How did you first discover deviantART?
I was looking at art online when I was young, and saw `loish's work, it eventually led me to deviantART. I lurked for a while, then eventually joined!
What was it about dA that made you want to stay?
I wanted to post my artwork... however once I discovered chats, I learned about GMs (now CV's) and Daily Deviation suggesting. I had and continue to have the loving support that keeps me here, along with my ability to find and collect beautiful artwork- Tis it is all about the art!
What is the story behind your username?
At one point I wanted to do debate in high school, but I've gone off to do other things. I was thinking of good user names and was playing with a random word generator. It came up with the word Topicality, a word I remembered was used in debate. It's used in debate when one is going off topic. So I thought why not?
What do you remember of your childhood in regards to art?
My father is a hobbyist photographer, so when I was younger I would always want to hold the camera. I also enjoyed drawing at a young age, particularly daily doodles in Earth Science class in 6th grade.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
Traditional Drawing? Nothing really did. For photography, my father's enjoyment of it transferred to me as he got a newer Cannon, he let me use his older one.
Who or what motivates you to continue creating?
I started to really get into artwork once I joined deviantART, I just loved finding all of these different photographs and drawings. It inspires me on a day to day basis. I'm also very self motivated (despite how cynical I can be) and am willing to work to become better as a hobbyist artist. Also, opinions, I absolutely love them- even if they're the opposite of how I perceive it, they give me perspective and understanding.
Of your own work, which has the most meaning to you and why?
The crow obviously looks intimidating in this photograph. When I was younger, people bullied and intimidated me. Not fun, but I let it happen, I was an extreme pushover. Realizing this, I've thickened my skin to steel and learned how to bitch appropriately without becoming insensitive. Currently I don't have any problems with bullies.
Do you have any personal goals in relation to deviantART?
One project I did do in relation to deviantART was raising money for the ASPCA; deviantART set the goal of 2,500 dollars by sporting my kitty icon and I'm currently fulfilling that as a long term goal.
This isn't a goal, but I would be curious to see what %hq looks like. I would be particularly excited if there was a mini llama ranch enclosed on the property.
Are you working on any projects or wish to promote some projects?
Well I'm working on a group called ~Community-Projects... ever so slowly. We will be up though and we have ideas for community based projects on deviantART and supporting the gallery itself.
Which movies did you enjoy most?
I always enjoy movies! I loved the Bourne Trilogy, Star Wars, Inception, Sherlock Holmes (Jude Law <3), Inglorious Bastards, Wall-E, Up, and my favourite old time movie is the animated Alice in Wonderland.
What type of music do you listen to? (Specific groups/artists?)
Oh I listen to more than I should. I listen to most music excluding anything that has screaming or any country.
Which books could you just not put down?
The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
What foods can you just never seem to resist? Drinks?
I'm passionately in love with anything spicy, Indian food, Italian, Greek, Latin American, and most of all chocolate! Drink wise I like Tea and Coffee both. For some reason, I found this amazing brand of organic non fat chocolate soy milk that's sooo gooooooddd, I was surprised given how unappealing the name and description sounds. Overall I like my hydrogen hydroxide the most.
What are your pet peeves on dA and in general?
On deviantART it would be having an perfectly opinion, but expressing it inappropriately. In general it would be anything related to table manners. I hate it when I can hear people eating... the smacking of fingers ugh.
Something random about yourself you wish to share?
Uhh... I'm a naughty Jew?
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art? Life?
Being merely a young teenager, I couldn't offer advice without thinking to myself. I TOTALLY am an amazing guru and all knowledgeable. It TOTALLY comes with age which is why I'm so awesome . sarcasm For those curious, I would recommend for artists to do what I'm doing I guess. Do studies on a daily basis, look at user tutorials, read magazines, and then write down what you know to better remember it. For life, don't be a pushover. I also recommend to strive for success, in other words do what makes you happy. I quite like this site here called Addicted2Success, it's motivation for me.
What does Art mean to you?
It means a way for me to use my brain other than school. I love how calming and relaxing it is. I also just love the visual eye candy it's so appealing. It's always a pleasure to be in a creative environment.
Is there anything else you wish to say?
Thank you for the interview ^PurpelBlur! You can find me lurking in #devart!
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