviantArt, making Art suddenly became something real, something that could be done; in fact, something that was being done every day by thousands of people who were, in fact, human just like me.
It was incredible. And what's funny is: I had been to art school before then. I had done a 1-year Foundation Course a couple of years previously. But somehow or other, being on deviantArt was the first thing to really feel grand and possible at the same time.

Some of the first works I favourited included:

Stairs to the trifle.. by apeljuice Keep Clear by ToytownMafia The Distance Sees Through by Dagwanoenyent Unique by krash As cold as silence 2 by lostgirl a forest by prismes Strong And Frangible by kiebitz
(Not in chronological faving order :D)

Jumping in

It wasn't long until I felt like I wanted to jump in. I remember grabbing my camera and hunting around the house for things I could photograph and submit. And I quickly found a starting point; I grabbed a sculpture from off a shelf, set it up to be framed in another shelf and lit from behind through the window, and started photographing. It was my first ever submission. And I don't know if it was something about that early work, or about deviantArt, but I immediately got some feedback. I remember feeling incredibly glad and lucky when I got something like three favourites within the first day. I was hooked; I continued to make and submit things.
Dancers by dareme Firefall by dareme Winter camping by dareme Waltzing by dareme Left behind by dareme
(All from among the first twenty or so submissions)

Different fields of Art

When I first found deviantart, I felt closest to photographic artworks. It was the medium I felt most comfortable in myself, and therefore seeing what else could be done with it fascinated me. However, it wasn't long before all the other amazing works I stumbled upon started to pull me in. Who could resist the variety, beauty and humour of the below artworks?! I couldn't.

WET dream - fauvism by malloreigh Audrey Hepburn in Wire by reynaldomolinawire Cisya by gunfighter6 Pogi-a-Go-Go by Etoli PotC: Jack's Hair by humon La Dame aux Camelias by KmyeChan City in Water by melukilan

Friendship and Conversation

Finally, the missing chapter in my story. Without this, all the rest of deviantArt may not have been enough to make such a lasting and deep impression. Friendship. I don't know how it happened - I just found myself in conversation with all these incredible, fascinating people from all over the world, and we became friends. I have friends from other online places; in fact, the friend who first introduced me to dA I first met online, before we inexplicably and incredibly started the same school at the same time in the real world.
But I'd never found it so easy to talk to people, or conversations so deep and lovely as the one's I found on deviantArt. I think it's because everyone on here is an artist themselves, and even though dA taught me that Art is being made by humans, I retain to this day that Art itself is magical.
And so to everyone wonderful I met on this site, and those I'll still get to meet; thank you so much, and I love you all.

- Tokyo Starfish - by CatchMe-22 MicroLondon4 by visualirony Thrill of power by barninga Cold morning by ImAnUpstart Ai-candles by SMichaS Angelina Jolie by Meea The Fall II by TabeaBorchardt

Happy Birthday deviantArt!

I'm so glad you're around and I get to have you in my life. Let's have many more adventures together. I'm looking forward to it!
Stay quirky, beautiful and enthusiastic, and have another AWESOME year!

Stop Hating Smartasses by dinyctis Speaking of art by jsmonzani Oriole by JennLaa Fade To Grey by Shedboy68 Mutant by whmurai Happily Never After by jteh PDQC 43 Dying by Striogi

:heart: Olivia

ps. What's your deviantArt story? If you wrote one for the dA-Birthday celebration, leave me a link and I'll check it out! :hug:


Olivia Elmiger

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milenkadelic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav:! :iconsun--plz:
Saidge42 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
:iconthankyouscript1::iconthankyouscript2::iconthankyouscript3: :iconbigfav4plz: :iconfavesmile:
Pixx-73 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fav. :thanks:
xxdraxx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Artist

Just wanted to thank you for the fave!

Also, since I'm currently focusing on music, I was wondering if you'd be interested in supporting me in that endeavor of mine?

If you are, I can link you to where you can find that stuff!
DreamingNixie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  New member Student Writer
Thanks so much for the fave! :hug:
dynax700si Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly for faving Olivia :)
BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Filmographer

<3 Thank you very much for the favourite ! I really like your photography! You have real talent! 0v0

deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
Voleuro Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for adding "Summertime" to your favourites! Really appreciate it! Heart Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] Summertime by Voleuro  
Bella-Brownies Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
nirmodel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
thx 4 the fav~Panda Emoji-07 (Snuggy) [V1] 
PaulV3Design Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the FAV! :)
gemlovesyou Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :meow:
str9led Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
thanks for the fav :)
feori Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thank you very much for the :+fav:!
nomadrain Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Thank you for the fav! :-)
Thanks for the favs :3
lasaucisse Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
no thanks, I promise ^^
so I'll just say that your fav allowed me to discover your work, and I'll watch you with interest !

(speak french ?)
Lance66 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you :)
ObeBradford Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav. :)
ArtsyShan Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the :+fav:
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