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So it's time to write this type of journal again, as I do every four months (or that was a couple of days ago, really). I had to write other journals in between, but the previous quarterly journal wasn't very positive. I was completely demotivated and almost felt like I had forgotten how to do the things I used to do, so I couldn't even force myself to do anything. I didn't do any 3D-sculpting (or much of anything dA related) for over four months. I've always been naturally on the gloomy side, but these last months I had a weird episode that for a while I was even in denial of. Realizing and acknowledging it was a good first step.

Right now I feel better, but now quite the same I was before any of this. I'm doing things again, but not quite what I used to do. I still haven't resumed my Disney Villains series, for example. But I'm finally producing some fanart around some properties I always wanted to tackle, and in the rest of 2015 I'll post some stuff I always intended to have in my gallery but never did, for real now. I have many plans and ideas for September too.

I'm glad I'm still here. This place is still a unique, priceless thing to have, and the people are still wonderful. Recently I've been posting some WIPs and stuff trying to get back in the saddle and everything's been well received. I noticed these days I reached 300 watchers, which probably doesn't sound like much, but in my standards is a good thing. I also renewed my premium... err... Core Logo (Blinking) membership, and made the decision of trying to be more active here again.

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Speaking of my gallery, I'll be slowly revamping it and rearranging it. Getting rid of some stuff that no longer makes sense to feature and trying to highlight new sections. I already made new icons (above) for my gallery folders, and some new banners (below) for my profile, which I'll also be customizing and trying to renovate these days.

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I guess that's it for August 2015. Thanks for sticking around.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I think having quality, professional looking gallery icons is something that a lot of people don't bother with or even think about. But it actually makes a big difference in how easy it is to take a gallery more seriously, or at least in how fun/easy it is to browse. But maybe that's just me. ;p Anyway, these look awesome! :D
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AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :aww: I always notice that kind of thing too, and I've certainly noticed how you amazingly customize your profile and gallery. I don't know if I ever did it quite consciously, but I think visiting your page here influenced me into trying to make mine look better and more personal :)
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your gallery folder icons. Very neat and organised. Mine looks horrible. :lmao: I will need to fix the size of my icons. 
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AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) I just wanted to give the place a little makeover. I like yours, they represent your art rather well. For several of my icons I had to use official images because my actual fanart isn't quite there yet :P
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Domnics Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Ugh, Core. -_-
I LOVE THAT BANNER WITH MALEFICENT.
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AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really mind the "core" thing as badly as the people who hate everything about it, but I do think dA handled and instrumented it all horribly :\ and they just admitted it, but even their defense of it is rather weak :no:

And thanks, I guess that's more or less what my "Maleficent 2.0" is going to look like :P
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Domnics Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't think they'll return to Premium Membership. ;____;

WOW 2.0!!
I can't wait. Is she going to be the only one to get an upgrade or are you tweaking the others in the series too?
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AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's going to be like a 2nd take on the whole series, though the main series isn't over yet. I was never satisfied with some of my original sculpts and now I can improve them a bit, I also want to try different scenes and different looks. So there will be more of everyone. After all, what I've been doing so far is the equivalent to making an entire figurine only to take a single photo of it :P
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Domnics Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm very intrigued. *_______*
I CAN'T WAIT!!! Hopefully, I'll even get to see WIPS of them on FB. Haha
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AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Hopefully it'll be good :) I feel like phase one was more about portrait-like pics where they were a bit stiff. Phase two should be better in that sense :)
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Domnics Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Sounds great! ^^
Hope it works for you this time :)
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