Ok, some of you may have seen this coming (or not), but either way, here goes. I am, as of this moment, putting my DA account into a state of 'hibernation'. What does this mean exactly? Well, firstly, it doesn't mean that I'm closing my account or leaving (over my dead body!) Basically, all it means is that I won't be actively posting here (art or journals) until I've sorted out other more pressing affairs that have arisen in my life.
It's probably become painfully apparent that I haven't been uploading new submissions in a long while and that my presence here has been limited. To cut a long story short, for some time now I've felt like I've fallen into somewhat of a rut (perhaps the biggest I have ever experienced in my life) and have lost sight of what I ultimately wanted to do, what I was originally aiming for and my over all motivation to achieve such things (without failing or leaving loose-ends). So, instead of just 'lingering around' or 'floating about', I thought it best to firmly state my intentions and attempt to re-focus on (or re-kindle) what it was that I had a true passion for. It's almost like finding your reason to live (creatively), and as mine has always been because I consider myself to be married to my work, when that fails, I might as well be permanently comatose, empty and listless. I really need a break to clear my head.
So here's how my situation currently stands...
This account will remain in 'hibernation' until
(Please note: This date could be extended, all things depending, so check back here for any changes)
I will still be logging in to check messages, however, the best way to contact me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The only account I will be actively updating during this period is my Tumblr. Please keep an eye on it if you have any interest at all in what I'm up to: [link]
I am NOT currently accepting any commissions, trades or requests etc...
Eventually, this account will go through a revamp. I would advise you to save the pieces in my gallery that you like, as some of them may be removed at a later date.
Other than the above, I must mention that I'm aware of the recent changes that allow people to edit their usernames. It is highly unlikely that I will change my username, as 'Leopreston' has always served me well and is familiar to other accounts I maintain.
It is hoped that I'll eventually return feeling refreshed and eager to work on new pieces again (and have some to share already), as well as having regained my focus, drive and vision for certain projects (ST mainly). I know that I've lost contact with many people I am fond of too, and hopefully they can forgive me. I want to be around a lot more, getting involved with the community here (running comps and so such) and keeping up to date with friend's endeavours. I love this place far too much and this whole thing pains me...
All in good time, but for now, my best to everyone here. Please don't forget me.
I shall return!
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And to show that my sense of humour has not yet died a death...