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The Return of Maddie

Journal Entry: Wed May 20, 2015, 9:47 AM



Well, for any of you out there still interested in my art, (and I want to thank everyone for the comments/favourites and stuff while I've been super inactive, it really means a lot that people still look at my stuff!) I thought I'd do a little update on my plans and how I feel about art at the moment. 

So, I've been on dA for about 4-5 years. That's a long time. I was 14 when I first started drawing (badly) and I was only ever interested in art as a hobby. I wasn't looking to improve what I drew or making everything anatomically accurate, I just wanted to draw like my twin sister. Over the years, I've made some fantabulous friends, who were a few years older than me. As I was still drawing rainbows and butterflies, they were taking art seriously, and graduating uni and just being lovely, lovely people, moving on from their teen years on dA. 

Coming back to dA after such a long hiatus seems weird, as my deviation stacks, which used to be filled with art from my inspirations and besties, is now filled with art by people I'm not that familiar with, but love the art style of. It feels like everyone's kind of grown out of dA. 

I tried to keep up, moving across to Anipan and PaigeeWorld and any other art platform that meant I could still be in contact with all my friends and see their art styles move away from cutesy chibi girls to their own completely original styles. I kind of lost all inspiration for chibis, feeling disconnected from a style that I used to love so much. 

I just stopped drawing. 

Over time, I began to feel more and more irrelevant as a traditional artist, because my shading wasn't great and everyone and their dogs seemed to be producing this visually astounding digital art. But, I don't want to feel like that anymore. People liked my stuff. People /like/ my stuff, and I want to as well. 

I've doodled stuff recently, but I'm never happy with it, and I think it's because I'm trying to produce something I'm not /feeling/ any more. Also, as my friends fled dA, I had to focus on school stuff, and discovered new passions, like making book-related videos. 

My birthday was two days ago. I'm 18, and I want to rediscover my passion for drawing. 

HOWEVER. (That's a big however!) I want it to be easy. Due to the computer I'm using, I can't easily make art transparent. I practically can't scan things. It would take me at least an hour to do both things, which is not time I can afford to spare. So, instead, if I do rejuvenate my account, it'll probably be with photos from my phone or something. But, that's better than nothing, and I certainly don't like not posting at all. 

So, if you're interested in what I plan on doing, then stick around. I've still got exams for another month, but afterwards, when I have a three month summer, I plan on returning to my teenage passion and dusting off my colouring pencils....if I can even find them!

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Sugary-Stardust Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Chase Your Dreams by Cupcake-Kitty-chan
sarcacake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
happy birthday, maddie! :cake: i hope you're doing fab :huggle:
Maddie-Pie Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Thanks Cake! :glomp: It's so lovely to hear from you, I hope you're doing well :heart: Love, love <3
sarcacake Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student General Artist
no problem my dear! i'm doing just fine,
thankyou! :huggle:
i hope we can talk sometime hehe :giggle:
Teanster1 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love your art. It's so beautiful. :love:
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