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I want to start being more active on this site again, but I backed off of it for awhile for a lot of the same reasons that I've seen others express for not liking this site very much. But the more I thought about some of the things that bugged me, the more I realized that I have been a part of one problem to a certain degree.

And that is the "fav and go" problem. It's great, of course, to get a whole lot of favs on a piece. It means that all of those people like your piece enough that they want to take the time to view it again on their page. But it's frustrating when you have no idea what it is about your work that people are responding to. Is it just that they like the character I've drawn? (If so, please don't leave a comment on the piece then. If you only comment on the character someone has drawn and not their art, that is just rude). Or do they like my style, or choice of colors, or what? And comments that simply state how much you like the picture are very nice, and I really appreciate them, but I'm still left wondering what the person likes about it. And this is frustrating for any artists who are trying to learn how to improve and create art that appeals to large audiences. And it really only takes just a little thought to let someone know what you like about their picture. Like, "You draw eyes so well" or "I love your colors here, and use of lighting", or "Great design!" or "This sort of reminds me of X (artist that I admire), because of X (reasons)" Or even some constructive criticism. You know?

But then, I realize that I only leave such comments myself every once in awhile, but not very often. So instead of complaining about what others do, I've decided to leave one thoughtful comment a day on someone's picture. It's my personal "one thoughtful comment a day" challenge and anyone who wants to can join me in this challenge to make this site more enjoyable. Forget the llamas. I've been on this site for over a year, and I still don't know what those mean. If you give me one, I'll give you one back just because it feels like the polite thing to do? But whenever I do that, I always feel like the bugs on Bug's Life when they give the ants a rock because they figure it must be the way of their people. But a thoughtful comment is always meaningful and it helps artists gain some idea of how they can make their art more and more appealing.

But just so y'all know, I'm not doing this to get comments. There are so many artists on this site whose art is worth much more consideration than mine. I just want to do my part, however small, in creating a more thoughtful culture on this site. 

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xxdhxx Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*hi fives*
Thanks for visiting my page + for the signal boost, Star! I'm glad you visited because I hadnt seen art from you in a while, and I see that DA had me only watching your journal entries for some reason. Now that I've re-added you, hopefully it wont act like an ass. :roses:
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starwilliams Feb 5, 2014   General Artist
No problem! :) I'm glad you've started up the fanzine again. I keep wanting to do more Blue Lantern art, but the comics really took the wind out of my sails.:( I think sharing fanart with other fans would inspire me again... And I didn't know you were watching me at all, actually. DA never notified me. Strange... But thanks for the watch! <3
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xxdhxx Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You and Liberty were the first blue fanterns I watched on DA, true story. Your guys' devotion alone was half of the reason I even figured in a short red fart that I could get the zine off the ground. I totally hear you on the being disappointed by how DC went with the BLC. It's like they had momentum, then slowed down, and then became target practice for whatever writer didn't fancy them at the moment. I'm hoping by things that have been written in the comic that this is just the depressing part of the movie before we find out there was a plan C all along and everyone gets back on thier feet and finished the race. If not for sheer hope at this point, I probably would've scrapped most of my GLC fandom as well.
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starwilliams Feb 6, 2014   General Artist
I'm so glad that my Blue Lantern art meant something to you! :) I put a lot of my heart into that stuff because for some reason that's hard for me to express well, the Blue Lanterns just mean a lot to me. And it's good to know I'm not the only one who feels that way. And your BL fan art has always inspired me... I haven't been reading the comics lately (too depressing) but I have read reviews and read what other fans are saying about what's going on in the comics. And my guess is that the Lanterns will eventually find another way to power the rings. That's the only direction this whole thing could go that makes sense, really. If using power rings does such harm, it makes no sense to continue using them. So there has to be some solution that makes the existence of any Lantern Corps a good thing, otherwise the only logical solution would be to just disband all Lantern Corps. And I don't think DC wants to get rid of all their Green Lantern titles, you know? So I'm hoping this depressing turn the comics have taken is only temporary as well. 
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Just thought I'd drop in and say hello and I hope life for you is well!
You may not remember me but you were the only one to comment on one of my research papers about following the old testament.
I've been trying to keep in contact with certain people from my other account since many of them have no idea I moved. :)
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starwilliams Dec 16, 2013   General Artist
Yes, I think I do remember you.. I haven't been very active on this site for quite awhile because my life just got pretty busy, so I'm not very good about keeping up with anyone I watch here. I just take quick occasional looks here, but I remember you. I'll check out your new account. :) 
And thanks so much for your kind comments on my art!
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:iconheatherschoff:
:)
I know that feeling! Work has been a killer for me here and there. I think the hardest part for me is finding the time to draw.
I have plenty of photographs to work with when it comes to uploading, but my passion of drawing is very time consuming. I've been working on my timing though! :la:
I'm glad you remember me! I haven't uploaded a study in a long time. Our main buddy we studied with moved away and all my notes have been very scattered.
Your very welcome on your art! You have a very lovely style! :heart:
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b24beanz Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!! :party:
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starwilliams Nov 25, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconthegobo:
Happy Birthday tomorrow!
:D
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