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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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