I want to offer my apologies to those who may have noticed my DeviantArt account fluctuating in and out of various stages of visibility the last few months, as well as my own relative quietness compared to late last year. I've been putting in a lot of time trying to improve my work, and I've been mounting up about as many frustrations as I have successes. Few artists don't look back on old work without embarrassment, but it's a lot easier when it's a gradual progression from subconscious fine-tuning...having your artwork abruptly change quality through a rapid succession of improvements makes it hard to really absorb the joy of achievement in anything you finish.
I'm feeling better about it now, and hope to be more active on the drawing front, albeit without my Core Membership, which I have no desire to renew. While I understand that DeviantArt does need to make its money somehow, the fact of the matter is that I'd be paying $50 to make my journal look pretty. Any other benefits the membership offers are lost on me...I can't say I've noticed anything as far as functionality since it expired.
I will also make an effort to get my gallery back up and organized in the near future.
That's all for now!