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Hello everyone!

I'm not sure how many people still follow my account or even read journals anymore. I feel like dA has been absolutely crushed by other social media websites like Instagram. I feel like this is a shame, because they are not websites focused on Art. While that may be a good thing, because it makes you reach a bigger audience, I feel like 80% of said audience doesn't really get what I do and can't be considered an "artistic" community. Does this make sense?

It's now been 8 years since I created my DeviantArt account (August 2010) and, while this page holds many precious memories from when I was a little wimpy kid (I am now a wimpy adult hehe), I can't help it but feel like I'm walking in a desert around here. Most people who watch me (I recently hit 1500 watchers, so thank you!) seem to be unactive accounts that will never see my work again, and that makes me pretty sad. However, I love dA and I really want to stick around, you know?! It's very frustrating to see how many people have left this wonderful community...

I have thought of starting over, creating a new account over here, but I feel like it would be a waste, since I still have a few months of core membership to use, adding to all said precious memories this account holds.

That is why, for the time being, I guess I'll stick around! Over the past few years, I haven't achieved anything particularly interesting with dA other than meeting a few people who later became very close friends, of course! so I kind of feel like I have nothing to lose if I stay. Like I have said before, I will try to keep this account as active as I can, from now on!

However, I will only post finished digital drawings over here, which means I will be less active than I am on my Twitter or Instagram, which you can follow for more regular updates, if you want to! I also have my adoptables account, maridopt 

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Now, some life updates!

I recently finished college and got my degree in Technological Chemistry (which is an area between Scientific Chemistry and Chemical Engeneering), but I realised it is not what I want to do with my life. What I want to do is draw! I would do pretty much anything to be able to draw characters and illustrations for a living, so I decided to do something about it.

I decided I will try to study abroad, in Japan, as it is the country with most opportunities in the Manga/Character Design field. I will now spend these next few months studying both Japanese and Mathematics, as those are the required exams for the scholarship I want to apply for (there is also English, but I am not worried about it). I also want to use this time to improve my artwork and explore new things with my drawings, in order to have a better portfolio for when the time comes. It sure will be a challenge, but I am ready to work hard!!!

Recently, I attended a convention here in Portugal (Comic-Con) and had a booth at the Artist's Alley. It was a lot of fun and it was very refreshing to meet a lot of nice people who were eager to spend money on my art or already knew me and my OCs from Instagram! Here's a picture of the booth!
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(idk who the photographer is, sorry I can't credit, but they took and posted this picture without my permission and it was just sent to me!)

Well, I think that's enough updates for one journal entry! If you made it until the end, a big thank you! Even if you don't usually comment on posts, would you mind commenting on this one? It would be very important to me to know who still hangs around and reads these boring posts hahaha;;;;

See you soon!!!

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Prinnia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
DA may not be as vibrant or lively as it used to be, but there are still plenty of people here to enjoy your work!  I don't think you need to worry about making a new account or anything.  If you put your stuff up here there will be people to enjoy it...I like to diversify by using other sites, but DA is still my go-to, a place where people are specifically interested in art.  Hope you can have some fun here, and congrats on your degree!
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marikyuun Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your nice comment! I feel the same way, really missed it around here even though I am very fond of Twitter’s art community. I will try to take it easy and keep you guys updated from now on! ^O^
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carcarchu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah i definitely feel you on the desert thing
i was so depressed when i hit my 10 year anniversary on dA that i decided to finally quit for good
i'm still here watching other artists but it just made me so sad to post things and have no one see them ;;
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marikyuun Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh I feel this so much!!!! Thank you for commenting btw!
I feel like things might change (maybe if dA made a better-designed mobile app, since most people use smartphones nowadays?), so I’m taking it easy and keeping you guys updated!
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ZeroKing2015 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
You're right that DA has been trounced by other websites. For me, I too am coming up to having this account for 8 years (I joined Halloween 2010).
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marikyuun Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We are almost dA twins!!! Thank you for sticking around! TToTT
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ZeroKing2015 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Well I don't upload pictures here anymore, nor do I post journals. I'm just here to follow other artists now.
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