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First of all,

I would like to thank everyone for the Birthday Wishes back in December :love: I tried answering all or most of your Birthday/Holiday wishes, and I am really sorry if I missed your comment! If you did not get a response from me or if you had a question, please feel free to send me a note anytime and I'll get back to you :)

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:star: Second, I know I went missing for about two months but I'm hoping that things will start slowing down again so I can work on comics and other art-related things. I have a bunch of tm Comics lined up since... 4 months ago... and I'm hoping to actually work on them soon (Along with StupidFox, of course). But mainly during these past two months, I've been doing a lot of sketching and going back on working with old mediums.

Warning: This is a Beginning of a Rant


:bulletred: Recently, I've realized that I do not have as much time to work on art as I did one year ago. And I look back to previous projects that I had done several years ago and I remember being able to stay in one place for 6 hours straight working on one project. Of course, that was when I was in school and I had a lot of free hours. However, now I work 8-10 hours a day doing office work that is not as much art-related. (To clarify, it is not that I dislike my office job, but I would prefer not having to work and just sit at home and draw whatever I want :P ) But of course, this also means I may not be updating as "regularly" on DeviantArt, since I won't have as much to show.

:bulletblue: People have asked me why I don't pursue drawing as a career so that I can be doing something I enjoy, but I never saw myself in a "professional" position with being an artist. Even though I only have about 2-3 hours a day to draw, it is something I look forward to after a long day of work. Personally, I prefer that rather than looking at drawing as a part of a job or a chore. I enjoy drawing for drawing, I like seeing other people's work to learn from them bit by bit, and I enjoy telling stories and so I draw them out as comics (because I am terrible at writing, if you couldn't tell already, haha). What I don't like is only having that 2-3 hour time gap to draw, but what can I do :P ?  

:bulletyellow: To people who are still reading this, I hope you all keep doing what you love whether it is just as a hobby or as your job. And, (while we're on the topic), to artists struggling to decide whether they should continue drawing or not because they "don't have a large audience on DeviantArt" or that they're not "good enough"... ask yourself if you are drawing because you enjoy it or because you just expect a lot of public attention. I know that in my position it's "easy for me to say", but I still remember when I thought 10 faves was a lot and meant a lot to me, and now the numbers are just meaningless statistics. In any case, remember that your greatest audience will always be your friends, family, and most importantly, yourself. Make time for your hobbies, don't turn your hobby into some kind of competition (unless it calls for it), and don't stop doing what you really enjoy :)
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TrioBadge Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I fully agree with you with what you said in :bulletyellow:

Art should be enjoyed no matter what your art skill is, for me it is nice to have a nice amount of pageviews and favourites and i don't get commissioned by others but i don't mind really cause i do digital art as a hobby mainly not for publicity uwu
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serveta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What you said in :bulletyellow: is great :D
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unanimatedew Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
I like your address of the artist doing art topic. I, too, feel like I would like to draw more often, and have also been asked why I don't parlay my art into some sort of money-making venture. I don't know if it's a universal truth, but it's true of all the artists I know that we commonly feel our stuff isn't good enough to make money on. We are our own worst critics.

That being said, there's an artist on DA who drew a strip that describes the life span of an artist...if not in truth, in thought. Here's the link: [link]

For what it's worth, I like all of the comics and drawings you do/have done. They amuse me to no end..well, until there are no more to be amused by, but then I just go over the one's I've already looked at, lol. Keep it up, please, and good luck on finding more time to draw :D
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Fruity-mangos104 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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gotw3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
c:
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Ilman-Lintu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
may i ask you a question? i am in the similar position to yours ... and i will need to change the job soon so i feel a bit conserned about thing. is your job connected to the computers? and if it is do you feel tired to draw something on pc after work? eyes i mean.
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erk, sorry that this is a bit late! But yes, my job is computer-related, so it is... 8 hours on the computer... then another 3-4 hours at home in front of another computer. I honestly do not feel tired or my eyes do not feel tired, but I am sure it is really bad for my eyes :XD:;
Last year, I had laser eye surgery so my vision is at 20/20 right now (I was legally blind before and wore contacts; not sure if that was caused by computers/screens though since I developed it at a very young age) ... But I think if I keep doing this every day, I will start needing glasses again :P
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lilisys Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably the greatest journal I've read in quite a while. Thanks for your inspiration! :D
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said, SilentReaper, well said. :3 I feel the same way about art myself. As much as I love sketching and drawing things digitally in GIMP, I'd go nuts sitting around the house doing nothing but art full-time. I quite enjoy getting my hands dirty in physical labor too, or putting my brain to good use. Unless I were to get into animation, or art commissions on the side, in the future, I just don't see art as a full-time job kinda career path for me. XD

Kudos to anyone else who can take on that path, though; the artists making it out there, doing what they love, have my respect also. ^^ Just don't know if that's the right path for me, personally, since I love electronics too and wouldn't mind becoming an electrical engineer.
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Hysteria98 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I wish you luck for the future, and look forward to more of your work. I'm still a fan, and likely always will be!
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MavenLin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
third bullet: O-O words of wisdom
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said! (so says a guy who still thinks 10 faves is a lot)
I too have a day job, one that usually has me exceeding 8 hours a day, leaving me with little time to write. To those that would have me give up this writing hobby, I say: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words, well, words might hurt me deeply, causing great emotional, mental, and psychological damage leading to a significantly lowered self-esteem and a serious decrease in work-related efficiency."
Which reminds me, I still haven't bought your book. Must rectify that first thing tomorrow.
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BunniLuvify Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconshaplz: :) :iconsweetsmileplz:
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NoorXX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
*HUG*
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp:!
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NoorXX Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
<333:)
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DragonYoukaiKanaChan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Very inspirational!
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MatsuriXGaara Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanna know what your experience was when you first started getting popular on DA. Like when u began to transition from 10 favs to a LOT of favs lol.
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I thought much of it, haha :P Or rather, I thought it was a one-time fluke. At some point, I was thinking, "Who relinked this and from where? What is going on?" :lol:
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MatsuriXGaara Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol ic :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
:thumbsup: :D

Then again I made my hobby my job for now :cough:
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! :XD:
I struggled for a while to find that balance, haha D:
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wolfnoom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Digital Artist
damn, you are amagnificent writer even if you think you arenīt.
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: Thank you!
I'm still very sure I am absolutely terrible at talking though. :P
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Fluff-E-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Personaly iv been mulling over switching my magior in collage, witch has proven to be a struggel due to my poisition. Im nearly finished with a mechanical enginearing degree form a rather good school, but iv fon its not rely what i love. my heart is in history. but to throw all that training away and all the long houers on math homework away seems pointless. Im still trying to ask myself what my hobby is and what is my passion (becasue its certinaly not spelling).
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Great points. I hope all is well for you. :)
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Ehehehe, drop by to raise my hand! :XD: That I love drawing as a hobby and anti-depressant, hahaha ;P
I happen to find drawing is a great way to reward myself after long hours of non-art related work that I do :giggle:
And I don't know, I think I still can draw quite a lot... hmm... maybe I should get more on the other aspect of life, but oh well! ^^;
Cheers to you anyway, ~SilentReaper :la:
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive: Drawing is such a stress-reliever, isn't it? :XD:
It's like... you can do whatever you want on paper o_o
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
And by whatever, we're talking about... :blush: :plotting: :evillaugh: :wow: :devilish: :faint: :excited: hahaha, all the fun :love:
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fiction1on1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Very good points you made
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Lord-Evell Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad when I hear someone else seeing drawing as a "hobby" rather than a job. I have 3 passions in my life: drawing, gaming and computers. And I choose to work with computers, even if people ask me why I am not drawing "professionally".
I see it like this: if you love chocolate cookies and suddenly, you have to ability to live on only chocolate cookies, so you live on chocolate cookies.... wouldn't one grow to hate chocolate cookies very fast?
Some people can deal with the stress and frustrations that come with doing art over 8 hours a day, I can deal with computer frustrations better so I keep myself at that, and keep art is my precious little hobby :heart:

(but I agree on your frustrations, I wish there could be one hour or two more on the clock so I could do a little bit more art at home :XD: )
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I read all of it :3 Good to see you back... ish xD keep drawing ^^
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chibifool Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
i dont think this is a rant at all :3
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MallowNinja Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of curiosity, what precisely do you do at your office job? Secretarial duties?

I'm glad you still enjoy your art and we're simply happy to share it with you when you want to share it with us. ^_^ Have a happy new year!
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Arctic-Wolffe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
:iconspazhugplz: <3
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Kelevra-Neglass Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
That last bullet was just the pick me up i needed to keep drawing. Thanks SilentReaper
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:!
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Kelevra-Neglass Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
YAY!
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dATomB Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can totally relate with the last paragraph. :nod:

Other than that, I'm very glad that you're back! ^^
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SilentReaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
Thanks! :D
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dATomB Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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DizzyHellfire Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I draw because it comes to me, and I learned how to draw better. Now i have a tablet and I can experiment in paint, till I get my laptop fixed. I used to want more views but now its mostly DA is a showcase for me to post where I can link people to some of my work. but I am happy to see stupid fox. I love him, he has such simple words of wisdom and they make me chuckle at his sillyness. glad to hear you are back, and I am happy to hear you are back. even if you cant update as often, I am glad to see you are back!
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ShadowHunter1765 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
You're such an inspiration! i draw because i like to draw and drawing is fun ^^
I'm glad you're back
When you get those few hours a day to draw, enjoy them ;p
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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
That last paragraph meant a lot to me, I guess I'm at the stage where 10 favs mean a lot to me. I'll keep in mind that my most important audience are those close to me.
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Drake-Darkess Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great to hear from you again! :meow:

You are so inspiring ;w;
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catty2990 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsupertighthugplz: I luv u so much and that last bullet deserves you be quote and recognized by every artist everywhere :love:
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Orsonfoe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
thanks for the last bit :)
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catty2990 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsupertighthugplz: I luv u so much and that last bullet deserves you be quote and recognized by every artist everywhere :love:
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FacelessExistence Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really needed that last bulletpoint X) I guess its easy to forget that almost every well-known person had to start out somewere too. I can't wait to see all the awesome art you create in those couple of hours! :D
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shogun-ex Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
While I'm not the best at drawing, I can relate: I just graduated in May, and I'm looking for a new job on top of working 37.5 hours a week, and trying (and failing) to study for the GREs. Even so, it is awesome to hear from you! :D
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