It's been forever since I wrote a new journal entry, though not for lack of subject matter I'd care to write and/or rant about. Rather, I've been silent for reasons probably better off discussed in their own entry. In any case, I'm all for celebrating dA's birthday, even though 15 doesn't really mean much. I mean, give dA another year and we can bum rides off it, now that'd be something. And in three more, dA can vote. Can you imagine the first sparkledog president? Deviantart can. But fifteen? That's just a handy multiple of five. Oh well, that's still noteworthy for a website, and I don't want to be a party pooper. Plus, there's that whole matter of a new journal entry being long overdue, so all lights are green for the celebratory questionnaire. I care enough about dA's birthday to talk about myself on my own gallery.
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Apparently roughly 8 years, according to my page info. Sounds about right to me. It's not like I wrote down the date I signed up, and I'm terrible at remembering dates, so I can't say otherwise.
2. What does your username mean?
It's a deconstruction of the conceptual implications of antiquated royal titles in modern society. Or maybe it means I think artist aliases are cool, really like the sound of the name "Donovan," and that name alone was already taken. So I had to modify it with something, and I really dislike the ol' "add random numbers or letters or symbols" solution. In which case, "lord" was the first title or adjective I liked that wasn't already used.
3. Describe yourself in three words.
true aspirations unrealized
4. Are you left or right handed?
Left. I am literally sinister.
5. What was your first deviation?
Assuming they're listed in the gallery in proper chronological order, this:
6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
That's kind of a vague question. Subject matter? Medium? I guess the answer would be... art that I like looking at. Lots of mediums are enjoyable, but there is zero fun in making imagery I don't personally like.
7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Now there's an easy question- Baroque
8. What was your first favourite?
To this day I've never played a Klonoa game, but I like that character design.
9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Definitely landscape-based photography. Not because I like photography and/or realistic scenery more than anything else, though. Rather, I'm pretty picky stylistically, and there is a lot of room for stylistic variation in hand-drawn imagery. Real life, on the other hand, has pretty much one style, so it's a lot harder to screw that up relative to my tastes. Photos of landscapes are simply the far safer choice, statistically speaking. Plus, they make great reference material, which is another important factor.
10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
That's a tough choice, but I guess Ovopack edges out the competition because he's done my favorite digital painting ever. I should note, though, that he's not my favorite for what's he's posted here on dA specifically, his gallery here is actually pretty barren and a poor representation of his work. Doc "Venture Brothers" Hammer is definitely a super close second though.
11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Ovopack is the answer again, because I want to learn his painting technique SO BAD. Each and every step, what exact brushes, all the information.
12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
They've inspired me to do better by so clearly demonstrating how much better there is, that's for sure. Beyond that though, my interaction with other people here hasn't really been very... in-depth. The most awesome artists are invariably busy people.
13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
My old Cintiq and Photoshop. The Cintiq could sure stand an upgrading though.
14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Since I work digitally, and all I have is a desktop, I don't really do art anywhere but here at my desk. So that's about the most inspiration I get. Besides that, the kind of scenery that does get me all fired up is nowhere near where I currently live anyway. However, I definitely am at my artistic best at night, so while I don't have inspirational places, I do have an inspirational time
15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Maybe that one time I got a Daily Deviation. Or possibly much more recently when I actually got a reply from Doc Hammer. What can I say, I'm a huge Venture fan and he's definitely the most big-deal person I've yet to have a two-sided dialog with here. That's a baby step toward greater interaction with serious professionals. Next (several) stops, better employment leads! More learning from other, better artists! Or maybe somehow finding that programmer partner/friend I wish I had.