People have asked me "why DeviantArt?"
Let's just take a minute to acknowledge a website that's fostered an art-driven community tens of millions strong. DeviantArt eclipses it's nearest neighbors by an order of magnitude. It has been and remains as probably the best online portal for sharing and discovering artwork; DeviantArt is thriving.
DeviantArt is uniquely approachable, you don't have to be a professional; you don't have to be anything. We are the most inclusive art community that has ever existed, and while users may quibble with one another, DeviantArt itself remains admirably impartial.
Despite its enormous popularity, DeviantArt is constantly being lambasted by professional artists as inconsequential, juvenile and fetishistic. Our notoriety inspires undue hesitation in artist that might be searching for a home on the web.
Artists who have no problem painting gruesomely macabre imagery, or a nude harem of collared women fawning over some slobbering, grotesque demon are running in terror from the furry fandom? You have got to be kidding me.
It's time to grow up. The stigma is either elitist, or worse, xenophobic, and in some cases it's just outright wrong; the majority of contemporary professionals are already on DeviantArt, and many artists such as Jonas De Ro & Darek Zabrocki openly admit to launching their careers through DeviantArt.
DeviantArt provides artists a way to connect with their fans without the uncomfortable intimacy of a Facebook friendship. It provides a safe space for fan activity that would otherwise be considered illicit.
It's not without its flaws - DeviantArt can sometimes seem like an unregulated mess; Deviants are constantly toeing the line of what the website considers to be pornographic content, but the onus is on us to do better as a community.
DeviantArt is my second home, some of the best friends I've ever had I met here. If it weren't for DeviantArt I'd never have had a career in art; I probably wouldn't have tried so hard. More even than I can say, I owe so much to this website.
That's why - thanks,