Happy 15th Birthday, DeviantArt!1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Six years. I've been a deviant since 13 October 2008.
2. What does your username mean?
Ila Ice was one of my ancient original characters. He had tousled black hair and purple eyes. He was enrolled in the literature department of an art school. He sewed stuffed toys in his spare time. He always wore black clothes with pink accents. He was rich and had a mansion with "mood rooms." He had a boyfriend named Quint Cole, who had straw-colored hair and scarlet eyes . . . well, I could go on and on. Even back when I was a less experienced writer, I loved my dumbass original characters, hence the "ily" before the name.
3. Describe yourself in three words.
"Fuck the box. Bitch."
4. Are you left- or right-handed?
5. What was your first deviation?
I'm pretty sure I've since deleted it because I clean my gallery often, but this is the oldest one up:
Nine LivesI. He was a babe, mewling raw into the world. His surroundings were so bright he had to screw his eyes shut. She hovered over him, protective and apprehensive and fiercely happy at the same time.
"Good morning," she said. The sunlight streamed brightly into the room, but he opened his eyes and looked at her thick blond hair spilling over his chest and felt her bare legs sliding next to his under the crumpled blankets, and he saw that she was brighter still.
"Good morning," he said, leaning over to kiss her pretty mouth. He could feel her lips smiling against his, and she held his hand even as he climbed out of bed to head to the shower.
She said, "You were muttering in your sleep."
He said, "Oh, I was just dreaming about my past lives."
II. He was a refugee, hiding inside a box that was his only defense against the rain falling down in sheets. He curled into a ball to keep himself warm, and watched legs go by, uncaring.
As they walked to school, it began t
I delete all the deviations I'm not satisfied with unless they're part of a series, such as FFM. This deviation won a contest, so I've always been fond of it, flaws and all.6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Surreal short stories/flash fiction and image-laden poems. I also like stories which experiment with form, or which exhibit a distinct voice. I am also interested in psychological horror and dark humor, but I'm not yet confident regarding my level of technique in these styles.7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I wouldn't even want that! Art is all about process and progress, so instantly mastering a style won't give me any sense of satisfaction. But for the sake of answering this question, maybe singing? My voice is from another planet, and not in a good way.8. What was your first favourite?
I often clean up my favourites too. But the oldest one up is:
to map sunrises...one day I will tell my daughter to touch herself
before she ever lets a man do it for her, to learn
her body-secrets and the shape of pleasure. I will
tell her that San Francisco always keeps your heart.
that her skin is a blank canvas, that hair grows,
the value of the right kind of disrespect. that the older
we get, the more we need the people who knew us
when we were young. I will tell my daughter
to give away the secrets that keep her up at night,
and that there is never a wrong time to love someone,
but sometimes a wrong way. I will teach my daughter
to travel without makeup; that sometimes forever means
morning and sometimes the ends of the earth means
Africa or one city over. that it's okay to be afraid of
I will tell my daughter that life is teetering across
the bridge, that the panic building in her chest is okay;
that good love is waiting on the other side; that better
love is holding her hand; and that the best love is her own
voice in the back of her mind, saying "
This poem is surprising and thought-provoking.9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Literature, almost exclusively. I tend to favourite poetry that breaks my heart because I'm masochistic like that.10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
for literature, and kolaboy
for visual art.11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
The deviant I've felt closest to is proudeyesneverlie
, who has since left DeviantArt. Niki's from Vancouver, Canada, while I'm from Metro Manila, Philippines, and we used to exchange letters, which I'd always excitedly look forward to. She's a lovely person, inside and out.12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I don't know about deviants, but theWrittenRevolution
have been immense sources of drive and inspiration.13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
Laptop, or pen and paper.14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
My bedroom. Or a public place with lots of human traffic, but only when no one is bothering me and when I have no immediate responsibilities.15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
The days I found out about my two Daily Deviations, which are The Three Significant Men in My Life