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!