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Okay, I really must say this: This is absolutely stunning. The dark and light contrasts are so well balanced and the paint technique is...

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Hey guys.

So I recently posted this journal: Should I not draw anymore?
and got various responses from you guys, telling me that I definitely shouldn't quit. Which I am very grateful for....much love to you guys :heart:
However, there were some responses that are prompting me to post this journal as a response. Or rather, an explanation of sorts.

So let me just say this upfront:

I do, in fact, draw because I have fun doing it. I am very happy to draw and very passionate about it. I don't do it for the sake of others. It makes me happy that it (potentially) makes others happy. But I don't do it just to get peoples' attention. Positive response from anyone is considered, to me, a reassurance that my passion and hard work had paid off in the end.

The linked journal above was created because I was feeling very upset and almost defeated by how much more of a response I was getting on the things that required less effort on my part to do.
I mainly created that journal, however, to address something that was weighing on my mind. I knew it was irrational to think, but it was there, lingering in my head, and it was going to linger there unless I expressed it upfront. And I'd rather share those thoughts with you guys than to continue to think irrationally.
In a way, it was also a means to have rational opinions combat my own irrational ones. I never intended to make people think that I was only doing it to gain attention. No.....since the beginning, I've always tried to do it for myself.

In fact, this is a big part of why I stopped doing requests a long time ago. Because it didn't feel like my own work.....I just felt completely empty doing it. If I wanted to draw someone else's character or idea, I'd always ask their permission because I was excited to see how it turned out in my own version. When I acted upon a request from someone else, I didn't feel happy for quite a few reasons:

1. They would always get angry at me for not doing it in the amount of time I gave to them or that they expected me to do it. (Not everyone was like this, mind you, but there were just enough to warrant me to halt requests altogether).
2. Whenever I finished, they were usually never happy with the result or pressured me to "try it again" as it didn't quite fit their criteria. (Again, not everyone that requested something of me did this. But this response from those who actually did genuinely made me upset and angry, and I never liked feeling that way).
3. I felt as though I had no identity of my own in doing so.
4. Requests ultimately halted anything that I truly wanted to draw from my own imagination. While it presented a challenge to complete the requests, it still diminished my passion for drawing and even gave me quite a severe case of artist's block.

I'll just stop at four reasons, considering this journal is quite a long enough explanation as it is. I just wanted to give a little insight as to what runs through my mind as well as my reasoning for doing some of the things I do.

Anyways, I hope you guys can understand where I am coming from, and hopefully, I cleared up some misunderstandings.

Thank you all so much for believing in me and for being there for me when I needed you guys most. Much love :love:

And as always, take care guys :aww:
~animedugan :iconanimedugan:
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Hey guys.

So there has been something I have been considering for a while. Should I just....not draw anymore?

I just.....I dunno.

My photographs of cats and such have been getting more attention than anything else lately. Not that I'm not grateful for it. I just feel like whenever I put out a new drawing, people look at it and just really don't care for that kind of thing anymore. Either that, or they're just tired of seeing me draw, despite the work I put into it. I've been putting a lot of effort into my drawings, and I feel like it hasn't been enough.

It makes me....a little sad honestly. And isn't exactly a good motivator for me to continue on comics that I really do want to continue working on.

Honestly, I feel like....I'm all washed up, you know? Puts a heavy feeling of defeat on my heart. :sniff:

Anyways, sorry if this is depressing. I've been needing to get this off of my chest, you know? Can't have it weighing on me forever.

As always, take care guys.

~animedugan :iconanimedugan:
  • Mood: Hopeless
Gorgeous Sky at Sunset by animedugan
Gorgeous Sky at Sunset
Another phone pic (yaaaaaaaaay mobile phoneness =P)
I was just chillin' with my dad at home, when he pointed out how interesting the colors of the sky were, so we took a look. Low and behold, we were greeted with a spectacular view :heart:
I was amazed I could even get a pic like this from my phone. But I felt like I should share this with you guys too, just to bear witness to how truly amazing nature can be :heart:
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Hey guys.

So I recently posted this journal: Should I not draw anymore?
and got various responses from you guys, telling me that I definitely shouldn't quit. Which I am very grateful for....much love to you guys :heart:
However, there were some responses that are prompting me to post this journal as a response. Or rather, an explanation of sorts.

So let me just say this upfront:

I do, in fact, draw because I have fun doing it. I am very happy to draw and very passionate about it. I don't do it for the sake of others. It makes me happy that it (potentially) makes others happy. But I don't do it just to get peoples' attention. Positive response from anyone is considered, to me, a reassurance that my passion and hard work had paid off in the end.

The linked journal above was created because I was feeling very upset and almost defeated by how much more of a response I was getting on the things that required less effort on my part to do.
I mainly created that journal, however, to address something that was weighing on my mind. I knew it was irrational to think, but it was there, lingering in my head, and it was going to linger there unless I expressed it upfront. And I'd rather share those thoughts with you guys than to continue to think irrationally.
In a way, it was also a means to have rational opinions combat my own irrational ones. I never intended to make people think that I was only doing it to gain attention. No.....since the beginning, I've always tried to do it for myself.

In fact, this is a big part of why I stopped doing requests a long time ago. Because it didn't feel like my own work.....I just felt completely empty doing it. If I wanted to draw someone else's character or idea, I'd always ask their permission because I was excited to see how it turned out in my own version. When I acted upon a request from someone else, I didn't feel happy for quite a few reasons:

1. They would always get angry at me for not doing it in the amount of time I gave to them or that they expected me to do it. (Not everyone was like this, mind you, but there were just enough to warrant me to halt requests altogether).
2. Whenever I finished, they were usually never happy with the result or pressured me to "try it again" as it didn't quite fit their criteria. (Again, not everyone that requested something of me did this. But this response from those who actually did genuinely made me upset and angry, and I never liked feeling that way).
3. I felt as though I had no identity of my own in doing so.
4. Requests ultimately halted anything that I truly wanted to draw from my own imagination. While it presented a challenge to complete the requests, it still diminished my passion for drawing and even gave me quite a severe case of artist's block.

I'll just stop at four reasons, considering this journal is quite a long enough explanation as it is. I just wanted to give a little insight as to what runs through my mind as well as my reasoning for doing some of the things I do.

Anyways, I hope you guys can understand where I am coming from, and hopefully, I cleared up some misunderstandings.

Thank you all so much for believing in me and for being there for me when I needed you guys most. Much love :love:

And as always, take care guys :aww:
~animedugan :iconanimedugan:
  • Mood: Neutral

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Anne Dugan
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Yep. My name is Anne Dugan :) I love drawing, and have loved it ever since I was a kid. I love to look at other people's artwork, and in each pic that I see, I know that everyone has worked hard to get them the way they are.
I hope you guys enjoy my artwork just as much as I enjoy yours :D
P.S. Do pardon the fact that my artwork doesn't have much background. I am still in the process of learning how to draw it :P
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If one of my OCs, Allison Doe (TF2 OC) was an anthro, what kind would she be? (Please put specific type of anthro in comments after voting and why) 

31%
5 deviants said Wild feline
19%
3 deviants said Wild canine
13%
2 deviants said Domestic feline
13%
2 deviants said Domestic bird
13%
2 deviants said Other
6%
1 deviant said Domestic canine
6%
1 deviant said Wild bird

If one of my OCs, Allison Doe (TF2 OC) was an anthro, what kind would she be? (Please put specific type of anthro in comments after voting and why) 

31%
5 deviants said Wild feline
19%
3 deviants said Wild canine
13%
2 deviants said Domestic feline
13%
2 deviants said Domestic bird
13%
2 deviants said Other
6%
1 deviant said Domestic canine
6%
1 deviant said Wild bird

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wittnebenbrian Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx 4 fav
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animedugan Featured By Owner 19 hours ago
Sure thing :aww:
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BlueBlueberryBlues Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you for the fave! :)
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animedugan Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Certainly :aww:
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La-Nora Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the recent faves on my Sonic fan comic :heart:
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animedugan Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Of course! Nicely done, you deserve those faves :aww:
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MeggieTheHedgehog Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorite! I appreciate it!
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animedugan Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Of course :D Great work :meow:
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MeggieTheHedgehog Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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OliviaVanB Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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