Hello everyone! Welcome to our community week on projecteducate!
Today, we are introducing our community week Superstars!
#Q1: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
miontre : One fact about me is that I'm terrible at telling about myself! I am a photographer, currently just a hobbyist. On dA, I am involved in projects such as FeedbackFrenzy and of course projecteducate! I'm really happy to be involved in projecteducate because I love providing help, education, and assistance to others. I aim to do this in my articles and tutorials (whether or not they are ones submitted to projecteducate).
lintu47 : HelloI'm Cristina and i live in Romania. I'm a dedicated senior member of dA's community since December 2006. In real life i'm a 4th year med student, planning to move to Australia in a couple of years and on 7th December this year, in order to celebrate my 6th year on dA, i had my first wisdom tooth extracted
ValaSedai : I'm your friendly but introverted, video game obsessed geek who enjoys some good black metal and a good dose of daydreaming. ^^
JamminJo : Hello Everyone JamminJo here I am a self-taught photographer and love to experiment with different setting on my camera. I love capturing photos and learning from our deviantART Community and helping as much as humanly possible
#Q2: How did you discover deviantART?
miontre : When I was younger (ehem, a bit too young); someone from my school introduced me to deviantART. He got me to make an account, to be honest I didn't really want to join but I did anyway because I was easily influenced by peer pressure back then So I joined, not planning to use the site more than the one time I logged in when I made the account. About four months later, while doing some photography, I realised that photography was an art. Then I remembered about deviantART, and I thought it would be fun to post some of my work there. I got more and more involved than I thought I would, and I am still here today.
lintu47 : I appreciated art for as long as i can remember and back in 2005 (June i believe it was) i discovered this site while i was searching for some fan art. I was so amazed by what i could find here that i visited it every day since that day, but only one year and a half later i decided to join the community, when i decided i have something to contribute.
ValaSedai: Honestly...I have no idea. I've had an account before this one some time in 2005 and it's been so long that I haven't got the slightest clue what made me originally stumble across dA.
JamminJo: I discovered deviantART back in 2008 I was very active within the community and learned many new photography techniques. My photography style changed and I grew out of my old account so much that I decided to create a new account in May of 2011, this was way before user name changes were available
#Q3: What do you think about the deviantART Community?
miontre: I love it! I think it's great that there are so many supportive, friendly, and open people here; who want to encourage each other's projects and features, look at each other's works, help each other at improving their art - it's great! I really think deviantART is a place where each of us has something to share and each of us is welcome. It's the selflessness of mostly everybody that really makes this place! Of course, there are a small few people who don't meet this description at all - but there isn't much we can do about it.
lintu47: It's the best by far, and i'm not just saying that. Of all the sites i've been, this community is the most supporting and united; the friends i made here, and even strangers kept my spirits up when i was down because of the things that happened outside of my laptop, but this is a personal opinion. Generally speaking, it's a great environment for beginner artists because they can learn from the best and are a lot of people willing to help them spread the word about their works, and for bigger artists as well because they find here a great audience. What i love most about this community is that when you give, you always receive something valuable in return - appreciation and the thought that you made someone smile today.
ValaSedai: The fact that I've been a member of countless online communities and none of them have captured my interest for much more than a year while I've actively been on dA for more than two already now kinda speaks for itself.I just adore that the community is so tight and that even staff members actively take part in it, which really does make this place feel like a huge family. Sure, you've got your bad moments and black sheep but which real family doesn't?
JamminJo: Before I set up my account in 2008 I researched the internet for artistic communities that were similar to deviantART. I can tell you that there is no other online community that is more community focused and/or dedicated to their members. Simply stated; there is no other online community that comes close to deviantART's Core Values FAQ #84: What are the Core Values of the Community Relations Department? For me deviantART will always be my one and only online artistic community, and I will always do my very best to help support deviantART and the sensational artists within our deviantART Community
#Q4: What do you think about #projecteducate group?
miontre: I think projecteducate is a great group which everyone should be a part of! It gives us the oppurtunity to learn more about our chosen art forms and also to learn about other art forms. The week-long (sometimes longer) dedication to a particular medium makes it almost like a course, and makes it even more exciting when your medium has it's week!
lintu47: This group started as "a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community" as it says in its description and i'm very grateful i came across it because it really motivated me to go one step further in my work for the community. It's a great place to find inspiring people, articles about all mediums, tips and interviews with great artists. It's a small community on it's own that works every day to bring you the best materials and newest art-related articles.I had the chance to work with some of the best and kindest people i've met in my 6 years on this site and i'd like to thank Kaz-D for her effort she put into making this group a spring of awesomeness
ValaSedai: It's probably one of the most useful groups here on dA imho because you always learn something new and that about a very broad variety of areas, be it art or dA itself.
JamminJo: projecteducate is a phenomenal group that is founded by deviants that are dedicated to educating and helping our community grow. I love the variety of educational weeks and of course Community Weeks are very special to my heart I enjoy working with so many deviants and share their excitement and passion for the educational articles that they produce.
#Q5: Tell us about your inspirations on deviantART
miontre: I am honestly inspired by so many people here that it's going to be difficult to answer this question! My inspirations have changed a lot while I've been on deviantART; when I first joined I was inspired by artists like linda-Bee, EliseEnchanted, and light-from-Emirates. There were some others but I can't remember who they were now. Nowadays I have moved away from that sort of art (most of the time ). Some of my main artistic inspirations at the moment are DianaGrigore, regularjane, arctoa, nile-can-too, tayaiv, dragonfly-oli, DpressedSoul, oprisco - there are so many more but I'm just going to stop there! There definitely are people which should be on that list - sorry but there are just a lot of poeple and I just can't remember every one of them! Some of my community inspirations are bradleysays, Aeirmid, ziinyu, JamminJo, winehaus, namenotrequired, Arichy, Kaz-D, GillianIvy - as with my artistic influences, there should be more people in this list but I can't remember each of them from the top of my head!
lintu47: I don't consider myself an artist, therefore i won't talk about the artistic inspiration. But for the part i do, what truly inspires me is others' community work and dedication towards this site. It's a great feeling when i see others do selfless actions, i always admired those that do something without expecting anything in return.
ValaSedai: In general my muse lies within my beloved video games but of all the wonderful deviants on here I'd have to say Know-Kname has been a really great inspiration and so have LohiAxel, Syntetyc and andrekosslick. <3 A look at their galleries will tell you why. :3
JamminJo: Oh my There are so many inspirations on deviantART My inspirations come from all the positive deviants, groups and leaders of deviantART. For me; The deviantART Community is and always will be an inspiration in all I do within our community and within my personal life
#Q6: If you could change one thing about deviantART what would it be?
miontre: The Journal Skins system! I don't really think the current system is amazing - previously maybe it has been useful, but nowadays as people move onto bigger and better designs it is quite limiting. I've come up with a completely new, completely different system which I think is really good - and I think a lot of other Journal skinners would like it too. One day I'm going to get around to suggesting it, and if I'm lucky dA might consider it. I think it'll make the journal skinning process a lot easier overall, and won't be limiting on what we can do whatsoever.
lintu47: Sta.sh, definitely Sta.sh. It just doesn't want to work for me, it's like there's a mutual feeling of hatred between us ): And this is very unfortunate since i need to use it in projecteducate.
ValaSedai: Turn it into an actual real place.
JamminJo: In general people are good in nature, helpful and caring. However, from time to time we all run into a person that has a negative attitude about the aspects of deviantART. I truly wish that there was someway to help these deviants understand the "Big Picture" and what it takes to make a strong and lasting community of artists from around the world.
#Q7: What is your favourite thing about deviantART? About the world?
miontre: My favourite thing about deviantART is the wonderful oppurtunity to share your art (and improve it) and meet people from all across the globe. Favourite thing about the world? I think I'll leave this question. It's difficult to choose a favourite from everything!
lintu47: The best thing about deviantART are the people you can find here - from different corners of the world, with different ages and skin color, all stand together to share their art and support their fellow artists. This is a source of inspiration for me to keep spreading the dA love.As for the world, i think that what i appreciate more is the cultural diversity.
ValaSedai: That it motivates me to make more art, to push my limits with every new work that I try. I wouldn't know where I'd be today regarding my art without it and its wonderful members.About the world? Nature.
JamminJo: My favorite thing about deviantART and the World. I can view works of art and/or visit with anyone from around the deviantART Community and the World I can chat with my friend in Russia or my friends in New York, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada etc...... Our deviantART Community is unique, tight-knit and forever family to me
#Q8: Is there anything else you want to say?
miontre: If you're reading this - thanks for taking the time to read my interview until the end! And thank you, Arichy, for interviewing me! I am honoured.
Also, join FeedbackFrenzy!
lintu47: For artists: Keep your expectations and standards high, so you will always be urged to do better. Never be completely contempt with yourself because when you do, you'll start devolving.For love-spreading people like myself: Keep doing what you do because your work doesn't go unnoticed and it really matters to someone
ValaSedai: I'm not good with final words.
JamminJo: "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."~ Mark Twain
Thank you Arichy for this wonderful opportunity to share with our deviantART Community