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10 Years on deviantART!

Journal Entry: Thu May 17, 2012, 7:47 AM

So like, woahhhh. 10 years. Crazy. How did time pass by so fast?

It doesn't really exactly feel like that long ago when I first started visiting dA and now it's already been a decade.  

So kinda for myself (and also anyone possibly interested) here's a journal post recapping my last 10 years~ (Also sort of my journal in photography too, I guess.) :D

May 17 2002
I signed up on dA when someone in the drawing group I hung out with told me to check out his works here. I was only 14 then. I didn't use dA a lot at the time because it looked like this:…

I was on a 15" 1024x768 display and the ad banner + dA header took up half my screen on every page load. Did not like. >_>

Sept 2003
I dropped by dA every now and then, in Sept I suddenly found it a lot more user-friendly, the new version:…

I added dA to my daily visit and I started making friends on the site.

Nov 2003
I started helping :iconnoah-kh: post his works on various art forums and websites, and became active on dA because of that.

Some of the first works of his I posted here:

.butterfly. by noah-kh .bride.of.lucifer. by noah-kh .hornet. by noah-kh

Early 2004
noah-kh started getting rather popular. (Back then, anyone with 10,000 pageviews was considered rather impressive, I think the new dA benchmark is probably at least 500,000 or 1 million, I have no clue.)

I liked meeting new people while managing his work. But still, it sucked to have nothing of my own to show. I started posting my modelling attempts:

waiting.. by zemotion The Present by zemotion

Gahhh goosebumps. No offense to the photographers, I'm just really not model material.

I continued managing Noah's work, and met loads of awesome, cool people.  

I was very into Japanese Visual Rock and played the keyboard for a band that did a lot of X Japan and Luna Sea covers. I met a lot of other guys in the scene at various gigs and eventually met :iconkagetsuki: (Arissa), who was doing fashion design at school. And I thought hey, I wanna do that too, then I can make awesome costumes for myself for my photoshoots! Very nice, Jingna.

May 20006
I bought my first camera as a birthday gift to myself. Dude who sold me the camera didn't even tell me I needed a memory card for the camera! So my first photos with the camera ever were of perfume bottles because that's the only things I could think of photographing while tethered to the computer. -_-

After finally getting my hands on a CF card, I asked Arissa to model for my first photoshoot:

Silence.. by zemotion THIS IS.. by zemotion

I had to feature her work because I loved her designs so much back then. Haha we were such punks.

Late 2006
It still hadn't really occurred to me that I'd wanna do fashion photography. But studying fashion design -- we had photo projects so I started experimenting in the direction.

Viola II by zemotion Dream of Summer II by zemotion

The most convenient model was still myself though, so I started doing self portraits:

Fragility. by zemotion The moment after... by zemotion Shy by zemotion

Did a collab with noah-kh! He coloured my horrendous lineart, I can't for the life of me think why he would agree to something like that.

Autumn Snow. by zemotion

Early 2007
I started getting into daily top favorites on the frontpage. Not very often but here and there, 2-3 hours at a time. My watchers started growing and I started managing both my own account and noah-kh's.

Mid 2007
I photographed some of my most viewed works on deviantART. The dress was actually school work I had to document, so it was quite unexpected for it to end up so well received.

Forgotten Fairytales by zemotion Redemption by zemotion Forgotten Fairytales II by zemotion

I remember asking :iconwen-m: for his advice on Forgotten Fairytales, if or how I should edit the picture. I was considering smoothing out the dress towards the end or cropping it, but in the end we just agreed it looked the best as it was, so I left it alone. Since then I sort of came to the habit of trying to capture all elements as perfect as possible in my shot so I never have to go through the unnatural process of changing the flow of something, it became quite important to me.

Photographed my sister:

Something beautiful. by zemotion

Received my very own Deviousness Award! You can read it on my page right under the Journal post.

Late 2007
My first commercial job! For Mandy Wu Jewelry

I think like many of my first clients, Mandy discovered my work on dA.

Opulence. by zemotion Treasure Innocence. by zemotion

Worked on a Gothic Lolita series "The Midnight Game".

The Midnight Game. by zemotion The Midnight Game. II by zemotion

Dec 2007
My last semester in fashion school. I decided to quit. You can read more about it on my blog post about my education here:…

By this time I already had some work offers. Small jobs like gigs, event photography, I was young and I was new, so I tried doing everything I could just to see how much I could make to support myself.

Early 2008
I started work as an assistant at a photo studio, more to placate my parents in my 2nd school-quitting episode than anything else. I lasted a month before I decided it was pointless if I don't get to shoot my own things, which I yearned to do so much of.

In order to really give focus to photography I quit the national air rifle team too, I saw that as the end of a chapter in my life. It was really quite a bit change.

Jan 2008
Wacom picked me up as a featured artist for their Cintiq range in Asia. The featured image was Luna:

Luna. by zemotion

I started experimenting with studio photography.

Before the Storm by zemotion of the Night: A Dream of You by zemotion

March 2008
X Japan Reunion!

For how much X Japan meant to me I couldn't miss out on this concert.

I met so many amazing people and made so many friends that trip to Japan that Tokyo remains one of the cities I actually have most friends gatherings in until today.

:iconyazukiwolf: answered my call for assistants on dA and was a super wonderful help as translator/assistant over the next half a dozen or so trips I was there.

This was quite a life-changing trip as it gave me time to reflect on what I wanted to do with photography and gave me a sense of purpose.

I did SO much work there. And I can't believe Arissa and I managed to catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom for our shoot. It was so incredible.

Sakuran. II by zemotion shirotsuki. by zemotion Selia by zemotion

Mid-late 2008
With the feeling of change and all the support I was shown on dA I decided to do an exhibition and a book.

Something Beautiful Hardcover by zemotion

I still have a hard time believing I was only 20 when I did that. And really, it probably would not have happened if not for the support I was receiving from everyone here.   

Noah and I were both chosen as featured artists for the Intuos 4.

Intuos4_Beauty by wacom Intuos4_Fantasy by wacom

After my exhibition and book I started throwing myself into commercial/editorial work and thus reduced the amount of time I had for personal pieces, something which I regretted later. But looking back now, it was the year for so many 'first times', so I can't really exactly argue.  

The few personal shoots I managed to do, I was extremely proud of them.

Mid 2009

deviantART World Tour
Holy shit, I can't believe I went to THREE of them.

I went to Paris with photographer friend Quentin Shih to assist him on a gallery project for Dior, and since I was there I thought, hey I'll go to London too. I wonder if anyone else went to more stops than I did besides :iconspyed: and :iconheidi:?

devMEET Singapore by rh89 World Tour Paris by spyed hq meet - london by cei-
From left: Singapore, Paris, London

I came back to Singapore to confirmed jobs with Mercedes Benz Taiwan, Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Pond's Indonesia, and Gothic & Lolita Bible in Japan.

Shooting for Gothic & Lolita Bible was such a dream come true, having collected the magazine from since... volume 3 or 5 or something.

The Banquet. by zemotion Fallen in Tandem by zemotion

Late 2009
The awesome thing about travelling so much is meeting deviants from around the world. Got to photograph dA superstars :iconblackmagealodia: and :iconlarafairie:~!

Alodia by zemotion Lara. by zemotion

Dec 2009
I met and photographed Sugizo. For a PERSONAL shoot. Like. Holy shit.

Sugizo II by zemotion Sugizo. by zemotion Sugizo.. by zemotion

And turns out Sugizo liked my photo enough that he requested to use it for his book the next year.

SUGIZO - Cover by zemotion

I wrote a little summary blog post for 2009, if you'd like you can read it here:…

More exhibitions! I had 2 solo ones that year.

I held a show at Japan Creative Center in Singapore, I showed a collective of images from my earlier days, the central theme was visions inspired by Japan.

Exhibition: Angel Dreams by Zhang Jingna
Some of you probably already know about this from my Facebook page, but just for those who missed out, I'm preparing for a new exhibition due to start this month on the 29th till 18th June.
This is my second solo gallery show, man, I'd forgotten how much a pain it is to do one till I got down to doing it. T_T But this is something I had really been wanting to do for this year, so here it is.
The collection will feature some Japanese-themed pieces, photos from my collaboration with Sugizo, some other previously unpublished works, a selection of my iconic pieces over the years, as well as a room with outtakes, behind-the-scenes photos, work-in-progress materials, and personal items like artbooks and photobooks that have influenced and inspired me over the years.
The venue is a really beautiful space and I'm very excited to begin with the installation, except we've yet to start on the printing because

Feel free to check out some photos from the event here:…

Also had a street exhibition along Orchard Road in Singapore during the Audi Fashion Festival. It was quite a big set up as fashion works had never been showcased in that manner before.

Aug 2010
deviantART 10th Year Anniversary Birthday Bash!

I went with :icontobiee: and met :iconspyed:, :iconheidi:, :iconzilla774:, :iconfictograph:, :iconlychi:, :iconyuumei: and the guys from IFS!

It was superbly awesome and you can check out photos on my journal post:

dA Birthday Bash! With Kissing Llamas!! XDLong post ahead~!!
:icontobiee: and I were invited to the deviantART birthday bash at House of Blues in Los Angeles last weekend.
Met :iconspyed:, :iconheidi:, :iconzilla774:, :iconfongmingyun:, :iconlychi:, :iconpelicanh: and the guys from IFS!
But we spent most of the time hanging out with :iconyuumei: and her best friend Leah. :D
There were kissing llamas!
We had early admittance so I went scouting around the place when it was still near-empty. :D I super love all their ceiling details especially the last one. It was used as the staff room so I guess most people didn't get the chance to see, the patchwork is really beautiful~
First it was pretty much just :icontobiee: and I roaming around. Bumped into the guys from Imaginary Friends Studios and spoke for a little while.
From left: Artgerm, dcwj, kunkka, and ukitakumuki
The deviantART Muro was announced after the event opened proper. Everyone was encouraged

End 2010
I continued travelling, moved to stay in Los Angeles for some time. In 2010 I got to visit Pixar, Blizzard, Dreamworks, and gave a talk for Canon in Singapore and at Laguna College of Art and Design. All was good.

Personal favourites from the year:

The Journey by zemotion Before the Tide Comes by zemotion Buried Memories by zemotion
Irene by zemotion Porcelain by zemotion Daniel Landroche by zemotion

Jan 2011
Went to Montreal with :iconerina: :iconorenji-kun: and :iconningyee7:! We crashed with :iconjeffsimpsonkh: and met up with :iconraphael-lacoste:, who gave me a tour at Ubisoft Montreal! Life is awesome when I get tours, I'm so very easy to please. :D

Mid 2011
I started a StarCraft II team, called Infinity Seven:

I shot with Rain in Korea, and was interviewed by dA at Comic Con:

Oct 2011
deviantART decided to sponsor my team! :D

We've come a long way now from then and the roster has massively changed, and instead of no-name leagues we're actually getting into group play in major tournaments like MLGs etc. We wouldn't be where we are today without dA's support, so thank you dA. :love:

deviantART teams with `zemotion for eSports!DeviantART is always on the lookout for ways to support deviants who are embarking on creative and collaborative ventures.  Zhang Jingna, aka zemotion, has been member of the site for nine years.   A vibrant member of the community, zemotion has found professional success in the field of photography, and a quick look into her gallery can easily tell you why. Our relationship with her over the years -- one of friendship and respect -- has brought us a great opportunity to support her recently formed gaming group, Infinity Seven.
Infinity Seven, or iS, is a professional gaming team in the North American eSports scene comprised of both newer players and long-term veterans of Starcraft II.  Formed as a casual clan earlier this year, iS quickly rose to the top, claiming 1st place victories in LaG League (ESGL) and American Pro League (APL).  
Infinity Seven's most recent ventures have qualified

Nov 2011

One of my favorite shoots from 2011:

Cold Flowers II by zemotion Cold Flowers by zemotion Cold Flowers IX by zemotion

I coloured my hair a dozen times this year, it's now pink.

I got interviewed a few times in the SC2 community so I get to talk about dA quite often. XD

I'd been a bit busy with shooting, went to Vietnam in March and then New York the rest of it until late April.

Now I'm in the midst of working out a move to New York, so stay tuned for pictures from there soon~

In closing I'd like to thank all the wonderful people on dA for being such an awesome community~ You guys are so super amazing, you have no idea.

Last but not least thank you :iconspyed::iconheidi::iconwen-m::iconerina::iconorenji-kun::iconevancampbell::iconblackmagealodia::iconorangeish::iconyuumei::iconasuka111::iconrei-i::iconprodigybombay::iconippus::iconchanpart::iconjeffsimpsonkh: and everyone I can't fit in here because of the journal's 60kb post limit, you know who you are~ I'm so glad to have met you here and I love you all, stay awesome. :love:

*Edit: Someone suggested I do an improvement meme, so I made one! My work from 2006-2012: 2006-2012 Artwork Meme by zemotion

Relevant links:

My Education -…
Equipment and Where The Money Comes From -…

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tjphoto40 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
You do exceptional work.  I'm very impressed.
zzzt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Woaww :shocked: so freakin awesome :onfire:
anbmjj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that sounds so cool... I want your life O_O! lol ^_^
xlandar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
So much things have happened; it was really unbelieveable.
inspirationlady Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Congratulations on being here for ten years. I've been here only a year but I always love seeing your work. Your pictures are really stunning I have to say. I have to admit I even saved some of your pictures onto my computer because they're so pretty and inspiring.
Irreality Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for putting up the effort to write this. It was really interesting and insightful to read. I've watched couple of your interviews here and there where you talk about how you got started, and those work well when combined with this timeline.

Just imagine where you'll be in 2022 ;)
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations :)

Added to #DevNews posting later today :)
zemotion Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
noisybubbles Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
10 I remember sitting in a public library and looking at your work many years ago before I actually joined DeviantArt. You continue to inspire, not just with your beautiful photos but also your determination and insane work ethic. May you continue to climb higher and higher in the many years to come.

Congratulations! :D
zemotion Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha aww thank you so much! >_<
noisybubbles Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
A pleasure :D
Lacy-Succubus Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow your art career journey is...well amazing, especially when told through something so familiar, like Deviantart. I'v only been a member since I was 13 but this give me goose bumps. You inspired me, so thank you for showing me art CAN go somewhere!
zemotion Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blushes: Thank you~
Lacy-Succubus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem, its just really inspiring to see this ^^
FionaMeng Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I enjoyed reading your journal. Can't believe you are only 24. Congratulations on all the success!
zemotion Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
emummy Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This is really a great read. Continued success to you. I love your watch feed.
zemotion Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
mumu145 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Congratulation and happy anniversary to dA.

wow, your journey inspiring me :)
zemotion Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :blushes:
mumu145 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
di-Anne Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda late, but Happy dA Anniversary! :party:

As I read your journal, I realised how much you've evolved since you started. I hope I'll be as successful as you are because you are a great role model, photographer and model too! :hug: Good job and keep it up! :aww:
zemotion Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much and good luck!! :D
JosefinaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Happy anniversary! Your work is amazing! I hope to keep seeing you around! :D
zemotion Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :)
JosefinaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're so welcome! :)
Nicksketch Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Happy anniversary, I really enjoyed reading of your deviant journey, it makes for a nice little retrospective ;). here's to the next ten years of amazing work!
zemotion Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
When you came to Toronto, and we have this meet year ago, it was awesome meeting you and others :la:
LaRoseDePetitPrince Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
The best written journal that I've ever read here. :aww:
zemotion Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks ^^
MrKorra Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome time line!
zenyoda Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
can you believe how the time has gone by!
ilovestrawberries Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Congratulations! Such a wonderful journey. You were one of the first people I watched back when I started dA in 2007. Back then I made my account so I can upload my drawings (which were terrible) but after seeing your work I became inspired get my own camera and start photography :D
zemotion Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awww I'm so happy to hear that! And look at you now! I hope you're enjoying it too. Thank you <3
wei-en Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
That is amazing! To think of such a long and eventful
TheHappy3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy anniversary!
Iamthedark Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Jinga: You are just as relevant now as ten years ago...i just wish you would go back to being your own model...I miss the enchanting web you spin...iamthedark
Mahrahia Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats, and happy deviantART Anniversary!
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
:iconcongratssignplz: Many congratulations, my dear! :party: :hug: Thank you so much for sharing with us your beautiful pieces! :heart:

Don't stop your great job for the next 10 years at least! :D
zemotion Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you ^^
christi-chan Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool reading through this journal and seeing some of the highlights. Congrats on 10yrs!
zemotion Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
christi-chan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome.
MechaFISHMechanics Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
You've been such an influence on my view of art and the journals you write are always an encouragement to keep following my dreams. I know that sounds cliche, but I really mean it. Thank you so much!
Felzm Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi again and congratulations for your ten years here,thatīs wonderful and I think this deserve too a song,itīs your dABirthday,my dear friend,:),so here I go,:sing: "Happy deviantBirthday to you,Happy deviantBirthday to you,Happy deviantBirthday to you,Happy deviantBirthday,dear friend Zemotion,Happy deviantBirthday to you!!!:wave:clap:.clap::clap::huggle::party::cake:!!!
I hope you have a great time on your special day on deviantArt,:)!!!
ssseven Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
here's to another ten years~
CarlaTovar Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure you're such an inspiration to others to pursue their dreams
Thanks for posting, it's good to know more about you (: the best fro now on! :thumbsup:
bilalm Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow girl you are in motion :D
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