What got me to stick around was all the awesome art I always got to see. Though I was absent on here for several months, when i got the chance I would check it out every now and then.
I was never a artistic person when it came to pen and paper. Something I always wanted to get into as a hobby was photography. So when I finally was able to get me a decent camera this past year, I finally was able to start posting my own stuff.
Also unlike other sites, DA has a great community. There maybe people who give people a hard time here and there but that is on any site you go on.
I was on Facebook, and only had about 50 friends at that time; none of them were ever on late at night so I Googled "social networking sites" and this one popped up as a place for artists. Cool! I stay because the way my art looks here and the people I have met. Even though I am on other sites now, when someone asks to see my art, I give them the DA link, because it is the easiest to use. ♥
I came because my friend wouldn't stop pestering me about it. I stayed because the community is awesome! There are so many amazing people on here, and I've made a number of awesome friends through art Besides, I love art
Satanic-KurlozFeatured By OwnerJan 15, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The reason why I joined dA is because i wanted people to be able to look up my art online, and because I want to see what people think about my art. Of course people in real life would say it's great, but people online can say anything they want. Brutally honest or not.
I quit my account one day and came back about a few months later, because I was more mature and was ready to handle this better.
The reason why I joined is unknown for me, but I do remember that when I first acidentally found this site I wanted to collect some of the beautiful art and just for the heck of it created an account with literally shitty name, which was a reason why I created a new account. As I was drawing before I knew what's Internet I started to submit some crappy drawings here for the heck of it. I didn't know much about this site, but soon I knew that I want to get noticed in some way, so I tried expanding my drawing skills, I stayed and from that day it's my number one site I visit every day
The day I joined Deviantart was when one of my friends decided to make an account on here during our computer class. I watched everything she did and this had perked my interest. Drawn by it, I also made an account during the class and uploaded a few pieces of mine into the gallery. When I had left for a few hours and came back, some of them had faves and a few even had kind comments.
However, do to some difficulties with the account because I had used an extremely bad password, it was unusable until I got the account's password fixed, which was weeks later. When I had gone back on, the account was filled to the brim with spam. No long able to cope with the screwed-up account of mine, I made a new one so that I was able to start fresh again and keep track.
What had kept me from leaving for good was the respect people gave me regarding with what I had made and that brought a tear to my eye. It was also through this support that I accustomed myself to practicing a little and develop a comic that had long been dead since my childhood.
What a touching story. Your account got hacked? I didn't even know that happened on dA. Luckily I believe I have a pretty safe password (Knock on wood) so I haven't had any such problems. I'm glad dA makes you happy. There are many kind people on this side. Much more pleasant than YouTubers that's for sure... Indeed, it is quite a creative outlet, and it's nice that you managed to bring back a childhood creation.
I was 14, and I had some other friends on it. I just decided to join up so I could see their artwork, and I got hooked.
I stayed because I liked the idea and I liked the community. Nine years later it's definitely lost the "magic", and some things have changed that really get on my nerves (people not commenting on the art anymore), but hey. It's a vast community to share my photographs with, and I like looking at what other people have to offer, too.
I comment as much as I can. Try to keep it alive. Like honestly, back then, that was what this community was for... Telling people what specifically you liked, or even ways you thought they could improve. Not just clicking "Favorite!" on every piece of art you thought was decent. Sad...
What made me join was the sheer vast amount of other artists that I could learn from, seek inspiration from other's work, somewhere to browse forever and communicate across the world. I've been a lurker for many, many years but I feel I should come out of my shell and so I made an account and hope to really push some art out over the coming year.
Lots of things do seem to piss me off on here though, the evident lack of intelligence/maturity and even masculinity is quite rare. Some males here are bewildering in terms of their personal nature.. I have no quarrel with them, I just tend to stay clear and let them be whomever or whatever they want to be (E.g. Transvestites, MLP, memes, tooooo much anthro.. the sheer amount of sonic porn is astounding..).
I saw a comic a few years ago joking about what the staff members in charge of bad reports see on a day-to-day basis, I couldn't stop laughing.
It's true, sometimes maturity can be a bit lacking on dA, but that's because many people here are young. For the same reason, others like to express their love for things that they don't feel comfortable expressing anywhere else. The real world is cruel to them, so they find safety here. I know many males who like MLP for example, and there is nothing wrong with it. (You know, I've actually watched the show and it isn't half bad. It's creators make jokes that appeal to adults so fathers can watch it with their daughters). Anyway, none of the things bother me. If I do happen to find something that I don't like, I simply avoid it. That's the beauty of dA. And, as you said, it's easy to find people who have similar thoughts as you. Things that made you laugh.