before i begin... here's the obligatory sorry-for-not-talking-to-you-all comment. i realize how bad of a person i am, i keep making the same mistake over and over again. it's hard for me to keep up with comments, notes and replies, and also, other people's deviations and journals. i can't handle it, so i run away. but over the next few days i will late-reply to some of my comments and most of my notes. still if you need to get my attention, send me a note, a message on tumblr, or email me. (i've given some people my email, for various reasons)
i wanted to spread the word about some scanlation groups that are looking for people to help them out!! i wanted to join a new group, but i realized that i didn't have time because i have too many other things to do
(and i'm already a member of a scanlation group lol) but i did find some. so i'm telling you all so that hopefully some of you will join, since i couldn't.mistyrainscans.blogspot.com/www.evilflowers.com/www.friendshipscans.com/otomescans.wordpress.com/
when you go on these sites, look for "recruitment" pages.
also there is a forum that has a section where you can look at groups that are looking for more staff, or you can create a thread advertising your own services. www.batoto.net/forums/forum/75…
and check out these guides that will help you learn how to edit scanlations: otomescans.wordpress.com/extra…
i had stress about my inbox, but the main reason i disappeared from da for a few weeks is that i lacked artistic motivation. (it killed my desire to go on da)
i wrote a post on tumblr about it: sachi-pon.tumblr.com/post/8942…
so read that. and i just wanted to explain a little more... i can't draw when i feel tense. whether it's something else on my mind distracting me and stressing me out, or whether something about art itself is stressing me, i can't do it. usually when i feel too tense to draw, it's something else. but this time, art itself was stressing me out. i felt tense, uneasy. i couldn't relax. so i didn't even pick up my drawing materials, because the thought of drawing did not feel relaxing and happy to me. i was so tense because of the two reasons in my post. i still haven't 100% recovered, because i still don't draw as often as i should. but i am feeling better and drawing sometimes.
i could just force myself to draw anyway, when i feel tense. that's the advice some people would give, but i think that's bad advice. anyone can force themselves to pump out art. but is drawing FUN? and is the art GOOD QUALITY? neither of those things would be true if i forced myself to draw. so don't give me that advice. drawing would become a chore like any other chore. and the art would look worse than my normal quality.
about reason 1... you've got to understand how much this problem upsets me. it upsets me a whole lot because... it threatens my dream. idk how i'm going to become a professional. i want to become a professional, but if i can't, this will be the reason. i'm so unproductive. i draw so slowly. how do other artists draw for so many hours and still have their art look good? oh sure i could force myself to be a drawing machine even when i'm tired but again, the quality of the art would go down, if i did that. i don't want to do that. i'm so inspired by free!'s high quality artwork. and by amazingly skilled free! doujinshi artists. and by the highly skilled da artists of course. i too want to have great quality work, so i won't do anything that lowers the quality of my work. but when i'm tense, distracted, and/or tired, i do lower quality work. so i only draw when i can fully relax and concentrate. and even then, i draw slowly.
about reason 2... looking at amazing artists and thinking 'i'm much worse' and deciding not to draw is one thing. you may say it's a bad choice. and it is... but it seems like a good choice, because seeing those amazing artists and actually trying to draw anyway, and looking at what you just drew, it's like a slap in the face that makes you feel even worse. so the first choice is not as painful as that second choice, which is why i did it.
and i never said "hey i just won't draw for three weeks." it was always "not today" or "not now" and it became three weeks...
fortunately i did recover somewhat, as i said. right now, i'm hoping to get a ton of stuff done. ^__^U i really, really, REALLY want to work on some makoharu comics that i've been planning forever but my to-do list is first priority for now and i'm going to have to make more progress on that before i spend a lot of time working on the makoharu stuff. so right now i'm just barely working on those >__< but i have some interesting things on my to-do list, so it's not like i hate my to-do list or something. XD still, i wish i could do the makoharu comics. i'll try to squeeze them in here and there.
the second season of this glorious anime premiered last week, as you may know. if you haven't seen the first season of free! then you can look at it on the official place, crunchyroll: www.crunchyroll.com/free-iwato…
but here is an alternate place: anime-exceed.com/watch/free-iw…
but if you can, then just pay money and watch it on crunchyroll. the money goes to crunchyroll staff of course but also to the creators of free!! so yeah.
i'm "sachi-pon" on crunchyroll and i will be there to comment on each episode if you happen to see me. my avatar is gou fangirling, lol. i've had the same avatar since last year, when i joined crunchyroll. also...
on my main tumblr, sachi-pon.tumblr.com
i will post a quick "immediate reaction" post about each episode and later on i'll also write a longer post. i did this last year as well. (though, i stopped doing it because i was lazy) and i'll continue to post various news and pictures and other thoughts. most of my posts are not shipping related but there will be some posts supporting rintori and reigisa and very few posts supporting makoharu. (there will be posts about makoto only, and haru only, just not both together)
on my makoharu blog, makoharuland.tumblr.com
i post things related to makoto and haru together. the blog has been a success- i just reached 500 followers yesterday! i have a variety of types of posts, which you can see on the "tags" page. the variety of posts makes the blog interesting (for me and for my followers). btw, there is a makoharu forum as well! (i didn't create it, just spreading the word) makoharu.forumotion.com/
i joined there and haven't been active yet but i will be.
feel free(!) to leave me messages on tumblr if you want to fangirl with me and go crazy XDDD i don't mind <3