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When anime fades...

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 2, 2014, 8:31 PM

Hello frosted, frippery, flings!

Ah, transitions!

I've been quietly lurking for this past year, without a lot of action. Why? I was very, very fortunate to land my dream job right out of grad school! I have never felt so satisfied and at peace. When you finally start making a living doing what you love, you enter into another realm of being, a more complete state of happiness. I've been busy!

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Having been working for some months now, my ability to draw more freely is starting to come back. As I have been putting pencil to paper, what ends up being produced is not surprising, but certainly different.

I've been transitioning out of anime for a while now. I feel that nearly every anime-styled piece that I've tried in the last year has turned out poorly. Wonky and "off". Despite so many years of slavish devotion, my artwork continues to pull me into different directions. So, at last, I'm letting it take me where it wants. I think my last illustration of Tarkin from "Star Wars" is a good representation of where I'm heading.

Wilhuff Tarkin by Stagsleap

I love skinny boys with cheekbones. Oh gawd, I do. While I will still have a well-carved spot in my heart for shojo, my own life has taken on a distinct tone of sepia with numerous vintage events and dances, silk stockings and jazz music. While I may return to it later, I have chosen to invest in vintage rather than cosplay. I haven't watched an anime in...years! I offer a gentle apology to any of my watchers who have been following me primarily for my anime stuff - Sorry lovelies, I've gone to the dark side. They have smaller eyeballs.

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Despite saying goodbye to childhood, I'm excited and ready for the future, with all the dandies it might bring.

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handstobraces Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Congrats on your dream job! :dance:
Glad you're doing well and very happy.
Also, congrats on surviving grad school :faint:
dieingcity Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
this is exciting an i'm so glad your enjoying your job, that is always the best feeling. And it is funny how as you grow an mature anime is is still cool, and i always think fondly of my favorites, but stepping away from it seems good an natural.
Stagsleap Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I'll still draw Sebastian and Ciel every now and again. :D
dieingcity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
well you have to draw them-they are just fun.
and your very welcome.
ittybittytower Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Congrats on finding your dream job. What is it, may I ask?  

Farewell to Anime? Yes, I know exactly what you mean. It seems in Middle and High School it was such a fun thing to get into. But, unfortunately, for an aspiring artist it's also a bit of a downfall. Your hand gets so used to drawing those big anime eyes and heart-shaped faces that we don't realize we're falling into a dangerous pattern: the inability to find our own "voice" in the world of art. Many years ago, I started to come to that scary conclusion and forced myself to steer away from the anime look. 

I still love anime. Still watch it on occasion and read some manga, but it's not the center of my artistic universe anymore- thank god!

Much luck to you!
Stagsleap Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's nothing personal, but I prefer to maintain some level of privacy when it comes to "real life" professions. :)

Yes, that's exactly why I'm finally accepting my new transition - I feel that anime can be very limiting. My own preferences for beauty are becoming more fully cemented, and anime just isn't letting me express myself fully. I'll still enjoy drawing some crazy animoo every now and again. :)
XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm still going to follow you no matter what. Your art will still be really cool to look at even if the anime style that you use to have fades away. You're experimenting styles and I think that's a good thing for anyone! <3
Stagsleap Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you dear!

I'll still probably create some crazy OTT shojo stuff occasionally. :)
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