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The SacAnime Su2018 Artist Alley and Indie Zone map is up! 
My friend Eve  (rebranded to "Evetopus") and I  will be at booth F09.
Remember, "F nine is doing fine.Cool Glasses 
We're the corner booth against the back wall facing the beginning of the Indie Press Zone. 


I'll be selling ORIGINAL ARTWORK, as well as prints and chibi commissions, starting this con!
Most of these have never been made into prints so you may own the only physical iteration. Anything from sketches to full artworks will be available.
Some examples bellow. 

Original (non-print) Examples:



Fashion Victim Rem by NasikaSakura Running Fingers Through her Hair by NasikaSakura Decietful by NasikaSakura Here Without You by NasikaSakura Perfume by NasikaSakura Rainbow Gown by NasikaSakura Neko Nasika ooc by NasikaSakura Cotton Candy Princess d.contra by NasikaSakura The Trail to my Heart by NasikaSakura Chibi Fairy Nasika by NasikaSakura Nasika at Water by NasikaSakura .:Rainbows:. by NasikaSakura 

I'll have the usual prints as well as a few new prints available to purchase as well.
Some examples bellow. 

New (print) Examples:


  Sugar Sweet Gasoline Dream by NasikaSakura  I am Thankful For... by NasikaSakura 

Originals (prints) Examples:



Pink Sugar by NasikaSakura  #CuteButt by NasikaSakura  Weightless Rose by NasikaSakura  Sugoi Eggplant by NasikaSakura Menziesii +SpeedArt by NasikaSakura  Pissed Off At The World by NasikaSakura  .:Dance for Life:. by NasikaSakura  Rem untitled by NasikaSakura  Where Has the Innocence Gone by NasikaSakura

Fanart (prints) Examples

 
Tokyo Ghoul chibis by NasikaSakura  Sailor Moon Chibis [+SpeedArt 2 of 2] by NasikaSakura Christmas 2017 by NasikaSakura  Just a Little Drizzle by NasikaSakura  Saitama vs Vegita chibis by NasikaSakura  Sollux x Gamzee Homestuck chibis by NasikaSakura  Disney Rapunzel chibi by NasikaSakura  Chibi Umaru chan by NasikaSakura 

Chibi Commission Examples:

 
SacAnime Wi2018 chibis by NasikaSakura


See our Video Trailer Here:




Hope to see you there!


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The reasons I've been Missing in Action from DeviantART are as follows... 

1) Spending time with my Significant Other now that Summer Recession has occurred as we live 3 cities apart, and our Anniversary was this month. 

2) Laptop issues. 

3) Starting Summer Session and adjusting to the work load.
 
4) Mourning and supporting my family after one of our dog's lymphoma diagnosis, fast deterioration, and, as of yesterday afternoon, merciful euthanasia after severe respiratory distress. 

It's been a lot of death lately for us, guys. Bear with me on this. kaomoji set 2 30/67 by megaman5000

With this and increased anxiety keeping me from doing things I need to like going to the post office to mail off long-since-finished commissions, I feel so bad. Knowing this, I've since closed online commissions and am trying to address this with my counselor. I feel like I'm just a bundle of excuses. I really want to be productive. 

I have a few drawings that I'll scan and upload eventually. You can see sneak peaks and progress on them on my other social media accounts shared from my more-dependable mobile device. 

 For the first time, I'm going to be selling a few of my original drawings at Sac Anime- ones that I have not and will not be making prints of. So, there's that to look forward to. Hope to see you there! 


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I am a Disillusioned Artist - Chronology
 
I want to share something with you. 
https://www.ordoesitexplode.com/single-post/2016/08/20/The-Disillusioned-Student-One-Art-Students-Opinion
"[...W]hen students are told to make work in a style that isn’t compatible with their interests, they can often end up left in the dark, ending up with a product that they are not necessarily happy with, but felt they had to make solely for a gra
 

I was shocked at the overwhelmingly positive response I had to my last Journal post. 

I am so lucky to have such wonderful Watchers and friends here on Da. 

Surely, I thought no one would look at the Journal, especially with it being so long and on such an unpleasant topic, but instead I feel like people rallied together to share their similar feelings and support me as well as each other. This is the love and community that I cherish. <3 Artists should watch out for and encourage one another. People in general should be this way. 

I'm grateful for every one of you and send you all my love. 
Thank you for blessing me with yours. 

Here's some old art to express how I feel... :blowkiss: 
Plur by NasikaSakura  Thank You for 1000 +devWatches [+SpeedArt] by NasikaSakura  Thank you for 500 Watches + YT video by NasikaSakura  Nyoo Nyoo Nyoo by NasikaSakura  Thank You 300 Watches 15,000pv by NasikaSakura  Skirt Full of Hearts by NasikaSakura  Nasika Chibi - Love Theme by NasikaSakura



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I want to share something with you. 
www.ordoesitexplode.com/single…

"[...W]hen students are told to make work in a style that isn’t compatible with their interests, they can often end up left in the dark, ending up with a product that they are not necessarily happy with, but felt they had to make solely for a grade. [...] As such, there are always students who end up feeling that their own work is being stifled by having to constantly create work that they may not be happy with, or may not even feel is their own product."

This is how I feel at University. 
I am an artist, and while I do think practice in as many forms of art as possible are beneficial, and I do think the work I do for my courses are skilled and something to be proud of, they don't feel like "me." What feels like "me" is my anime/manga art. I know however from doing this for years that the majority of professors do not want to see this. I can also tell you in 20+ years of trying every medium and style I could get my hands on and could refine, my anime/manga is still the only thing that feels like "me." 

There is a false belief that if you draw anime/manga, that it is not "original." That you are replicating someone from somewhere, even if not directly copying a composition or character design. That there is no room for creativity and uniqueness because it is not your own "style." 

This is why I strongly preach in my workshops that anime/manga is not a "style." It is a "canon." It is a set of rules or guidelines. How those are visually interpreted are a style. 

For instance, one general rule for anime are unnaturally enlarged eyes (and heads to accommodate this).  
In Bleach by Tite Kubo, they are drawn very angular with thick hatched lines. 
In Princess Tutu by Mizuo Shinonome, the eyes are gently curved with thin lines. 

Both are undeniably anime/manga eyes, but are stylistically very different.
This is true among the different genres of manga. 

Trying to politely explain this to a professor however ended with me having a panic attack and becoming severely sick. (I loved seeing the look on his face a few months later though when, after telling me I'd never get a job with this, I told him I was requested to teach a recurring Workshop in transition to a course in it, haha.) There has been the rare lovely exceptions to this, and I love and respect them greatly for it. You see, every new -ism was shunned when it first emerged and grew in popularity. Humans naturally resist change, especially when the present is serving them well. It's natural and expected. I am of the firm belief however that art should be judged by its qualities as a piece, not by personal preference in an academic setting. If the work meets all the requirements and is not infringing on the rights nor safety of others, then accept it. You don't have to like it to grade it based on the criteria you would for any other piece. 

But this is reality. 
It is flawed, and sometimes we just have to bear with it. 
I was okay with this, even enthusiastic, at first because whatever I learned in other styles (mainly realism) functioned to refine my anime art as well. Learning color theory, anatomy, refining my skills of observation, learning how to compose an image, discovering new techniques and mediums, etc. All these things translated into my anime art, as well as any other art I did. And this thrilled me. 

However, in 2013, at the end of my first year in community college, I hit an all-time low. I gained severe to moderately severe depression during this time due to events in my life and became suicidal. Within two years, my anxiety had worsened to a state that I realized was not normal and was inhibiting my day-to-day functions. I was then diagnosed with Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. 

What hit me hardest about the depression was not so much the constant want to expire, but that I felt I could no longer make my art. I would try but the feeling of "me" was gone. I also did not feel like the same person any more. I felt the person I was before those events, though I fully loved her, was gone and could never come back. If she were to come back, the naive and optimistic girl I was, then I was doomed to die again, but that time, I'd actually die- not transition into another person. I was dissociated with my own identity, and therefore dissociated with my art. 

After a few months, I was able to draw again, but it would take far longer than before and would not bring me the joy it used to. Therapy tells us to continue doing the things we used to enjoy, even if we can't feel the joy in it right now. It's part of our Self-Care. In time, as the depression gets better, we're supposed to be able to start to feel joy in it again, slowly. It may never feel as joyful as it was before, but any amount of joy is better, and it is good for you. (This was when I also transitioned away from drawing my persona, Nasika, as she represented the person I used to be whom I no longer felt I was, and to drawing new OCs. Mainly, I drew "Baby" and Rem. In an abstract way, I realize now that they represent two parts of me- the joyful child and a depressed adolescence. ) 

During my third and last year at community college, I gained a best friend who helped me turn my life around. She helped me experience real joy again and for the first time, I would look forward to living another day. I gained enthusiasm for art again, even if it was hard to make. I learned to balance working hard and having gentleness for myself, particularly in understanding and having forgiveness when I would not be able to meet my goals. (I still struggle with meeting my goals though I still also try.) I launched my group Cute-in-a-Cup as well, creating a space where I felt I had control and could create a positive environment, encouraging others and spreading love. That is something that I crave. 

At the end of community college though, that friendship turned on me and cost me almost everything. I was very suicidal again, and felt almost wholly alone. It scares me to admit howso. 
The next day I was in a car accident on my way to the graduation ceremony. Because my body was still in shock, I was able to walk for the ceremony and went to emergency care afterward. The next day, I could not walk because it was too painful. I hurt my back and ankles badly. I still struggle with my ankles if I am using them too much and have to resort to braces and a cane. I still practice physical therapy at home. Not only was my depression worse, but my injuries kept me from being able to sit and work on art. Inevitably, that likewise worsened my depression. 

I had a very difficult time my first semester of university due to not getting along with a professor and struggling with my PTSD. I don't think I would have gotten through it without the support of my newfound boyfriend (a friend from high school that got back into contact with the summer after the car accident) and my friend Sapphire (who transferred from the same community college as I, but did so before that best friendship went south and so was not persuaded against me). I'm incredibly grateful for the two of them keeping me together. I could never thank them enough. 

At the end of my first year at university, I started to get itchy bumps on my skin. This worsened to the point of me becoming hospitalized in Intensive Care for a condition that still has no official diagnosis nor name. They believe it is an autoimmune disease where I am allergic to my own skin/hair. Sapphire was studying abroad at the time and my boyfriend is three towns away working full-time. He messaged me daily. I was heavily sedated so I would not scratch and could not leave my bed as I was a fall risk (I had lost consciousness three times, EKGs for heart pain, and daily breathing treatments). 

When I was released from the hospital, I was told to remain home. I had almost no energy. I spent most of my time sleeping or slumped in a chair in front of the TV. I could not even shower myself. I was only able to leave my house within a few days before the new semester started. 

After nearly dying from my skin in summer, surely, I thought, the new semester was optimistic. Instead, my favorite uncle died slowly and painfully. I did not take it well and dropped half my courses in the final weeks of the semester, mainly due to concentration and wakefulness difficulties from the two-pages of prescriptions I was taking post-hospitalization. The following semester, I only signed up for half-time to be able to focus on emotionally recovering. Part of that was doing my anime/manga art with the focus on rediscovering the fun rather than making a finished piece. I even returned to my origins of Crayola brand colored pencils and markers. I felt it was working. . . Another uncle and aunt gone in the most shocking way possible. My father lost a severe amount of weight, how my favorite uncle started. 

That was this passed semester. 
Summer session started next week. 
I have signed up half-time for summer, and full-time for Fall. 
After that, I can graduate. 
Because of financial constraints, this seems the best course of action. 

I have already invested so much in my education, I want the degree to prove it even though, since starting uni, I've come to the realization that I'm really just paying for the degree. I feel that university is more about an institution making money and "buying" the degree after jumping through hoops, than actually about earning it with your skills. If that were the case, I'd feel you could Challenge a course and actually receive credit for it, as you've shown you have the skills it would have otherwise taught you. In actuality, it excuses you from needing the course as a prerequisite to another class, but you still need to take it regardless if it is a degree requirement. In other words, you're total units for your degree is moreso a price-tag than an evaluation of skills. It's a lousy system for what would otherwise be a highly beneficial institute. This is not to persuade people away from a formal education in art. This is just my personal experience and criticism of the system currently in place. The education is incredibly valuable, when it is actually benefiting the skills of the student.  

Instead, at this point, I feel it takes me away from who I am and what fulfills me. 

To this point, I plan, after graduation, to take one course back at my old community college to earn my Illustrator's Certificate, and in that time, focus on me. By that, I mean focus on the anime art that I have to neglect to finish my BA. I will focus on me. 


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I'm excited. I already have details chibis in Yamio's discontinued Crystal style of both my characters Rem and "Baby."
She has the "Baby" one featured on her Patreon and Twitch! 


(To my knowledge she has not posted the Rem one publicly so I shall eagerly wait to share it with you. :heart:
I love them so much!!! <3 If you don't win, please take a look at her commissions as well. They're well worth it! 

GIVEAWAY: 

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I have an Artist Alley booth at SacAnime in Sacramento, CA, USA! Just signed up this morning. Sign-ups as always so competitive! But I got in!
☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

My friend Eve and I will be there together. I'll have art prints and she will have Japanese lolita fashion and accessories. Come check us out Aug 31st through Sept 2nd! See you then.

I'll update again when we know our booth placement closer to con. :D



Also, don't forget! There is only two days left to use the Threadless shop launch code for free shipping!



USE CODE “FREESHIP4181f77d9”



Expires May 14th!
Order minimum $45 US/$80 INTL. Ends May 14 '18 10AM CDT.




Let me know what you think of the products
and what other products you would like!



Keep in mind that I will not have these shirts available at the con,
so get them while the getting is good. ♡

Hope to see you there!

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Let me know what you think of the products
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Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! They were very sweet! 
Look at this lovely birthday gift from my friend WizardKitMagic!
Serendipity by WizardKitMagic

I'm so glad I've been able to be more active for you guys again while taking less classes and trying to heal this semester. ^^
Part of being more active is that I wanted to post on Youtube again since I have a laptop once more.

Unfortunately, the program that I used to record with in Windows 7 cannot download to my Windows 10. When recording with my webcam through the Windows 10 Camera freeware, the recordings keep auto-deleting themselves and I can't find any other nice freeware to use that allows me to later monetize my videos, and use HD. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Until that gets working again, I probably won't be doing any more Speed Arts.

What content would you like on my Youtube channel? 
I was thinking of trying to do some animatics again a little like this:
 
Obviously, with updated art quality and I can't use copyrighted music like I had here, though this does legally fall under parody and I've no repercussions for it. It's just a battle that I don't want to get into with Youtube and companies that have money while I have not. ^^;

I could do them to CC0 music or music I have permission to use, animatics of Markiplier's LP'er content, animatics of my own perspectives on different topics... Do you have any suggestions of what you'd like to have happen with this channel?

I appreciate any input!



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🎨Anime and Manga Drawing Workshop taught by me
in Elk Grove, CA, Saturday March 10th, 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
(With enough regular attendance, we can transfer into a full-fledged multi-session course!)



The date in this video is from a past Workshop. The date for this semester is Saturday, March 10th! 


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We will focus mostly on character design and creating a short comic strip in this one-day 3-hour workshop. If we can become a full-fledged course, I can cover much more technique and skills at a deeper level, including color illustrations. I hope to see you there! If not, keep a look out for more offerings in future semesters with the free newsletter.




The workshop is limited to 10 students on a first-come-first-serve basis! If three or more do not sign up, the workshop will be canceled for this semester. Hopefully this will not happen!

If you do not meet the age requirement and are interested, talk to Therese Schultz, Project Implementor for EGACE Always Learning programs. The age requirement is due to my pre-credentials position, not for content.

If you have trouble procuring supplies, please let me know and I will work with you to find a solution. ^^ Supplies should not be a barrier to your art nor education.

For disabilities-related modifications or accommodations, please call (916) 686-7717 at least 48 hours before ahead of time so that we may make every reasonable effort to accommodate you. If you have an observation of a possible barrier to access or a complaint about access, please contact the district's ADA Coordinator.[Government Code Section 54953.2; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 202 (42 U.S.C. Section 12132), (42 U.S.C. Section 12132, Section 35.106)]. 




Please feel free to share this flyer anywhere! 
This Saturday in Elk Grove, CA by NasikaSakura

I also guest-teach units in linear drawing in all of the Williams drawing classes, as well as using colored pencils when the drawing and sketching with color course is offered. :meow: 

I hope to see you in a future course!



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I redecorated my front page again. 

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What do you think? 

Any easier to look at and navigate than last time? 

Hallow by Emoji-kun
Comment bellow!

Ps.
Still trying to figure out the various different social media,
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Da and FB are still my most active.



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Attempting to Livestream on Picarto! 
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AA/ Indie Zone map

WizardKitMagic and I will be boothing at AA E01 this whole weekend at SacAnime! It's the corner booth, just after the big black booths at the center of the hall. ^^ 

Please stop and say hello! It's her first AA appearance and probably last in the area as she will be moving, so please, come and help make her feel welcomed and supported! She is an amazingly talented traditional media cute artist and super sweet at that. 

All commissions that had not yet been mailed or were returned to me through the postal service will also be with me, so please, feel free to pick up your commission in person from last con. 

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~Nasu


  • Listening to: Classical music
  • Reading: poetry
  • Eating: sweets
  • Drinking: tea





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After posting my New Years blog for Cute-in-a-Cup, I started wondering what my other favorite characters' New Years resolutions would be and decided to type them out here. What are yours?
Kaomoji Emoji Set | Blushing by cute-materials 

Nasika (me)


My Hair... 
I want to make deviantART and art fun again, just like in the beginning. Sort of a starting-over. Trying to find my way back to what made it fun for me. <3

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Babylon / "Baby"


Pink Sugar
I want to host a biiiiiig tea party filled with lots of people in pretty clothes, and eat cute sweet treats, and play lots of fun games!

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Delfia / Delfi


Pissed Off At The World
"Baby," you always want to do that. My resolution is the same as every year. I want to put more lives on the right path; to make a change in them so that they may live a better life, and in turn, improve the lives of those whom theirs touches.

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Renmei / Rem


Obedience
Nnn. -nods to Delfia- My resolution is... -blushes and purses his lips- (I want to complete the felting activity book I purchased during Christmas and knit two scarves. . . But that's too "girly" to admit... One other thing...) I want to write and complete a new song with my guitar. One that I am satisfied with its completion.

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Is anyone even there any more? 
Do you even read this? 
Are you there? 

Does anyone even care any more? 

I used to have friends here. I made a mistake. They all hate me. And there's nothing I can do to change their minds, or to fix what I broke. I'm sorry or it's wrong is never enough. It's torture. 

I try to find purpose here like I did long before. 
The problem is... 

All I see now are empty numbers. 
Dismal at that compared to the work I put in. 

No one wants to pay me cents for the hours put in to my artwork. No one thinks it is worth that much. No one wants it. 
If they don't like it monetarily, then what about their words?
Almost no one comments any more. 

I want to read a voice, not a silent statistic. 

What happened? Where did the voices go? What happened to the life that once existed here? Why do I keep coming back trying to salvage life in something seemingly already long dead?  


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I'll be at booth aa K14 at SacAnime in a couple weeks!  
That's right smack in the middle of the end aisle! Easy to find. :D  
Exhibitioner Hall / Artist Alley Map

I won't be able to be there in-person most likely until around 4pm Friday since my university starts back that week, but my Helper should be there in my place and I will be there all three days! Woot!

Hopefully, I will have a few new products and a completed comic for sale too!

I have been working on a Kawaii Eggplant comic and updating regularly about it on my Facebook page. 
It is easier for me to update there from my iPod without a computer.

Sugoi Eggplant by NasikaSakura Kawaii Eggplant
I'm purple and cute,
I'll make you puke,
but only if you are intolerant
of my fancy conglomerate
of the fabu that you see
because that fabu is me~!
So kawaii, so sweet
so purple and pink,
I'll make you go squeeeee
and smell me in your pee
but that's only if you'll eat
my fleshy purple meat.
But don't do that, I beg,
for as I have said,
I'm too young, too fresh,
too much shine on my chest,
too crisp, too taught
with the skin that I've got
for you to dare bite
this cute little site.
So, please, I beg thee, think it over once more
and while you do that, my stick legs will run out the door!
Down the street I stall sprint
as fast as a flint!
But alas, I am small,
and humans quite tall.
You'll catch up to me fast,
and I'll flop like a bass in your grasp,
and scream, "Please, sir, don't eat me dead!"
as my kawaii desu eyes spring forth from my head,
twinkling, shining, as my cheeks blush,
but it's not due to any blood rush
for the blush on my cheeks is nothing more
than two spots unripened on
 Kawaii Eggplant COMIC?!? by NasikaSakura

Speaking of comics, I'll be teaching a Workshop for ages 14 and older (adults welcome!) in Elk Grove, CA, this October!
Seats limited to 10 students, so sign up soon!
It will be canceled if not enough students sign up close to the date.


Oct Workshop in Elk Grove by NasikaSakura 
:bulletpink: PDF: (pg 3)  :bulletblue: Course description :bulletpink: Register 


As for personal updates,
I've been struggling with my health this summer. It has come down to being diagnosed as severe allergic reactions to an unknown source or another autoimmune disease. We're still doing more testing and medications to try to suppress it and figure it out, but I am no longer in the hospital and doing much better now! I'm allowed to leave the house now too, and am trying to enjoy the last bit of summer I have before the semester starts back up. I'm trying to get back into art gear now that my energy is returning before school takes away my time again. I'm really proud of myself for all the work I've gotten done on my comic despite everything. I really look forward to SacAnime as my one big happy event this summer (even though school will have already started for me technically, but oh well).





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~Nasu







I'll be in the SacAnime Artist alley for summer 2017!



Now that I am no longer in classes  I have more time to work with between applying for jobs and working towards my license.
What kind of artwork would you be interested in seeing as prints at conventions?
What kinds of products?

I'm going to have 10 limited edition magnets of The Welcome to Cute-in-a-Cup artwork...

Welcome to Cute-in-a-Cup! by NasikaSakura

...and start supplying keychains of these images (possibly as chibi equivalents)...

#CuteButt by NasikaSakura Sugoi Eggplant by NasikaSakura Weightless Rose by NasikaSakura

And chibi commissions and prints as always~!



Please let me know what you'd like!

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~Nasu







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UPDATE://

Some significant time has passed, and I stumbled upon the page again. 
I adore the new policy. It seems something I was trying to communicate did come across and I'm very glad it all worked out in the end. The entirety of the previous comments have been hidden now, and I respect that. 

The new policy states: 
"If a Couple YCH is submitted and same sex couples aren't allowed, because of "religious" reasons or not, we will not allow you to submit to the group anymore. This isn't to attack This group is run by two gay men, we're not comfortable allowing people who are homophobic enough to not draw same sex couples for any reason. Just like you have the choice to not draw same sex couples, we have the choice to not allow you in our group. " 

My response: 
"I have to say, thank you for hiding all the previous comments and I love the re-wording of the same-sex couple artwork policy. That's essentially what I was trying to communicate, but it seemed things got so fired at the time that it was going nowhere real fast. I'm really glad it all worked out in the end. Meow :3 

I had really liked this group for a very long time, and I was just trying to help keep it inclusive and prevent a bad thing before it happened. Unfortunately, it must have come off as rude. I am sorry if it did. 

Aside from that instance, I've always adored how you two have run the group over the years. Please continue to do your best and bring the community wonderful pink artwork!" 


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PREVIOUS://

I really hate having to make this post, but I feel I have to bite this in the butt before it becomes as scandal.

In the group PinkCuties I responded to the recent journal here, PinkCuties- What isn't allowed in our group
where my responses in the comment section were eventually hidden making it sound like I am anti-homosexual, which I am not.

I was not being rude in what I said, nor was I advocating that action against homosexuals is justified for whatever reason.
What I was saying was that I believed the wording of the new homosexuality policy sounded like it was trying to protect homosexual persons at the expense of targeting religious persons, and was explaining why I thought this, and what might be a good compromise to protect both groups while retaining the inclusive environment the group seems to be trying to achieve.

I did this by stating that while persons have the right to believe whatever they want, they do NOT have the right to act in harm against another person or group of persons for whatever reason, religious or not. If someone is uncomfortable drawing something, of any context or for whatever reason, they should have the right to not have to draw something they are uncomfortable with or may not even be allowed to draw. That is a personal decision. That is very different than actively harassing someone or creating hate art, both of which I think are completely justifiable to state should not be allowed in the group. If the wording was changed to that, then it would protect homosexual persons, without targeting religions. Never did I state anything against neither homosexuality nor against religion. Nor did I ever mention my own sexuality, romanticism, nor spirituality as they are irrelevant to my meaning.

I also was never rude in my wording and tried to retain a professional and as precise language as I could. A lot of the accusations here in the responses to me were based on interpretations assumed to what I was stating and not actually what I was stating at all. But by hiding my original comment and blocking me from responding to explain this misinterpretation and clarifying what I was saying in literal terms, leaves the conversation looking like this was what I was stating... which misguided and slanderous.

I do not have access to the hidden comments, but this was the last one I was going to state before I was blocked.
This comment is the only one that in any sense could be seen as slightly rude, but I did not intend it to be rude. I stated earlier that the user's use of colloquialisms made it unclear if they were trying to be rude or hostile to their audience without the use of body lnguage and facial expression, giving him the benefit of the doubt that this was just perhaps his speech. I was hoping that from this, they would choose their language a little more carefully for clarity and to have a mature conversation without verbally striking at each other.

"I did not accuse the group of accepting hate art against religious persons.
I was stating that I agree with the notion of not accepting hate art of any form, including anti-gay hate art.

Stating homophobic persons do not deserve opinions based on one belief that you disagree with is just dehumanizing and as bad as people stating that homosexuals do not deserve opinions because they disagree with you.

Not being comfortable drawing something is not the same as stating what you say. That's an interpretation that you are getting from it, but you cannot know their reason unless they state it or if you ask.

"Get this homophobic bs out of our group lmao
ya nasty"

Now I know you were being rude.
I have in no way attempted to be hurtful to you when I wrote to you, but it is obvious through your language that you have to me. If you are running a group, you should learn to be professional about it and not rude to your members, and not rude to other people who have different views than you. Especially when they are stating their views to try and have a conversation to help the group.

If you want tolerance and love for homosexual persons from people who lead different lifestyles and beliefs,
you should also learn to have tolerance and love for others who also lead different lifestyles and beliefs.

Also, I'd like to clarify that I am not homophobic. You're reading into my writing things that I did not state, which cannot be taken as fact. What I am communicating is that there should be protection and tolerance for religion as well as sexuality, and trying to come to a wording that protects both, not one at the expense of another. But from our conversation, it seems you are unreceptive to do so, and if you will firstly, not really read what I am stating and only take meaning from it from the interpretation you assume onto it, and secondly, act rudely to me based on this incorrect interpretation, there is no point to continue this conversation."


Apparently they also agreed there was no reason to continue this conversation. Normally, I would leave this alone at this point. That is the mature thing to do. However, they censored it in a way that puts me in a terrible light and I felt the need to clarify my position.  It's unfortunate, but I felt it necessary.



It does sadden me though, after spending so much of my time at university and in the "real world" to return to deviantART, a place I once loved, and find so much immaturity, not just isolated to this situation. Immaturity in the sense that if you disagree with someone, you are justified in being rude to them (untrue). Immaturity that people should tolerate you but you don't have to tolerate them (untrue). Immaturity that in preaching love and acceptance you also hate and discriminate against anyone who sees things differently than you without actually conversing about it or learning their reason. Immaturity that if they do not agree with you, that they are against you. Immaturity that if they do not agree with you, that they disagree with you, as there is no gray area in between (untrue). Immaturity that meaning is assumed and immediately acted on rather than clarified. Immaturity that you can censor a situation to look like the bigger man at the expense of a real person on the other side of a screen and think nothing more of it.

Is it just that I have grown older? Is it because of online invulnerability and cyber community? Is it societal attitude changing? I do not know. All I know is that it hurts my heart. I miss the open-mindedness, patience, community, and love there once was when deviantART was young.

A week ago, I posted a long post on my Facebook about these things, then deleted it a few minutes later to give the image a very short description. At the end of it, I wondered, do I even want to return to deviantART or the internet in general. Still, I wonder. . .



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~Nasu