Well, I'll be damned DA! Though we may have had issues especially regarding your recent decisions of late, I can't deny that 15 years on the WWW is one heck of a milestone. Whole social networks have come and essentially gone in that time, and yet, you've remained a stalwart in communication and sharing. But enough toasts and reminiscing, it's time to share with you my journey.
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Since early June of 2012, I'm led to believe. As a premium/Core member, maybe 'bout a year after that.2. What does your username mean?
Aussie = A colloquial term for an Australian, my place of birth and perhaps my favourite place to be, too.
Didge = Not too easy to explain briefly, but I'll try. Basically, I took the initials of my first name and last name (my REAL last name) and put 'em together as if it was one word. Rest is history.3. Describe yourself in three words.
Witty, whimsical wordsmith. (At least in my own mind...
Words in brackets don't count, do they?
4. Are you left or right handed?
Typically, I'm right-handed. Guess that means I won't be living for too long compared to your left-handed folks.5. What was your first deviation?
Oh boy, that one was a doozy. I'm about to show you the very reason I became a writer and photographer instead:
Essentially, I shot a photo on my crappy computer webcam (Before I got a new machine) and tried to replicate it with Photoshop. Well you can see how well THAT turned out.
What scares me most is that some people actually DOWNLOADED it. 6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Whenever I have the time, my favourite type would have to be literature, and particularly, poetry. Poems have flowed through my bloodline since my grandpa wrote them after his stint in World War II.
I love the rhythm of words and beauty of language, they can flow like a river or crash with thunderous force. They can soothe and they can sting you, they can inspire, they can tell stories. Words are power, and they can be wielded responsibly, or with reckless abandon.7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
That's kind of a tough question to answer. I mean, one would think obviously that I'd like to instantly master traditional & digital art techniques, but on the other hand, I could see myself choosing animation (as a bit of a fan) or even cosplay. The ability to perfect the costumes of our favourite characters... I've seen the results some have put out, and they look simply amazing.
In short, too many legit decisions, too little time to choose.8. What was your first favourite?
I'm not going to go searching through over a thousand favourites in a dozen different categories just to hand out a Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides that, I can hardly even remember anyway!9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
See, that's the thing: I don't tend to favour a particular type of art over anything else, or at least, that's my intention. In giving feedback since last year, give or take, I've seen brilliant artwork across all fields; people who've really put the time and effort into creating, or piecing together, a masterpiece. I feel that'd be a disservice to art to just enjoy one thing, but that's subjective. That's a matter of opinion. 10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
In my mind that question's asking me if I had a thousand friends trapped in a burning house fire and I could only save one, which one would I choose? Slight exaggeration, but there's simply no way I could choose, and by the time I came to a legit decision, they'd all be dead or gone anyway. 11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
And again, another tough question. But I do have some ideas:Escaron
Ever since I first saw her sculpting, I was hooked. She crafted this incredible spider many years ago, and we grew into fast friends since then, talking about whatever. And I've been lucky to see her get well-deserved success on this site. I can only hope it grows and that she takes off even further.Trichardsen
If you haven't seen this guy's photography, I implore that you check it right now. They say that a picture paints a thousand words, and pretty much every single time I've seen his work, he's published a novel, by comparison. Incredible quality, of varying subjects and settings... It's easy to get inspired by his stuff.
Hell, one of his photos was so good I used it as my desktop. His shots of aurorae give an incredible feeling of elation.AlisaKiss
This is the lady who not only put a name to the art I'd been curious about since primary school, but created some of the highest-quality costumes I'd ever seen, before and perhaps since.
It all started 6 years ago when she shared a Supergirl costume she'd made, based off the comic Kara Zor-El from 2004 to 2011... Back then, I only knew of one outfit, and when I saw that, I was awed.
From there, the floodgates opened. I was hooked into the world of cosplay; I found several other talented artists from all walks of media, got into conventions, had wonderful conversations, I even wrote a piece about it. I learned more about those fantasy worlds and my favourite heroes, what they wore to battle. In short, her work was that amazing it inspired me to learn
more about an entire FIELD of artwork. 12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Probably the above three for the exact same reasons I listed above. Escaron
for her ability to craft quality work even through her trials, Trichardsen
for his inspiration in helping me to shoot better photos, and AlisaKiss
for the introduction into a whole new art form, at least from my perspective. Each of these artists and more have helped me appreciate artwork more and more with each day.
13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
Well at least we're FINALLY through that mess.
For me, a keyboard and a camera, for the most part. Though I do dabble in Photoshop and video editing software from time to time.14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Mostly at home but sometimes I'll get ideas elsewhere.15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
When DA didn't try to be like the other social networks, damn it!
I kid, I kid. To be honest, I don't know. I guess maybe the first time I got 100 watchers or my 10,000th page view, but let's face it, I've got not the slightest clue.
Oh dear... nearly 1200 words. I got a questionnaire and gave back an autobiography it seems. Oh well, that was my journey, let's hear yours.