Unlike most users here who found DeviantArt in their early teens, I spent most of my adolescence without it. Not having been led to it until I was 17 which by that point my preferences when it came to the kind of art I liked to make and look at were already starting to set. I sometimes wonder how my teenage years would have been different had I discovered it earlier since it was nothing but a positive influence on me once I did.
Not having encountered any real same-age artistic competition in my life before I appeared on DA had left me unknowingly complacent with my work and in hindsight, I was starting to stagnate. But coming to this community and seeing what other artists were doing, many not too far off from my age and some even younger - putting out better quality work, and suddenly I didn't feel like a big fish anymore. I felt like I needed to up my game if I wanted to do anything on par with those existing users who inspired me so much (and admittedly sparked some bouts of envy) back when I was new here.
As long as there's a population of high-experience artists still posting their work here, there will always be fresh faces trying hard to emulate their success, and years later, whether they decided to stay on DA or not, they will be thanking it for pushing them in the right direction during a time where their work might have been ignored or even rejected on other platforms. DeviantArt has a very nurturing atmosphere for those just starting out.
The theme of my own work hasn't changed much over the years. I've always loved certain subjects and styles above all and it was great to see sub-communities here that were fascinated by the same things. But I feel the quality of it sure has - it's hard to look at my old artwork now without a very thick pair of nostalgia goggles to hide the flaws, but each one felt like I broke new ground while making it.
Discovering a new way to draw this or shade that, some even owing to tutorials I saw on this very site or suggestions from other users in their comments. DeviantArt has been a real catalyst to my development, putting my skills years ahead of where I would otherwise be if somehow, against all odds in our much more connected world of today - I still hadn't heard of it. Despite having accounts on other sites, as we all do - DeviantArt forever stands out as the first one I ever joined. I feel like I was born twice, and my second delivery room was a stylish shade of grey, decorated with some killer art pieces.
The fact that I haven't lost interest in it in all this time, and make sure to log in at least once a day, is a testament to the ongoing appeal of this community, the only place I've known where I have ever felt like being myself actually really is good advice and more than simply just tolerated - but accepted.
Deviousness Award Winner
If you've spent any time browsing the galactic wonders of the Space Art gallery on DeviantArt, you have likely run into the otherworldly creations of Chromattix. Much to the delight of the viewer, he uses a digital canvas to unleash his wild imagination in a vast array of vivid colors and incredible textures. However, it is more than his graceful invitation to visit the lands he creates that draws one to him -- his infectious personality and his love for the DeviantArt community serves as a beacon to all. After over a decade, he still calls DeviantArt home and takes the time to provide meaningful critique and feedback to fellow community members. Let us also not forget that he was the first, to be honest about, "Where Subscriber Money Really Goes". We are delighted to be awarding Deviousness, March 2018 to Chromattix!
When it comes to creativity, Chromattix's art is the visual manifestation of thinking outside the box. Through exquisite craftsmanship, his works come to life and inspire. Beyond that, he has been immensely supportive by taking the time to write constructive comments helping others on their own artistic endeavours. With his diverse range of interests, he enriches any kind of discourse and is always a welcomed guest in such. If somebody deserves the Deviousness award, then it is certainly him. Congratulations, Matthew!
If you like Space Art and you looked for company around da, chances are you have already come across Chromattix! He is funny, relatable, very passionate about his craft and definitely a pleasure to talk to! His enthusiasm inspires a lot of artists around DA and his tutorials are a wonderful helping tool for anyone wanting to improve. I love the ideas he brings to life on "canvas", in various media! And his dedication to keeping the Space Art community active, excited and productive, makes quite an impact. I am very happy for him and I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next! Congratulations, Matthew!
Chromattix's 3D work is unique and highly detailed. I can tell that his years of work has paid off and it shows. I can see the time and effort he put into each and every single one of his works. He clearly understands how to use the program to its fullest and create unique pieces that pop with color and creativity. He is by far one of the best 3D modelers I have ever seen and he definitely deserves his Deviousness award! I look forward to seeing more wonderful, colorful ideas from him!
Chromattix has always inspired me. His broad use of colour is what first struck me about his work, then the sheer imagination and talent that it takes to produce some of the marvels I've seen in his gallery really hit home! His vision and passion for his art will surely go on to inspire new and old artists alike for many years to come. Chromattix is also one of those artists who always seems to take the time to say more than just one or two words in reply to any comment you may leave, his dedication to the community is quite infectious. I am honoured to be following such a talented artist, and it would be a shame if you didn't treat yourself to viewing his ample gallery!Congratulations on your Deviousness Award my friend, you more than deserve it!
Chromattix's gallery is a treasure trove of skillful and eclectic works. From beautifully rendered 3D scenes that look like they came straight out of a dream, to fun and creative takes on fan art, you can see the meticulous attention to detail and love they put into every piece. Congratulations on your Deviousness, Chromattix
Having had the pleasure of following Matthew's for many years now, I can say that his gallery here is truly one of the delights of DeviantArt. His works are full of imagination, and masterfully used, vivid colours, finished in the crispest of details. He's not just a great artist though, Mathew kindly always gives great feedback on other peoples work, taking the time to write out useful info, in a constructive and polite manner.His passion for both art and other artists, is both gloriously obvious and thoroughly commendable, and should certainly be seen as a great example to follow. Congrats on your award Mathew, thoroughly well deserved.
Chromattix has a funky and diverse gallery, full of unique art of unparalleled creativity. What's so amazing about his artworks is that they always come with clever, yet simple ideas that make you go: "Wow! Why did no one ever come up with that before?!". As a prime example, those who don't know his all-time classic "Where subscriber's money goes" should go check it out immediately.I believe one of his mottos must be "quality over quantity", which does not only refer to his art. If I have to name one active deviant in my friends list who constantly writes long and meaningful comments - it would be Chromattix. I admire him for keeping up this level commitment for such a long time. Chromattix is a very supportive person, whom I've known for roughly ten years now already, therefore I'm thrilled that he receives the Deviousness Award for his dedication to (Deviant-)art today. Congratulations!
Matthew is a very talented artist. His amazing Sci-Fi worlds and Space Art are as gorgeous as a pearl somewhere in the depths of the ocean. I'm sure that thousands of people, in search of inspiration and search for something unique and unexplored territories, go to his gallery - to be inspired and immersed in these wonderful worlds. I want to say with all my heart - thank you! Thank you for your amazing art and creativity ! Congratulations Chromattix