I've been obsessed with many things over the years, but Zim has been the most long-standing (what is it, nearly 14 years now?) and I never did think anything would come close. I still don't think I'll ever stop loving it, but it just doesn't register in my brain the same way it used to. Yugioh meets all the requirements for a major obsession in the same way Zim did. I first got into the show in middle school, a time in my life in which I'm thankful I never have to experience twice. I couldn't draw to save my life, but it never mattered then. These days I have to be able to mimic a style as close as I can if I want to continue drawing in it. Frustration's a part of drawing, but I can't be so annoyed that I give up all together. A lesser, but still important factor is whether or not I can imitate enough chars. I'm not sure what it is (aside from me loving voice work), but it helps me feel closer to the chars and people voicing them.
Interacting with the fandom in a large way is the real kicker, and that's one thing that's really been an issue with the IZ one as of late. Friends and artists that were once part of it aren't anymore as most people have moved on. And the people that are still a big part of it are in their teens, which isn't a problem per se (I love the fact that IZ continues to find new people to cling to), but the age gap isn't always easy for me. In high school I was the "befriend the entire online world" kind of person and it didn't matter how young (or old in some cases) my friends were. But at 25 (almost 26 yikes!), the maturity levels between myself and a teen are often at odds with one another. There are some teens whose writing and art I'm envious of because gosh daaang child, how you do that??? (I'm talking to you future novelist sister!) For the most part though, that isn't the case and I have way different needs/standards when it comes to rping these days. I also can't be the person people come to for rps and nothing else. If I can't connect to someone I'm rping with on a personal-ish level and the only conversations we have our about such things, it's not quite as satisfying. Otherwise, you become your character(s) in my mind and I can't separate the two.
I'm getting off track and I didn't think I'd end up doing an analysis on myself (ffffft), but that's me for you. After all that though, I must say it's getting much harder for me to convince myself to keep the InvdrDana name that I've had since I was a ripe Dana of 12 years old. Since I don't have a premium (nor feel the need to get one as activity on here is low), I don't think it'll be changing here any time soon. But that name carries over to everything personal and professional (I tried to make a professional email that's not my school one, but my name is stupidly common suuuu....). I wouldn't know what to change it to as far as the online fandom community goes though. It's not something I can make an impulsive decision about because it has so much nostalgia attached and it's what I'm recognized as the most. If anything, I'll create a Yugioh one solely for a Tumblr ask blog (I have a thing in mind...maybe), but I really don't know how long the "honeymoon phase" of my obsession will last. I've bought enough merchandise to warrant a long relationship, but we'll see.
And now I must get to class. This has been Philosophy with Christina.
I do them! Check out this journal for pricing details! If it's a cartoon I like and have seen, I'll be able to whip up something for you! I like to consider myself a pretty good mimic-er of different styles when I put forth the effort.
Examples of Cartoons I'm known to draw/have drawn (even if not displayed in my dA gallery):
My Little Pony
Regulations: I'm fairly open-minded to what content I'll draw, but it depends on the show. I won't do full-nudity, but I'm not past doing smexy things for every show above except MLP. As for Zim, I limit that to OC x OC (unless it's jokey). Slash is perfectly okay, but again, I'll only do OC x OC in Zim. I'll draw violence, but nothing super extreme. This is especially true of MLP. I'd rather stick to the level of violence seen in the show. For specific questions, all you have to do is ask!
I don't do free requests unless they're for voice-acting or writing. I might take suggestions if I like them enough and need something to do.
What I'm Currently Working On
-Pirate Bakura and “George” .... Progress: Coloring Stage
-My life .... Progress: Ongoing :F
Groups I'm In
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I also have Skype. If I know you fairly well and you'd like to IM me, let me know! I like to rp, but please don't add me if that's the only thing you ever want to do or talk about.