I first saw DeviantArt in late 2006 while searching for fan art, bu I didn't join until 2007. I saw this as a great source of fan art and other reference material, but it wasn't until I really wanted to showcase things beyond fantasy (as I was on Elfwood Art at the time) that I really decided to try this site out. For over a year I posted random things before I released my first comic, NaruHina Chronicles as a practice comic to both increase my skills, and get feedback, before it took off really well, and gave me a small following that continues up to today, and has thanks to my watchers, given me confidence in my art, and helped me move towards more Original stuff, away from fan art and fan fiction.
It has been a great experience, with only a few bumps along the way.
For my other galleries, please ask me.