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Summary of Art 2017
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Published: December 30, 2017
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Why do I ask you to read the description?

Well, I'd like to ask you not to judge me too harshly this year. Compared to my past summaries, you can easily see that I continued to get better and better- until this year, the magical feeling of 2016 seems to be gone. I apologize. 2017 turned out to be a year like a nightmare for me. From January - July, I wrote my master thesis at university. From the beginning of May on, I also worked in a full time job (not art-related). Meanwhile, I was learning Arabic and -in addition- worked as an illustrator for a museum. Plus, it's a 1.5 hour train ride (one way) to my workplace and museum meetings were every Friday evening. Most nights, I was lucky if I caught 4 hours of sleep. This made me learn a whole new definition of the word "exhaustion".

That's why you rarely saw anything of me this year. Actually, I was drawing quite a lot, but these weren't drawings I could show to you: Either they need to remain secret until now, or the were technical drawings too boring for deviantart. Ironically, I just saw in the comment to my art summary of 2016 that I hoped for a chance to learn something new. Well, that much came true: Through tons of technical drawings, I learned to concentrate on extreme detail. By drawing the mascot of the museum project, I also trained drawing humans in exciting poses + developing characters. And finally, I had to learn the basics of digital painting real fast. At least I think that 2017 did not throw me back in progress, but made me train harder to become a better artist.
Also, I could afford to buy a great graphic tablet!

On the downside: I was often so extremely exhausted that my private projects suffered. As you can see above, my fantasy drawings clearly lost some of their magic. The reason was simply the huge lump in my stomach that reminded me at all times that I should not be drawing fantasy, but go on with the museum stuff. Or learn- or maybe go to sleep, so I would get an hour more of it. I was constantly tired and worried... So my greatest wish for 2018 is to regain some inner peace and reduce the stress level, so I'll be able to lose myself in painting fantasy landscapes again once in a while.

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atorifeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohohoo, did you know I actually made an atlas (with GIS of course), for my bachelor thesis? xD

I hope to see more art from you in this year, and to just see you here at all <3 and I would love you to have more time, and feel more relaxed. But I think that things you learned this year are also a good thing, and that you shall apreciate it right? ^^ <3 <3
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Ermelin Traditional Artist
I had no idea you had to work yourself through GIS as well XD This program is a nightmare, but it's a amazing what it can do!

Thank you for your kind words. :hug:
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Toffi-FeeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Liebe Ermelin! Ich habe deine Beschreibung komplett durchgelesen! Ich wünsche dir von Herzen, dass das neue Jahr etwas ruhiger wird, du dir nicht ständig Sorgen machen musst und anständig schlafen kannst :heart: Außerdem Zeit für deine eigenen Projekte und Freunde! Im Leben gibt es immer mal solche Phasen, wo alles drunter und rüber geht, man aber im Nachhinein doch viel daraus lernen kann - wie du ja auch schon bemerkt hast. Aber: Es müssen PHASEN bleiben! Bitte achte dringend darauf, dass du dich nicht an diesen "Workaholic Lifestyle" gewöhnst - das machen deine Gesundheit und dein soziales Umfeld nämlich nicht ewig mit. Also: pass auf dich auf! Dein Art Summary finde ich trotz allem spannend und ausgefüllt. Die Details sind echt immer der Hammer!!
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