Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you are having an enjoyable day and that you all got gifts that you wanted. <3
I mostly just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have helped me have an enjoyable Christmas this year.
My family all around has been short on money this year so I didn't really get any gifts, save for money and a few clothes, and there has just been no Christmas spirit. It has never felt so unlike Christmas in my life before. (we didn't even put up a tree or lights this year).
But you guys on dA sorta changed that and actually made it Christmas for me, with all of the gifts (exchange or not exchange), discounts, and wonderful feedback on my gifts for you guys.
Which sorta leads me into my bigger Thank You.
My life this year has been more eventful than it has been in the last two years combined. I lost my high school best friend (the closest friend I have ever had), gained a boyfriend and then lost that boyfriend, flew on my first plane, got a job and then made a stupid mistake and lost that job, finally moved out of my house and then had to move back, regained old friends, and countless more things good and bad.
But deviantART has been my one constant through all of that. No matter what has happened, you guys have been here as my support even if you didn't know it. You even were so kind as to help me pay my rent one month by donating to me and commissioning me when I really needed it. I have met so many amazing people here that make me smile every time I see their comments or anything else.
And since I don't really have many friends in real life, and the ones I do have sort of... neglect to include me in things or remember that I exist haha, and I don't get to leave my house too much, it really helps to have dA here to look forward to and talk to people so I don't feel lonely.
You all have also supported me so much with my artwork itself. I'm currently 49 watchers away from hitting 1000, and am at almost 42k views.
I remember when I was still new on deviantART six years ago and was so excited and thankful for 3000 pageviews. I even drew a picture for it. I stayed active for a while and then took a year or two complete hiatus and came back (for real) in the middle of last year. I had maybe around 200-300 watchers at that time, which means I gained around 800 watchers since then.
I know everyone says this but I honestly can't believe that so many people are interested in my artwork and I never imagined that I could have 1000 watchers. I am so truly thankful to every single one of you for your interest.
My art self esteem and confidence has skyrocketed because of dA. I have also improved skill wise so so much over the past year and a half thanks to everyone's commissions- though I may complain about having so much, I am so thankful and appreciate every single on of them -and praise.
dA has such a bad rep about the community but I don't feel as at-home and happy on any other site where I post my art. (especially Tumblr. Tumblr doesn't give two shits unless you're outstandingly fantastic or draw decent fanart)
Anyways, in the end, just honestly, truly I thank all of you for supporting me so much this year and always helping me be so positive about my art and just being great friends and people to come in contact with every day. I love all of you.