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Heeeey folks.

Firstly, thanks for all the birthday well-wishing. Veritable.. mountains of well-wishing. Though I'd be just as content postponing my birthday until next year. And then maybe the year after that, and after that..

A year older and a year wiser. Well, the latter is debatable. But definitely a year older! This year has been a wild, satisfying, disappointing, exciting one. It marks my first total year as a freelancer, which has been simultaneously one of the most liberating and terrifying career leaps I've ever made. Thankfully, the studio I've ended up working with for the entire year has been a very welcoming one. The workload can be immense, but outside of being paid, there are few rewards greater than seeing your work animated in a game after toiling on it for hours. Getting to visit Barcelona was another fantastic perk.
I really can't complain at all about work, this year. I've worked with the guys from Wayforward, Vigil, did a bit of here-and-there for my old studio Spidermonk. I've been quite comfortable here in Texas, and even recently started house-hunting. Though to be fair, it doesn't come without a price.

 The most obvious being time. Time isn't a commodity freelancers have in spades, that's for sure. And you wouldn't think it either, given that you can work from your own place, on your own terms, make your own hours, choose your own clients. You know? It all sounds too good to be true, until you realize you have to pick up the slack for about a billion other things you wouldn't think of were you working in-house with a studio. I've had a crashcourse in business matters, and I've come out of it mostly successful, but with a mess of bruises to show for it! I am terrible at managing myself.. as a matter of fact I think Zombiesmile all but took up those reins for me, even from the distance we're still at (VISA/green card stuff ETA is 02/13, btw). Very thankful for all the help she's given me, seeing as how she's far and away my superior when it comes to freelancing experience.

 But yeah, time. Time I wish I could spend here. Well, you know what I mean. At my desk, drawing stuff for myself. As grateful as I am to have steady work and a roof over my head, I feel like I've been missing a part of myself for the past.. well I don't even know how long, anymore. I miss making gigantic, rambling journals. Participating in contests, HOLDING contests.. you've no idea how long I've been trying to piece together a new, streamlined, fun art competition. Though I wonder, is there anyone still out there on dA that would enjoy doing that sort of thing? I'm loathe to use the word "OCT".. they were very popular for a time, and I have fond memories of that time, for the most part. But nowadays I'm not getting the same sense of energy that was present in those endeavors. Though to be frank, I think the whole notion needs a serious retooling. As I said, streamlining. I think a return to art-focused, short-but-sweet material would do wonders. Have you ever heard that one question regarding video games? It goes something like, would you rather play a game with 60 hours of content you enjoy, or a 5-6 hour game that completely blows you away? Don't get me wrong, I love me some big, sprawling games myself. But have you ever played The Walking Dead game, by Telltale..? Yeah.. exactly.  

 So I have something more like an art jam in mind. Still competitive, still character focused. But much, much more focused on art. Short, intense conflicts, with a set page limit to keep everything compact. I'm not saying there isn't a place for the more meandering, plot-heavy model anymore? But I do think the sheer time commitment it takes can be off-putting to people who have things to do on a daily basis. And, well, to be honest, if I want to write a big sprawling story that's big on dialogue and plot, I might as well be making my own comic with that time, I figure. With a contest, I kind of just want to go all-out and have a good time arting it up. Especially with something as cathartic as big, bombastic fight scenes. Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, I dunno! I could always gauge interest with a poll I suppose. Or heck, if you have any thoughts on the matter, please feel free to let me know in the comments. It would be appreciated.

But that's just one thing I'd like to do with extra time. It'd be easier if there weren't a million other things competing with that thought. I still have a mountain of your characters to add to that megaposter, I still have an INCREDIBLY delayed sketchbook I've wanted to put out for the past year and a half but keep running into snags. I still want to update regularly to dA, but you know what's actually been stopping me in that department? Every time I sit down to draw a character or two, I get hit with this guilty feeling that I've already done more than enough to introduce people to them, and what I should really be doing is focusing on actually TELLING THEIR STORY in the first place. Which puts me in a difficult place, because trying to tackle a graphic novel while working full time for a game studio is a tall, tall order, but I'd still like to update dA.. so I end up in this continuous loop of starting to draw, but then rethinking it over and over and getting nothing done. Then it's the next work day and I'm back in the loop again. Haha. Ah well. Here's hoping this following year I'm able to better free myself up and just draw for the sake of drawing. Even if I'm not releasing a comic about Ree, or the girls of Living in Sin, or if the starts align my god even a reboot of Everafter-as-it-should-have-been, I should probably not think on it so hard that I keep myself from drawing ANYTHING about them and sharing them here.

For the people that keep coming back to my side of the site despite a severe lack of steady updates since like.. 2009, I'd like to start giving you all a reason to come back, you know? With the notes and compliments, the fanart and cosplay, all those amazing things I've continued to receive for these past few years, I'd like to start making it up to you. And myself, really, because I've been denying myself the simpler joys of just drawing art for arts sake for way too long now. I hope I can rectify that. Though until then, all I can continue to say is thank you, to all the folks that do keep swinging by. The same folks who have come over today to wish me a happy birthday.

You guys are, without sounding.. too overtly creepy.. my LIFEBLOOOOOOD. YES THAT'S RIGHT. But no, hear me out. It's totally true. No sacrificial altars involved, I promise.

On my worst days, when I feel like I've fallen off the proverbial art-horse, you guys are the ones who shove me back on with sizzling hot pokers of love. When I feel like I haven't done anything of merit in far too long and am in danger of just being totally forgotten, you guys give me the confidence to get back on my feet, to shut the hell up and just draw. I have received the most wonderful notes over the past year, from people asking permission to cosplay, asking when certain webcomics will renew themselves (and if any of you remember, add three more months to the time that will happen.. ohoho), or just tell me that I've inspired you. I can't possibly overstate how amazing this is. This is not bragging, this is not me asking for a sudden influx of this kind of correspondence. As I said. I just can't overstate what that means to me, every single time. Even if I don't get a chance to respond to your note, your frontpage comment, your questions, etc. I know that's kind of a hot button issue on dA from time to time, artists who never reply to people who ask them/poke them/note them with something. But you have to know, even if I don't. I've read every single last one of them. And just because I'm a forgetful ass with the memory capacity of a severely impaired sea snail, it goes straight to my heart. I mean, obviously it does, or I wouldn't be acting like big mushy super-thankful what-the-hell-is-he-drunk End right now.

I want to start a short story series this year. I'd like to begin livestreaming more. Get more tutorials up on Tumblr. Hold another contest. Shamelessly draw more character stuff even if I don't get to a single comic about any of them. Introduce people to the world I've been building for the past year, based on a bit of art I uploaded last October. I'm feeling pretty damn energized.

So let me close here and get to work, dammit. Thank you, guys and gals. :heart:
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rochichan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
It's so crazy how time passes! There's a lot of people saying that they've been following you for a while, ever since high school. I'm with them, as you've inspired me to draw better ever since I was super young. (10-11 years old?? i think// so young wwww) Anyways, happy birthday, Endling! Hope the coming year is better for you!! Good luck!

Kydoon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy genethliac convergence, sir.  Thanks fer comin' 'round fer rambles.  Your journals are as fun to read as your art is to look at.
Alleluia00 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:cake:Happy Birthday Cousin:cake:
aviansie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Happy Birthday!
RamenCartel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
End, I miss these reading your rants. They're bloody hilarious and make me a bit nostalgic for your comics' wonder years (07-08?).
Anyway, best of luck with everything! It's nice to hear things are finally moving in the right direction for you.
AmoyaStudio Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   General Artist
It's very intresting what you write about the freelancejob. Thanks for the sharing. Good luck!Clap 
WilMarrow Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww this made me feel all gooey and fuzzy inside... Like mold..the good kind. Even though I've never done anything supportive for you >_>. Still I chewed on every word. I hope to see more of you stuff soon, I've still get hopeful every time I get on Snafu looking for everafter updates and I don't mind if I never see all those character's stories... I just want to see more of them :o You've been teaching me to draw and inspiring me since I was like 14 and I always get excited for art DAYS after I look through your gallery. I'd watch you on tumbler... but I'm not sure how to work tumbler <.<
DoodleRush Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
I wish i could purchase some stuff from you some day :)
echosinfire Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I first read Everafter when I was in middleschool (8th grade in fact). It was just on the tail end of you updating it - looking back at the archive, it must have been about 2 months before it sputtered and died. I am now 20 years old, one year away from graduating with my biochemical engineering degree, and I just wanted to tell you that in all this time, I have always come back to check to see if you updated. I never came to your deviantart before, but I wanted you to know. I love your work. And now I am officially giving up.
Timidemerald Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
(somehow I missed this 9-month-old journal and only just read it now)
But just wanted to say...
Endling, you have always been one of my greatest inspirations. I just thought you should know that. I never commented back when I was still a shy, nerdy little middle/high-schooler because I was too intimidated to, but I've grown since then. 
I think it was during the ol' OCT days with Endzone and LoT when I first discovered the concept of not just designing a character but developing one... Silly that a concept idea had to be realized, but I was like 14 or 15 at the time and used to only drawing fanart. After years of trying so hard (and failing) to be just another anime artist, it was only after looking at your art that I realized "wow, I want to have a unique art style like this." So I started keeping a sketchbook and cranked out 30 OCs within that year... not including those one-time, throwaway designs. Most of them were pretty terrible, but the experience was really an amazing breath of fresh air. It really got the cogs in my head turning... and got me thinking about how to create something unique instead of trying to conform to an image in my head. I used to go through all your sketches and do studies from them... I even went through an awkward art phase when my style was really similar to yours, hahaha.
So much in my life has changed since then--I've been through so many struggles, asked myself so many questions, but also made so many leaps and bounds... Every day I find myself just a little closer to finding out what kind of an artist I want to be. I've still got a long, long way to go, but I'd never be where I am now if I wasn't inspired by you. 
So I just wanted to say, thanks. Thanks a bunch. And also, sorry for the long post... But keep on being amazing! 

Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Very well put young man. Birthdays are points of contention for me at this point. But regardless, glad to hear things are well.
AltGear Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Keep it up bub xD no matter what we always get that side of our head on paper, no matter what. Especially you ! ! ! You doin great! Cheers! :D
Hasaiah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
err... where's your tumblr @?
BuuWho Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see you all energized, End!

And I love your idea!
I don't have a ton of time to draw in med school,
but I still love participating in character tourneys from time to time.
I've seen my art improve the most, while having a fantastic amount of fun~
So, absolutely, if you have an idea for a concise, streamlined competition definitely lay it on us!
I think it will be met with a metric ton of enthusiasm ;]
Oyee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sounds fantastic! 8D

Actually many of us struggle with same guilttrip-endless-loop (well, I certainly do). And I really do admire you for all the drawing. I wish you find enough time for what you want to do, and power to oversome yourdiabolical-loop. :hug:

Shana2488 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wrote something similar to this on Facebook the other day: thanking the people that support me. It's funny how you voice a goal with every intention of achieving it and end up becoming a sappy blob of "thank you's" and "I love you's" in the same post, isn't it?

Either way, I am one of the many aspiring artists (also aspiring creative writer and fashion designer) that idolizes your artwork as well as Mikiko-san's. If my work schedule allowed, I would definitely attend one of your Art Jams. I have a serious lack of confidence in my artwork and you're my inspiration to try new things with it. I'd LOVE to be able to chat with you about art! OMG! The expressions you have on your characters' faces, the clothes, the hair, the conflicting personalities...! I'm a major story fan. Hell, I love listening to old people with all the stories they tell. But with your artwork, who cares if the story is finished? It's the concept of the characters alone, the curiosity of what stories such characters could tell, just the imagery of them is what fascinates me!

This is going to sound super-creepy, but you don't know how many times I've gone through your gallery just to go back and look at all of the unfinished sketches you've done. They're so awesome! Mikiko-san's, too! I've been on a real art kick here lately and I've been researching shapes, expressions, body languages, ANYTHING I can get my hands on to try and draw even a smidgeon of the diverse and interesting characters you do. Disney (Glen Keane, mostly), Don Bluth, your work, Mikiko-san's dA/Tumblr... Everything I can find to practice sketching so I can become as talented as you are. Unfortunately, I don't actually have the talent. One day, I might accomplish skill, but...

Anyway, thanks, Endling. Having someone like you and Mikiko-san to idolize is what's pushing me to get better so that maybe one day I can sit down and randomly sketch amazing characters without having to go through all this research! And I'm sorry if I come over as a super-creepy fangirl. I just really want to draw and your art is just... Perfect, even if it's just sketches or you get things "wrong" with them. Same with Mikiko-san.

And I hope you get to draw more for fun than work. If you've seen "Kiki's Delivery Service", you'll understand that getting caught up in work can make you lose your spirit and I would really hate to see that happen to you. It's good to always have a reminder of why you love what you do. I think an Art Jam, or even daily Art Jam sessions in a dA chat room, would do your artistic spirit a lot of good. Best wishes for the new year, Endling!
Vamp-Elanor Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is so inspiring, refreshing, and of course you deserve every bit of praise and appreciation from fans, among whom I count myself. I wish you a very good 2013. I'll keep on watching your every move (hope that doesn't come off as... oh fuck it. I'm self-assumed. Stalking you is, for sure, a good thing, no matter how creepy it might sound. 8D) I'm excited to see what you'll come up with next :) Staying tuned, for sure!! Happy New Year, End! :)
JMiera Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
End - you're magical :heart:
I look forward to hearing and seeing more from you in 2013!
Never give up, Never surrender!
Merrydaze Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aww just a journal like that makes the waiting totally bearable.
Agii Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are an inspiration. I come back to look at your work time and time again--even the stuff from 2009 (;
So thank YOU for continuing to inspire me through the years. Have a wonderful holiday and a fantastic New Year!

P.S. Congrats on the Green Card arriving soon! I helped a dear one acquire her Green Card a few years ago, and I know how tedious it is. I can't wait for you two to be together in the same country!
KimNipp Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm just going to be shamelessly honest and express an abundance of excitement here:


Stoked beyond all reasoning. I've been watching your art for a couple of years now, and it's so good to see that you're still around.

You're the best, End. We all really appreciate and enjoy your work.
Trinketchi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
o U o :heart:

^ ^ I remember watching your tournament stuff when I merely lurked account-less on this site, many of the artists from back then are not active, and I couldn't be happier to know you're still around.

Very merry UnBirthday to you.~
EAWebbing Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
ughh endling you are the sweetest

tbh it would be fantastic for you to do many small projects with your characters rather than being burdened with huge immense projects you feel obligated to do. these characters you make are absolutely amazing and carry so much potential; it would be a shame if you did absolutely nothing at all. even little things count in the big picture. but above all, you need to do what you feel is right. do what you feel most comfortable with.

you were my first huge art inspiration. you were the person who got me into taking art seriously. without you, i would have felt no need to improve, and i wouldn't be where i am now. i still have much to learn, and you becoming more active on here would give me tons of motivation. i look forward to seeing great things from you. (:
Krumla Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe you could get some stuff together and have a Kickstarter campaign for Living in Sin or Everafter graphic novels? You have so many fans that it is sure hit. I, for one, would love to read both stories and wouldn't mind paying for it.
Artic-Blue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who's still active in the OCT community, I do have to admit that we need a resurgence in interest. A lot of our veterans are retiring, and we haven't seen as much new talent lately.

Not to mention, some are moving onto other sites for competing, rather than sticking it out in the homeland, (but that may be because I'm too stubborn to leave dA).

I'm definitely up for a revised version of OCTs, the system is a bit old fashioned and everyone is busier than ever to keep up with the demands of the deadlines.

Hope to hear more about your idea. :)
Killer-Browny Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I whould love it if there came a new (meybe revised) OCT! I wanted to join then as a kid (well, i'm still 17), but i didn't think i was good enough :/

Whould love to enter if i have the time xD
7outerelements Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday. Sorry it's a little late, but I sincerely wish you luck in your career. May all of your suns set slowly.

I agree that OCTs could use a new boost of vitality. There have been so many, for so long (in internet time), that the concept is swaying under its own bloated mass. I'd be interested to see what you have in mind for rebooting it.

It's true that I'm eager to read your various stories left unpublished, but I think you underestimate the effect that posting up doodles and whatever you draw for fun has on the community that orbits you. There are artists I follow that I enjoy some, or most of their art. But I get something out of everything you submit, even if it's just a sketch and a blurb about a character, or a joke drawing. It's a story I'm interested in. It's a joke I laugh at. And it's nice to hear from you.
floppybutts Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
happy belated, end. I... L-LOVE YOU. :'D
PamSaa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ramble indeed! GEEZ! Even so I read it all. Because it hit me. I've been watching you ever since you uploaded your first page on SNAFU and I have never thanked you personally for all the inspiration you've given me. You are sorta the reason I started working more on storyboards, and it has helped me ALOT with story-telling.
Out of all artists out there you've been the one I've followed the most...but what impresses me the most about you is your way to show appriciation towards your fans. You're an awesome guy, End. Not many artist have time to give their fans as much attention that you've given them.

And ahh I'll just stop writing here because I am waaaay to tired to write sappy things. I need my coffee first. It's way too early.

But I am serious, though. Thanks for being so god damn awesome! And keep doin' that thang. Happy very belated birthday.
kemariel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   General Artist
Happy Birthday to one of my very favorite artists!!! C:
Always happy to read your ramblings and lend encouragement. I hope all your wishes come true!
Forta-Verity-Amity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, hey! What if the character drawings you did fit in as side stories to the main story? Maybe that would be a helpful way of thinking about it!

I know that's what I tend to do when I feel the need to draw characters but don't have time for comics. :D
HPartaddict Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Take all the time you need, we'll stick around :D
chibiwolf7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
No need to feel pressured. We all understand and can wait as long as it takes.
QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Oh man, if you manage to find the time to do a really fun, streamlined contest-type-thing, I'm SO there! :eager:

I'm about burned out on OCTs for all the reasons you said - waaaay too time-consuming and exhausting. Once upon a time when a twenty-page entry was considered extreme, OCTs were still fun, but now if I do a fifty-page entry I feel like I'm slacking, and that's just stressful. I've come to the conclusion that all that crazy time and effort would be better spent on my own projects. ^^;

In fact, the best "tournament" I've done recently was a simple little "OC Beauty Pageant". Every month we got a general theme to work with, and we did one splash page or pin-up for it, or maybe a short comic if we felt like it. Very simple and laid back, no NPCs or judge characters or drama to deal with, no Mega-Giant-Save-the-Universe plot, just having a grand old time making pictures. It was short and sweet and FUN! We could totally use more tournament-contest-thingies like that! =D

(Also, really really belated Happy Birthday! Like you haven't heard that enough lately. Heh...)
PyroTurtleZX Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
You know what. I'm throwing down my New Years Resolution now. I'm going to learn to art well enough to enter whatever contest you throw at us. YEAH MOTIVATION SPIKE
missusruin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I am always fashionably late, but happy birthday! Looking forward to whatever you have for us next year. :)
peanutjester Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday!!! And whatever form your updates come in, be they doodles or epic comics or what-have-you, once an hour or once in a blue moon, we'll love them to bits. Thanks for inspiring us all =)
Unknown-person Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Oh, man, you played The Walking Dead too!? I just finished it this week. Still recovering from the emotional devastation, haha. But hey, happy birthday, good to see you're still around and kicking. I'm certainly not the only one who finds that inspiring : >

See ya
Foxglove19 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012's your birthday? Well..heh heh..uhhh...I knew that! Yeah, it's just I...thought I'd wish you a happy birthday today...because...uhhh...yesterday was to mainstream?
RadiantArtist Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're freakin' awesome man. Best of luck in everything.
Mal-lek Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I was around during the OCT days, such wonderful things they were. I'd be happy to see them revived.
CetylNautica Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a day late it seems but I do hope you had a lovely birthday :cake: hope the stars will align in some way for you so you can do all that you wish you were able to... or at least something lol. and on a side note just wanted to add that I adored the Walking dead game as well :paranoid:
DTJB Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No matter what you do, we'll keep watching. You could always put your tumblr stuff on here, really liked that zombie girl you drew.
automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a newbie but I feel so inspired by your works... Your comics look amazing (I read all of them, and stalked your tumblr :la: ), and it really gave me the desire to create one, or to participate to such contest (OCTs I think it's called ?) ! It must've been so interesting ! You have an amazing style, amazing scenarios, an amazing universe, amazing characters, you're an amazing artist. I am so eager to see more of your works when you can ! Livestream sessions would be so awesome !
I wish you good luck with your job ! And I hope all your wishes for this new year come true (that sounded weird haha).

Oh, and Happy Birthday !! :hug:
Mopeyface Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Happy belated birthday, go get yourself some deserved free time.
Kydoon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Though tardigrade from freshly broken torpor, a euphoric annual chronological integer advancement day has been retroactively assigned to you. Please continue to provide the plebeian masses with the gifts of gab and graphite that have been indelibly linked with the denial of creative hebetude.

May the Wheel of Endless Reciprocity continue to turn!
Speedway66 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
You know if you really want to tell the stories about the characters you have created you could always apply to a comic book company and create a comic book series, like a monthly title like Spider-man or a mini series like Kick-Ass. It would beat having to spend 2-3 years working tirelessly on a single graphic novel, and it would pay as a full time job. You can apply to Image Comics, which is the best comic company for original comic ideas because they give you all rights for your creations, but it is one of the largest comic book companies like DC and Marvel, so if that doesn't work you can try smaller comic book companies. If they accept you it would allow you to tell your stories full time while collecting a good wage for what you love.
Blueberry-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've been one of your watchers back since the Everafter OCT started up, through the livestreaming, and pretty much everything since, and you've been a big directional influence to me. I graduated from highschool last spring, with very conflicted feelings about where to go in life. I've always wanted to be an artist, and the thought of going through all those extremely tedious, super extra boring college workloads of "draw this bowl of fruit. draw it again. and AGAIN. and AGAIN. AND AGAIN." have actually always been extremely compelling to me. I always wanted to be in an environment where I'd be forced to put myself to the grindstone and refine my art beyond what I could do myself.

With the economy in America how it is right now, I was seriously questioning whether or not the risk was worth the reward.
And, well, it took me 6 months, but I've come to the conclusion that I'll never feel fulfilled in life if I can't make art my career. So I'm signed up to start my animation degree in less than a month. Going through you're gallery again and seeing all of the pictures you made that just blew me away when I still hardly knew how to turn photoshop ON--let alone use it for art--was the deciding factor. I love stories--comics, animations, novels--whatever, I just really hope to be able to tell my stories someday, so I'm leaping into college with virtually no finances to back me up. Scary? Yes. Worth it? I sure hope so.

Anyway, I'd like to say that I share your sentiment about OCT's in the current day--and if you ever organize some kind of art free for all I'd love to have a part in it, so the idea of short-but-sweet have a blast art jams sounds awesome to me.

If you start a short story or graphic novel or an art jam or reboot Everafter or even just find the time to upload your stuff more often, just know I'll be following you the whole way.
nejo16 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Happy birthday end! ^^
retardeddoormatt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Happy Birthday, End! Take it easy, and do and take what you really want this year!
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