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It's been a while... But hey, here we go.

I've been having a break for the last few months, and for a good reason -- a lot of shit happened. The break gave me a lot of time to think about stuff. During that time I've seriously considered not coming back at all. But the friendly but concerned messages that I received from those that were still following me kinda persuade me to keep things updated -- at least once in a while.

I've most spend the last few weeks creating stuff in solitude. I haven't spend much time on social media, but made lots of sketches, speed paints, and concepts and chapters for my story. And I have to admit, I kinda came to like that silence. Social media --any kind of social media, DA included-- is like a black hole. It's easy to lose time that could've better spend creating. It's easy to lose focus. And it's easy to become numb by the continuous chatter. Because on the internet every person has an opinion on everyone and their moms, and not seeing the face of the person at the other end of the screen sure does make it easier for people to make another feel bad about himself. 

It's for that reason I decided to cut down on my time on DA and social media in general.
Experimenting with social media in order to learn about it was a great thing. It paid off. But it's gotten to a point that the experience doesn't offer anything new, and it's done. I want to focus on art more. On improvement. And not the least; on finishing my novel. And on using whatever I learn along the way to bring those characters to life. 

To those that are following me;
Thanks a lot for your kind words and your continuous support! You've provided (and still provide) me with amazing feedback, tutorials and insight.
I will keep updating this profile. Just not with the same mad weekly-posting schedule I had in 2014.

:bulletgreen: I will keep updating my art, though I won't post every single sketch -- that would probably annoy the hell out of you XD. Expect to see some Emion stuff in the upcoming months... and hopefully some artistic improvement. The results of the last poll kinda convinced me to at least post a sketchdump a month to keep you up to par with progress.
:bulletyellow: I will keep writing journals occasionally about stuff I deem inspiring or helpful for the community, but I won't reply to everyone in person anymore. It simply takes too much of my time -- time that I want to spend making art.
:bulletorange: I will keep doing occasional giveaways, but in a simpler fashion. 
:bulletred: Don't forget to watch my activity feed, displayed in on the front page or on my profile. I'll use that to post small updates about tutorials or otherwise (artistic) stuff that I deem interesting. Might be worthwhile to check out once in a while.

Oh, if you haven't read it yet, here are some tips to make 2015 an awesome year;

~ Damai Mikaz 


A talked to a friend and long time proofreader of Emion yesterday. He thought it was impressive how much fanbase the project gathered on DA, just by looks, while most of the people here don't even know what kind of massive story there is behind those characters. I never thought about it that way before, but it's indeed a bit odd ^__^
I've always had a huge amount of respect for those that made something or created a project, and kept with it. Not for rational reasons, not for money, but just because they fell in love with the idea and believe in it wholeheartedly. 
Looks are temporary, art is forever 
Went to the hospital today. Got informed about my follow-up treatment, but it's gonna take quite some while... which means I'll not be able to work for quite some time. Not sure how to feel about that yet, but at least I'm hopeful about the future now that I know that at least something is working out for me, even though it's a slow process. 


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Damai Mikaz
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Damai Mikaz [dah-mahii mii-kas]

Also known on the internet as DamaiMikaz or Mikaz -- the nickname I've been using since my early days on the internet, somewhere around 2002. Originally I used the nickname Mikaz, which was derived from an RP character I used to roam the Dutch forums with. As the internet expanded, however, and more and more nicknames were taken by default, I added Damai as a prefix as a reference to my real name; Damaris.

I'm artist in the broadest sense of the word. Despite what my DeviantArt gallery might make you think, I'm involved in many disciplines of art. Like illustration, writing, graphic- and webdesign. While I work as a professional webdesigner and webdeveloper in real life, I don't show much of my web related work here, mostly for the reason that I can't publish everything I make for clients directly. Aside from that, DeviantArt is a thing I do for fun, so I prefer to keep it about my personal projects.

In contrary to what many people seem to think: I'm not a professional Illustrator -- which basically comes down to the fact that I don't do illustration for money. I never even took commissions, and I'm not planning to do so either. Illustration is, like writing, something I do for fun alone.

In real life I'm currently working as a webdeveloper. Which means I'm a huge nerd (A real one. One who knows how to program) that enjoys messing around with computers and actually enjoys the process of programming web applications. I have a huge interest in everything tech- and especially web-related, including internet culture, trends and phenomenons and social media. Basically anything web-related catches my interest.

If you have anything to say to me: please comment or note me. It might take a while, since the number of messages I get a day has gotten to the point that it's almost an extra job to keep up with. It takes me a lot of time to get through, but don't worry. I will get to it eventually. And even if I don't reply, know that I've read your message and that I appreciate your kind words.

Also, please refrain from begging for requests and/or point donations. I lack time, so I don't do those.

Have a nice day!
~ Damai Mikaz

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rowanoak39 Featured By Owner 7 minutes ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the llama badge darlin!
ArzonCnaster Featured By Owner 16 minutes ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first llama ....ay caramba...
and i hope you will get better or as germans say: Gute Besserung:)
Nekoreko Featured By Owner 17 minutes ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama! =D
Bandit-The-Wolfess Featured By Owner 57 minutes ago  Hobbyist Artist
thx for the llama
SuraNekoChan Featured By Owner 59 minutes ago  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama =D
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