How long have you been on DeviantArt?Just over eleven years. My official join date was May 19, 2004.
What does your username mean?It was originally the name of an old RP character of mine, who has since evolved considerably (including a slight change in the spelling of her name, so hers is now Kei Ellem). It is also a pun: Cei Ellem is pronounced like the letter sequence K-L-M. I've uploaded the character's story (both the original and parts of the redux) and renders of her in my Cruenti gallery.
Describe yourself in three words.Creative analytical introvert.
Are you left or right handed?Right-handed. The only thing I can do with my left is type and play piano.
What was your first deviation?Wow, I've come a long way since then...
What is your favourite type of art to create?It's a tie between my writing and my 3D renders. I'm working on a novel right now (just passed the 100k word mark on the first draft), and I've been rendering the characters as I go.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?I would love to be able to draw backgrounds that I could incorporate into my renders...
What was your first favourite?Right when I was starting to get into DAZ|Studio.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?Seems to be character portraits or scenes, and quite a few reference materials. And all the commissions I've gotten.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?Tough choice, but I think I have to say DestinyBlue. Her pieces have had a very strong emotional effect on me, particularly when I sank into a severe depression last year. Her work is absolutely beautiful and very poignant.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?Absolutely bunnystick. I've bought enough commissions from her and greatly enjoyed our interactions online when they were in progress.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?I'm going to shout-out to everyone who replied to the terrifying journal I wrote in March last year: vera-san, Xzentrisch, UsagiRaleh (who, incidentally, is also my closest friend in the real world), Skytiger, and Hagge. I was at my lowest of lows and it was a huge risk for me to even write that journal, let alone share it on the internet. The support I received when I needed it so desperately was the greatest thing I could have ever gotten. There are not words strong enough to express my gratitude to these deviants.
What are your preferred tools to create art?LibreOffice Writer (for my writing) and DAZ|Studio/Reality 4/LuxRender for my rendering, with Photoshop for postwork when needed.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?Not for creating but where I get inspired: work. I know, it sounds odd, but I work in a used book warehouse. Sometimes, a title alone will put an idea into my head and then I scribble it down on a post-it so I'll remember it when I get home.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?Besides the aforementioned feedback on that one journal entry, the day I got a Daily Deviation. I was completely surprised when I checked my messages and found so many favorites for Murdering Mary Sue, a non-fiction piece I'd written for one of my college classes. It actually took me several minutes to realize I'd actually gotten a DD! This award was what really drove me to further pursue my writing.
Well, that was fun! And for those of you who missed the notice (like I initially did) and want to try it too, here's a link:
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