It's not much of a story yet, but I think I have a chapter or two down.
I joined deviantART back in 2010, after already having frequented this site for a couple years. I gain a lot of inspiration from the dA community and even more motivation. It was thanks to an encouraging deviant that I decided to try my hand in digital art.
This was my very first work colored digitally, done in Paint Tool Sai [drawn traditionally first, then scanned in Sai]. For a couple years, this was how I did all my drawings, referencing and learning from tutorials uploaded by other deviants as I went.
At the time, I was limited to using a mouse, mostly unaware that drawing tablets even existed. Eventually, I learned how to use linework layers in Sai to smooth out my lines, but my shading was still lacking. It was through some searching and tutorials on dA that I learned about tablets and how useful they were. After asking a few deviants, I decided to purchase a Wacom Bamboo.
The result was truly amazing. Even though I was still fairly unfamiliar with digital art and the use of a tablet, it provided a great boost to my work overall and helped me begin taking my skills to the next level. Looking back, I can see that I've traveled by leaps and bounds.
Currently, I feel my best work is "Castle in the Night".
I used several custom brushes and Photoshop tutorials here on dA into order to complete this and I think it yielded beautiful results.
The support and feedback I've received on deviantART has had a very positive impact on my work and myself as an artist. Since joining I've gained 179+ watchers and 11,725+ pageviews and more wonderful comments than I can count. I plan to continue enjoying my time here for as long as I can and hope to inspire other up and coming artists along the way.