I've never really taken part in any of these deviantART events so I'm going to do this as part of my goal to be more active here.
This is the first picture I ever added to my favorites. It's interesting because it says a lot about how my interests really haven't changed. I came here looking for dragons several years ago and I'm still as interested in dragons as ever. Lately I've been doing lots of fan art to build up my skills but I look forward to painting lots of dragons in the future.
Then I found Shadowumbre. Her spectacular, vibrant digital paintings of dragons and griffons and other fantastical creatures filled my imagination. She was the one that ultimately inspired me to buy my first tablet and jump into the world of digital painting.
I then found Hibbary's artwork which was just as inspiring as Shadowumbre's and showed incredible skill in traditional media. She also amazed me with how she interacted with the community. Her artwork became a drive force behind my interest in art and lead me to learn watercolors. (I really need to start practicing and using watercolor regularly!)
This little animation carries a very fond memory as probably the first time I really realized I could actually learn to do amazing animations. May very well be one of the things to have really got me into 3d animation.
Lastly I think this is a good place to honor Hakubaikou, who has been missed but not forgotten. Her artwork still amazes and inspires me.
This post sure brought back a lot of very fond memories. Happy B-day DeviantART and thanks for all the memories! I look forward to many more.