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Thank you guys so much for your support here on dA! I know it sounds really cheesy, but all your faves and comments makes my day a little brighter everytime I read through them~

So we've hit 30k watchers today and I can only say thank you for your overwhelming support and love! I believe I'm one of the luckier users here on the site to be recognized and supported even though I'm mostly still a student at this art thing, and it just heartens me to know that there are people out there who enjoy my stuff witness my growth.

I feel like it's a good opportunity to do a little reflection and write a few things I would want to tell the "me" of 2013.

1. You are going to be in a world of frustration and struggle.

I've used to feel, until recently, very unprepared and anxious whenever I encounter an obstacle in my drawings. It got worse the more I tried to resist, instead I found it much better to accept it and move on. I've discarded a lot of paintings which I spent a good 6-8 hours on recently because they weren't good enough. The old me would have probably freaked out, but I've since learned to just move on and don't repeat the mistakes. It sounds painful to lose so many hours of work. (especially since I post new pieces frequently) But in a sense, they weren't lost. It was more of a really long lesson in "how not to screw up next time".

2. Be careful of social media.

I really don't mean to sound like an ass, but the most relaxing time is probably when you have really few watchers. Sure your work doesn't get seen by many, but the best thing is the sense of freedom and adventure! When I went by the name of "staplus" (yea I know really stupid name) back then and had 80 watchers, everyday on dA was just really fun and exciting. Predicting how many new watchers (ranged from 1-10) I will get from the next piece was like a pastime of mine! I also didn't really feel the urge to get my stuff seen or get "popular", since those big deviants were literally thousands of times larger than me it was just kinda impossible to get close.

The moment you start to gain a little traction though, you get a lot of weird feelings. Pressure to keep up the growth. Feeling the need to "please the audience". Growing your fanbase to match the biggest ones out there. The old things that satisfy you so much become meaningless.

Remember when you refreshed your page after like 2 hours and got 3 extra notifications? That was a really good feeling. I would go into the notifications just to visit the guy who fav'ed my stuff and give him a llama badge or something. I had this habit of not clearing notifications and would be really happy when it hit 100 (dA clears it regularly I think?) Now I can't really keep up with that. I just post, come back to read comments and post again.

I guess I'm saying "be careful" because it's easy to lose sight of your goals when all these things change around you. The only thing I can say is to stay focused on your goals, and don't let them change because of "others' demands"

3. Be cautious of art sites.

So recently I was listening in on one of Artgerm's livestreams and he was doing this Q&A and talked about this phenomenon of "The internet artist". Basically it's a magical person you find online who appears to be able to do anything and everything. The reality is that this "person" is a combination of hundreds or thousands of artists you see online, which makes him kinda omnipotent. The bad thing happens when you compare yourself to this monster.

I used to do it a lot. I would go on artstation, scroll around and feel like absolute shit. The combined prowess in all those works was just suffocating, especially when seen from the wrong perspective that I was in. So yeah, be really careful about that. Don't go in trying to be better than EVERYTHING. It's just not a very realistic goal.

4. Don't go taking long breaks.

This is really just a personal working style, but I'm the kind of person who needs to work through his obstacles. I tried just stepping away before, but I doesn't work for me. The longer I leave the problem alone, the worse it gets for me. If I have this drawing that's torturing me, I just kinda have to keep forcing it and trying out stuff with it until I work something out. I'm not talking about physical breaks though. It's pretty okay to just lie down for a while or something, but you can't allow your mind to "give up" or walk away.

This probably won't apply to a lot of people out there, but if taking long breaks doesn't work for your artblock or whatever, maybe try just brute forcing your way through~




So yeah, it's really late and it's been an ultra long day and I realized that when I read through how incoherent my rambling was (and how depressing it probably sounded), so I better end it here before I start typing nonsense in my sleep. Thanks for reading and hopefully it helps, or maybe it at least provides a little bit of food for thought!

Once again, thank you all for your support here on dA. I really mean it. :)
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Murashi-Art Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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HatCatMoby Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so many people who need to read this journal entry; myself included. Seriously, thank you for putting this up.
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rei-kaa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This journal helps a lot !
I'm very interested in how you get here within 2 years but now I really see it's attitude and hard work .
I think I've been lazy and didn't draw as much so there is only roughly 8 works i can really paint per year (now i think about it i cringe)
I'm curious if you are still a student ? I'm studying contemporary art but I'm doing digital drawing that's kinda weird xDD
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Castonia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Awesome advices ! Great work! ^^
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Laugh-Butts Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWWW *hugs* FUN ADVICE, HOME SLICE!
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mollaroo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
aw this was so nice to read - I really liked no. 1. It always terrifies me when I realise - oh I've spend 10 hours on this and I absolutely hate the outcome, but I need to just remind myself that even though no one will see the final thing, the act of actually doing it will teach me things and help me learn!! Thanks for all the great advice!! :hug:
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MesiBubu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
The internet monster is really a huge problem.. I had it too then I realized I just have to do what I like doing and improve bits by bits everyday
Keep it up, you are one of my favourite artist of all time
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Hasiguchi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
> "4. Don't go taking long breaks."
very, very painfully true.

a month and a half before, i was start trying to submit drawing weekly. at start it progressed smoothly, but then midterm came in and i stopped drawing for a week during the midterm so that i can focus studying. after the midterm however, i got artblock and just couldn't satisfied with what i draw, so 2 week passed away without submitting anything. this week i finally decided to just bring up random sketch at my sketchbook and work it, and currently still struggling to finish it.
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UntitledTwice Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You've got an awesome art style. I always look forward to seeing what you upload next. Glad to give you my support! C :
Cheers
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Arjuna1976 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
You're welcome. If I watch you is because I like your art.
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TsuKi-PanDa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
I was also watching Artgerm's Q&A stream the other day. He almost sounds like a philosopher at times when he hands out advice which has in turn made me grow as a person not just my art. Completely agree with all 4 points that you made out especially number 2. Keep up the good work (Y)
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Clamberzerk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very true. We all get so caught up with being appealing to others, that we forget to appeal to ourselves. what you have said has cleared up quite a few doubts i had, i really admire your work, it is amazing, i wish you the best of luck on your journey :)
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
dA definitely doesn't clear your notifications regularly, although non-Notes that are a year old (or six months, I think, for name change notifications) usually vanish.

Ahhh, shucks.  I'm at that social media point-- I'm trying not to buy into the "hunt for more watchers" trap, and I turned off pageviews, but I've been quietly thinking for the past year or so about why my watchers watch me and what they might want to see.  So I make almost no personal journals, rarely post WIPs, am careful what I say... but at the same time, I sit here "watching" a ton of people with all the notification options off, only visiting their page once a year to wish them a happy birthday.  And with the exception of one or two friends who are still active on dA, nobody posts comments and I only have a handful of favs, llamas, and thank-yous each week.  So my circumspection is not only silly, it's groundless-- but I still sit here wondering how I should act and who I should try to be.  Like... knowing I have a problem doesn't teach me how to fix it.  If that makes sense.  How do you just relax?  Where's the happy medium between professional silence and childish blathering?
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GUWEIZ Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Personally I just feel that 99% of my energy should be on improving my work and with the 1% I upload stuff and just post nonsense journals like these :)

I'm not sure about the notifications though, dA usually cuts my notifications in half when it reaches a certain number or so :/
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
That's fair.
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LukaMegurineLover Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You totally deserve it ^^
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leolana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you
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WiVictory Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,it's so cute*^* Thank you for your works!
P.S. Seriously you're the best artist of my life:3 xo
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rianwirata Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm getting a lot of advice from this post
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Nadchoco Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That entry is so inspiring! It motivates me a lot, to just move on. Thank you so much!
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DraconisREP Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2016
I find that because I've dedicate myself to doing alot of artwork it's almost impossible for me to take long breaks.

But really it's artists like you that keep me going ^-^
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WordofDove Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well to be frank.... i think GUWEIZ isnt much better than staplus....
But I think most will agree that is is not the name that has brought "watchers" to you channel but the outstanding art that you create. I can only speak for myself but I do think that people can relate when I say that you are a great artist with a great eye for beauty. I think you are capable of becoming a great "monster" among those others  :).
Pave your own path. Don't get discouraged when you see those other art sites. Use what you can to improve.( if there need be :p)
Wish you all the best :D


btw if you are interested, I listened to a podcast from blender-guru on productivity | "the willpower instinkt"
if you are interested (www.blenderguru.com/podcasts/p…)
if not, just ignore... I thought it was cool to know.
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GUWEIZ Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks! Will be listening to that!
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re-kuro Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome
I think I like ur art even more now since u seem like a chill n cool person from this journal

most other guys with lots of buzz act like fuggheads
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are quite welcome.
And incoherent ramblings are fun to slog through.
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TheSerialPoet Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
You're very welcome!~^^
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Tilo-of-Sky Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's the spirit!Knock em out the box!
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LuminosArts Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is why I followed you :) i see you and feel you :) as i grow myself, the everyday looking if i get watchers or refresh to see activity :) it's a funny stage indeed
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eveblum Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you for writing these clever words. Indeed, it's quite late already, so I'm not able to write anything more besides: THANK YOU  for being such great inspiration. I'm really happy I found you and your art and have opportunity to learn from you :heart:
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lDestiny Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2016
Congratulations of the 30k!! Very well deserved!:happybounce: 

Very interesting read. It's nice getting some insight from an awesome artist on the other side. :)
Starting digital was so frustrating in the beginning (still is at times ;^; ) since I've always done so traditionally. It's still kinda hard not to compare my own stuff to better artists out there^^ I try to focus on getting inspired by them instead.
Your work is truly amazing and you have some incredible work ethic! Looking forward to see how your art will be in the next 2 years!! (It'll probably be EVEN MORE GODLY godly levels of awesome awesomeness!!! :D)

All the best and more on your journey Heart 
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GUWEIZ Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks! I think it's great to compare, but personally I think the important thing is to time yourself. For me, I only look at other art when I'm done for the day before bed. This way, I don't feel any unnecessary pressure or influence during the work day, but still learn stuff. ♥
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lDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
True I do learn a lot from comparing. Never thought about setting a specific time for it^^ That's a pretty good approach. Think I'll give that a try :)
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zanejrninjago Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Heh thanks and yours will be too
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lDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] 
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zanejrninjago Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
no prob :)
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LoLo-is-SeaDoo-ing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016   Digital Artist
Really good advice... thank YOU! ;)
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Kaspar03 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think yours is a good speech indeed :)

In my own opinion you should not feel the "pressure" or the need to "please the audience".. I see many talented artists wasting their potential doing lot of stuff just to "please" the audience (usually nsfw stuff) which is somehow sad.. have fun doing what you want and what you like and I'm sure we will like it as well.

And about failures they're part of the recipe for the success so..there is no need to be ashamed of them or force you to make them good (and honestly I'd be glad to see these discarded paintings..I'm sure they would be interesting to me even whith some flaws). 

Just wanted to thank you for sharing your thoughts anyway..If I'll ever get a decent number of whatcher I'll try to remember your advice but I'm far from it yet (<20) hahaha :)
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SterossDeviant Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
This is a good contemplative piece...
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Ruzakii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems good to know that our comments are appreciated.....It seems nice.
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BrittyDee Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very good advice, I should be more grateful for having a smaller more intimate following! I've always wanted to be big here but reading what you said.. I couldn't handle the pressure haha
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Viorp Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Np
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bulbandrei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Hey, I just wanna say that what you wrote here is a true lesson for anyone working in the creative industry. As a game developer, I've been through all of that, and knowing that someone with incredible art skills like you had the same problems is...well, I don't wanna say that's good to know but, it's inspiring!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your amazing art! :)
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mazubutt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Gosh thank you for the message, especially no.2 because that is the most frequent change I see on artists whenever they gain popularity, they're all so pressured to 'please' their watchers/followers to the point they lose the touch and like you said, their goals. They come to draw what the people want to see, not for themselves xD;; 
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The-Nightsister Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're an inspiration to me. I don't know what else to say since you've written such wise words, and I really feel like this is very good advice.
Keep being such a wonderful person!
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dylmyrs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
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Icewreath Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing, really encouraging to read this!
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abilaika Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
it's so cool! 
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lulles Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That was an interesting read, thanks for sharing! And congrats on the 30k watchers :)
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Corsenna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Way to go! I'm not surprised you have so many watchers, you're a phenomenal artist!

I sometimes feel like it's depressing how few watchers I have ... but I'm already an extremely high tension person, I'm sure I would put too much pressure on myself if I had that many :P Of course, I'm also no where near your skill level. I just keep reminding myself its all about the practice and it doesn't matter how much low-quality-crap I churn out as long as I keep learning from it. I totally agree about getting excited when I reload my page and see new notifications though ... it's also really easy to keep up with when I normally only get a few. 

I'm really excited to see what you put up next!
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