What the hell, might as well do it.
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Nearly 9 years. I was still in school when I joined, and now I'm in my mid-twenties. WHAT HAPPENED.
9 years and it still took me five minutes to find how to put this in a different category
2. What does your username mean?
My initials are RB, and I... draw stuff... so yeah. I changed it a few years ago in an attempt to sound more professional. Don't ever come up with a username when you're 15 years old. Just don't.
3. Describe yourself in three words.
Needs more sleep
4. Are you left or right handed?
5. What was your first deviation?
I've deleted it now, but I'm pretty sure it was some weird picture of two of my old OCs with a load of red ribbon. There was no meaning whatsoever behind it, I just thought the red ribbon looked cool. (This is pretty much how my current illustration process still goes.)
6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Character-driven cartoony work, usually with digital media. Will probably involve androids. Or men. Or both.
7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Landscapes! I really love landscape pieces but can't for the life of me draw them. Well, I've been trying a lot more recently to add backgrounds into my work instead of just having floating characters, but DAMN it's difficult.
8. What was your first favourite?
I remember looking at this piece before I first joined. Still love the colours and composition!
9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
A combination of artwork similar to my own - OC-based cartoon/manga work - or landscapes, because I LOVE landscapes, especially ones that I can stare at and imagine I could jump into and live in. c:
10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
AARGH how do I choose. Probably Flipfloppery because she has a beautiful art style with great OCs, and just seems to be a generally lovely person. I really enjoy reading her comic.
11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I've been fortunate enough to meet a lot of the people I follow on dA through going to conventions here in the UK, including some who have visited from overseas. But that's still a tricky one. I'd say Atobe333, Caroline-DG, Charlotte-DG, JammyScribbler, Skirtzzz and Flipfloppery. I know the first four on Facebook but have never met them in person, and the others just seem lovely in general and are big inspirations for me.
12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
There hasn't really been anyone in particular. It's kind of been an accumulation over time of inspiration from different sources. Meeting a lot of my dA 'idols' and actually getting to talk to them about their methods and ideas has been really interesting, and every time a favourite artist of mine posts an update, it's very motivating for me to improve my own work.
13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
Here's a shot of my current workspace! I mostly use digital media, though occasionally I also attempt to use markers, watercolour and ink. (I really like using ink but I tend to make a mess.)
I have two tablets, a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium and a Cintiq 12WX, a Packard Bell laptop with Samsung SSD (I highly recommend an SSD) and a 24" Samsung monitor.
Program-wise I use Paint Tool SAI for most of my work, Photoshop CS4 for colour edits/text etc., and Manga Studio EX5 for comic work. (Fun fact: I actually ordered MS5 for £30, but they accidentally sent me EX5 instead, which was retailing at the time at £130. Oops!)
14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
My room! I recently redecorated it and had a massive clearout, and it's so much better now. It wasn't really a relaxing place to be before, but now everything is organised and has its own place. I also invested in a solid wood desk after years of flatpack. Do not buy flatpack if you live right next to speed bumps, on a bus route. It's not a good idea.
I don't really tend to draw 'on the go' - I confess I don't really keep a sketchbook and am self-conscious about drawing in public. So yeah, definitely my room.
15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I'm not sure I have a favourite. I have to admit I prefer when dA was a smaller site and everyone had more interaction. It feels a bit like we've lost that community feel now, and it's a bit of a shame. I do remember holding a contest once and was amazed at the amount of entries I received, that was a lot of fun. And it's always nice to receive lovely comments on my work, so thank you guys