Okay, this place has a journal too? I'm rather impressed.
Indeed, this is the start of my DeviantART account. Why exactly am I making it? Am I fishing for recognition (again? *slaps hand*), or simply want to make new friends? Am I trying to prove to myself that I can be socially independant, despite the loss of a recent friend? Frankly I don't like the sound of these questions, and the answers even less, so let's just leave it at that: I created an account, period.
The people here are SO good, it's perfectly humbling. It almost makes me feel insecure that I'll actually get people to pay attention to my art and befriend me. Maybe, then, I should write more. Because my lack of technique is far too obvious in my art style.
A note on the gavel icon. That is the one instance where my professional life actually called for my skills of an artist. In the summer of 2006 (barely a month or two before I opened this account) there was a new task at my work that called for a new type of icon in our judicial-based application. New icons are almost never needed, but I was extremely thankful to be assigned to this particular task and I took it upon myself to draw this little gavel pixel by pixel, using the same colour scheme as another of our existing icons, so that they would blend well. I was delighted when my icon was approved.
I figured it would appropriate for it to spearhead my DeviantART account.
My use of it may not be perfectly legal though, so please keep it quiet.