So I've heard that there is a new DA Birthday Badge up for grabs?
I am SOOOO all over that!! All I need to do is tell my "deviantART Story", huh?
Well let's do it!!
Once upon a time, all the way back in middle school, a tiny teenaged nerd named Katy heard of DA from her friends. Being a huge Sonic the Hedgehog fangirl, these friends showed little Katy all the awesome fanart, and printed pics out for her to decorated her binders with. But besides being too young to have an account, she also didn't have any way to post art to the computer, so little Katy kept drawing for herself, content to browse DA.
But a couple years later, little Katy-kins was at her aunt's house, surfing the web. Now in highschool, Katy's mother had gotten a scanner, and Katy now had a way to upload her artwork. So at her aunt's house, on September 29th, 2006, Katy took the moniker of ShadOBabe, and took her first steps into the world of DeviantArt.
And the next day, she posted this:
It was a picture of some hypothetical future children of Sonic characters that ShadOBabe quite liked. She was intensely proud of it. No doubt it was the best drawing she'd ever done to date and he was absolutely thrilled when she started getting comments from people. And so for the next few years, ShadO continued to draw and share pictures she'd made of Sonic the Hedgehog characters as well as her Sonic OCs.
Sonic wasn't her only interest though. She jumped from fandom to fandom often. For example, for a while in high school, ShadOBabe developed a liking for the anime Naruto. And at that same time, the little artist was being introduced to the world of digital art through her Multimedia art class. And soon enough, ShadO posted her very first piece of digitally colored artwork:
ShadOBabe had a thing for Kankuro. And the gradient tool.
And she's always had a thing for animalifying things apparently... XD
But let us not forget, ShadO had been led to DA through fanart!! So of course her page was not without a folder of favorites.
And the first favorite she ever gave went to this image:
ShadOBabe always did have a love for seeing her favorite characters drawn with a twist.
The Canine Sand Siblings from before and Classic Disney style Sonic here are perfect examples of that. Be it alternate realities of flipped genders, new art styles, different time periods, or even different species, the Babe that is ShadO was all over it.
So ShadOBabe continued to post art, and she graduated high school, going on to pursue her college career. And just as ShadO's childhood love Pokemon had been overtaken by Sonic the Hedgehog in middle school, so too was the Blue Blue overtaken. Because within her first semester at the local community college, a certain game was released, and ShadO was reminded of a love within her that was so old, it had almost been buried completely within her mind...
College aged ShadOBabe rekindled her love of Batman and all things superhero related. The S, to the had, to the O, B, abe loved to create fancharacters for every fandom she participated in, so naturally she did so with the Batman fandom. And so our little artist created Ink...
Her Sonic character was practically her mascot, but the little nutcase that ShadOBabe wound up creating between listening to the lectures of her professors would go on to be her most treasured OC ever, and her creation would even lead our artist to her most treasured friend ever. X3
And on through the years the Babe went, growing and learning. Graduating college, finding a job, going through challenges, dealing with new experiences around every turn, but always coming back to share art here on DeviantArt, loving to entertain her online friends with what she creates:
ShadO's life has changed, her art has changed, she has changed, but DeviantArt remains constant.
It has traveled with her through the better part of a decade, and will continue to do so.
And that's my story.
I love this site with all my heart and couldn't image what my life would have been like without it. The site grows right along with me, and has been a part of my daily life for such a long time. I know there are lots more milestones and adventures ahead, and I'll face them right alongside you guys.
Love you all. And love DeviantArt.
Happy Birthday DA
~ Katy (ShadOBabe)