I've been away for a pretty long time. Oops. I never really meant for that to happen. I know I've been uploading less and less every year, but I just got off to a bad start in 2013. I feel like I had a mini meltdown where I was just really depressed, feeling incompetent about my work and everything; the early part of the year just wasn't good, and my habit of being really critical and hard on myself didn't help matters any. So I took a break from uploading and went back to basics-- studying anatomy, trying out different styles, and just sketching really sloppily because sketching is always relaxing.
I finally got out of that rut earlier in August, and I feel a lot better now. I think I might even be able to return to posting work more regularly. However, that doesn't mean I'll be on DA more often. I'll try... but it's been ages since I was really active on here, and now I just feel really out of sorts XDD So much has changed. I can't decide whether I like it :\
Anyway, I'm mainly on Tumblr these days: calantheandthenightingale.tumb… So, if you want to keep in touch or know what I'm up to, then it's best to follow me on there. When I have new art, I always post it there, but I also post sketches, WIPs, and detail shots. That's also the place where I post about my novel-- and, speaking about my novel, I've been making great progress with that! Even though I was in a rut with art, writing has always remained pleasant for some reason, and I finished the first draft of my novel a while ago. I'm currently editing (I hope to be done by Thanksgiving), and then I'll get to start querying agents. That part still scares me a bit o__o
As always, for anyone who missed earlier posts and has no clue what novel I'm talking about, here's a more polished summary (compared to what I'd given you guys before):
The story is loosely adapted from one of the lesser-known Grimms' fairy tales; however, the novel, while incorporating some fairy tale elements, mostly follows in the Gothic tradition.