I wanted to start by saying that I'm humbled by how many favorites I continue to receive on my fanart, even years after I left deviantART. Distance has revealed the errors in my art -- what I once thought was pretty impressive, I now regard as fairly average -- so seeing those favorites continue to pour in, day after day, is such an honor. Thank you all!
Why am I here, though? I have a weird complex about abandoned accounts -- I always worry about those people, whether they're still alive, whether they're doing okay, etc. So, considering that my last journal entry was in 2013, I thought it'd be cool to give an update and assure you that I am very much not dead!
On that note, I want to emphasize again that if you want to find me on the Internet, rodoviel.tumblr.com is the place to go. It's a Supernatural blog -- sorry if you don't like that show! -- but it's really the only Internet presence I have right now.
So what's been going on with me?
I finish my first college degree in a month. Yep. Terrifying and exciting at the same time. I have no plans after graduation -- really my only plan right now is to take a break and read the Bible a lot. But let me tell you, these four years have been full of so much work that I need to just be for a little bit. My brain's in no place to start a career. It's good work, though. College has changed me so much.
I still haven't gotten back into art. Ironically, my burnout has gotten a lot better, but now the problem is that I don't have a lot of time. I decided about two years ago to change my focus to writing, so I've used my precious free time to focus on writing instead. I still keep art in the back of my head, and I'd like to take the pencil back up one day, but...college is just not a good time to do that. I have too many demands.
Even if I did pick art back up, though...I'm not sure I'd come back to deviantART specifically. 2numagirls and I had a conversation about this a year back -- anyone ever hear about the deviantART-Hot Topic controversy? As it turns out, deviantART is not a very copyright-safe place to post art. deviantART basically gets to do whatever it wants with your art without compensating you. And there's some other stuff I could mention, but what it boils down to is that I no longer feel like dA is a safe and professional place to share art. If I ever did pick up the pencil again, I might move permanently to Tumblr or another platform. I don't know.
[EDIT]: Some research has revealed that it wasn't deviantART's fault that the fanart got stolen, it was Hot Topic's. That's something I'll have to consider!
So will I ever come back to deviantART? We'll see. But I'm in no rush. For now, I want to finish the race I'm already in -- college. Then we'll talk art.
I hope everyone's doing okay! I'm sure things have changed so much, it kind of excites me to think of where all my watchers might be now!