I'm not sure what kind of title fits being away from DA for two years. Worse, the first reason I'm here is because I couldn't remember whether I had a recurring subscription to DA (the fee structure seems to have changed anyway), because I randomly thought, at 3 in the morning, that I saw it on one of my bank statements... from last year.
Anyway, hi. I'm still alive. But I have hardly drawn anything in the last two years because work, and studying for exams. That's the same thing I might have said sometime last year (was it to this journal?), except in that period, I failed one exam, had a OH GOD BEING A MEDICAL REGISTRAR SUCKS crisis, suspended my FRACP training, then did a year in A&E, then decided screw it, if I'm going to start applying for FRACP I ought to finish it.
So I'm still studying for the same exam. Problem is, the goalposts of said exam are constantly moving and there is a minimum failure quota which is a percentage of candidature. I don't really know what I'm going to do if I fail again (be med reg for another year? lol), but they're in less than three months and I am feeling VERY NOT PREPARED.
In other news, E finished her Ph.D, submitted, accepted, published, graduated etc. last year. So she's now a post-doc while I am still a doc, lol. She's a workaholic. Me, I think my work might make me alcoholic. Just kidding, I still love my work. It's like being the dog that will always come back even if you keep kicking it. We also don't see each other very often due to work. But that's okay, we're actually doing well and keep each other motivated. If you want a summary of the situation in a picture, you should check out my (soon to be posted) latest submission.
Thank you all to everybody who faved or watched etc. (there are at least 1000 of you, judging by my inbox). I'm sorry I can't respond to each and every one of you. On that note, I have a very Important Announcement (yes, the one I mentioned in the title) to make, so I hope you didn't tl;dr the whole thing:
I'm going to be cleaning up the gallery in the near future for many reasons. One is that my pen-identity and real-identity have never been strictly separated, but due to upcoming projects (that I will start once I finish these exams) they will be more closely related than before, so the level of risqué needs to be lesser than or proportional to my leverage, and frankly, in my current situation, I don't have much. Additionally, I've had a few years to think about the kind of message I want to send and what I want to represent with what I draw, or, really, what I submit. The short of that is, while I don't condone repression or censorship, I've also come to understand the attitudes I convey and propagate with what I draw. Obviously I'm specifically referring here to the sexy pictures of Strip (et al.). So from next week, I'll be hiding those for a while.
It's not like I'll completely stop drawing sexy, merely that it'll be reframed in a healthier manner. And they may come back at some point in the future, but only when I feel my entire body of work is more representative of the entire continuum of all that I live and consider. And by that point, hopefully, I'll be a much better artist anyway.
Ok that's all for now, I better get back to studying.