How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I'm a registered Deviant since Feb 8, 2008, but I was lurking on this site already long before that! I searched for references and got so much inspiration, but I could only sign up when I was finally allowed to have my own e-mail adress from my parents |D
Woah that are 7 years I just realized! xD
What does your username mean?
Raika is the name of my first character I made representing myself. I had back then "Raika the cat" for the Sonic Fandom and another Raika for Doremi. As I didn't like the idea to call myself "Raika-the-cat" as I feared that when I got older I wouldn't like it anymore, I just added -chan to it, inspired by all kind of Anime and because it sounded cute. Since then I feel so happy that I choose Raika-chan instead over Raika-the-cat because it can stay with me on my artistic journey.
Describe yourself in three words.
Hmmm... Worried, Caring and Creative.
yeah I think these 3 words summarize how I see myself well, not sure what other people would add though.
Are you left or right handed?
I'm right handed.
What was your first deviation?
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Ahh it's hard to choose because I like many types of art and I enjoy not working on the same type all the time. But I think traditional art with my markers and digital art are in the first places. Next would be crafts with Fimo.
Landscapes. Background art, I always admired people who could create their own worlds or give their pictures more story and depth with making a background that shows so much more than just some simple texture. Also nature is so beautiful, just going someplace with your bike, sitting down and drawing what you see, I wish I could do that!
What was your first favourite?
There is no chance to find my first favourite anymore, because I broke my favourite function. I was naive and young and favourited everything that showed up in my notification center... not a smart move I know, eventually the servers must have reached the limits and I couldn't add pictures to my favourites anymore. Sadly the dA team couldn't help me either, except advising me to make folders to put my favourites in. Since then I almost completly stopped using the favourite function... so I will not go search my 55,126 favourites for the first one!
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Well since I can't use my favourite function properly, I mostly only fav pictures that were made for me or certain raffle/contest journals, where a favourite is required to join.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Oh that's hard, there are so many amazing artists here on deviantArt!
But just to mention a handfull, I'm always inspired by art from Chibi-Nuffie , chibi-jen-hen , Lumary92 , Patti-Tea , mino-the-cat , Kaya-Snapdragon , Xebiux , AtlanticaSora and many many more!
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'd love to meet all my friends from here!
ASB-Fan ( I already met at the Frankfurter Buchmesse! but I want to meet again )
Amalika ( I already met at the Frankfurter Buchmesse! but I want to meet again )
and surely even more that I can't think of right now... xD sorry if I forgot you! ;A;
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I think many deviants impacted my life, thinking back how when I joined here I took deviantArt very important in my life and my fellow deviants as well. I met so many new people, good and bad ones, thankfully only the good ones stayed and with some I became good friends who I wouldn't want to miss anymore!
What are your preferred tools to create art?
I adore my copic markers, as well as twin touch brush markers. I also wouldn't want to miss my supracolour soft pencils. Of course I couldn't live without my trusty Bamboo Pen & Touch Medium Tablet either! Also can I mention my second screen, with which I'd go insane ? xD
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
My ideas are not really connected to one place... I can have ideas while browsing around the web, but also while driving my car on my way to work or with music I listen to. To create art I prefer my table in my room because everything is close in range there and you just need space to work well on art, but if my art supplies are close and I have space to work I think I could also art somewhere else.
Maybe I'll try it on my balcony in the future?
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I'm nut sure how to answer that... there is not like a moment that really jumps out to me, it's rather a general feeling I have when I think back about my journey here. I am proud on how much I improved art wise and how I found new ways to use my artistic skills here. I also have a happy feeling when I think back about all the friends I made here and how art got us all closer together. So I'd say, my favorite memories is when I finally could join this place and start my journey of many different memories that I can look back now and think "yes, it was good that I joined this site, no matter what the future will bring next".