I just noticed that dA got rid of the webcam widget, which I find extremely disappointing because I probably had a fantastic SMAP gif there. But I guess it's an ok trade-off because gifs appear to work in journals now.
I mean, hot diggity, I could use this as a journal divider if I wanted:
Not that I will, but he's got a very nice digitally softened face.
In any case, hello! How is everyone?
I've gone nearly a year without updating my journal again (it still says I'm "currently watching" 27hrTV...), so I figure I might as well write something. My photography output has really gone down due to... I'd like to say school, but it's not like I'm doing a ton during breaks, either. Going back through my files, I do have some photos, but very few have undergone a run through Photoshop Elements. I don't know if it's because I didn't think the were good enough to post or if I've just forgotten to attend to them, but I do hope to do more regular photography soon.
One thing I HAVE been doing in terms of photo-taking is using my phone more. I've uploaded a few of my iPhone shots here, but if you want to see more, then my Instagram is the place to go.
As for drawing, I've been doing a lot less of it. Completed drawings, at least. I had relied on one group of content creators for inspiration for a long time, and they were a great source of drawing ideas. However, I stopped regularly watching their content almost a year ago due to a combination of things, but largely because more and more negative information started coming up about them. I still support some of the individual members, but I'm uncomfortable with making or consuming content related to a number of them, so I've mostly been avoiding them as a whole.
It's rather convenient that I rediscovered a different source of inspiration around the same time in the form of SMAP. I originally started watching SMAPxSMAP around the time I joined DeviantART, but around 2010 or 2011 my mom stopped renting DVDs for the whole family to watch. It wasn't until last year that I found out how to watch the show online, and I've not only been diligently watching new episodes ever since, but I binge-watched it backwards until I reached the 2011 episodes.
I've also started watching Katori Shingo's other shows, SmaSTATION!! and Ojamap, which my mom never rented DVDs of. I don't think she knows that he's my favorite member 'cause I never really showed it, but I do know that he's totally had my heart since near the beginning. He's like a large dog in human form. Here's a gif of him being a complete putz, as he often is:
What a guy.
Unfortunately, since I use primarily English-language sites where SMAP isn't terribly well-known, a lot of the SMAP fanart I do doesn't get around a whole lot. Especially on Tumblr, it's a bit disappointing to just get 5-20 likes on a completed drawing after getting used to 200+ notes on every quick doodle, but, hey, しょうがないな, that's life. The real downside to it is that while I want to draw more SMAP stuff, I don't have a ton of motivation to do so. Very few of the people I talk to are at all interested in the group, and of them, even fewer are specifically Shingo fans, so there's relatively little validation for my fangirling and it feels a lot like shouting into the void.
But, I mean, with the number of folks on my Tumblr dashboard fawning over animated characters and white dudes named Chris, I should be able to post about my favorite crew of fabulously dorky Renaissance men, right? I can fawn over Shingo's occasional mustache, right?
Maybe I'll work up the confidence to start drawing them more eventually.
I do have some more drawings that I haven't uploaded to dA yet, so I might post those. To see drawings and sketches earlier, you can follow my Instagram or my personal Tumblr. If you want to follow me on Tumblr, but would rather not have fandoms and reblogged jokes on your dash, I have a photoblog and a blog that reblogs drawings. If we mutually watch each other here and you want to be Tumblr mutuals, you might want to send me a message because Tumblr doesn't always notify me when I get new followers, and if you're using a different username I might not realize it's you :c
I can't say whether I'll be more active on dA in the future, but hopefully I'll at least update my journal in a more reasonable time frame.
Have a great weekend!