Belated by well over a year, in fact - hello to those of you who remember who I am! As you've probably gathered from my total lack of activity, I'm not really around here anymore, which is a real shame, when I think back to how much joy and support this website has given me in the past. I never intended to leave but I suppose that's what has effectively happened.
Recently, though. I've been lurking about, reminding myself of the good times here, and I thought it might actually be nice to check in for those of you who may have wondered where I've been. The truth is, I haven't drawn a smidgen for about two years now, and neither do I have much desire or motivation to draw, hence the silence here. I'm not sure why I don't draw anymore - partly it's just getting caught up with other things and having less time than I used to, but partly it's because I just don't have a story to tell via artwork anymore. I sort of finished with the Takes Two world with the end of the webcomic, but I think the whole process of that took a lot out of me - so much so, that drawing pictures, rather than a webcomic, seemed like a very weird thing to me and I just couldn't get back into the swing of it, or summon the energy to create a new world to explore.
I hope drawing isn't dead to me forever. I'm sure it's not. But as a storyteller first and artist second, I think when I start to draw again, it'll be because I have a story to tell.
I am *so* impressed with you guys and your art, though. Some of you I've checked up on really blow me away with your perseverence and productivy and improvement - I wish I could match you! It's fantastic that you are continuing to share art and life and I take my hat off to you.
Probably another reason for the drawing silence is that, good news, life has taken a positive turn for me since I vanished. Perhaps that's another reason for silence, I drew partly when I was unhappy to ignore all the bad things going on! I've started a new much more demanding job (one I wish I'd had before I started Takes Two as I think it would have helped me make things more convincing!), I've moved house (no more housemates, hooray) and, perhaps more significantly, I'm getting married (to a man who - oh the irony! - happens to share a name with one of my more notorious male characters who some of you older timers will remember). One thing I've learned is that despite the bad and discouraging things that happen, life CAN fall into place for you, and it can do that very quickly, too! Not to say there are not frustrations and disappointments, but I feel better and more confident in myself these days, and older and wiser!
Anyway, that's where I'm at now. No art, no art on the horizon, but happy in myself. If any of you want to chat more feel free to send me a note if you like (as I said, I am lurking!), otherwise, keep up the good artwork and best wishes to you all!