Writing this to let whomever reads this know I won't be coming back here again in a long time. I had an amazing time here, but I moved on to other media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Twitter etc. like most of us I guess. I thank the dA creators for this platform, but can't believe the lay out is still ugly . 10 years ago I created this profile, when I kind of just started as an artist and when I came up with my name Jangojim. I had no idea of the amazing journey it would take me on. It pushed me to get better as an artist, to grow. I got feedback and appreciation of others. It gave me a place to feel at ease. That meant a lot for me in a time where I didn't know what I was doing, doodling in sketchbooks.
It is pretty surreal that I can say that I am a professional artist living solely of my artwork today. Truly a dream come true. I have done really really fun and cool projects over the years, way too many to list here like making comics for Vice, murals for Converse, I started doing animation for tv and commercials, editorial illustrations for magazines and newspapers, I even designed a painted wooden stage for a Belgian music festival last year. I am working on my own animated series for international tv channels called Elvis & Benny. I also started a mural collective with friends from Brussels and we are doing big murals all over the world.
I grew as a person, I became me. I used to be shy with low self-esteem. Growing as an artist helped me to grow as a person. Deciding to become a professional artist took me a long time, especially because most people around me told me it is too difficult. It wasn't and still isn't easy, but who wants to go for easy? Making your dreams come true is hard work, but my passion for creating stuff is like an unstoppable engine. If I don't do it I become unhappy. I am a very happy man right now, because I am doing what I like and feel proud of it, but also because I'm excited about all the adventures ahead of me. So much is possible if you want it and go for it. ( Sorry for the cheesiness here. My future self probably triple-vomits if he'll ever re-read this. )
The most important thing about Deviantart though, is the community feeling. I had wonderful conversations, discussions, made so many online friends. It was wonderful to see everyone grow over the years. And I am happy to say that some of them are still friends and I got to meet them in real life several times: Jack Teagle, Luke Pearson, Alex Chiu. True illustration/comic masters and supernice guyz. Their work is internationally known right now. Check it out. High on my meeting in real life-list is dA member Lancekatre. Check out his adventures as pancake artist Dan the Pancake Man.
Anways hope you are all having a great time!
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