Honestly, this is part to get the 14th anniv. badge. But there is a story behind it!
A friend of mine, Tyler (who no longer has an account) was posting stuff on dA about 10 years ago. So to comment on his work and all of that fun stuff I signed up for an account. Since I had it and was tired of linking to an old AOL FTP account, I uploaded my first image titled simply "Defeat"
The name was a bit of a pun, though looking back on it, I can't believe how amateurish I was. My meshwork had evolved a bit before my first image upload, but I was still using stock procedural textures and didn't do much U/V mapping at all. While I thought it was amazing at the time - especially since I learned how to simulate cracked glass using texture maps for the first time - I look back on it now and see how far I've come today. After that first post I did an image dump fill out my gallery. Some images from when I was a part of the AOL 3D community, some stuff that I did for other people, and from then on I just kept uploading finished artwork.
Well, mostly. My scraps gallery is full of incomplete projects. Which is why after a few unfinished works, I decided to only upload compositions that I felt were complete and worthy of sharing with the world.
deviantArt has become a showcase of my artistic evolution and variety of themes and styles over the past nine years that I've been a member of the site. With thousands of other amazing artists with similar interests, it's easy for me to find inspiration and influence. Plus the multitude of selfless people offering tutorials and guides has in one way or another helped me improve my own techniques. You'd be surprised at how much a Photoshop tutorial on creating hair, or a workshop on 2D character design can translate over into the world of 3D mesh creation.
My own evolution as an artist stems directly from people who post their works on community sites like deviantArt. If you're in my watch list (and even if you aren't!) know that you've helped me and many others along their own journeys of expression. My only hope is that I too have influenced others as many have influenced me.
Thanks for posting!