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Still alive, just.. change of plans

Journal Entry: Thu May 22, 2014, 6:59 AM
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Dear artist friends

It feels a bit uncomfortable to upload something, even if it's just a journal, on deviantART.
I can't believe I have been offline for almost 6 months now. I hope you guys and gals can still remember me..!!

First thing I want to mention, is... that I am a dog owner now!

I got a doggy from the doggy Shelter. He's a mixed breed, a Dachshund mixed with a (Welsh?) Terrier it seems. He's super adorable. He brings a lot of smiles on my face, which I missed. I missed being happy, until he came around.
His teeth are crooked, and he has a dragon-like moustache, which is why I named him lil Dragon. He's the love of my life :heart: I may or may not post a drawing of him sometime.

Change of Plans

As I have explained in my previous journal, I can't and won't be online as much as I used to be. But it doesn't mean I haven't done anything creative at all.

Currently I am working on mythological wooden boxes, which I make as gifts and for myself. Yesterday I posted 3 pictures on my Facebook page. The link can be found at the top of this page.

That being said, there is something that I have to get off my chest, and it won't be easy..

After almost 10 years of being a member of DeviantART, I have come to realize that perhaps dA is not the place for me anymore. People's expectations had caused to what it seemed a never-ending artblock. I felt like I had to live up to people's expectations all the time. Draw what they like. And if I were ever proud of a personal artwork, and it didn't receive much feedback, I felt like I failed miserably as an artist and as a person. My personal projects reflect my personality, and so I felt disapproved. I am definitely NOT accusing you, but accusing myself for neglecting my feelings. This is how I felt all along.

I am a perfectionist. I always have been. And after some thinking within the last 12 months, I realize being a public art figure is not what I strive to be(come).

"So What does this mean?" you may wonder.


Either at my 10th anniversary at deviantART, or after my current subscription ends.. I shall leave deviantART.

I want to be less active on social media, and be more out there in the real world. Expose, draw, paint, connect, create things!
My Facebook page wil remain the same. I shall upload there more often than here on deviantART. But for me, it is time to let this place go and move on.

All I could do is to ask for your understanding. You made my stay at dA so wonderful.

Until that day comes... I will try to upload a few things :) I am not gone yet.

I love you all. Thank you for being such wonderful talents and admirable people :hug:

Yours truly,

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Hello! My name is Nicolien, I'm 25 years old and, if you haven't noticed, I love drawing and music!

Ever since I was young I liked to draw and create things. Lately I love to portray the human face and forms with pencils only, and capture that person's essence on paper.


One thing that I've learned through the years is that you can achieve anything if you truly believe in yourself. Enjoy the things that you love to do without being offensive to others. Devotion and respect is what matters.


You may pick a cookie if you leave a comment on my dA page



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IsabellaBLK Featured By Owner 6 days ago
awesome artworks :lovely: 
LightSaberLass Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
You must stop making such amazing art!! I may just have to pick up the whole dA albums of yours and plop them into my favorites! :hug: 
graphicnovelgirl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspirational :D (Big Grin) !
Dean-Winchester1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work is totally amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wish i had skillz like urz!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. ill take the bottom middle cookie!
thx 4 the cookie! :3
GravitationalTitan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is so amazing :))
ignaciaOK Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
many...many thanks for the llama :) Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-07 (Cute Dance) [V1] 
SmokesBrandy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Your work is Stunning!   :omg: :omg: :clap:
kelvin3092 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Oh so amazing 
ImAGrenade Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Begining to think you are the most talented person on deviantart! I am so amazed!
Evanescenceheart Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read your journal :(
I hope to see you on Facebook a little <3
Just enjoy your life and have fun!
Be creative, you have amazing talent! :)
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