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This month DeviantArt has decided to bestow me with the award of 'Deviousness'! They've given me a crown for my profile and everything! The announcement article is here: fav.me/d8zcdli I have to say I am happily stunned. I never would have thought I would be considered for such a honour! It's also poignant because this award comes at a time when things are taking off for me, mentally I'm getting better, and I'm finally earning enough to make an actual proper living as an Artist (with a capital A ;))

DeviantArt has truly been instrumental in allowing me to become a professional artist. When I started drawing, being an artist meant doing commissions, or working for a publisher, or applying to a curated gallery, but all I wanted to do was draw. So I did. I thought it might be a nice to share my drawings with others, so, 11 years ago, I started to put my art onto this little website called DeviantART. I never had any formal training in art past highschool, so in many ways DA has been a teacher, people would tell me what they liked about my stuff, and would also point of the wonky hand or dodgy eyes and give me tips, and that spurred me on to be better, to push my improvement. It also let me connect with people. It's no secret my art deals with darker themes sometimes, and these personal connections to people have been so important to me throughout these rollercoaster 11 years. 

It was in 2010 I did my first even convention: I traveled from London to Dundee Scotland, on a whim and without a proper table booking, just an email that they might have a spare table. Luckily they let me in and I had my first taste of selling my art. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!, Meeting people and hearing feedback on my drawings was fun and rewarding, I even managed to turn a small profit! Imagine that! making money from my art! It was a great feeling. So I booked some more conventions later in the year, and haven't stopped with them since. Now a lot of people who I meet at conventions have seen my art before online, which is a big change :) I have now been able to give up the various jobs I've done part time to support myself and I now make a (very modest) living from my art through conventions and print sales. I still don't know if I should use the term 'professional' for myself as I still don't do any commissions or draw for anyone else. I just draw whatever I feel like, and I'm so happy people like it enough to support me.

'Making it on your own' on social media wasn't an option when I started, there wasn't a mold to fit into, I didn't even dare to dream I could be a professional artist. So I had no idea it would work out like this! I just wanted to draw. So when my Deviousness Award says "DestinyBlue is one of DeviantArt's most recognized and beloved artists" it sounds almost unfathomable to me! How did that happen?! But i am so happy and grateful it has worked out like it has. I get an immense satisfaction and joy from what I do. I'm so glad so many connect with my art! I love meeting people though the conventions, though often the work that goes into organising them can feel unrelenting (so much goes on behind the scenes for planning, preparing and printing for a convention, especially overseas) but it's also a dream come true. The next goal is working out how to get in more time to draw and develop my skills -as you can see I haven't uploaded a drawing in a month! I am also quite aware, like everything in life, this could slip though my fingers (and that's okay too) I'll work hard at it, and try hard. But no one ever said living as an artist wasn't precarious!  XD

It's beautiful to get this recognition from DeviantArt. Reading all the wonderful things people said about me was so heartwarming. (How did they find you?!) I feel humbled and proud, which are tough to feel together, but welcome to my emotional life ;)

I write this from a Eurostar train to Paris, after touching down from Australia yesterday. I'm planning to post a journal about this adventure, so keep an eye out for that!
I'm in Paris for Japan Expo. In the 'Young Designers' section D111, at the back (where I will be literally melting)
It might well be the last time I do this show, so please come say hello if you'd like to ^-^

Thank you! :heart:

Peace, Love and Crowns
Blue x
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats. :)
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Mangagirl18 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Congrats! :)
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KatanaOngaku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You deserve it Blue, you're phenomenal and your art is breathtaking.
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JohnK222 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Yay! Good for you! I only found your work today, but from the short experience, I’d say you deserve this award. :clap:
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Walyco Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Congratulation, you deserve it <3
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Clannad16 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats <3
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noche-estrellada Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations! Well deserved :)
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roelifant Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
:D :D :D :D :D :D
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Congratulations! You truly deserve it.
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DTJB Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big congrats.
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Glowingpoppet32 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww this is great news! If it had to be someone, I'm not suprised that they picked you. You're one of the best artists I know! Never lose hope on anything and stay strong
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17mndrake Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Going through all the journal messages I have now and I just have to say that I almost cried. Super proud of you!!! If you're not a professional artist, then I don't know what you are. You DESERVE this award and I'm so happy that you've gotten it. :3 You help so many people (including me), often without knowing it. I think that this is something that's been long overdue. As someone else has said, thank you for sharing your art with all of us, and with the rest of the world. I'm glad to hear that you're doing better and wish you continued success in that. I've actually been considering quitting art altogether because I hadn't seen a lot of improvement- you've just inspired me to keep going. It's gotta break somewhere, right?

Also, what are the chances of you coming over to the US???
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Cherryblossoms99 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel slightly overly emotional, but I was on the verge of crying when I read about the award. 
I'm so happy for you and I can say without doubt: you deserve it. Heart Huggle! 
Thank you so much for sharing your art with us. 
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faerie15 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm really late but still this is so awesome congratulations!
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SnowStormNinja24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student Writer
Wow, congratulations!!! :hug: :clap:
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Looking4Work Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
I am so very happy for you!

Don't be afraid to call yourself a professional artist. The fact that you don't draw for anyone else, and that you draw what you like, is one of the things that make you are an artist, and not an illustrator.

You don't draw dragons, or chibis, or anything else. Such drawings come from common thoughts and interests and ideas.

Your work always comes straight from your heart. You transform feelings into art, and we respond because your emotions are often our emotions.

Your pictures have become a voice for feelings most of us can't put into words.

Congratulations on your award. Be well.
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EmmiRald Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Congratulations! Your artworks are amazing and you definitely deserve this award.
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rederik02 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Congratulations!!!  You deserve this award very much!
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Lily-Fu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
wow i just saw this, so cool ! you deserve it dear :hug:
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GuardianofLightAura Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so late to this, but congratulations!! Your stories, art, and experiences have been so heartwarming and inspiring, you deserve nothing short!! :heart: 
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devuchan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so proud and happy for you. I really can't put it into words.Waaaah!(tears of joy) I'm soo happy!
Anyway congratulations.Clap 
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CursedDragoness Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"I write this from a Eurostar train to Paris"
I saaaw you!
(I was the redheaded blob of sweat with the two tiny pigtails because she was growing out her pixie cut. I don't know if you remember me because it's the first time you saw me out of cosplay. I visited you on Friday and bought 'Damages' from you!)

I didn't get the chance to read this before Japan Expo, otherwise I would've come up to you and gone "Congratulations with the award!" I was already in Paris on Thursday and the wifi-connection in my hotelroom was weak and poor. Otherwise I would've checked on dA. :')

So I'll just write it down here, all the way from Belgium: Congratulations! You really, REALLY deserve this. When I read the award article, I felt strangely emotional. As a huge fan, I'm honestly so happy for you (cheesy, right?). Maybe it's because I met you a few days ago. You are a wonderful person, Blue. And you and your art make people's days brighter. I'm so happy that I have three prints from you to hang up in my dorm room in a few weeks. 

I found out about you by seeing your work 'I'm Fine' in the front page, I think! I hit the 'watch' button as fast as lightning. I've been following you ever since that day. You have improved a lot in drawing since then. 

There are so many more things I could say but I don't have the time because I need to get ready. Wah!

Again, congratulations. You deserve this sooo much! <3
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Thanks so much! It was so nice to meet you in Paris :heart: Hopefully see you at FACTS too ;)
I'm pleased you me please I got the award, that means a lot to :hug:
Thank you for all your support! :heart:
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the-stephy-powers Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy you got this award!!
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Me too! Thanks :glomp:
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jungyungae Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations, Blue! <3 I'm so happy for you!! You deserve it. <3
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Thank you! :D
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jungyungae Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! <3
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yeagercm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student Photographer
Congrats!!! you deserve this more times over.  :D :D :D
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ThreeHornsOne Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations. You deserved it. :)
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Nollit Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Congratulations! :heart:
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LunarNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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LilDBZbuddy89 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations :clap: Well earned and well deserved, couldn't have gone to a better artist and genuinely awesome person :)
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Thanks so much sweetie :hug:
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Sparkles-7-7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Well done. 11 years, huh? That sounds like quite the journey. Its very inspiring. I'm glad that all your hard work has cultimated into what your life is now. You seem to be enjoying it, having the time of your life doing what you love. My only wish, as I write this, is that I could support you now, with more than just comments, favorites, and a watch. Your work, and you yourself, mean a lot to the many people that love and support you.

Your journey has been long and arduous. My only apology is that I got on board near the end. I only found you within the last few months. Ever since then, I have loved what you are, have done, and plan to do. You allow us to enjoy amazing art, but more then that... you use that art to open our minds, hearts, and souls, and make us think and feel about things that we may not have thought about or feel before.

Many thanks have to be given. Thank you for continuing for these long 11 years. Never giving up, always just wanting to do what you love doing. Drawing. You definitely deserve this award, as you also embody many positive traits that DA wants to promote, and create a united community around. Care. Love, compassion, intelligence, creativity... the list goes on.

As I write this, there are around 250 comments on this Journal. I do hope you will somehow have enough time to reply to each and every one. It does mean a lot to people when someone as amazing as you responds personally to something we comment with. ;)

So, thank you again for all you have done. Your drive, dedication, and compassion for what you do. You have definitely earned this award. You are awesome.
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional
Thank you for your thoughtful and kind comment :hug:
I wish I could always reply to every comment, but alas, the only downside of getting so many is I can't personally respond to them all! I do appreciate each one though ^-^
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congratulations :huggle::la:
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qinoha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Congrats, Blue!!


I knew this was bound to happen~ :hug: :heart:
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anakure Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations!!!!Clap 

You deserve it!  Your art is awesome!:) (Smile) 
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Thank you :hug:
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NasikaSakura Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
You certainly deserve it, Ms. Blue~!
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miilo11 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:congrats: :happybounce: Hug Clap Meow :3 Love:squee: You deserve that award!!! I love your art so much Meow :3 like me (if I ever draw something), you put a lot of thought into your art, which I love cuz it connects to me and my feelings Love and your art style is so beautiful Tight Hug I LOVE YOUR ART!!!!!!!!!!la in love Heart Love 
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Aw, thanks so kind of you :hug:
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WolfyTheBlackWolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations! You deserve this so much, and I am surprised it didn't come sooner!
Your art is so amazing and detailed, and always original, with every pixel and "brush stroke" you can see the amount of passion and hard work you have for your art and how much time you put into it! This is definitely a milestone for you and as a happy watcher I am so happy to see it happening! you are a true inspiration and a great part of deviantART!
billboard: CONGRATZ 
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
I'm surprised it came at all! Thanks! :hug:
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Art-chan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I always felt related with your art.. converting those feelings into beautiful pictures is amazing.

Congrats!
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cowgirlem Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well deserved hon! You're an inspiration xxxxx
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
:hug:
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HashtagTotallySmexy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it happened because we all love you and your art - your art is unbelievable, you're the person that i look up to and the person that i want to be - someone who can overcome the difficulties using their art and resilience. you deserve this more than any person i could ever think of - please please come to MCM birmingham in november - it'd mean the world to me to meet you. On top of that, Congratulations to you Destiny. I hope this pushes you further on your road to get better artistically as well as mentally just like you mentioned
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Thank you so much, I'm looking into coming to Birmingham at the moment ^-^
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