....My Deviantart Story....
Technically, I've been apart of Deviantart since 2003 when I went under an old username known as "seles". I did a lot of blank art and some of my college work was on that account considering that I was attending college at that time.
In 2008 though, I decided I wanted a fresh start with a new account and work that was mine from the beginning to the end. Since this was before the ability to change your username, I created a brand new account and shut down "seles" for good. When deciding on a name, I had a character that I created back in college called "Paprika" so I decided to let her be my new face and thus, paprika-studios was born (although I go by paprikaSTUDIOS).
During my new name, I created some original works and fanarts that I could honestly call my own artwork. And along the way, I met some very awesome people who I try to stay in contact with through DA still who's opinion really matters to me and are just fun to chat with....
Maybe a year or two into this new username, I joined a Sailor Moon contest known as OtakuSenshiIdol or OSI for short which my favorite OC senshi, Sailor Silence. While she didn't make it the full way, it challenged me and make me think of new ways to do my artwork. While in the midst of a large Sailor Moon competition, I met some really awesome artists that I was competing with who I ended up having so much fun with and really could connect to as well....
After OSI concluded, I realized while I enjoyed doing Sailor Moon based artwork, I really felt like I was missing something that wasn't in my artwork; it was the joy of doing artwork based on other fandoms. After OSI, I felt like I established myself more as Sailor Moon artist than an overall artist and I felt like I needed to get away from that. In essence, I ended up taking a little over a year hiatus to find out who I wanted to be known as as an artist.
In 2012, I finally decided to make the leap of faith and start concentrating on other series other than Sailor Moon as well as change my style up a bit. I started to focus more on chibi work since chibis have always been a strong point for me and started to pour out artwork like Sailor Moon, Black Rock Shooter, Madoka and so forth. It was also the year I decided to take a chance and start doing artist allies at nearby conventions.
Now I am finding it hard to make time to make artwork of my favorite OC Senshi these days (which makes me SO SAD) since I am traveling so much these days to attend artist allies across the East Coast. But as an artist, I am absolutely happy where I am today thanks to many people who always just left a comment on my artwork and just continued to encourage me on the way.
To everyone who had helped me during from when I first started out to where I am now, I could not thank you enough! Your words, encouragements and ciritques made me the artist I am today. And special shout outs to these special people who just made my deviantart experience even more awesome during my years with Deviantart:
The Most Viewed and Favorited Artwork
My Personal Favorite Work (in random order)
Some of the awesome gifts I have received/commissioned over the years of my characters