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Looks good! I especially like her expression, which neatly sums up the mood of the whole scene. Another virtue is the use of depth of f...

Happy Birthday dA - and my story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 1:36 PM

Since dA has asked for these, here's mine.

I became aware of dA in early March 2007, while "shopping" at Renderosity's Free Stuff.  Somebody mentioned that they had other goodies "at Deviant Art" and provided a link, so I followed it.

I quickly discovered the gray-bar "Mature content, you can't look" thumbnail, and of course I wanted to get around it.  The easiest way to do that was to join, so I did (March 9, 2007).  I quickly realized that this was an excellent place to post my own work.  It was a month before I actually did so (April 11) - one of my netiquette axioms was to wait a while and listen, before I jumped in with a contribution.  I think the advice was to wait two weeks - well, I waited a little longer.  

At first I couldn't quite decide whether to focus on photography or 3D renders, so my only two photo posts are among those first few.  But I knew I was going to run out of photos long before I ran out of 3D renders and/or ideas, so I've stuck with 3D since then.

I know it's not necessary to "specialize" like that, but I really didn't have much in the way of photos or photo opportunities, whereas I knew I'd be able to produce a lot of 3D work.  Drawing and painting were not totally ruled out, but mostly so, because I don't draw very well and it takes me weeks and weeks to produce a painting, and how do you scan something that big anyway?  (I know people do it, I just don't know how.)

So here we are, 7-1/2 years and 1387 renders later.  Another four years and my OCs will start to be of legal age!  (Pandora first appeared on my hard drive in November 2000.  Of course, in her backstory, she was born some time in the 80s.)

Many thanks to :iconpergamina: :hug: and :icongreen-lily: :hug:, who sent me welcome messages during my first week and helped me feel like I really belonged.  Of course, now I'm an old-timer myself and belonging is no longer in question.  Plus, I've got many more people to thank for their support: 948 watchers, 35,011 favers and 27,581 commenters, as of 4:30 p.m. August 7.  (Watcher #1000, due in a few months, will get a kiriban.)


On thanking faves: I like to! Even when I run into curmudgeons who actually object to being thanked. :? :X

However, I have the problem of being popular! Well, sort of. Not, thank God, popular enough to make enemies, but popular enough that I can't thank every fave. So as a compromise, I thank everyone who faves and comments, and everyone who faves more than once during the period (typically four or five days) before the next time I go through and delete messages. So if you fave and don't get a thank-you, sorry, I thank you all!
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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Renaissance music in my memory
  • Reading: History of Transylvania
  • Watching: All those lovely Chronophontians
  • Playing: on the keyboard (!?)
  • Eating: pistachios
  • Drinking: green tea


Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Michigan
deviantWEAR sizing preference: as big as they get :(
Print preference: sexy
Favourite genre of music: Renaissance & baroque (the other R&B)
Favourite photographer: you, probably!
Favourite style of art: funny, sexy, beautiful - realilty provides enough pain.
Operating System: too lazy for Linux, too cheap for a Mac...what's left?
MP3 player of choice: VLC
Shell of choice: the one I crawl into from time to time
Wallpaper of choice: landscapes - I'm too public for pinups :(
Skin of choice: my lady's
Favourite cartoon character: Leela
Personal Quote: That's the way the Mercedes Benz.


How long do mermaids (and mermen) live? 

11 deviants said Same as ordinary humans - normally under a hundred years
9 deviants said o A long time (hundreds or thousands of years) but with human-length pregnancy (9 months) and childhood/adolescence (about 18 years)
5 deviants said A long time, with long childhood (hundreds of years) but human-length pregnancy
5 deviants said A long time, with long childhood and pregnancy
3 deviants said Other (tell us about it!)


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st-stiefel Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the FAV!
Chronophontes Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!  I hope my suggestions were helpful.  (Bad news:  Flash costs a lot more than it used to.  Good news: You might be able to get the same result with HTML-5, which is free.  The related authoring tool, Hype, costs a lot less than Flash but is available at present only on the Mac.)
st-stiefel Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Xiraus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional General Artist

You have been invite to join our group and participate in our  :iconice-bucket-challenge: , feel free to tag 3 people on the group front page to challenge them in the art medium of your preference, have fun!!

RaikonKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for faving :iconcute-plz:
Chronophontes Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
marygriffith1743 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Artist
thanks for the cake badge!
Chronophontes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
marygriffith1743 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Artist
RockBarnes Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014
Just wanted to tell you sorry for being so much absent during the last time (years?), then I found your story... :) 7 years now, me too. And my reason to join was the same. Then I felt like getting "dragged in... But my gallery is now smaller than it was at some earlier time... *sigh*

About "curmudgeons who actually object to being thanked"... I'm one of them. A little. Maybe a little more than just a little... Because... When I watch someone, it is because I want to remembered to look at his/her work later on. When I fav' something, it's mostly not because I find a piece exceptionally good (can happen, too, but rarely), it's mostly because the piece strikes a chord in me during that very moment and I want to be remembered of that - so, strictly speaking, I kind of misuse the fav'- feature.

Both of these I do for my own very personal reasons. And always explicitely for my very own pleasure. Then, getting thanked for a watch or a fav' always feels a little bit awkward - the artist did something I like and he/she is merely thanking me for my personal taste, expressed as a *want* - huh?
(Ok, a little kiddie part of me is not so picky and enjoys the thanking anyway. But still, for the most part, it feels strange.)
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