The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
Hi Elizabeth! Could you please give us a quick introduction of who you are?
Ha, you said "quick." Funny since I am loooong-winded. But I will *try* to be "quick." ...
On deviantART, I am an activist first and an artist second. Most of what I do on deviantART is community based surrounding my many groups dealing with promoting positivity, gathering and featuring awesome suggestions by community members to help improve the site, campaigning for and raising money for various charities such as the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life, granting wishes, welcoming new members, answering all kinds of questions random deviants note me personally and through my groups and participating in or supporting all manner of fabulous contests! I do submit a fair amount of art which is usually photography or Sailor Moon fanart of some kind. Mostly, I submit art to get feedback. I LOVE constructive feedback!
Outside of deviantART, I am still looooong-winded, still an activist and an artist, and I am a gaming geek (among other nerdiness). I am active in my community in much the same way I am on deviantART from participating in charity events like the Relay for Life to being the captain of my block and neighborhood watch to supporting my fellow veterans at our local VFW. I am a database analyst full time with part-time work as a portrait photographer. I also play Dungeons and Dragons, the Sims, Pokemon and Aion when I am not drawing Sailor Moon fanart. I guess I am a discombobulation of many things. I am also very proud of myself if not just proud in general XD
Your level of involvement with the community is pretty evident, being part, for example, of groups like deviantHEART and dAWishingWell, just to name a couple. What motivates you to do all this?
I grew up with active parents and family who love their communities. Being charitable and an active community volunteer is ingrained into my being simply from my upbringing. I was active as a small child, active through high school, active in college, and I am now active as an alumni of my colleges, through my employer and online. It really isn't a motivation per se, it is a way of life.
What do you find so fascinating about photography, as one of your main artistic mediums of choice?
I love the idea behind being able to take part of this life and pressing the pause button to be able to re-visit it again and again. If you have ever watched a movie you just love and get to that one spot that makes you happy for all the right reasons, rewind it and watch it over and over again, you know exactly how I feel. That is what photography is to me. It is that sweet spot that I can rewind again and again to re-experience a time and place that meant something special to me.
If I could change anything I wanted to on deviantART, no questions asked, I would add a new toolbar to the interface with interactive code to allow for one-click submissions of Seniority nominations, Deviousness nominations, DD suggestions, Bully/Troll reporting and deviation reporting. On the back end, volunteers and staff would have access to a panel where these one-click suggestions would be sorted into. As they make decisions, the ability to submit further suggestions on the front end would disappear (some permanently and others only for a short period of time). For some suggestions, it could reduce the number of repeat suggestions or reports such as DD suggestions that will never be a DD. A declined deviation as a DD can never again be suggested as a DD. For a Senior nomination, an accepted nomination (regardless if Seniority is given right away or a few months later), another nomination can never be made. But a declined Seniority nomination would only be temporarily disabled for 30 to 60 days to give the deviant in question time to do more great things and be nominated again. Less repeat nominations and reports for the staff and volunteers. Simple one-click interface for the users. That is what I would like to add to deviantART.
iLantiis was always involved in the community of artists. I met her when I joined New-Artist-Love over year ago, and was soon promoted by her to co-founders. I thought of her a popular artist/person too busy for others, but then I soon learned that she was nothing like that. Elizabeth was kind, responded to all comments, and got involved to help her groups out. Even after receiving her award, Elizabeth still replied to all her comments and kept active in all the groups. She is a wonderful person to work with, and a great person to turn to for help. I don't know where I would be without her."
iLantiis is a source of inspiration to me. Drawing in a manga-esque style sometimes draws negative feedback from the general populace. People criticize your style, saying they don't like how all your heads are a certain size, the bodies are all too thin, it's not like a certain mangaka they know, the eyes are too big or too small, it's shounen instead of shoujou... it just adds up. She deals with that really well, and it's just a confidence boost to a lot of artists out there, including myself, to see how to handle those situations when people are determined to make you feel bad about yourself and your art."
What was your reaction when you found out you received the Deviousness Award for this month?
I cried. I was having a really bad morning and wasn't able to get online before work like I usually do. So I felt I had suffered enough by the time I made it to work nearly 20 minutes late to jump on really quick and look at some art. At first I thought I was being harassed when I saw the numbers at the top of my profile and was mad. After I opened my message center and saw why I had over 1,000 messages and that many notes, I started to cry for happy. That day started out terrible and ended in the best possible way! And now every day I am not 100% happy, I just view my message center. Turns every frown into a big silly smile!
If you were one of the Sailor Scouts, who would you be?
Ha ha! Well, that is a very difficult question to answer! So much thought would have to go into this such as what story arc and if OCs are allowed in the decision-making process. For the Manga, I would be Sailor Moon. She rocked it! In the Anime (USA), I would pick Sailor Jupiter. She is the only one that didn't appear to be raving mad the whole time lol. In the original Japanese anime, I would pick Sailor Star-Healer for too many reasons to list. I will skip the musicals and other side stories and jump directly to Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon... I would be Sailor Darkury! Love how evil Sailor Mercury can become. And there is no way I could pick an OC to be. Too many great ones out there!