Today I went and took a look at the deviant art site, deviantart.com. I logged in there without much of a hitch at all, as the username’s created right on the home page, making your own page up for you on the spot......”whatveryousay.deviantart.com”. I created an account, and once I got in, much to my surprise the deviant art on there made me realize that I was actually pretty inspired all at once, and I decided to carry on through with some of the features, make some art, make some deviant art. Maybe the draw, probably the draw, is because of the whole "you're a devious deviant, put your deviant art here" tone of the place. So I popped open my image software, choose a couple of pictures that had my eyes, cropped them, changed, them did some experimentation with superimposing them, and all of a sudden I had made a self-portrait. I made two or three actually. So I pop back over to post my deviant art, and put one up. Then I opened another tab to my blog and tested out the "embed" feature there. Worked great. Wow. So me and my self portrait, my deviant art, was easy to make, I was inspired by the site, and best of all I came up with some material for my dang blog that seems so hard to fill up. The self-portrait, my deviant art, that I made was put together by super-imposing my regular made-up woman eyes with a picture that I took yesterday, of full blown stressed out failing swollen life-is-overwhelming-me eyes. For some reason, and I have a degree in art (big whoop) the eyes is where my self-portraits always seem to land. My eyes have never been criticized to be ugly or strange or made me self-conscious. I've heard all about my ugly nose, the big shape of my head (oh yes, there is indeed an entire sub-culture of making fun of little girls head shapes, I’ve seen it, it's out there......talk about deviant. Art training is necessary when you grow up with that stuff to deal with.), my hair, and the teeth........well, that's a long story. But the eyes are all mine to show as I want. I own my eyes in the past, present, and future somehow, and I feel free to show the good, bad, and ugly with my eyes. I made some deviant art today, was great. The site is fun, easy to use, and most of all, is inspiring. There’s so little on the internet any more that truly feels inspiring, but I think this whole deviant art thing really has a handle on it, has pulled it off. There’s a blog feature, labeled areas and tags that totally encourage you as the user to just post, just get up your innermost works, be deviant, share that deviant art here now, and it’s fine. It’s not so public and cold and “my family will see it” like on nearly all the other blog sites and photo sharing sites. Somehow the deviant art angle has filled a niche that so many probably are craving who are living online like I am. Deviant art? That’s cool. Lemme in, I wanna play too, hahaha. It works. It works well. I haven’t tried the print features, but I’m pretty okay with the whole idea of free artistic sharing. I don’t know if I’ll need to sell my artwork. Maybe later. But for now the deviant art thing works as well or better than the Shutterbug or Flickr or any of the others I’ve tried.