Or, My life with deviantART.
In 1992, at my employer's beckoning, I took a technical writing course to learn how to be a better writer when describing technical glitches in computer systems, or writing instructions on how to resolve issues that could be read by non-technical people. As part of this course, one of the assignments was to write a short (20 to 30 pages) fictitious story about something that interested us. I wrote the story (I think it rated an A-) and promptly forgot about it.
When I was searching through a stack of old DDS backup tapes for a document in late 2007, I found the assignment and saved it to a USB key just for fun. A few months later, I changed jobs and we got pregnant. Finding myself stuck with my little Asus EeePC in a waiting room while my wife underwent some tests (I wasn't allowed in), I decided to add to the story. Doing some Google searches on Centaurs and Kentaurides brought me to dA, where I lurked for a while. Eventually, driven by the need to ask questions about artwork, I joined dA to be able to post samples of my work. I quickly realized that photos of my cats made others laugh, so dA became a place to upload some of the thousands of photos I take every year. I've since commissioned several artists and purchased art from various artists, and even sold a photo or two!
Below are the covers of the two novels I've written with the help of the
community. The artwork was commissioned by me and drawn by the incomparable
, truly one of my all-time favorite artists here on
, and the layout was created by a friend who has yet to create a presence here.
The next is a piece I wrote for a contest in a group here on dA, the first I participated in, and that won me the artwork by talented cartoonist
which you see below.
This fourth piece is another story I wrote, illustrated by another talented artist,
And lastly, this piece, one of the first I commissioned, drawn by the tough and vivacious
, who showed incredible patience with me as I learned the process. This and a few other examples of her artwork are included in "The Kentauride."
Honorable mention, this amazing clay model of Tanita, the title character in "The Kentauride," was created by
and now sits on my desk.
And finally one for the cat lovers:
It's been three years since I joined
, but it's unlikely I'll be leaving anytime soon. Be it the writing community, the cat people, the car, train or plane people, or even the lurkers who I don't know, I have made many friends and had many interesting debates in my tenure here. Someone I greatly respect once called Linked-In "Facebook for Adults
;" if that is the case, then deviantART is truly the Linked-In for connoisseurs.