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Another milestone illustration where I go all out. It's supposed to be finished long ago, but I couldn't get myself to finish anything for 2 months. It's the first time in 4 years on deviantart that I skipped a whole month
of posting new art in my gallery (well, nearly 2 months by now). I crashed into 2017 with... huge demotivation and depression. The more you love something, the more it will hurt--- as my feelings towards art.
I take critique seriously, but it never reached to the point it would hurt me till that one moment. So month later, I crawled up and redrew this piece. Previous concept was… )
but it felt like not making enough impact and I had a horrible time picking colors.

Artists are such fragile people. Stopping can at any moment, but so much that holds you back from picking up the pen again. After going through a rollercoaster of emotions, I longed for the past. Back being a kid that
draws stuff no one cares about but for personal enjoyment. For this illustration I picked my OCs Ikuya (left) and Ikuyo (right). They are twins, with Ikuyo being the older one. I imagine their world being peaceful and bright,
none can disturb them. The camera is to capture this moment and empty photos to fill with memories. This also recalls memories from deviantart, all the time that I spent even though I don't talk much... //kicked//
I want to thank readers/supporters for their time! It really means a lot to me- each view, favorite, comment or watch. I'm doing my best to grow and show more of my world ( •̀ᄇ• ́)ﻭ✧

I don't know what Ikuyo is reading:…
Never alone by Pinlin

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indyscribable Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Professional Writer
I hope that this year starts off better for you than last year did! I think that this is really beautiful, and while you struggled with the colors, the ones that you chose are really pleasing to the eye. There's so much light, which makes me happy. And I love that he's reading. ^^

Just a side note - I think that unless someone has struggled with depression, it's really hard to understand. I feel you! I am glad that you've got a huge support group here on DA. And, while criticism is really hard sometimes, I hope that you get through it better in the future. It's inevitable, I think, for anyone who has an artistic nature. I've been crushed by feedback about my writing, so I know that black-hole feeling, eh, and the more we put ourselves out there, the more potential there is for negative feedback. It's especially rough if it's unkindly meant, but you're a phenomenal artist. You've got this amazing light to shine. Literally, I am in awe of your work. Love
Pinlin Featured By Owner 5 days ago
This year certainly started better than last, although in terms of productivity I'm not sure.
There are many things in real life I have to fix before continuing on personal stuff. 
My mind is full of inspiration, but I have to find time to execute them. Looking at my older
works makes me feel nostalgic.

I thought that not many people found themselves in a similar position, that is why it was
hard to speak about my troubles. I think that hiding myself wouldn't be a better choice, so
I just deal with negative feedback. Thank you for the praises ^^
Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
uuwaaahh senpai,, missing you and your art so much! ;;////////////////;; --we've been so inactive tho,,,
life can be hard and busy sometimes.,, ;; ;; welcome back! >/////<

and you come back with a super amazing beautiful art aaaaaaahhhhh,, this is so amazing and relaxing! <333 :heart::heart:
love the way you put a 'feelings' on this drawing <3333
what a hertwarming piece,,, :iconomgsocuteplz: :iconomgsocuteplz: :iconomgsocuteplz: :iconomgsocuteplz:
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I'm multi-tasking too much these months _(:'3/ Right now I figured my limits and try to sort out what's left to do.
You've been active for a quite while, so it feels like you're always here. I hope you're doing well!

Thank you <3 I did my best to imbue my feelings even though there are many things off lol. Explains that my 
emotions are not logical. The start of a new year is always hectic, I hope this piece calms things down. It did for me Joon's smile 
Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
aawww,, senpaii,,, don't forget to take a rest,, ;; ;;
we are active but no art,,, done _(;'3/_)_ *sobsss

aawww you are very very welcomeeee <33333 :hug:
thank you for sharing it tough,, this piece really calming us tbh,, ;;///////;;
also, good luck for you tho! <33
Gem-D Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!! :heart:
gubsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Welcome back, I've missed your art, rough times can happen to anyone so I hope the times to come will be easier for you.
Also I love this picture, it's relaxing to look at.
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Thank you for the warm welcome. Sometimes we need rough times to touch up ourselves.
I only wonder if it was worth it, the results will be visible in next months.
I'm glad to hear your feedback ^_^
Bake-NaRI Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
The colors!!! ^^ 
Kitena-chan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student General Artist
woow amazing!! liked it :la:
Skipperthe13th Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
SaraSchiffer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
am i the one who fealls confortable loking at this picture?
SoonAramen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wahhh the colors are so beautiful it gives such a peaceful feeling.
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Student General Artist
Wonderfully done ! 
Flanekko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing~ I love the colors here!
You always inspire me to do my absolute best :love:!
Miridith Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist
Beauiful work!! BG is amazing and that colorss ahhh...~~ :heart::heart:
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So very, very beautiful. :)
Coraleana Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so amazing. :wow:
I really love the place they're at, it's so beautiful and peaceful looking. :)
You did an incredible job on this. :D
luciol-sunaki Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
It looks like a nice place I'd like to be there
IndieAlexios Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2017
Stunning art really. Makes me feel so free for some reason XD

And don't worry, life can get tough but having something or someone to help you through it is the important part. For you thta would probably be the art you draw :3
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Feel free with me (/*7*)/

If only there was someone I could lean on. Though, I'm embarrassed to be heavy. 
I rather keep things to myself, even if it takes longer to recover. In the end I'll be fine :iconherotimeplz:

On the other hand, this is not a healthy way of thinking. There are chances, why not take them if it's
right in front of me? Why taking the path of a fool if I can simply listen to advice?
The struggles of human are real _(: D
Fuulan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
It's so beautiful *o*
I love the whole atmosphere <3 
Ryui-chii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! It's so dynamic and the colours harmonize in a wonderful way~
again I have to say that the thing I love most about this drawing is the composition, though colours and motive are very close behind--
how did you come up with the scenery/background? Did you use different kinds of architecture as inspiration?
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
I was inspired by the fence design in my backyard. This is the base I used to design the background and used my imagination for the rest.
My sense for architecture designs often don't make sense, it's good that these OCs live in an odd world too XD
Thank you for noting about the composition! I had to scrap the previous concept because the composition was not satisfacting. 
I did my best on this though \(*u*)/

My motives seem to get longer the more I add details. Once I finish, many thoughts are lost ;v;
Ryui-chii Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, I see! have you gotten into architecture as well or do you draw it mostly intuitive?
the great composition is usually one of the first things I notice about your drawings c:

oh! a lot is said in the description, I really enjoyed reading it~ but were there even more thoughts behind the drawing? 
Samansu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh goodness! The background in this is gorgeous and so is the lighting! I also love their poses and expressions... This is a very well done piece! ^-^ <3
InoueOKaito Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another Amazing Artwork >w<

and you do that shadow and reflections where they look like buildings

also I agree being an artist is really hard sometimes and
when you can no longer image and feel motivated due to depression and other things
we are rooting for you!!!
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ

Ahh, you noticed this tiny detail! I found it boring to 'regular' reflections, buildings look more fun.
Another option was drawing flower/trees in reflections, but somehow I kept in mind to NOT draw any tree in this piece XD
No motivation and imagination is like a death sign to artists. Thank you for the support /) v (\
InoueOKaito Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] Will always support your great work till the ends of time  Ayano Tateyama (Bows) [V12] 

also lol I notice that you started that building reflection thing with "color meets monochrome" Anime Emoji (Blush Oh yay dance) [V6]XD
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Buildings have always been a part in many of my works, but it's the second time I drew as reflection.
Another piece is indeed with 'Monochrome meets Color' xD
I almost forgot this myself lol. I just browsed back in my gallery and noticed some elements do
repeat. This feels nostalgic, I'm imspired to draw in old styles again.
StingFang Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful... Even the way you write. You should also consider literature. Please don't go into the dark thoughts. Just keep on looking at the brighter side of things :D
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
It's rare to get comments about my writing. I used to write a lot and currently I'm working on my visual novel.
Your comment makes me more confident! ^_^
Usually I'm the bright star around people, but even a star puts out eventually.
Jk, I stay postitive and not let anything bad get into my head.
StingFang Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great to hear! Thanks for replying! ~I thought that you're REALLY busy so yeah... THANKS!!
Ananomousey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
woah this turned out lovely~! ITS SO AWESOME SEEING YOU IMPROVE EACH TIME-
also just noticed but the layout still has some concept from the previous one- /D especially the staircase which leads into the dining room? wall outside??? STILL CONFUSED BOUT THE WEIR LAYOUT MKAY-
also so nice to see the Iku-twins~<3
also i know what he reading eve the typo-less VN
or maybe 'how to take care of bunnies- ' or ' All of turtles typos- ' /D
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Aww, lil' mousy is flattering /) v (\ I'm glad that I'm progressing forward.
Huehue, you noticed this well. I didn't really scarp everything of it, in fact, I considered to draw
the previous concept from a different angle. In the end I choosed for a sky background with birds.
I wasn't sure to draw outside or inside, so I picked something inbetween Exo : Baekhyun Touch 
I barely draw fanarts, but it feels like I haven't been drawing my OCs for a long time either...

This is like an easter egg/inside joke: Dark Nights the novel version.
Darkavey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH Pin senpai! I really admire how beautiful this masterpiece!
Such an interesting angle I must say, The ambience looks really soft and pretty, also the birds definitely give more lively touch in this. Such a cozy looking spot to hang out! *v* :heart:
It always great to see these two of your babies, they have such a beautiful design! I always look forward for more arts of them! and please take care, don't give too much pressure on yourself 
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Dar-chan, how can I accept such precious words :iconiwannagohomenowplz:
I wanted to paint something gentle and transfer my mood to the viewer.
Thank you, I always get happy to see curiosity about my OCs! Still planning
to draw a short comics involving them, but probably involving characters that
I haven't used for a while. My attention often shifts to the least active ones.
Yas, I shall do my best! 6(*^*)9
o0Ramen0o Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*Picks up my art*

*Walks over to trashcan*

*Throws art into trashcan*


*stars at picture again*

*Throws myself into trashcan*
Pinlin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
*Picks you up from trash can*

*Wipes you clean*

*Gets your art from trashcan*

*Brushes it clean*

*Gives it back to you*

*Hugs you* :iconmoesnuggleplz:
o0Ramen0o Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist

*Hugs back*

B-but mai art ish tresh Q-Q


I shall try harder *^*

InoueOKaito Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*pats you on the back

*whispers "I feel ya bro...."


*continues to look more amazing works in the internet

o0Ramen0o Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*Cries with you*

Thanks bro...

Ringou-1134 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woww! I love your art so much! This so awesome!
SkyDuck Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
The birds almost look like angels~

I know what you mean with picking up the pen. I don't have half the drawing ability you do but I know it's hella harsh when the pen is right next to your hand yet it feels so far out of reach...

Congrats on 20k+ watchers XD
EndlessRz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting is so beautiful and heavenly ;A;
crazy4anime09 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing!!! I love all the colors and the details! :iconloveloveplz: fav ^^
Aiohon12 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
MohawkPirate Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on 20k watchers!
This is beautiful!! 
Dark4Kuran Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
EPIC EPIC !!! *.*
Catluckey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
A most beautiful and impressive piece made from a most beautiful and impressive person! Luv you and may your emotions be kind to you. I kind of go up and down too! :hug:
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