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Journal Entry: Fri Aug 8, 2014, 12:13 PM


dissolving life by suzi9mmsprained minds by suzi9mmbiology exam tomorrow by suzi9mmexquisite II by suzi9mm




suzi9mm was the very first artist who actually made me aware of deviantART. I saw some of her work in a local music magazine in the first half of the first decade of the 2000's, and they had a link to her page on dA. I followed that link, really liked what I saw, and registered an account to favourite (And purchase!) some of her artwork. "Sprained Minds" is still one of my all-time favourite photgraphs, for various reasons (one of them being that it looks even more ridiculously sexy on high-gloss paper on my walls). Her mixture of sex, sensuality and the intimate brutality of blood still hold me in their fascinating grasp.

And I simply adore the evolution of her work in the years between when I came across her and now.





Corset by oryanz


This photograph of a corset made out of piercings was one of the pictures that I found after registering on the site and following the tracks of people who watched suzi9mm and were watched by her in return. Before we had the "Suggested from other artists" on here, the best way to find great artwork was to look around the people connected to the artists you already knew and adored. It was... It was a journey. Sure, it was slower and more ardous, but it also gave you that thrill of the (digital) hunt. And the satisfaction of finding yet another beautiful piece was always a welcome feeling.

And that's exactly the feeling I had when I found this photograph. It still speaks to me. It's still alluring to me. It's still inspiring to me. I just... I still love and adore it. Dedication, beauty, creativity, pain... All still apparent, all still calling to me.





Aries by NicolasRGiacondinoelemental by NoirFeuArt Nouveau III by DanielaUhlig


In the following years I was able to find many more artists who created work which I loved then and which I still love.

From Nicolás R. Giacondino (better known as Aerion-the-faithful) had a striking, bold style when I first stumbled upon him. And over the years his style became more and more... His. Better. More stylish. More defined. And more diverse. He's one of those few artists who are able to infuse their own soul into the pictures they paint. Giving each of them their own distinctive look as well as still always being distinctly THEIRS. I chose Mr. Giacondino to illustrate the cover of the very first story I ever self-published. And it remains a bold and beautiful piece.

Then there's Ms. Agata Fitas (NoirFeu), whose photography have that immortal feeling of another world around them. Something fey. Something ghostly. Her gallery is stunning, her pictures captivating. Each able to speak for itself. It's as if her camera is able to actually capture that one, whimsical, moment of the scenes she catches on film.

Last, but not least, the extremely talented Daniela Uhlig. Being a poster-child for my thesis that Berlin is actually able to breed and/or create/mold talented, creative people more than most other cities. Some of her work graces my walls. More will follow. Her clear and distinctive style has a beauty to itself that I seldom see in other artists. She also choses subjects and style-clashes which I immensely enjoy, which is a great bonus. But visit her gallery. See her play with serious subjects, with whimsy, with sex, with fusions. And see her evolve and change as she goes along.





Neutral by LunarRose

neutral - vector by chiplegal

These two pieces show how wonderful dA can be. When the original artist took the photograph, she was 13. Thirteen. And already with a great eye for composition, but also with a great eye for the stupidity of superficial perception. And one of her friends decided to play with it, apply his own style and art-form to it and create a most exquisite digital art-piece. dA was able to give both a way of sharing their art, their voice and their views with the world. And this is something that should be truly treasured. (Also, both pieces are more than just "nice". They're quite beautiful. And the original still speaks to me. After nine years.)








Stay with Me by missmorgue
Last, but very much and truly not least, there's the wonderful and talented and, quite simply, beautiful Miss Morgue. When I stumbled across her artwork, I was immediately drawn in. Grungy, industrial, digital photo-manipulations. What's not to love? So I commented on her pieces, and gave some honest opinions and pieces of critique. She did likewise on my pieces. And before long, we came into personal contact. And, as time would have it, we became friends. We met, we talked, we laughed, we shared. All this because we both took time and effort to look at each other's art and were able to connect directly. dA not only gave me a wonderful new artist to watch and follow, but also a new friend. And this, in my eyes, must be one of dA's most wonderful features: The possibility of true connection.

And sad as I am to say it, I think that dA's continued popularity somehow diluted this. The signal-to-noise ration has risen to extreme heights. And I long back for the time when the few comments people received all had at least some thought behind them. Some effort. But all I can do to help with this, is to "lead by example", so to speak. To leave meaningful comments written in correct, coherent {insert your language}. And hope that more people start doing the same again.

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There you have it.
My story with deviantART.

How it began. Where it lead me. What I think of it now.


Happy Birthday deviantART.
May there be more than just a few more years left. And may they always be better.

  • Listening to: Deine Lakaien - Crystal Palace (Album)
  • Reading: Jim Butcher - Skin Game
  • Watching: Various YouTubers and Twitch streamers.
  • Playing: Europa Unviersalis IV and X-Wing
  • Eating: Badly.
  • Drinking: Too much Coke. Not enough Tea.
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