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Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.
As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your h
How long have you been on DeviantArt? About 10 years, according to my profile page. Since I was in secondary school.
What does your username mean? It is my name. I include the A because I hope to someday become a published author, and there are already published books by someone named Richard Hallett. I don't include my full middle name, Arthur, because Richard Arthur Hallett is a bit too long a name to brand myself as, I think.
Describe yourself in three words. Imaginative. Ambitious. Depressed.
Are you left or right handed? I am right-handed. More so even than I was when I was younger, because I have minor nerve damage in my left hand from an accident with a glass in which I saw my tendons and had to have one stitch to hold my wrist together so it could heal.
What was your first deviation? The oldest one still in my gallery is a poem named Affliction:I am not completely certain whether that was the first thing I submitted though.
What is your favourite type of art to create? I get different enjoyment from making different forms of art. I love writing and drawing. Currently the thing I find the most fulfilling is solo computer game development, doing all the code and sprites and sound effects myself. I am currently making a top-down fantasy combat game called Nightmare Arena.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Realistic digital painting.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Digital paintings of visually interesting characters.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? Difficult to choose, but maybe Kate-FoX. Got to admire someone who is so good at such a variety of styles.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I don't know. I lack confidence and feel very nervous when meeting people I don't already know, so to be honest maybe no-one.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? In general receiving positive or useful feedback from people here on DA has helped a bit with my self confidence. Every favourite or positive comment on my artwork has helped me feel that I can create things people can enjoy, which is one of the pillars my shaky self esteem rests on.
What are your preferred tools to create art? For digital art and photo post-processing, I use and love Photoshop CS4. For text stuff, Notepad++. For traditional art, I like pencils, coloured pencils, and oil pastels. For computer game development, I am currently still on my first project and am using GameMaker: Studio.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? I dunno about inspirational, but the place I get the most done is the living room in my flat, where my computer is. It is my safe refuge, where I am in control and where there are few distractions.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? When my good friend SplodgeOfDoom got a daily deviation.