EDIT: I'll be sending notes to reply and for email, etc. (Sorry for the late replies though...I've been busy XD)
Here's the commission-comments are disabled, but give this artist a good look:
Why the journal skin? Well, I decided since it would be my last journal on DA I would make it fancy.
NOTICE: This is not a self pity journal about how my art sucks and all that drama. I actually like my style, and I do understand there are still things I need to improve on.
Why am I leaving deviantart? This is something I've been considering for awhile now, but I haven't had the guts to do so until now. On a personal note, I first got involved with deviantart when I was in middle school. I hate to say this, but deviantart was what kept me from ending my life ^^'. Some may think of this as inspirational as to how wonderful deviantart is. However, I think otherwise.
I don't like the fact that a social media art website had been between me and death. Real lame. Deviantart has also had more negative outcomes for me than positive. I had been grounded from deviantart because my addiction to it got to far to the point in my sophomore year in high school was the one year of school I screwed up and got horrible grades (mostly because it was an online school and deviantart was easily accessible) and for awhile I lied about my addiction and denied it. Deviantart gave me that giddy happiness you get from eating a bowl of ice cream. The feeling didn't last if I got off of deviantart. I believe the main reason I joined was not to show off my work, but rather for the attention. I've had a past website I was addicted to-Freewebs. That didn't go so well for me, either.
Don't get me wrong, I love posting my work for many to see, but I think it's getting to be a little too much. I have more going on in my life now, and I simply can't continue this addiction to deviantart. It's also been affecting my future. I've been unable to work on my novel and draw what's been on my mind because I felt like I had to draw what everyone else wanted to see.
Also, I must had Deviantart is not a safe place for me or for younger users, because explict art such as porn is very easy to access, and not all of it is filtered. I've gotten inapropriate pictures from group messages, from artists (some that hadn't had inapropriate content pior in their galleries) I've watched (I had to unwatch quite a few due to this
). Even if it is filtered a deviant can easily get away with disguising their age to view the content. Deviantart needs to make two main sections of the website-one for all ages and another for older deviants, and add more security to content, because I have had ENOUGH getting a pile of horrible crap in my inbox -.- '
So, to summarize all of this, really:
"Deviantart, you've been a good network to me. My art has improved, and I met friends who have some of my same likes and dislikes. However, the time has come that I must put you to rest from my life, because you are blocking me from my goals. It was fun while it lasted, but also quite a waste of time during certain points in my life. I want to like myself for me, and not because people praise my art. I don't want you, fellow Deviantart, to the foundation of my life as it had been in middle school. I want a strong foundation with God, which is the main reason why I depart from this valley. Explict content is also quite easily accessible, and not all artist filter their work. I find it best to leave Deviantart-for life. I hope you take my suggestions and further improve your sight and improve the filtering."
I hope you guys can see what I see and understand why I'm leaving DA. I don't judge anyone who still chooses to stay, but as for me and for me as the person I am I find it best that I stay off from Deviantart. I apologize in advance to those I still owed requests for. I feel awful but I don't be able to complete them. (And also an art trade I owed to Icy-Snowflakes, so so sorry
you can just delete it.)
HOWEVER, I will not cease to roleplay here and there and also if you'd like I can give you my email, and/or skype via note-to those whom I trust, of course.
And just because I'm leaving DA dosen't mean I'll stop drawing, either. That would be wasting what I've built up.
If there is anything you guys would like to tell me, feel free to comment. I will be sure to reply to all. I won't be leaving until a commission I paid for is done.
Journal CSS made by ~caybeach
Brushes by ~gvalkyrie