In celebration of DeviantArt's 15th birthday (Happy Birthday, DA!), they've posted a "Deviantartist Questionnaire" for us to complete. I figured, sure, why not. I need a new journal, and I don't talk about myself enough. No, really, I don't. So here we go! 1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
According to my profile page, I created my account July 2nd, 2008.
I really don't remember. My memory is like that though. I do remember that I hadn't drawn in several years since graduating high school. I just didn't have the inspiration or drive to draw anything anymore, for whatever reason. But discovering DA, and viewing all the wonderful artwork, made something click. I've been doodling ever since! ...that sounds gross though. Doodling, heh. 2. What does your username mean?
It's... actually kind of simple. "Meroe" (pronounced "mer" as in "mermaid" and "oh" as in "Oh my god, Justin Bieber!) is an original character of mine, and my most favorite, and since I was already using his name for my email, I figured why not make it easy and use that for my DA name, too? The "1313" at the end was because "Meroe" was already taken. And my birthday is on the 13th, so I like that number.
Maybe that's why I can't win the lottery? 3. Describe yourself in three words.
Creative, antisocial, weirdo. 4. Are you left or right handed?
Left is right! According to my family though, I do everything backwards. I even had to have a special tutor in second grade to learn cursive writing because I couldn't understand the right-handed teacher's instructions. Is it weird though that I do a lot of things, like throwing balls, with my right hand? 5. What was your first deviation?
< I think I may have submitted a couple of smaller things first, but they've long since been deleted. I re-drew these two characters in 2010 >
I intended to do a series with them, but I got bored with it. Maybe I should have given her rainbow spots or something... 6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Character portraits/character art mostly. I've realized that creating "complete" artworks, with composition and background and proper lighting, really stresses me out sometimes, even if it is rewarding once it's complete. Just designing and drawing creatures and characters is a lot of fun. Who doesn't want to throw a bunch of animals in a blender and see what monstrosity pops out?! ...not literally, of course. 7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Plush making! I love plushies, but I haven't quite wrapped my head around how to make them the way I want to make them yet. I need to kick myself in the butt and just do it... the last pig I tried to plush ended up with a weasel face. Don't ask me how. I have no clue how it happened. 8. What was your first favourite?
Wow, going back... um, probably on my first deviation, the one listed above. I was very shy about my work, and I just knew that no one would even see it, but I got so much more attention for it than I ever imagined it would, which inspired me to keep posting.
...Oooh, you mean the first thing that that I Favorited? Most of 'em are in storage now, but this one isn't >
Super Smash Bro for life! 9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Oh fanart stuff mostly, but anything that looks epic and colorful. I try not to fave too much, only stuff that's interesting or funny or that I can admire and study. I'd much rather leave a nice comment than a favorite. 10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I'm biased towards my sister, ART-fromthe-HEART
for obvious reasons. You should totally go check her out if you like beautiful animal portraits and sculpture. But I have to say that I really admire Grypwolf
's work. Every time I see her work, I think to myself, "THAT is what I want to create!" I've spent a lot of time just staring at her uploads, studying her drawing and lightning and stuff. But I admire and appreciate everything that comes into my inbox. <3 11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
...have I mentioned that I'm antisocial, and I struggle even to stay in touch with my real-life friends? But seriously, any one of my friends or watchers who also wants to meet with me, I'd love to meet them. Kind of curious to meet Ry-Spirit
in person, he's a cool dude. I may not recognize him at first though, depending on the color of his hair. 12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I think I never would have started drawing again without those first few watchers and friends who commented on my early work, so thank you guys! And of course I have fond feelings toward everyone who's joined me along the way and left me some nice comments. While I can't think of a specific moment off the top of my head, I can honestly say that the growth I've experienced as an artist is only because of the people who've supported me, and the wonderful site that supports us all. Thank you! 13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
You young 'uns may not know what it is, but there's a cylindrical device you hold between your fingers that has lead on the tip, and you draw with it... but you can't CTRL+Z unless you use the eraser add-on, which, luckily, they include for free, at least until it runs out... 14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
I'll draw anywhere, except in public. Any eyes start looking my way and BAM! pencil's down. But the best place for me to be is in a calm, happy state-of-mind. If I don't feel good, or the house is too loud, or there's a storm outside... I don't get "into the zone" at all. I'm a little ADD so I can be easily distracted, and that really affects the quality of... OH LOOK A CHICKEN! 15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Do I have to pick one? Ah, well, off the top of my head. I had just joined the Pokemon RP group PokemonRainbow
with my OC Tailus Fonts, but I didn't really know anyone, and I'd never done any sort of role play group before. I see this picture posted to the group, of a bunch of characters playing together on the beach, by temmybanana
I jokingly comment that my Tailus, being a loner like me, came late to the party but danced by himself anyway. Temmy thought it was so funny that she drew Tailus, alone on the beach with his Pokemon, dancing >
It just makes me grin every time I see it. And that helped me feel more confident in my character and inspired me to chat with more Rainbros and submit even more artwork. Tailus doesn't have to party alone any more, hooray!
Thus concludes my DeviantArtist Questionnaire. Thank you for reading! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to what I was doing... what was I doing?
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