I know I've barely got this account set up (despite it being over a year old) but I wasn't really planning on returning to DeviantArt as an artist. But I've had a few nudges to do so so I ought to put a few things up in explanation.
- a) I am the artist formerly known as hjc, so yes I've been coming here a while! For whatever reason I'm not able to get back into my old account and nothing on it is older than 2008/2009-ish so it's not terribly precious to me, but as it's going to continue to live out there I thought I'd at least acknowledge it. We are the same person. Spoiler alert, the HJ of HJC stands for Helen June. It's stunning, I know.
- b) I left my old account to concentrate on getting a degree in Animation, which I did. I then completely failed to get into the industry and the years since have been about sporadically drawing and being horrendously conflicted about art in general. I love it. I hate it. I would probably be better off if I'd never gotten involved in it, but I would miss it. I love seeing what people can do so I tend to lurk more than participate.
- c) 2016 set my life on fire. Not literally, but I came out of it without my job, my home, and my log-term relationship. I am not afraid to talk about my mental health issues and - as anyone who's suffered from depression or its brethren knows - it's taken much of the pleasure out of all creative pursuits. I try, but sometimes I just don't have it in me.
Ok, so now that's out the way hello everyone and I look forward to seeing what you all get up to, and maybe (maybe) sharing some scratchings of my own some time.