How long have you been on DeviantArt?
It's been 8 years since my best friend in high school introduced me to it.
What does your username mean?
When I was 9 years old I used to watch a TV show called Beast Wars, and my favorite character on that show was named Black Arachnea. My mom set up my very first email address around that time (to communicate with a friend who had moved away) and I wanted blackarachnea to be my email address. Of course it was taken, and I didn't want any numbers in it (I still refuse to put numbers in a username, it feels like saying "one of x number of people with this username"), so I went through every variation on the spider theme I could find until I finally got one that worked--arachnakid. It wasn't until years later in high school Spanish club that I even realised there was a play on words in the name with "kid" sounding like the "id" in arachnid--my username on the club website used a similar play on words, turning araña (spider) into araniña (spider kid). Nowadays I'm too old to feel comfortable with the "kid" part of it, so I have a different username on newer accounts, but all of my old accounts on various websites are arachnakid.
Incidentally, Arachnakid is also the name of a very minor superhero. I don't read his comics, though.
Describe yourself in three words.
Philosopher, Storyteller, Activist
Are you left or right handed?
I'm ambidextrous, but tend to favor my left hand for certain activities and my right hand for other activities. For example, I always write and draw with my right hand, but eat and gesture with my left hand. Part of that has to do with the number of things that only work with the right hand (computer mouse, scissors, game controller, etc.).
What was your first deviation?
This was for my Web Design class my freshman year of high school. I had never attempted any kind of photography or photo manipulation at this point (or any kind of serious art for that matter). Most of my art prior to deviantart amounted to doodles of characters from my stories, and a few interactive powerpoints that also featured characters from my stories. Incidentally that is a photograph of my RL face.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
I love writing poetry. Every word in the English language has a different feel, even synonyms carry connotative meanings and language as a whole is ambiguous. I love manipulating sounds to give new meanings to words or revive older meanings in a new context. I also really enjoy working withing the limits of traditional metric, as it forces me to phrase things differently from how I normally would. I love writing extended metaphors in colorful description.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Sewing. I love coming up with clothing designs, but I don't have the skill to produce them. My mom is very experienced in many, many forms of needlework, and she has offered to teach me more than once, but the fact that she's so good at it makes me hate my own work by comparison and I get discouraged easily.
What was your first favourite?
My best friend in high school made this robot plushy for my baby brother. It's called "Tobybot" because even before he was born, she decided his name should be "Toby" and insisted on calling him that even after my parents decided on a different name.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Probably either photography or surrealist paintings/drawings.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
was my best friend in high school and her influenced changed a lot of how I think about the world and deal with problems. I was already into science for the explosions and cool facts about the universe, but she got me into logic and the scientific method. I already was exploring different religions, but she introduced me to the idea that there might not be any gods at all. I already knew that I was neither very feminine nor very masculine, but she showed me that it was ok to be just myself. She attacked art, music, writing, and life in general with a mixture of skepticism and enthusiasm that I really looked up to and strived to be like. Although we are not as close now, I still think of her as my best friend and follow her example in a lot of things.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
My mind is the most powerful tool I have, followed by my computer. Nearly all of my art is done in some program or other, preferably one that is flexible enough to let me do what I want but simple enough that I don't constantly get frustrated with it.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
In wild, beautiful places--my Oma's garden was one while she was alive, several of the parks in my area are also like that. Western Washington University is also one, as are a number of ancient cities. The one thing that really stifles me is modernity. The sounds of traffic, airplanes, smart phones, and television; the bland, lifeless buildings; the obnoxiously garish colors; the filth and garbage; the constant bombardment of commercials; the crowds of mindless people in pursuit of meaningless goals--all of these things wear me down and drive me into sensory overload or depression, suffocating my spirit and my creativity.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
It's not specific, but all of those times when I outdid myself with my latest work, and felt so proud of it and inspired by it that I kept coming back multiple times a day for several days to just stare at it and take it in for several minutes at a time.