How long have you been on DeviantArt?
10 years, 1 month and 13 days (if my math skills are with me)
What does your username mean?
It means that in 2005 I didn't have an internet alias yet except Serenity_of_the_Moon (yes, I kid you not) at one community and I couldn't take that or similar names to that here (taken) so I started to go through other names, what came to mind was a book called The ballet shoes which I really like which is about the adopted sisters Paulina, Petrova and Posey. Paulina I didn't like as a character or to have as an user name, Posey (my favourite) I already had in another place and basically gave me problems with horny people so the only name left was Petrova (second favourite character) and I tried it and it was the first name I had tried (out of a big bunch) which the system said YAY to so I took it. So no my first or last name is NOT petrova in real life (which a lot of people think and nowadays I let them).
I wouldn't have picked Petrova if I had joined now or even one year after I actually joined but so far I don't want to change it, it's too nostalgic for me.
Describe yourself in three words.
Weird, fighter, thinker.
Are you left or right handed?
I'm boring, I'm right handed but it would be cool to be ambidextrous, unfortunately I am VERY right handed.
What was your first deviation?
Submitted the same day I joined.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Close up nature photography and jewellery and sometimes novels and poetry. Couldn't pick just one.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I wouldn't mind mastering any of the ones above, especially novel writing (published author wooo).
What was your first favourite?
I think I know which one but the artist removed it some years back and I've missed it ever since
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Drawn or painted works probably, both digital and traditional. A close second is photography.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
WHY DO YOU MAKE ME PICK ONE?! IMPOSSIBLE! I will not conform to you, my favourites are too many and I cannot single out only one because some are my favourite artist because the work they do or how they do it or because of who they are as people - I cannot boil that down to one person, sorry.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
The friends I so far haven't met offline yet, you know who you are Oh and some deviants who I look up to and would probably just fan girl and stare at if I would be in their proximity offline (no, not naming those ).
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Oh wow, it's impossible to bring out one specific deviant. People on dA have impacted my life in so many ways that I would sit here typing for days if I tried to write it all and still forget important deviants and how they have impacted me and I'm sure there are deviants I haven't even thought about or remembered that have somehow impacted my life in one way or another.
The deviantart community have helped me in so many ways, especially last year when I had a really tough year and people rallied around me and helped me keep my head above the surface, I am forever grateful for each and every one. I have also grown as a person and artist thanks to the people on deviantart and I have gained friends from all over the world that have given me much joy and love.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Photography: My canon eos 100d with canon ef 50mm lens
Novels/short stories: netbook + word
Poetry: memo on phone, scraps of papers, notebooks, desktop + wordpad or netbook + wordpad (not so picky when inspiration comes)
Jewellery: bronze coloured metal, flat nose pliers, side cutters, round nose pliers and my fantastic looper tool
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
I wouldn't say I have a specific place which is inspirational for me and that I need to be there when I create to get the juices flowing, I get my inspiration from all kinds of things like watching jewellery in a store or taking a walk in a park or watching tv and gather it up for when I sit down and create. I did learn this summer though that I prefer my own sofa over a loud café when writing a novel though because the latter shot my focus to pieces.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
When I'm half drunk, half hungover on 1st of January 2011 open up deviantart and wonder what has happened to my * which was in front of my name to show I was premium member (now called core member), it looked weird (like this ` actually). Then it dawned on me that they had given out seniority and my instant thought was that I had logged in to someone else's account (though I never log out so flawed logic there) but no I hadn't (obviously) and I go and find the list of new seniors and low and behold there I see my username. I was in shock and couldn't understand why I was awarded. I was certain there had been a mistake, that they had meant someone else and would fix it but considering I'm still a senior 4 years later (and now wearing a fancy medal behind my name) I think I can say it wasn't a mistake I'm still today proud to be a senior and that day has a special place in my .