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Returning From Absence

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 5, 2014, 7:59 AM


Hey everyone! So, I'd like to apologize for not having gotten back to notes, and comments left here for me over the past few months. I've been rather active on FurAffinity due to taking in commissions there, so I've been a bit neglectful of dA and Tumblr. Aside from work, I've been spending my free time really taking major strides in improving my art and finally getting down to building a concept art portfolio. It's my dream to one day be a concept artist, but I still have a lot of ground to cover. So, that determination has forced me to take out a lot of the distractions around me. However, I feel I'm getting out of touch with many of you whom I've been friends with through the Hetalia community, and I'd like to get back into that, but I can't say how much fanart you'll see.

As for art, I'm going to work on keeping both my dA and FA galleries updated with new pieces (of course NSFW will be restricted to FA), and I'll work on staying better in touch. My FurAffinity gallery is here: Ahro on FA

:pointr:I've recently made an exclusive Art Twitter account along side my personal twitter, so if you happen to be a twitter user, check out that for regular art updates, WIPs, etc. I will also occasionally do free sketch requests there as well, so if you want a simple request, follow me there and keep an eye out for when I post doing requests. :) Ahro's Art Twitter 

If you happen to follow my writing on ff.net, or AO3, you may have noticed my decline in updates there as well. I still do RPing with Hellie on various stories, but there hasn't been much of anything we can put into an actual fic. Due to my focus on my art, fanfiction writing has also gone to the wayside. I turned 27 in March and I still work a job I had while in  college, but now have the pressure of student loans constantly putting me into delinquency, and in turn damaging my credit. So you can kinda see the necessity it has been for me to refocus my attention on something where I can make money now (commissions) while I gain the confidence in creating a professional concept art portfolio. So, with that, I apologize for the lack of fanart and fanfic story updates. :( I know how much it sucks to not have updates on stories you've been engrossed in reading, but just like many of you, life issues need to take focus at some point.

Good News regarding "Of Song and Claw", though! :D Hellie and I always intended on completing that fic, as we already have the ending planned, but as stated above, life for both Hellie and I got in the way. However, we've finally gotten back into it! The big issue we ran into was: the current chapter needed to be re-written thanks to a sudden decision to add the previous two scenes in. We were extremely excited to write Al & Art's time in the Southern Plains, but that through off what we had already RPed ahead of that. So, we've gone back to re-RPing this current scene we're working on, as the editing was just far too difficult. SO! With that, you can expect to see a new OSC chapter sometime soon. It's still a bit slow going in RPing due to our schedules, but at least you guys will know we haven't abandoned it, and there will be new content soon. :)

As far as commissions on dA go: unless there is an interest in commissioning me here, all of my commissions go through FurAffinity, as well as are managed there. Due to limited time, I do not do requests, or point commissions. :( I apologize for the inconvenience. I will do random free sketch requests via my Art Twitter, if you're ever interested in something, follow me there. :) *I only do requests when I post a tweet asking for requests.*

As for Tumblr, I will be getting back on there and updating that as well, however, it will be more of a personal blog, with all of my art on there, not just Hetalia focused. There will be Hetalia content, but the majority will probably be anthro/furry artwork due to commissions.

Conventions!
Right now, I'm only going to Metrocon in Tampa, FL, July 11-13. No art table, and I'll be dressed geek casual (with my white/silver wolf wood baby on my shoulder), but I think I'm going to make a anthro/furry badge so if anyone is interested in seeing me, you'll know who I am. XD 

Other than that, I've missed you all, and I'm so sorry I've been gone. :( I'm still a fairly slow artist, so my time is precious when I'm focusing on getting art done for commissioners. And due to financial struggles, taking commissions is a priority for me. Just having found the confidence in doing commissions was a struggle on its own. But I'm truly happy that so many have enjoyed my work enough to commission me. It has built up my confidence, and I plan to focus that confidence into improving my concept artwork. :)

Thank you all again for your continued support! I hope you're all doing well! :love:

TL;DR
- Sorry I've been gone. :( Too little time, and refocusing my art to doing commissions and building a professional concept art portfolio.
- Most active gallery and commissions are through my furaffinity gallery: Ahro on FA
- Art Twitter account for WIPs, commission updates, and free sketch requests: Ahro's Art Twitter
- "Of Song and Claw" will be seeing new updates.
- Hetalia fanart is restricted to requests received via twitter (and only after I've tweeted that I'm accepting requests.)
- Will be returning to Tumblr, but my blog will be personal/art related, not strictly Hetalia based (though there will still be Hetalia content occasionally).
- Conventions: Metrocon, Tampa FL, July 11-13

  • Mood: Happy
  • Reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • Drinking: Nos
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Hadamerica Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Miss you! Glad you're well! *hug*
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kelbora Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Ahro, I am so, so proud of you. Your art, regardless of content, is always a pleasure to see and I cannot express enough the joy I feel in seeing how much you've improved. You're one of those people who inspires all you come across, and I am so blessed to be one of them. :') I miss you terribly, but above all: I want you to focus on you and SUCCEED. *Hugs so much* Love ya, darlin'~ You're future is so bright because YOU make it so. Again, I'm so proud of ya~
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Ahr0 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Laaaaady!!! :cries: :glomp: I'll never be able to express how much your support and friendship has meant to me. You're an amazing person and inspiration yourself. Your constant optimism and bright personality has always been a pleasure being around, and I only wish we both had more time to hang out and do stuff. We definitely need to chat more on Skype. :D I hope everything has been going well with you. :hug: :heart: :heart: :heart:
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kelbora Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I MISS YOU, AHRO!!!! ;A; MY BIRTHDAY IS THIS THURSDAY AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER BEFORE DRINKS, FOOD, AND CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY! ;v; You and Hellie are always invited~ <3
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Rubycored Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
look who it is :O
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Ahr0 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha crazy right. XD
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