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RoareyRaccoon

Another One Down

So as we're rapidly approaching the end of another year I thought I'd take the time to say a couple of banal things, for those of you interested in reading them. It's been another year of stress, of drawing, of being a part of this varied, supportive and generally wonderful fandom. I'd like to say that I am constantly grateful to fans of my work and those of you who support me financially by purchasing it, but as gratitude has its limits I confess that I'm not grateful all the time. Every time I have pause to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a niche here, however, gratitude and awe are precisely what I feel. Truthfully I don't know where I'd be without you lot.

Drawing, for me, is simultaneously a joy and a torture! A constant switching back and forth between shame and loathing for my own limitations and appreciation of those of you who, despite those limitations, appreciate my stuff. So, thank you for that and here's to another year of more-or-less the same, with hopefully some plodding improvements XP.

I've tried to learn a lot this year, poring over non-fiction and ever increasingly, every day, coming to appreciate literature and the written word more and more. There can be no greater gift one can give to humanity than the immense effort and passion of putting down ones hard work in print for others to benefit from. Whether it be the pleasure of fiction with its beautiful prose or the liberating, empowering source of knowledge that is non-fiction, books are something that I can no longer do without. Which reminds me, some time ago I did say I'd be going through furry fiction and rewarding its writers free art. I haven't forgotten about that, so I'll do my best to get that underway next year.

Aside from the entertainment this year has been one of the most difficult for me in terms of coping with anxiety and depression. These things have a way of having a cumulative effect and, without much at all by way of a break, I've felt it piling on top of me throughout 2012. To contradict that popular phrase "that which does not kill you makes you stronger" I'd like to assert that, for a great many harmful things, this isn't true at all. Despite this I'm prepared to put in considerable effort to be a stronger person. It's the stress that makes me anti-social. I don't want to talk to people online, I don't want to reply to comments, the whole affair daunts me and I avoid it as much as I can. This is something that does need to change, especially when it comes to interacting with you when you have the courtesy to leave a comment on my art. At any rate, I'm not declining to reply because I don't like you, but rather because I genuinely have nothing to say XP.

That's enough pointless rambling and crap, I think. Enjoy the New Year's Eve festivities and I hope 2013 has good things in store for you. See you soon!
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SenGrisane
5 years, 11 months ago
" To contradict that popular phrase "that which does not kill you makes you stronger" I'd like to assert that, for a great many harmful things, this isn't true at all

Like allergies.

I hope you have a good new year festival too and that 2013 will be a blast. ^^
BrandonBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Well once you reach the bottom there is no way but up again cheers to you and a happy new year. I hope this year only goes up and never down for ya
soggymaster
5 years, 11 months ago
" I've tried to learn a lot this year, poring over non-fiction and ever increasingly, every day, coming to appreciate literature and the written word more and more


I, myself, have been appreciating the written word more and more as of late.

Perhaps it might be better for you to put words to your drawn art.  Instead of painting a story with just lines, paint one with words as well.  I'd like to read a little something about one of your tickling pictures, just as an example.  I think they would be funny!
headsortails
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm not going to try to sympathize with you here, as the emotional pain you've felt in the past year alone has probably been worse than anything I've felt in my entire life, but that doesn't mean that I still can't feel sorry for you.

I think that you don't give yourself enough credit. You're a great artist. Of course you have your weaknesses, and there are definitely aspects of your artwork that you can improve, but the same can be said for all artists. Nobody can be devoid of criticism. I know that you knew this already, but I feel like I have to say it in order to get my point across. Seeing my favorite artist talking shit about his own art can get kind of irritating after a while. I mean, there's nothing wrong with focusing on the positives every once in a while, you know?

Now, I'm not trying to throw you a pity party or suck on your dick (ok, maybe a little bit of the latter). I just hate seeing you treat yourself poorly. I know that it shouldn't be any of my concern, but I can't help it. Hopefully you won't take any offense to this, as my intentions are nothing but good, I assure you. As weird/creepy/futile as it might sound, I just want to see you happy.

Ok, that's enough honesty for one day. I guess that your self-reflection also put me in the revealing spirit. In any case, here's to a great 2013. Hopefully it'll be better than 2012. ^•^
AlexanderPony
5 years, 11 months ago
well roarey first of you are quite welcome and second this journal was beautiful and well said and you know you are a wonderful artist you know i love all the stuff you do like your rants journal artwork and just the fact that you do what you do you know that i couldn't ask for a better friend than you and you are always in my thoughts and i hope 2013 will be a little better for you ok love always well that all i have to say you take care of youself ok
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