to a year gone by
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Published: January 1, 2016





It's that time of the year


So as I sit here, confronted by the realization that 2015 has come to its end, it makes me wonder and really look back in retrospect about what a crazy, hectic, but incredible year it has been. To be able to sit down, and realize where I was a year ago, and how far I’ve come. 



I told myself at the start of 2015, that my motto would be to #brbchasingdreams. It was this silly, cheesy little idea to have a constant reminder to always, actively work towards my art. This little mantra would somehow eventually push me to break my boundaries, my comfort zones and my limits--to constantly challenge myself, dare myself to improve and set goals beyond anything I could imagine. But never in my dreams would I have expected to have gotten to where I am now; 2015 to me was a year of many firsts, and of very important goodbyes’

    Who could have known that in a year from then, I'd be in my first exhibition.
    Or opened my own print shop and sold my first painting,
    Or started my own YouTube channel
    Or even dropped my course of study, and change the entire trajectory of my life towards chasing the dream in art
    Heck, who could have known that I'd have over 15,000 people watching me on DeviantArt, the community that I first began in and fell in love with. That in itself blows me away.

As I look back over it all, I know one thing for sure is that I've been happy throughout, because I love what I get to do. And the best bit? That there are people out there who love what I do. And for that, I can't put to words how thankful I am to each and every one of you who do. I can’t imagine how I’m meant to top a year like 2015 but all I know is that I’m excited to give it another crack. I started last year with this motivation and drive to give it my everything, and it still thrives today. So, LET'S DO THIS 2016!!!


Happy New Year everyone!









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Goodle-Guts's avatar
Goodle-Guts|Student Digital Artist
Bless you for changing trajectory and chasing your dreams with everything you have. When you do things that inspire you, you inspire the world. I hope you will use your watchers as a platform for sharing your knowledge and creativity.

Best wishes for 2016 and beyond. :)
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Thank you! At the current pace I'm going, there's no way I'm stopping anytime soon :) 
I know it's a situation that I feel a lot of people in the world feel similar about, or have experienced it. I definitely want to use my watchers and followers alike as a platform to share my story, and of course to share any insights and knowledge I might acquire along the way, as well as the progress of my art and how it develops. That's for sure.
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00comm|Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, it's us that should be thanking you; for taking the risk at such difficult and longshot of a career path. The pursuit of art is a risky and difficult path that few people have the talent, perseverance and the skill to successfully accomplish. Had you not the strength to face that risk and taken a safer more guaranteed path then we would not be able to enjoy the creativity and beauty that you continue to develop day by day. So while we the masses may support you out of our own selfish desires for you to continue to astonish us with your work, it is you that took the risk. It is you that stepped forward into that uncertainty and faced the unknown. So honestly, thank you. Thank you for your strength, dedication and talent.
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I never got the chance to properly thank you for the comment you left on my instagram post a while back Clark, but I've got to say that reading this & that moved me so incredibly much. I look over it every so often, as a sort of motivation to constantly keep going in gratitude to the kindness so many like yourself, have shared with me, and all the support I'm so fortunate to have. 
There are days where I do feel scared in doubt that I might fail or that I don't have what it takes, but not a day has passed since where I haven't been happy to know that I get to work towards this. I haven't regretted a single day :)
And its thanks to people like you!
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m0rganrebecca|Professional Traditional Artist
Hug To a new year! You got this bro.
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Thankyou Morgs!
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KanchanMahon| Traditional Artist
Happy 2016!
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Thank you kanchan!!
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KanchanMahon| Traditional Artist
Most welcome dear!
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da-hazard|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers to a brandnew year and start of something even more amazing buddy! I'm cheerin' for ya!
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Swarelle|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to see that you have made so many important steps forward in the past year! Good luck in 2016 and happy new year to you too, your art is amazing!
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Thank you so much Swarelle! It's still so strange to think of all the things that have happened in the last year, I can't wait to see where this year takes me.
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Happy New Year!! 
we wish you a beautiful and creativity 2016 :hug:
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(it's very belated, but) THANK YOU!!
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No problem :hug:
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z-h-i-n-a|Hobbyist General Artist
I hope 2016 would be even a better year for you than 2015I am a dummy! 
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Thank you Zhina!
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Lorelei-Photographie|Professional Photographer
Here is to chasing dreams in 2016 o/

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kelogsloops's avatar
To chasing dreams!! :D 
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lady-blackwings|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bring it 2016!!!Pikachu Gonna Fight 

I hope that this year continues to make much progress for you! 
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Thank you!!! Likewise, I hope 2016 is a great year for you too :D 
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ChiccaNeko|Student Traditional Artist
Happy New year my friend Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
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Belated, BUT YOU TOO CRISTINA! Heart
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