I purely came across dA by accident when going on google. At the time, I was searching for some Starfire images and post my findings on a forum. Also, the site didn't have much of a search function, so it was all random. I signed up in order to get better search options. I also have a thing for good fanfics, and I did illustrations for fics I held great interest for, mostly in Ranma crossovers.
This was one such illustration, one of my first entries.
At the time, all I had was just a scanner an knew little about photoshop and never even heard of GIMP.
This time I had more experience with image programs.
From the illustrating, I also tried my hand at fanfics myself.
Of course, I just had to try drawing Felicia. This was one of my first.
Still, I was pretty much an unknown in the site. Then I came across XNALARA Posing Studio. My first one I saw was from Dawn-xoxo, who is regrettably gone now. I decided to try my hand at it just to see what it was like. My very first one was really noobish.
I was just posing whatever came to mind, and I didn't know I could save the image bigger. I steadily got better, though. Imagine my surprise at the number of watchers and commenters I had from the first few. I then tried getting more models to mess with, and the possibilities became endless, getting inspiration from whatever I see as well as test out new features.
As anyone can see, I've gone a bit overboard on it. Ehehe...
Still, 920 submissions and over 87,000 pageviews, it's a surprise.
I've also met a lot of great artists and people here as well, not to mention try my hand at being an admin. Even won a contest and got a model for a prize.
I still keep up with my drawing every now and then. I should get back to Ranma Club soon. Been putting it off for too long.
Here's to dA's 14 years on the net!