I started deviantArt in August of 2003 after being introduced to it by a fellow marching band member. Being a part of the dA community has definitely impacted my work by exposing me to various styles and works that came to inspire my own. Growing up, prior to dA I was finding anthro works posted in various online forums and galleries, but never a collection like dA. Being on this site introduced me to things like collaborations with other artists and community wide projects. It gave me a place where I would ask for and give assistance on projects.
I've met some really great people during my years here as well. Its been interesting seeing the works of people I've followed since I joined evolve to what they are today. There are races, species and genres I don't think I would've ever come across had I not been a part of this community.
These are just a few of the works from artists who lit the spark in me:
You may notice that most of these are older works....these are what inspired me as a starting artist. My idols have since changed, but I wanted to give homage to the ones that helped me establish my roots.