I've been in desperate need of more structure in my life. With my artwork, my networking presence, my everyday activities... just, everything. Without going too deep into detail, I'll be honest and say I can feel myself approaching burnout, in several areas of my life. I'm quite depressed, which is something I still don't like admitting, but there it is. The good news is, I think I know what I need to do... or at least, where I need to start, in order to come into a more healthy mindset and lifestyle.
So, as the title suggests, I'm making a few changes that will, I believe, introduce some much-needed balance into this slapdash mess of a thing I call my day-to-day existence XDThe biggest change on DeviantArt:
I simply won't be posting as often. I've realized I'm pushing my uploads to a ridiculous degree, and the exhaustion I feel is beginning to catch up to me. The last thing I want is to do is burn out so hard that I stop giving my very best work... or lose all my steam and crash altogether. No, ma'am. I don't want that. So, I'll not be pressuring myself to upload a ton of art, but will draw when I actually have time to give it my all. I will reserve uploads to this platform strictly for Mondays (and, if a particularly full week comes around, Tuesdays). So, basically, anything I draw over the week (be it personal art, or commissions) will appear altogether on that day. Unless it's something I've done for a specific day (e.g. a friend's birthday).
I will also be letting myself ease up on some bigger projects... like The Harmony Guild
. I still want to do it, and I've been slowly managing to fit together what I want for the next pages, but constantly kicking myself for not getting it done faster is really starting to wear me down. If it ultimately does reach fruition in some form, I want it to be something I'm proud of. And I want to enjoy doing it. For that to even be a potential outcome, I realized I need to let it go for a while. If I feel like drawing some stuff from the AU, I totally will; I've been blown away by how much people have been excited about the AU, and I'm quite proud of it and like working with it. But just know I won't be pushing myself to finish the comic itself ASAP.
I also won't be as active a presence here as I normally am. I'll still check my notifications/messages every evening, so you're still always free to contact me here; it's actually probably the best place to
contact me, as it's one of the few inboxes I can actually access from my broken dinosaur of a phone. Just know that I won't be checking in and out throughout the day, I need to discipline myself to do this and make time for other things.
If you're worried about your commissions, fear not! I will keep all future commissions on a tight schedule, send you updates, and complete them in as timely a manner as I have for years... hopefully even more timely, the more I structure things.
That's pretty much it for DeviantArt, I can't think of any more major changes at this time. If you want to get in on more art from me, I recommend following me on tumblr
, as I post more sketches/WIP's/etc. there (also the SpideyPool memes go there XD). Uploads there will be on Mondays as well, but there will just likely be a lot MORE images posted there, if that makes sense; I've always felt a little weird about uploading unfinished stuff to DA but sometimes I still like to show it off
I appreciate your patience as I try to work out the details of my life. My friends and fans(?!) are so supportive and make all my hard work worth it, and I never want you guys to forget that
You mean a lot to me and I wouldn't be where I am now if I didn't have you. I'm hoping that these changes will help me be able to post better and better works for you all, and for myself, as I continue to learn and grow as an artist and as a human being.
Much love and cheers to the oncoming autumn,
Ps. These changes are going into effect the moment I hit "submit journal". So... talk to you guys tonight!