Since I didn't take my presence on DeviantART seriously when I started, I did not take long to think of a name. I just wanted something that sounded cool. My derpy teenager self thought that "Crimson Knight" sounded wicked cool! Alas, that name was taken, and so were many other forms of combining and misspelling that name. I kept trying though for a whopping 2 minutes, combining the words and getting intimately familiar with the "name already in use" screen. A random try of "Crimsonight" got through though. It was kind of odd, and didn't look much like what I wanted, but I didn't care that much, so there it was. Now, I use "Crimsonight" as my name on most platforms, including games and other forms of online identity. A lot of people call me "Crimson" and I honestly wouldn't want any other name. It's funny how random choices over meaningless things end up defining who we are in one form or another.
Originally, I had no intention of doing anything worth note, just supporting a friend at the time who was an aspiring photographer. I was also an aspiring photographer, and my friend was rather persuasive. So, she eventually convinced me to do more than support her and I uploaded a few of my photographs here. Yup. Originally, Crimsonight had a gallery full of amateur photographs. I have since removed them all, as my perfectionist self could not tolerate the horrendous resolution of the photographs, especially considering they were scans of photographs taken with (gasp) a film camera!!! Alright, dramatics aside, I didn't stick with photography for very long on here. I was not happy enough with my photographs to upload them, and in all honesty I am still not. So, I transitioned to writing, posting my poems and short stories, including a few that were published in magazines and biannual collections. My writing wasn't getting any attention here though and I was fine with that. DeviantART was only a place for me to find artwork I liked, after all, rather than making a name for myself. Nearly six years ago, I started making 3D character art. I had been experimenting with 3D art for a couple years already and only then, once I was comfortable with some more intense programs, did I think to upload my art to DeviantART rather than share with family and friends. Slowly, people started to notice me, and I actually gained a modest following. As most of you know, the rest is history. I've since reached over 1,000 Watchers and over 100,000 Pageviews. I never wanted such attention, and there are times that I don't want it still. I create art for myself, not for others. That is how I always have been. Even though the attention gets too much at times and I retreat into my introverted sabbaticals, please know that I am always grateful for all of the support you give me. From my oldest Watcher to the newest visitor to my page, I am grateful to all of you and I am so happy that you like what I do.
One thing that has remained on all of the versions of my DeviantART page has been my tag line, "The Blind Visionary." This name was given to me back in 2006 when I enlisted in the United States Army National Guard. I made it in, but that's about it. I was thrown over to medical hold during my first week of training due to inconclusive vision test results. Long story short, I spent six weeks in medical hold going through all sorts of vision tests. I was diagnosed with "progressive central vision field loss" and "night blindness" with the cause being "unknown." They said I had five years before i would go completely blind. Thankfully, they had a few things wrong, but only time proved them wrong. I spent my time there coming to grips with going blind, and I feverishly drew and wrote on every scrap of paper I could find, desperately clinging to my love for expressing myself through visual mediums. My fellow soldiers stuck in medical hold really loved the dragons I was drawing and the poetry I wrote. One of them said that, despite going blind, I could see more beauty in the world than anyone else in the barracks. They gave me the name "Blind Visionary," and I have held that title close to my heart, as a badge of honor, ever since. For those who are curious, I later found out that I have a very uncommon birth defect. There is no name for it. Simply put, my optic nerves and eyeballs did not form properly by the time I was born, leaving me with permanent (not progressive) central vision field loss, night blindness, and a few other quirks. It is no detriment to me though. I was born this way, so I have no idea what I'm missing out on. I learned originally how to navigate my world with what vision I have, and have only used any naysayer's criticisms to fuel my ambition towards being an artist. Let the world tell me I can't. I can.
Well, I hope it was at least a little interesting learning about me and my origins here on DA. It's been one hell of a roller coaster, but I am enjoying the ride and am looking forward to many more years here. I know a lot of people make cliche "10 years" images, like the ones they do for "1,000 Watchers" and that kind of stuff, but that isn't really my thing. I think such a milestone is just more encouragement to keep doing what I'm doing, and so I have! I've been working on a lot of new 3D props and environments for use in my renders this month, and I am so looking forward to sharing what I have in the works. Thanks again to all of you for supporting me, both here and on Patreon. Cheers!
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