Sorry that was an exceptionally long hiatus…(I hope you haven’t been waiting?? ) a lot has happened in the past two years, not so much art-wise, but a lot personally and academically. I have not been posting because a) haven’t made much art/lacking motivation, b) busy with school and other parts of life, and c) dilemma of DeviantArt.
I have been contemplating for a while now, even before the hiatus, about the role of DeviantArt in my life. I am grateful for the social, motivational, blogging aspect of DA that has truly helped me grow artistically and personally in my formative years (I even wrote an essay about it for an art-related scholarship); however, I feel like there is something in the culture that I felt distant from as I grew older. I find it difficult to find tasteful and inspiring art, and there’s something else I can’t quite pinpoint…Also, I strive to eventually be a professional traditional artist and DA is not the most suitable place for this (probably I will utilize Behance in the future). There are indeed aspects of DA that I appreciate and have ultimately missed; sometimes I come back here just for the memories. I do not mean to criticize the DA community but am just voicing why I feel less passionate about it than before.
Because of these doubts, I have debated about what to do…leave DA? Just keep my page, but be inactive? I wasn’t sure what to do, but I didn’t want to leave DA completely.
Recently, I came upon a compromise. I will continue DA in posting the occasional fun sketch, fanart, or conceptual drawings while keeping my professional traditional portfolio separate. Chiakineko will be my internet presence, but I will continue art in a traditional manner in real life. DA will not be a main focus for me in terms of my art career, but it will be a place I will come for the community aspect. I still haven’t reconciled my love for digital art with my more intuitive, traditional, art-school approach to art, so I’m unsure what role art will play in my career…but we will see. Probably digital art will just be for practicality and fun while traditional art will be my true voice to manifest my vision. I am not saying one is better than the other, just that personally I feel more internally connected to traditional art. Maybe this will change, I don’t know. : P
Finally, thank you to those who have supported me since I’ve entered DA. Sorry I haven’t been posting art! and thank you and hello to those who’ve recently started following my art and who I haven’t acknowledged. Kiriban is still on! I do not desire status or page views, but a kiriban is a fun and practical way to motivate myself to thank you guys. That said, I’m still not sure when I will have time to make some art to post. x__x
Okay now I have to finish writing a paper…somehow I couldn’t get DA out of my head, so I had to write this in order to get back to work. xD
Thank you all for the love. <3
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