This previously unreleased interview with ^ladygagz (then =thelasth0pe) was conducted in May 2012. It was part of a series I ran back then named The Stars of dAr. It was never published then because shortly after that, the series would be discontinued as Bradley himself took over from me as the new CV of deviantART Related! Here's the full, unedited, interview that took place in complete ignorance of what the near future would bring Enjoy!
- Please tell us something about yourself!
My name is Bradley, I'm 18 and live in Australia. I don't really consider myself an artist, so I suppose I'm on this site for the community.
Oh yeah, I love Lady Gaga.
That's the main thing you need to know about me.
- Some people may be reading this article and going " hey, I recognise them! But what from?". Can you refresh their mind - how have they most likely seen you before?
Many places actually. I hang in the chatrooms regularly. In particular #seniors
On top of that, you might have seen a few of my suggestions in deviantART's Site Updates and some of my news in the footer (which I do a lot of).
- How did you get into dA related?
I think Stamps was what first got me into dA Related. And it's easy to say that my inspiration for them was from ~SparkLum
as he was known back then).
I don't really make many stamps these days. I tend to stick to suggestions and dA Related news articles now.
- What is your favourite part of dA? And how do you think it could be improved?
This is a tough one. Well, I do love dAmn. It's not my favourite part of dA, but it's definitely up high on my list. It really needs a facelift, it looks so old compared to what dA looks like now.
I think if they existed, Muro chatrooms would be popular. The chatroom could be a canvas, with a smaller text-based chat at the bottom!
- Do you have any specific goals on dA?
Yes, I'd love to become a CV one day - particularly in dA Related, because that's where I believe I'd be strongest as a volunteer. The next goal is more of a dream, and that would be working at dA HQ - that would be hard though, considering I live so far away.
- Is there any group, chatroom, event etc. that you'd like to promote and make the readers aware of?
: is the most fabulous group in existance. And yes, that is bias.
When your a member of the group, you'll never fall behind in the dA Related community. Pretty much anything gets reported on, whether it's by you ($namenotrequired
), or myself - in the form of A Week in dA Related
, which is a weekly recap of dAr.
On the topic of dA Related, I might as well talk about the #dARelated chatroom
. We host monthly chat events in there (on the first friday of each month)! You should add us to your autojoin for dAmn
is the unofficial Community Projects group! We are a bit quiet at the moment. Now that $namenotrequired
is the Community Projects CV as well, we might get things kickstarted again.#LittleMonstersUnited:
is a group run by my brother and I. It's only new so we don't have many members. I report on the latest Lady Gaga news here. #stamp-kingdom:
is another group I'm in, which is dA Related as well.
I post Monthly Stamp Features here. We care about quality submissions when accepting things into our gallery, which sets us apart from all the other stamp groups.
- What is your favourite part of the dA related category, that you haven't tried creating yourself yet? And what are your favourite deviations in this category?
Well really, the only thing I haven't tried creating are Zines and Scripts. They are so very different though! I admire them both very much. Zines are very unique because they are very rarely submitted. I love reading them too.
I can't really say I have a favourite Zine though. I don't want to single anyone out.
Scripts are awesome. I love how they can instantly change how we view things on the web. Here are a few of my favourites:
You guys should go and install these now.
- What is your favourite deviation from your own gallery, and how about your favourites?
That was hard to decide, so I chose my favourite suggestion. I like this one because it's something I'd like to see happen the most out of all of my suggestions.
So I couldn't choose a favourite out of my favourites. So I chose this fabulous tutorial from `BrokenTutorials
This is very informative, especially to new deviants. It pretty much goes through the different types of deviants on deviantART (symbol-wise). It's quite funny as well. You should also check out the rest of his deviantART tutorials they are equally fabulous!
- What can you say to help or inspire people who may feel motivated reading this?
One piece of advice that I think everyone on deviantART should take is, when you want to start a project or news article series or something like that. Ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?"
If doing it feels like a chore DO NOT do it. When you do things like those, you need to enjoy doing it.
Otherwise, you'll probably get sick of doing it after a while and possibly end up trying to stay away from deviantART.TL;DR: Do things for fun!
I'd also like to leave a quote here, which I find inspiring:
"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way."