I joined deviantART in January of 2004 (after a few failed tries to get in; at the time they didn't accept AOL mail but then they finally accepted). However, my story dates back long before that.
I started drawing back in late 2001, some time after 9/11, where I drew Sonic characters dressed as soldiers in Afghanistan. They were simple scribbles and sketches at the time. In mid 2003, I joined an art site on NetRaptor.org owned by
and there I drew pics for my friends, and it was there I met
and we've remained friends ever since. In fact, I drew her characters the most during those years.
Finally, in January of 2004, I joined deviantART when I was a high-school senior. At the time, I was simply uploading all of my old art to catch up. Half-way through, I got impatient so I started uploading my newer arts. Of course, 2004 brought upon some life-changes for me. I went from high school to college that year, my art changed from traditional pencil-drawn to fully CG art, and I lost some friends of mine... yeah, I lost quite a few friends that year.
However, I gained a lot more new friends, such as
whom I've known since before joining dA.
I practically raised a family on deviantART. I created my first fan character, Ryan "Bat" Perreault a USAF fighter pilot and I gave him a wife, Bristy "Knife" Campbell a USMC fighter pilot. July 5th, 2003, I gave them a daughter named Cari, February 14th, 2006 I gave them a son named Josh, and I gave them another daughter named Molly born October 9th, 2011.
DeviantART has been my main site I used to express myself, my interests, and not to be ashamed for who I am. Of course I lost a few friends because of that, including my ex-girlfriend, but I also gained a few friends who like me for who I am and never judge me. For instance, we have
, and many more.
In addition, remember I said I lost friends back in 2004? Only one contacted me and we both reconnected our friendship, which is still strong to this day. That would be
and we've been friends even since before I joined deviantART. A few years ago, she introduced me to her boyfriend,
and I enjoy talking to him and drawing his characters because it's actually nice talk to another guy.
Oh, and there's one other friend who I met here on dA. Despite losing friends because I wasn't shy to express myself, I gained a lot of new one, and this one is possibly the best one! That would be
and she got me into a lot of stuff, such as the video games starring Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Sly Cooper, and Ratchet & Clank. Of course I like all of my friends, but she's the only one that really understands me and I love talking to her.
That's my dA story after ten years. You'll expect to see me here for another ten years!