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I have been such a slacker when it comes to socializing and networking.
DeviantArt is a community that has a lot to offer, and it helped me expand my network at one time, and it made me feel that the world was a big enough place to attract a specific audience for my kind of work and resources. And then came a time where I tried to take everything into my own hands, but that only made everything feel like a small world when I tried to act as if I was in control of what I wanted without doing the real part of networking. But being active on deviantArt already provided an expansive network, kind of where all I had to do was post my work and resources with love and passion, and it would do the rest.
I did pretty well for doing my own thing, and managing my own personal website, but it's better as a third-party thing while I do networking elsewhere. I have facebook
and post on it throughout the week, but I feel that deviantart is my kind of place, no matter how far I tried to get away from it to start my own thing. And then I sort of tried Tumblr and Flickr, but it never truly connected to me the way deviantArt did back when my friend introduced me to it. And on top of all that, I always failed short of confidence, so I could sit here and do some useless self-loathing, or focus on where I can start now, because it's only too late if you never start anywhere nor do anything for that matter.
I would like to reconnect and post work almost every day, and just do it because I love what I do...or I am trying to reconnect to my passion and do art out of love, creativity and passion, and not desperation or fear of time closing. I have gone through so many self-journeys, trying to relax my mind, all to get myself back out there with a new friendly, welcoming, positive, vibrant energy.
I kind of need to clean up my devwatch list too! I am getting so swamped with deviations, so I will probably go through and limit the amount, but I would like to do a better job at following and commenting on your work too! I love and appreciate how so many of you still follow my work even though I seem to have fallen off the radar. I used to be more known for my work and resources, but it's kind of diminished over time and I am re-approaching life with a new outlook as I am trying to be more happy with who I am and what I have to offer to the world. Basically, my personal quote will sum it up: "Don't fight to fit in; live to stand out!"PrintsI also put up some prints that you can find here: night-fate.deviantart.com/prin…
I remember years ago...years ago (seriously) when people would ask if I had prints, but thanks to my lack of confidence (almost as if it were a disease!), I never did it, so it's kind of funny to decide to do it now, but it's a start and I hope that I can sell what I do as I get myself back out there. I want to look back each month and feel that I have progressed, and then look back a year and go "wow!"
When I post new tutorials, I will post a preview as a deviation and then it will link to my website, or I will update an existing deviation with the link.
This piece is now available as a walkthrough tutorial: www.juliamstarr.com/archives/m…
And so I will try my best to be more active on here, and to do what defines me as the person that I truly am. And I will work on doing more art features!