Alright, so I don't normally do these things... but I figured what the heck for this one.
-----------------------------------1.) How long have you been on DeviantArt?
10 years. I joined DA in January of 2005.2.) What does your username mean?
Childe of Fyre is quite literally what it says. A child of fire. I have a bit of a temper when riled (it's just not easy to get me all riled up normally)
, and I tend to be a bit temperamental even on good days. I ended up spelling the name this way because when I set up my website (way back in I think 2003? 2004?), the proper spelling of the name was already taken for the domain. I generally post my 3D freebies and marketplace items under this name.
Seliah is a nickname I was given when I was back in the first grade, spending time doing first-grader's versions of writing instead of paying attention to class. (I know, so typical, right?)
The teacher confiscated the notebook I was writing in, and informed my mother at the time that I had successfully managed to write a "more distractable, hyperactive" version of myself. The name stuck. At this point I answer to Seliah far more naturally (and faster!)
than I do my actual, legally given first name, even offline. I generally post my artwork and personal renders under this name. That's why my DA profile has both names on it.3.) Describe yourself in three words.
Wild, Loyal, Solitary4.) Are you left or right handed?
Left. I'm a southpaw!5.) What was your first deviation?
My very first deviation isn't posted here, but this is the oldest one I have in my gallery. (Commence cringing...)
6.) What is your favourite type of art to create?
Ugh, this is a hard one. I do a lot of portrait styled renders, I do a lot of storyline renders. Actually, those two pretty much sum up about 99% of my gallery. I work in 3D. I also do an assortment of other handmade crafts offline : jewelry making, crochet, sewing, needlework, beadwork, leatherworking, wildcrafting, etc, just to name a few. I dabble in a lot of different art forms. (No, my brain never stops, and neither do my hands, in case you were wondering... )7.) If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Hand-drawn 2D and woodcarving! I have wanted to be able to pick up a pencil and draw since I was old enough to color! I can't do it, though; it's a skill that I just don't have. Seriously, a 3 year old's scribbled stick figures look better than my sad attempts to draw with a pencil. Likewise, I've always wanted to be able to carve, but for similar reasons as the 2D, I just don't have that skill. I can't make my hands work that way, and my brain goes all Mutiny From Hell when I try.8.) What was your first favourite?
I honestly have NO idea.9.) What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Anything that strikes my fancy. Anything that speaks to me. Anything that has a meaning, or has a story to tell. Especially anything that leaves me with an emotional impact. The stuff I favorite varies; all genres, all art forms... but if I've fav'd it, it's because it hit a deep chord with me. The only other type of content I fav on a regular basis would be 3D-related freebie content. This stuff I fav so that later on when I've made use of it in a render somewhere, I can come back and look up the artist and give them proper credit. 10.) Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I can't answer this one. There's no way I can pick just ONE artist. I like entirely too many of them equally!11.) If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Gah! I have to pick just ONE again?! No can do!
For the 3D side of things, it would be either :
For the non-3D folks, it would be either :
I would jump at the chance for any of them! They are all such HUGE inspirations, and TONS of help to me; very supportive, and OMG but they tolerate my totally ADD/ADHD random babbles and rambles and sudden topic switches (BUBBLES!!)
with what seems like such an eternal sense of PATIENCE! LOL12.) How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Ugh, again, I can't pick just ONE. Suffice to say that at least half of the people I watch could fall into this question with having some tangible impact on my life, in some way, somehow. I can't thank them enough for it, either. I love everyone of them!13.) What are your preferred tools to create art?
Where do you want me to start? LOL. I started with Poser 4.0 (It wasn't even updated 4.01 yet!)
way back in July of 2002. In September of that year, I finally discovered the "render" button!
I stayed with Poser up until about Pro2010, when my hardware could no longer handle the program, at which point I switched to DazStudio 4. Those are my main two programs, however I also make use of the following on a regular or semi-regular basis : Wings3D, Hexagon, Gimp, Corel Photopaint, UVMapper Classic, Terragen, and I am just beginning to dabble a bit in Vue and Carrara.14.) What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
You mean there's just one such place? Ideas come to me everywhere, anywhere, anytime. I literally keep a notebook and pencil on me at all times to scribble stuff down or make notes when an idea pops into my head that won't leave me alone. I do a TON of creative writing, which is what spurs on about 99% of my artwork.
The other 1% is inspiration from other people, other artists, other places, animals, the shape to a cloud in the sky... you name it. I work wherever I happen to be; might be in my basement, might be outside on the front porch, might be huddled into the woods, might be in my girlfriend's house with her kids running around...
I do everything from a laptop, because I'm just not a very stationary type of girl.
I have to have music, though. Not only does it help me quiet my brain down enough to function, it keeps me sane and keeps me focused. I have music playing in my ear literally 24 hours a day. Yes, even when sleeping! I can't do ANYTHING without the ambient sounds playing.15.) What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I really don't have one. When I first came to DA, I was hunting for a place that wasn't so concentrated on being Sex Central. I was sick and tired of T&A renders burying everything of meaning. I've stayed this long because the site just seemed to be (and sort of still is)
very community oriented and a LOT friendlier than the last place I posted at. I do maintain some very small galleries on RDNA and Daz, and occasionally even post to Rendo, but my 'home' for 3D is definitely on DA.
I can't say I like the infrastructure changes that they've been doing lately - in fact I absolutely hate them - but it's not enough to chase me away. Hopefully it won't ever reach that point, because I've met a lot of folks through this site that I wouldn't want to have to leave behind.