And yeah I'm doing it because why not. So, I joined dA June of 2011. As for why, I don't really remember, I think it was just on a whim seeing as how I normally join sites like this on a whim.
[ABOVE: my first deviation
At first, I did traditional art because at the time I had no idea how digital art worked. Eventually, I dabbled in doing digital art using dA muro (never again) and my mouse (NEVER AGAIN), but still posted some stuff done in pencil too.
[ABOVE: Art done in 2011 done traditionally and digitally]
Thankfully for me, I would no longer have to use my mouse for digital art because luckily for me, I got my own computer and drawing tablet for my birthday/Christmas that year. So as a result, I permanently switched to doing digital art, using PSE since that came with my tablet.
[ABOVE: early 2012 art done in PSE]
In May of 2012, I found a version of Paint Tool SAI on here that could work on Macs despite the fact that the program was made only for Windows computers, so I switched over to using SAI instead of PSE since I liked how SAI had brushes that naturally blended and the line tool was nice (I will shamefully admit that for a while, I just used the line tool and manipulated it to do what I wanted). I did a lot of art during a short period around this time (like wow go me) and I definitely improved from 2011 in terms of coloring. Anatomy? Ehhhh kinda I guess.
[ABOVE: May-July 2012 art done in SAI]
After that, I found FireAlpaca and decided to try that for a while while doing a DC 30 Days challenge (that I never finished =X OOPS)
[ABOVE: Art from September of 2012 done in FireAlpaca]
I then decided I didn't like FireAlpaca at all, and as a result ditched it for SAI. I played around with my style a bit, and I tried out some new techniques that I learned from tutorials and speedpaints.
[ABOVE: Art from Oct-Dec 2012 done in SAI]
It was around this time I decided to try using PSE again for lining and SAI for coloring, which I did for a while. Eventually though, I got PS and just stopped using SAI. Along with my dying use of SAI was my dying use of dA. I had started posting other art on other sites and just didn't see the need to post them here. As a result, there are huge time gaps between my newer deviations versus my old ones along with huge style changes. I worked a lot on anatomy and coloring since I never seem to be satisfied with myself on either.
[ABOVE: 2013-2014 art done in SAI/PS for the first one, PS for the other two]
But dA has been nice, even though I kinda stopped using it. It gave me a way to show my art to a larger audience and to get some advice too. It also let me watch a bunch of amazing artists who definitely inspire me to try different things with my art. So happy birthday dA. You've been cool.