Because this stuff is really important for posterity.
I started out on deviantArt because... hm... I think it was because my best friend IRL had an account and told me about it, so I started an account. That would be TrustInDoubt, March of 2009. At first it was really crappy emo poetry because I had just moved after my parents' divorce and I was a miserable little dork at the time. Quickly shifted over into photography. Self-taught amateur with a point-and-shoot thing but there were some pretty photos IMO here and there. A few of my favs-
There were also a few crummy drawings of my equine RP characters, and uhh, yeah not a whole lot else. It's mostly a dead account at this point, never liked the username and it's just clogged with junk. But I was browsing howrse one day, saw a digital drawing being used as a stable banner, and it had a curious little watermark in the corner, Misty Meadow Stables. So I googled, came across Kalesta and recognized the drawing as hers, sent her a note about the theft, and then ended up watching her because HORSIES. After a few months I became brave enough to dip my toe into the strange new world she had introduced to me, namely HARPG. Funny really, if art theft didn't exist then I might never have joined this community and my life would be quite different indeed...
For funsies, here's the piece that had been ripped from kalesta that lead me to her-
That was in April 2011. August 7th 2011 I created this account, Helsinge, and I felt like I finally found my niche in the art community. My first character was Solly, and my art was... not beautiful at that point. Most of my drawings had just been linearts, I rarely ever colored and certainly never shaded or drew backgrounds.
Since then, my art has improved so much. Constant drawing and yearning for improvement has developed my anatomy, shading, backgrounds, and general artiness so much. I even ventured into digital art, something I'd have never dreamed of otherwise. I've also developed a deep love and attachment for my HARPG characters- in the past I had make-believe horses that my friend and I "rode" through the woods when I was a kid, and in more recent years I've become strongly attached to many of my RP characters. But seeing my characters come to life on the screen and on paper....
...and seeing them loved and appreciated by others, is a joy that I cannot describe.
Sometimes I get frustrated with my art, or get a bit burned out on community nonsense. But my love for my characters, and all the fantastic friends I've made here, keep me glued to deviantArt. I love you guys. I seriously do. You have no idea how much joy you've brought me over the years. Here's to many more years with you all