My nine years on dA - thoughts and conclusions
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Hello little ones. :heart:

If you still remember who I am, you probably noticed that my activity in recent years has dramatically decreased. Although being 'quite' alive on Tumblr and sometimes Facebook, I gradually withdrew (is that the right word?) myself from online communities due to lack of submissions and stuff to update in general. Real life struggles and tremendous amount of work took away both my time and will to sit focused during free evenings and create for myself. Doing freelance for living is satisfying, but in the long term becomes a killer for creativity, energy and social life. Especially when you're assigned to three big projects at the same time and suddenly you have no idea where the last five months have gone. O_O (happening to me atm)

But enough of that. Today I realised it'll soon be NINE years since I joined dA. Not only do I feel old (:wtf:), but somehow... proud? Well, I didn't accomplish a lot, especially considering my goals from that time (ya know, being extremely popular, likable, having lots of popular friends, etc - the regular teenage dreams xD), but being aware that I've been part of the biggest art community for almost a decade is... very pleasing. I sometimes like to look back at my beginnings and see how I and the site changed. And I somehow miss those times when everything was new and I was just at the start of my online artistic journey.
During that journey I discovered hundreds of amazing artists who gave me inspiration and motivation to improve. I was a gallery moderator, I organised contests, events, gave first Daily Deviations (when they were still a huge exposure) to people who later evolved into fantastic artists (with Charlie-Bowater or anikakinka among them, whose careers I was lucky to observe almost from the beginning), etc. I got five Daily Deviations myself and got chances to appear on the front page three times or so. I've also had wonderful watchers who've been there with me for most of the time, some for almost as many years as I, which is even more amazing.

Nowadays hardly anyone visits my page anymore, almost half of my watchers is inactive/left dA, I have no time to keep my profile updated and no new stuff to submit anyway, so no wonder I'm being forgotten. It doesn't bother me that much anymore, but remembering how obsessed I used to be with popularity makes me a little sad. xD And you know what? I wish I could start anew with a fresh account, ereasing my whole dA history from the web. To again have that feeling of a start and refreshed motivation. I know I can create a new account, but there's no point in reuploading my pictures somewhere else if they're already everywhere in internet under my current nickname. And I don't want to get rid of 'anako' either. So I'll just sitck to my old account, but for now... will clear it.

You can still find my pictures in my portfolio or tumblr. But I'll put my whole dA on hiatus until I'm ready and free to create for myself again. I'm planning to finish my current jobs until the start of July, so it's not that long from now. Either way... I still don't know if I bring the old deviations back. I'm kind of sick of looking at them when I'm not able to draw in my style and improve. Bleh.

Thank you for still being with me, sweeties. bee... wtf? by bojis

Have a little bonus from 2005:
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OTHER PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME [link]~~


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joshuaotero's avatar
joshuaoteroProfessional Digital Artist
I just got back to dA myself. Feeling that position with personal and professional life fluctuating back and forth is tough. We are all here for you still. You got this Anako-ART!
Doodah's avatar
DoodahHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm feeling EXACTLY like you lol :hug:
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MCR72Student Digital Artist
Aww, but your art are so gooodd
Okay then :') I hope the best for you :hug:
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Veni-Scripsi-ViciProfessional Digital Artist
:iconaawplz:
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AJInu-OkamiStudent Artist
I will miss you :(
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LeraDraco69Hobbyist General Artist
I love you, Miss. Daria!!! I always hope to see new creations from you. You're so sweet and talented, and you've given me the greatest gift in the ENTIRE world!!!  I could never forget you. You'll forever be in my heart. And I plan on befriending you on FB now. <3
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BeholdentoloveHobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Phoneix-FaerieHobbyist General Artist
:hug: take care
divby0's avatar
divby0Professional Writer
Just broke 10 myself, and I'm not just withdrawing (yes, that's the right word), I'm actually in the process of removing everything, storing it elsewhere, and then leaving for good.
DocMallard's avatar
I will sure miss you.

-Doc
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BloodlustSerenadeHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm only at 7 years myself but still...I can see where you are coming from.
In that seven years I have spent one or two at a time more or less ignoring DA and opting instead to turn my attention elsewhere.  It really shows since my improvement has not been very steady >_>

Hopefully, like me you will be back soon-ish!  My fingers are crossed that I will not have to wait too long before I can see some of your art again :)

It has been deviants like you who have had me coming back for more.
Your art makes me strive to improve.
I hope you come back but I'd understand if you didn't ... either way good luck!!
Dalal-N's avatar
Dalal-NStudent Digital Artist
I just realized I'm also close to 9 years here (5 days away, to be exact). DANG. 

Wish you the best!
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot and grats to you too! :D
oO-Monkey-Oo's avatar
oO-Monkey-OoHobbyist
I'm still a baby on DA, less than 2 years old! 
 But I've forever been a fan of art. 
 And people like you who have been around for so long, contributing to the machine and making everything move in circles, you paved the road so that we could keep the community alive and keep it going in your absence!
 It's too bad you feel the need to remove your work. Some of it is like a staple to your progress, some of them like scars in your portfolio. But all of them make you and are a part of you :) 
 
I'm running a wee little group if you ever feel like coming back slowly and taking it easy I will be needing a moderator sooner or later ;) 

No matter where you go and what you do, everything still keeps moving. Time never stops. 
So hurry back to us :monkeymote: 
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Not long ago I didn't even think about removing my old work from dA, because of that visible "progress", but I guess I stared at it for enough time. I suppose it will do me more good if I try to forget about old pictures - at least for a moment - to have a fresh mind when I'm finally back to drawing. :)

I don't think my old days of sick activity will ever return though, now I prefer to focus on creating rather than management. :D

Thank you very much for your comment! :heart:
oO-Monkey-Oo's avatar
oO-Monkey-OoHobbyist
Perfect. Life is all about creating!
 :D
michaelogaz's avatar
Looking forward to your return.  Good luck at everything else...
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, comments like yours make me happy :heart:
Ormille's avatar
OrmilleStudent Filmographer
aw i'm with you! good luck on whatever's ahead dear!^^
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! :glomp:
Namae-san's avatar
Namae-sanProfessional Digital Artist
No to trzymaj się z tymi projektami :) Ależ ten to leci. Kiedy minęły te czasy, gdy dA było całe ciemniutkie o__O
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Nooo, stopniowo i powolutku wszystko rozjaśniają. ;p Ale fajnie byłoby wrócić do starej szaty graficznej.

Dzięki! :)
Starbat's avatar
StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still here.  If you end up becoming more active again, I'll be watching.  ;)
Anako-ART's avatar
Anako-ARTProfessional Digital Artist
Aww thank you very much :hug: You've been there for a very long time with me and I'm extremely grateful for this. <3
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