I haven't popped up on DA for what it seems like eternity. My job really keeps me away from doing art for fun most of the time. During the past month I have moved cities - something I haven't done since freshman years. It has been very hard for me leaving the familiar place I came to love and my dear ones and giving my all to my occupation.
I'd like to express my gratitude for all your kind birthday wishes. That really mean something to me, especially since I neglected the day myself
Special thanks to:
You really make DA a warm and welcoming place
Still, I'd like to say that I'm going to leave DA, or at least stop posting my artworks here. Maybe for a prolonged period of time, maybe forever. I don't know yet. This decision has less to do with the community (although, it's a factor, yes) and more with my real life circumstances. I have received a very tempting study-and-work proposal from Pearson College UK and thus I'm very likely to move cities yet again which is no easy part. Also, I feel that I have become a bit too old for DA, haha. Or maybe the community became younger/less mature, after all I first joined DA back in 2007, and I simply do not feel I'm on board with latest DA trends. I really value artistic community element far more than social media component.
So that's about it. Please do not donate me any points or memberships, I really will not need it. I'm giving away all of my points and taking down my artworks.
I think I might return to being active again once my job, moving and MA matters will have been sorted out. Or I might look for DA alternatives. It's something to ponder on since DA is as awesome as it is problematic. Right now I feel far too drained from having to deal with numerous hurdles to be dealing with matters on DA and constantly monitoring that my artworks do not end up uncontrollably spreading through obscene Tumblr memes.
Looking back, DA has been a great place and a wonderful experience despite whatever little flaws it has. It helped me grow as a creative artist and it gave me a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with many wonderful people and artists. That's why I'm leaving with an optimistic outlook.