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Hi everyone. It's been forever, how y'all doing ;-;

Ah I have been away for so long I don't know how to start.. Okay first off Happy new year everyone I hope y'all are doing well.
Hmm 2016 was really not okay ;-;. I have been unmotivated, unproductive and just overall the worst, all I did was update my Patreon account as I had no choice because it's one of my main sources of income and I have to stay alive. Other than that nothing. In my last journal I've promised I will try to finish all the art before the year ends, it's 2017 now and well I failed.. I'm really so sorry for disappointing you all. As promised I will be refunding everyone and double the amount. So just send me a note with the original note again showing the original price of your commission. Since I won't be able to pay all in one go, if it's okay with you, some of you will be paid by the end of January or February. Again I am so sorry  I have made you all wait so long for nothing ;-; though I'm thinking if for some reason you guys still have little faith left in me and really still want to receive their piece, please give me another one more month, I will try so hard not to fuck this up.

I have a good feeling about 2017 or at least I will try to make it better than the previous year. More active on this site and more art. No promises this time as I always end up breaking them, though it wasn't really my intention but yea.

Again happy new year everyone.

Im so anxious to post something. I know ur mad pls be gentle >o<

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I have so much catching up to do. im so sorry
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Jillmeru Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand nearly another year passed by. Lol.
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ichan-desu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Note sent.
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Jillmeru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Replied.
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Rain-ette Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is mean but its been 5 months since this journal basically and theres been no updates and no commission but you are active on patreon? This isn't fair to us..
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ichan-desu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Money sent. Again I'm really so sorry for everything.
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anobouzu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
It's not mean at all - it's the truth. 
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ichan-desu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Money sent. I'm really so sorry.
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ichan-desu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you note me how much I owed you please and I will send you the refund. I'm so sorry for fucking up.
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ichan-desu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh I see. Thank you.
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anobouzu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
Same but I doubt it'll happen. This has been going on for years now, lol.
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Jillmeru Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Been 4 damn years and I got nothing back. Not even a reply. You can't get shit done in 4 years really? Like, even after this journal there is no sign of update, I am basically this fucking close to take this to court, not because of the money, but because I feel like this is just a ''Take and run'' case, and I am in no mood to let anyone do that to me.
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anobouzu Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Yeah, it really is. I wish they would have controlled the situation when they were still able to. Now, it's too late and all people do is get angrier and angrier each year that passes by. It sucks, too, because I've gotten commissions from them both in the past and they worked really well but I guess their popularity got to their heads and they took advantage of the fact that they had a large fan following in order to essentially pay debts from commissions that weren't done yet. I can see that it'd be easy to fall into a hole like that, especially when you're young...but now it's a huge reason as to why I only commission older, professional artists who seem to have a good client history and record. 
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Jillmeru Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am not going to sugercoat it and lie to you, I am pretty upset and mad about this, which is probably even understandable.
Patreon shouldn't be your only focus when you have people here that have also PAID for your artwork but didn't get anything in return, in my case, a flipping 4 years of waiting for a commission from your side and it was only a ''Sketch'' commission that you had promised would be one in no time back then. It's been roughly 4 years now.
So in 4 years you focused on everything else but your commitment on DeviantArt.

No joke though, I barely ever commission ANYONE because I feel they'll rip off money from me and run, which felt like that with you. I commissioned you because you had been my all time favorite artist and I looked up to you and stived to be like you, and I decided to commission something from you and understanably, I am upset now.

Regardless of all my rant above, you shouldn't be anxious of posting stuff, you shouldn't run from your duties either. You need to face them. If it takes longer, tell the people it will take longer. The waiting time isn't want annoyed most of us, it's the fact we got no flipping notes back or any form of update. All my notes are basically unanswered, BUT my commission note where MONEY was involved you answered within 2 minutes. So yeah I think I have every right to be upset and angry about this. And I know at least 3 more people feel the same way.

We don't hate you, we like your art and we like what you do, so keep the people updated at least.
'Ive sent you a note before I even read this, so my wish is already on there.

Take care, see ya soon, hopefully.
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anobouzu Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
I completely agree.
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Hey Raph! Hope you are well. I'm sorry the year 2016 was rough for you, but you hang in there. Take it one step at a time.
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Kitkumi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
I'll be sending a note; I think I still have the original floating around somewhere. Though, please don't feel like you need to pay me back double! I understand things happen; just a refund would be fair to me. No need to make it more than the original.
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anobouzu Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2017
I think it's fair that we're a little mad but really, is it okay if we're just mad if you don't keep in touch? :saddummy: We're not here to make you out to be a bad guy and we know things take time, especially if you're unmotivated and are working on art that you use to keep yourself financially stable on the side. But we just want updates, that's all. D: It's very disconcerting seeing your Patreon updated but having no word from you for your waiting clients here on dA...in any case, I would still love a piece from you, though if it's alright, I'm going to change what I want...I'll send you a note and let you decide.

Please take care of yourself and work at a pace that won't burn you out. Take care of the things you owe and then move on to the things you have a passion for/want to focus completely on. Try to keep in contact with your clients as you work on their pieces...that way you don't feel alone in the process. Like someone else mentioned, get rid of all the non-applicable/very old messages, focus on what you owe now and stay on top of things so that they don't continue to pile up. 2017 can be a good year as long as you remember that people want to see you succeed and are here for you...you just need to reach out and stop being afraid to ask for help =( 

Wishing you a good year. 
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PeridotTea91 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude I feel ya.... Motivation was just dead in 2016.

Welcome back tho!! Just don't push or stress yourself out too much while trying to catch up... then you're no good to anybody :P
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Miingno Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome back!! Missed you much!
And don't worry, I'm not mad at you at all! :dummy:
Just please read my messages on Facebook so you can see that I didn't forget you these last few months :la:
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zephleit Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It is understandable.

I'll be honest here. If I were you, I'd focus on Patreon. Yes, I know it does affect your non-Patreon fandom, so I can only suggest to try and post here once in a while. By that, I mean only if you're actually able to. Although try not to be absent for way too long.
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Jillmeru Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry but I completely disagree. I am waiting for my ''Sketch'' commission for 4 years now. I don't think it's okay for him to take my money and run and also suck up money from Patreon and completely ignore that he ate my goddamn money.
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Finchzero Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Happy new years man - miss talking to you bro - hit me up on FB sometime will ya? :D 
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sarkz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, that is a bit of catching up to do. You do have some amazing artwork, especially your fun old anime stuff, love it <3 <3 

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by anything and just take one day at a time in the new year, just X out those old notifications and start fresh, it will feel so good <3 
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Happy New Year!
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Lady-BeIIa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Happy New Year's!
And you should not feel bad!!
Art is something that you should do with a passion, and it is okay to not feel motivated!
I feel un motivated a lot!!!
It's people like you who make me want to keep improving!
So thank-you! <3

I hope everything is okay!
We all still love you man!
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ArtificiallyAwake Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
*hugs* here if you need a friend to talk to :)
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Rain-ette Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll send a note but I'd really rather my picture! (i don't even know what I paid anymore;-; )
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HatakeHime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Happy new year! I'll be sending a note. I really hope you read/reply. You can ignore any previous ones I've sent!
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Artist
Hey, Raph, my man. Sent ya a note which I hope helps you out.

Happy new year to you as well. I wish you all the best luck with whatever obstacles may come ahead. Let's make 2017 great!
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Mindsebbandflow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
I sent you a note dear!
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KumoSenju Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry your year didn't go we! I hope 2017 will be better for you. :heart: if you do commission's again please let us know! Your art is amazing.
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Destron23 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd be willing to wait for the pics if you're still willing to make them. :) Should I send a note?
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Wes-of-StarArmy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've sent you a note!
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mallimutt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Yooo bro, 2016 was a mess in general for everyone. Please don't beat yourself up, ok? Everyone needs to do what they can to survive and you were doing your best. ;_;/ <3

I'll look through my notes today and note you the amount that I ended up paying for the various commissions I had pending, but I don't want double the amount back. Patience is an important part of commissioning someone, and if I wasn't willing to wait for your art I wouldn't have comm'd you in the first place. You don't deserve to lose money in the end because life was fucking you up too bad.

I really hope you're able to relax a lot more this year, and I hope you can get everything settled with everyone so you'll have less on your plate to worry about. But don't think everyone's mad, I'm sure they understand and want you to do well!! 
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MiyuKyuu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
happy new year ichan hun <33
good luck with catching up , I'm actually afraid to sent a note right now seeing all those u have to open lol
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struck3Xbylightning Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck with catching up, I am sure you will get there. All the best for a great 2017 and beyond!
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AdamFegarido Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy New Year! Hope to see more arts from you!
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Stalwartt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Awww!!! Happy New year :3
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