So I got both a DD and a Facebook feature for my LA piece yesterday, and it finally just hit me how amazing this place is. All the love and support I've gotten here is mind-boggling to me. I would even go as far as to say that it's made my career. This is where I found my "audience", my first industry connections, fellow artist friends etc. This is where I first saw Dan LuVisi's King Kong piece and stared at it in awe for hours, and then had my mind blown the day I found out that both him and Rahll (Reid Southen) knew who I was! I mean, these were guys I was idolizing like fucking movie stars, and today I consider these guys to be good friends, even though I still havne't met either of them.. (I think they're just intimidated by me sexually.) But anyway, I always knew I could draw, based on the reactions from people around me, but I also always considered myself a complete nobody. Perhaps because I was such a fucking deadbeat loser in "real life", getting fired from jobs in grocery stores, hating every job I ever had, never having any dreams or visions up to the age of 24. Then I joined dA and discovered how much fun it was to start working on a portfolio, and all of sudden ppl recognized my name thanks to my art! I was posting here like crazy, almost every day. After a year I started working at RealtimeUK (yes, in the UK lol) and this was during the recession in 2008, so "thankfully" we had a lot of downtime. This meant I could spend my days at the office painting personal stuff and posting it to dA like a maniac! I think that's what made me interesting to watch during that period, because I would always have something new to show and I knew I was showing some improvement every once in a while.
Then came Oblivion and I got to meet more people in the industry, and more and more insanely cool job offers started to pop up, and here I am. I can't say that I'm living my dream, because I never really had any dreams. I only know I have a great life, I get to do what I love every day and I know that it's thanks to people like you, and it's thanks to this site.
So yeah, Deviantart and all you fellow deviants, you are effin' awesome!