(TL;DR: sorry for being gone so long and my twitter is here: twitter.com/zack_snack . I've been posting art there and I'm really active so if you're interested please check it out! Thanks and sorry again.)
I'm not sure if anybody active still follows me here or not, but I keep randomly remembering my account here exists so I figured why not.
Anyway, I know I promised some people I'd be active here again last summer and it's been nearly a year since then, so to those people in particular I'm really sorry. I stopped posting here initially because some real life circumstances made me stop drawing altogether for a while. It was so long ago I really don't remember the details but I was in some bad circumstances. I'm fine now.
I still didn't post however because my relationship with art has been fluctuating, and a while ago I did the absolute worst thing and stopped being creative altogether. I'd just draw thumbnails of characters wearing white t-shirts from head to shoulders facing right in pencil and nothing else, and when I said I would start posting again leading up to summer last year, I discovered that I had nothing to post - I couldn't finish anything or draw anything that wasn't a doodle. That's why I never came back.
Recently I've been trying to practice other things and avoid stagnating/becoming complacent like that again, but I still feel totally incapable of creating finished, 'quality' pieces of art that have worth to me. It's not that I ever forgot about it here, I've just created absolutely nothing in these 3 years that I thought was worthy of posting. dA to me feels like a place I should only be posting something I'm happy with, and I haven't been making any of that. I know that's disappointing, but no more for anybody than me, I promise.
In September last year though, when I started sixth form college, I finally found the inspiration to do art again like I used to. I haven't stopped since and I'm not sure I've ever been so determined to work and improve. Drawing is what I want to do for as long as I live and I realise that now, just like how I used to feel when I used to post here, and I'm sad that I forgot that about myself for a while.
This month I bought good pencils and fineliners in the hopes I can finally start finishing things, and I've been challenging myself to stop drawing thumbnails and start filling pages again like I should.
Finished, quality art is the end goal, and I'm definitely closer now than I ever have been. So it's possible you might see content here from me again soon, but in the meantime or if I don't, I have some links I'd like to share.
This is my twitter:
Please please please follow me here if you're interested at all. I'm online nearly all the time and if you're a real person I'll nearly always follow back. I've also been posting my art here because I feel much more comfortable posting unfinished stuff on twitter than dA, so you can expect semi regular art there.
Also, my PopJam name is GoingBackToEngland if you're into that. Nothing goes up on there that doesn't go up on twitter but if anyone happens to already have an account I'm around semi regularly on there.
That's about it. I'm trying to make up for all the time and practice I lost is all. I promised myself I'd line and colour everything I drew this month for practice - we'll see how that goes.
If anybody is reading this, thank you. I miss the community here so please tell me how you've been over these years, if you want to. I'd honestly be interested in hearing. But if nobody reads this, that's fine too, I just wanted to put it out there regardless.
I hope everyone has a good night