Well, seeing as how dA is celebrating its 14th birthday (congrats!),
members are being asked to write up their own journey here as both a member and artist in general, so I thought it would be really fun to participate.
I joined here 7 years ago, I started off like anyone did, uploading my silly little doodles, excited when I received a few views and a comment or two. I got into drawing because of my love for video games, so they encompassed a lot of what I drew, even back then. I've still kept my very first submission to dA, so I could look back on it and (hopefully) see my growth here, and I'm glad I did, horrific or not!
From there, I dove into various fandoms and my art dove with me. I've been through Mario, Epic Mickey, Superjail, Sgt. Frog, Batman, Lego Movie, and I've met a lot of inspiring, great artists who have given me something to admire and aim for. From 2006 onwards, here's some of the stuff I've managed to put out while here, and hopefully some of you have stuck with me for this long to remember some of it.
Through here, I've learned so much through tutorials alone, how to navigate Sai and Photoshop more efficiently, how to add certain effects and how to steady out my lineart which has always given me trouble. I am constantly learning, which is half of the fun. I never thought I'd ever get any commissions through this, and I'm quite happy people have supported my art in that manner as well. I was able to do so many things I never thought I could through commissions alone, and I even was able to do a few children's books through here, which made me quite happy and proud.
Thanks for the constant support in my art and characters. I've come across so many wonderful artists, and I hope I've been able to inspire some people along the way as well. People have helped me during times of doubt, and have even helped me dabble in writing as well from time to time. No matter what I do, you guys are always there, and even though I don't always have the time to say thank you to each one of you, know that any view, any comment, any favorite means the world to me. Here's to another 7 years, and hopefully more for deviantART!