The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
Hi Damien! First off introduce yourself, who are you? In and out of the internet?
Damien Girodon aka Satania, is a young French guy of 24 years old.
Even in real life, my friends are calling me Satania or Dams.
In my everyday life, I'm working as a Systems Designer (engineer) for the RATP (Railway Transportation Systems in Paris).
Basically, I'm working on software for automatic train.
On the web, you can find me a bit everywhere as Satania (FB, twitter etc etc)
I'm mainly online for deviantART but not only I'm a real addict to the nerd side of the web.
Fractal Art is one of those art forms I don't understand, (in the sense that I don't know how to make them) but I certainly see the beauty of it and I think your work is incredible. What got you interested in this art form?
That's a really long story ! In fact the very first time I've seen a fractal, it was on deviantART 8 years ago!
I was looking for a new wallpapers and i've see this artwork :
I was just amazed... then I've looked on the web for the software the deviant use and I've discovered a new world.
A world where everything is infinite and you can almost do everything, the only limit is our mind (ok ok the software too...)
I was really amazed by all those "abstract" shapes and colors.
When I start using apophysis, I really fall in love with those infinite possibilities.
Haha, Thanks for reminding me the fact that i'm a old fart
What has changed during all those years?? Really ??
First the deviants... we were a few deviants compare to nowadays !! It was a bit more "underground"
The UI, what a maze !! Those who remember those old days, will remember the submission system ! 4-5 pages to load (with a 128K modem), it was a real pain !
Then deviantART exploded, new UI, new submission system, deviantMEETs, groups, fav collections, discover, and more like this !
It really evolved and while deviantART is now bright and shiny, it still have this awesome community spirit and even more awesome artists.
Tell us about the devmeets you help to organize in Paris. Some of these devmeets even have the status of "official" and you've had the opportunity to meet spyed and other DA admins. What motivated you to start doing these? Many people often say they would like to attend a devmeet, what would you recommend them if they want to organize one?
spyed and Heidi made the 1rst world tour, I was working and I wasn't able to attend this awesome event
About 2 months later, I've discovered a couple of deviants: TheNeoShaman, Breizhbleiz and ZeldaDreams, who were organizing deviantMEET in Paris !
So I decided to attend my first deviantMEET (in september 2009), which was simply A W E S O M E ! About 30-40 deviants which were all kind and welcomed me so warmly! (ok ok ok with some beers too)
As I really loved this meeting, I've decided to contact ZeldaDreams and to ask her if she needs help for organizing meetings, she asks the founder, they agreed, and tada! I've become one of the core for those meetings.
Now 3 years laters, ZeldaDreams and I are still making those meetings, and we're still loving and finding this spirit that spyed and the staff his giving to the community everyday.
How can we stop to make devMeets when you know that every month new deviants are joining and are discovering the "real" deviantART meetings ? The one where you experience the DA's infamous spirit all around when you regroup some deviants ?
If I had only one advise for the others ... DO IT NOW !
If you can't attend because there's no devMeet around your city/state then create it, simply set a location, a time and bring some papers and stencils and here you go !!
His art improve with every new deviation he uploads. You don't have to be a fractal expert to see that !
Online he's always willing to help others deviants interested in fractal art or those who just have random questions.
Offline he's equaly amazing. He's always resourseful and enthusiast for the DeviantMEET-Paris .
We share the same famous deviantArt spirit and I can assure you that his life wouldn't be the same without it. "
SaTaNiA is all the good times spent ponging parameters and learning together, always with a big smile and a lot of enthusiasm. We have a very similar way to work with fractals and I really love his works, especially the use of colour and the neatness of the flames. Since the very first times I talked with him, I was amazed by his very lively attitude, not only towards fractals but also (and maybe mostly) towards the community: always involved in some project, always preparing something nice, always ready to help and support. A very inspiring example for quite a shy and selfish person that I am! That's why I was so happy when I saw his avatar in the space for deviousness recipient at the bottom of the page, I really thought "Oh yes, at last!"!!! "
ZeldaDreams and it was so awesome to meet both of them a few months ago in Paris! He's such a great person, online and offline.
Damien is a true inspiration and his incredible community spirit is something I really admire. He definitely had Deviousness coming!"
Damien is talented, humble, he cares for his friends, he's funny, he is... well... there's not enough words that can describes how is Damien, I can only say that I'm very glad to know him and he deserves all the awards in the world "
As I'm always saying, I really want to give back deviantART what it gave me during those 8 years.
So I've start to use the beta testing option of deviantART, and report bugs on beta features...
Then some months after this, devBUG (the place to be when you're a beta tester), ask for some deviants with a real motivation to help them in alpha testing new products.
And with some luck I've been chosen to help them !
And here I am, testing new features before they're released on beta stage (and even some that you may never see ).
It's been the same thing for fella.
Now I'm proud to be part of those project
If all this just wasn't enough, you also received this month's Deviousness Award. How do you feel about this? What was your reaction when you found out?
Just ... I'm zoo freaking happy!
If there's one thing I've never thought about, it was to be a senior and it happenned the 1rst April 2010.
But now a deviousness ... this is just unbelievable ...
It was saturday, I was really tired from a hard week, ZeldaDreams and I decided to make a quick nap.
I wake up around 4PM GMT and decided to quickly browse dA.
I just open my browser and BOUM ! a fn' deviousness on my main page!!!!
I couldn't believe this at first so I furiously click on my MC and look up for fourteenthstar announcement.
But it was really me !!
I run to the bedroom and wake up ZeldaDreams to tell her about my deviousness ! I was just crazy!!! Yelling everywhere my happiness!!
And believe me or not 10 days after this announcement I still can't believe it !
What's your favourite dessert?
The original Millefeuille (sooooo )