Uh, hello? Hey? Haha! It must be a bit odd seeing a journal from me, I literally haven't posted one of these since... May of 2014, goodness. It's been nearly 2 years since I've really engaged you guys on a social level, I feel like I should really try to make a more active effort here in the community. So... Hey, how's it going? Had a good year? Hahahaha-
--- Personal Update
That being said, Happy New Year to everyone! I've sort of waited a little bit since I know a lot of you have still yet to move into the new year; Here in Australia it's already evening on the 1st of January 2016-- The future isn't all that exciting yet I can tell you much! Regardless, I have a particularly good feeling about 2016, especially art-wise. I've got a lot of projects lined up with my Sonic Expanse ideas I've been tinkering with for years and I feel like I've ironed out my plans enough to start properly moving into action with them. In my personal life there's going to be a lot of changes happening in my circumstances, so I'll be able to better manage my time to work everything in better.
I kinda feel like I should give an update on myself from these past couple of years (feels kind of strange reporting on several years as if I've been in isolation, haha!) for the sake of resolution. I've updated bits and pieces about myself throughout a lot of my deviation descriptions, but otherwise I'm not much on the personable side when posting here lol. To summarize: 2014 was a particularly difficult year for me, especially with work and other personal circumstances weighing on me. Ironically as a consequence, with things being tough it had been my busiest year when it came to drawing and posting stuff here on dA, haha! But overall as far as life enjoyment went, 2014 wasn't all that.
For 2015, it was very mixed. The early portion of the year was less stressful, even being quite pleasant. I was taking on a lot more responsibilities with work and even found a lot more purpose and identity in myself on a very personal level. Which incidentally actually took me away from the internet and drawing for the longest time- Hence the very long art block I went through for a good 6 months and why it was so difficult to get back into routine (the longest I've ever gone in my life without drawing!). Around mid-late into the year I hit a major wall and things started to crumble over me a bit again, so I've been a bit on the reclusive side. Thankfully over the past few months I've been able to get my groove back with drawing and I feel like I'm back better than ever!
I have managed to make a couple of good new friends over this time who have really helped, so thank you very much to those special people haha.
tl;dr: I don't say much about my life normally, things had been rough but things should be okay!!! I do plan to be more community-oriented where possible.
--- Art Update
As you've been seeing from my gallery this past year (I've posted a lot less in 2015 compared to 2014, likely because of the very long art block haha), my submission rate as well as the quality of my works have fluctuated greatly. Nowadays I'm a bit more relaxed and just do whatever. At the very least, despite posting a lot still, I've been working out the kinks with my projects in the background... So I'm hoping things are ironed out enough to finally move forward. New information will be revealed about this... soon.
With regards other stuff I should be doing, particularly commissions I still have owing; to those people, I am very sorry that I've taken so long with them. I don't really have any excuses, I just admit that I don't have as much discipline (or rather didn't when I took them on) as I'd expected to be able to do commissions as a focus. I do still plan on getting them done eventually, but at the rate of things it may take a while due to my lack of focus. So to those people who I do owe: I am very sorry, and you are still welcome to wait- or if you'd like a refund on them/cancel, you're welcome to do so also.
Regardless, commissions are something I do personally want to be able to do in the future, I just haven't felt much need over these past couple of years due to working a full-time job and being able to earn my own keep through those means. However, with recent changes to circumstances to the new year, commissions may be a requirement, so watch this space.
Another thing happening lately, I've started giving a bit more life to the ShadowXTikal club I run here on dA. Lately I've been doing a lot more Shadikal art, and I've been deeply amused by it's increasing interest it's been receiving-- secretly I'm trying to brainwash you all, hahaha. Anyways, I plan to try and raise a contest at some point in the next month or so; The theme of the contest will be "How They Meet". More details will be revealed about this soon when I've worked out the plans for it, but in the mean time, why don't you head over to the club and join/watch? lol
I feel like there's a lot more that I could be saying, but it all seems to have slipped my mind, haha. In any case, it's nice to give an update, and I hope to continue to keep your attention in the new year!!