Greetings, friends, fans, and viewers, Antoni here. I know I cannot get over the fact that I have just had my one-year anniversary in this place called DeviantArt, which I can easily consider it to be my Mecca for posting fanart and memes from my favorite fandoms. However, throughout this year, I have also been doing a bit of introspection because I would never want to have any drama on this site that I have visited ever since I was only fourteen and then decided to join a week before I turned 26 years old. Now that I will turn 27 in five days time, I want to take the time attempt to make this reflection in prose form in the best way I can.
How blessed I am
To be surrounded by brilliant, young, creative minds
To know that we have things in common
To know that, in spite of our differences, we can be great friends
To gain inspiration, experience, and knowledge.
And it is all thanks to you,
My fellow artists who have inspired me through your works
My watchers who have supported me and put up with me
My good artist friends who I consider to be family,
For you have given me every valid reason
To wake up every morning with positivity
To feel driven to draw something out of the depths of my mind
To draw the shippings I support the most
To acknowledge how much effort you all put in your works
And to feel just as driven, determined, and passionate to emulate the quality you put in.
For that, I am eternally grateful.
In spite of my overall euphoria and bliss,
I know that there are some things that I have done wrong
For that, I have to swallow my pride and acknowledge them.
I am sorry for all the times I acted annoying.
I am sorry for all the times I shove both of my negative and positive opinions on others’ throats.
I am sorry for all the delays I could have and could not have controlled.
I am sorry if I showed intolerance to others’ ships, fandoms, and the like.
I am sorry if I pissed any of you off for something or everything I did wrong.
I am sorry for all of the misunderstandings that have occurred.
I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me
So that we can all start anew
Put the past behind us all
And, most importantly, live and let live.
I am not doing this for acclaim.
I am not doing this in the hopes that everyone here on DA will like me.
I know that there are those who probably cannot stand me.
I am aware that there are those who find me irritating.
And, don’t worry, I acknowledge it.
I may not be here to please everybody
But I am here to be one of the very people who can make DA better.
It is true that there are a lot of times that DeviantArt can be full of unnecessary drama.
All for what?
Not taking criticism well and in a more professional manner?
Ripping off from other people’s works?
Fueling the flames to make internet drama just as highly witnessed as a soap opera?
At the end of the day, I would never want to be that type of person.
I detest being that type of person who is classified as a ripoff.
I never want to fuel unnecessary flames for the sake of internet drama.
More importantly, I never want to whine about criticism
Because I can and have to take the heat.
I need to be that type of person who ensures unity on DA.
I need to ensure that the positives of being on DA can surely outweigh the negatives.
I need to show a lot more tolerance, especially when it comes to shipping.
I never want to show toxicity to anyone
Because the world has enough crap and needs a lot more healing than it already has.
More than anything, I want and need to make sure that the stuff I make, whether fanart, meme or journal entry,
Can show what and who I am as a person and not sugarcoat nor upset anyone.
Through my fanart, I want to keep showing my appreciation to all of you, wonderful artists.
You have kept me alive, well, and entertained even in my down days.
I also consider doing fanart, memes, and journal entries on DA very therapeutic,
As it can make my mind travel to places unknown,
Explore many different tastes
And, most of all, enjoy the ride doing so.
I wrap this up by having this to say.
Regardless of who you are,
Greatest sources of inspiration,
You are all golden and brilliant in your own ways.
Continue to be the best versions of yourselves.
I bless you all and take care.
Once again, I thank you all, my dear friends, fans, and fellow artists for making my time on DeviantArt great. For those who I have badly hurt, I am sorry and I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive me. Take care, have a good spring, and let’s continue to make DeviantArt a great place to express ourselves.