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Hello you guys :wave: 


Ah-hem... How are you all?
Well I hope? 


A few things I want to say: 

1. Thanks for the support on this boycott thing. I know to some people it's stupid and pointless but I really think/thought I was doing a good thing, if not mostly for myself to be honest. I needed a break and so why not? 
It did get the attention of an admin and stuff so I guess it wasn't completely useless. 
That aside I appreciate those that participated on their own volition, and thanks for understanding regardless of whether or not you agreed. 
To those who thought it was stupid and that I was an utter dumbass for doing it, oh well. I'm not here to appease you so ;P 

2. I posted this before but I'll do it again since people have asked despite it being posted. I'm still doing art guys, I haven't like ragequit art because of dA, good lord, haha! I've mostly been posting on Tumblr and Weasyl these days so if you're looking to keep up with my work I'm on those sites a lot.  
I haven't been drawing a lot of things I used to and to be honest my work has kind of moved to something else, haha! Been doing a lot of work with friends and collabs with people so... Yeah, it's different but the same I guess. 

3. I may be coming back a bit earlier than a month, I don't know. I'd kind of like to since I miss seeing the art and such but I'm a bit more cautious about posting my work here and if I do it will be watermarked clearly. As it were I got a couple notes telling me about art theft while I was gone so... It sucks but oh well, right? That just means I'll have to watermark things a bit more. 
I may post a couple pics today to dip my toes back in but I'm not sure yet. I know it sounds like I'm teasing or something but really it's just I'm unsure if I just come back early or stick to my guns regardless of the fact that I'm not sure they're doing anything anymore, haha! It sounded like a grand idea at the time but at this point it's more or less like 'what is the point?' since it appears that regardless it's not going to do anything. 
STILL... It helped me personally to step away from here for a while. I enjoyed it :) I missed this place but eh, I needed a break so... It was more for me than anything else. 

4. Lastly, to address the topic of commissions -- I may open a few in a while, not sure yet. I had big ambitions to open a bunch of them at the end of the month but to be honest I just don't want to. I don't know, I'm enjoying my freedom right now. I've got 2 commissions left and one of those is going to be pretty easy now that I have a direction and style to do with for sure, and the other will most likely be refunded because the person hasn't responded in the last 3-4 months. I won't open a bunch of them all at once because I don't want to have too much to do. I have a few options I've got that I could offer so... We'll see how it goes.


That all said, thanks again guys. 
A few friends have been trying to persuade me to come back here so... I may just listen and slowly meander back :XD: I don't know. We'll see how it goes. 

-Kato
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NinjasHeart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Kato, as long as youre making art on a place that I can view it, I'll be happy :) I dont want to lose one of my biggest inspirations ever!!
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Photographer
You know I'm always on your side and support anything you do. :hug:
I hope you're feeling better. :heart:
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MIZZKIE Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope your break took off some of the burden/stress you had. (:
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AdaStreet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
*waves hello back*

Hm... I really ought to get onto tumblr myself.
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invaderrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Yay :hug:
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NightShadow14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Katobug! Thank you for the updated Tumblr thing, and introducing me to weasyl. I think I'm liking weasyl's setup more than dA's after so many years, but I can understand dA being familiar and people you know being here still and what not. Still however, I'm glad you're feeling better after your break!

Like a few people in the comments seem to be saying, I don't mind watermarks. If they keep your work safe, then that's all that matters. I haven't really posted art (as in drawins and stuff) on this site in several years, so I haven't experienced that first hand, but I can imagine how frustrating theft must be and wanting to prevent it.

Anywho, if you get your commissions up, I'm hopping in line if I can. Though honestly I'd have no idea what I would want you to draw.
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
You haven't told me about your weasyl how could you Ninja
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I thought I did O_o 
Oops! For shame indeed! I'm sorry hun, please forgive? *hides* 
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Shhh, come here, give me a big hug :huggle:
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Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
If you opened commissions I would love to buy from you! It's one of my new years resolutions haha!
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Blueranyk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmygosh
You have a weasyl
And I visited it and was immediately greeted by wonderful art
today is now a good day owo
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Chefia-64 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kato, I want you here again...

Sim... é uma situação complicada (desculpe-me por falar em português...), mas acho que poderia colocar um pouco mais de marcas d'agua nos desenhos.. Atrapalha um pouco a visão, mas assim você se sentiria mais segura, não é? rsrs

Return...
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Exatamente. Eu provavelmente vou voltar e colocar mais marcas nas imagens para que eles não são tão fáceis de roubar. Eu vou ser um pouco lento para voltar aqui ainda ... heh :heart: Mas eu vou estar de volta ^^ 
PS: Não há problema em falar em Português heh, eu não sou tão incrível a escrevê-lo ou falar isso, mas eu espero que seja legível?

I'll be back soon :hug: 
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Chefia-64 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eba!! xD I'm so happy! Estava com saudades dos seus desenhos...

owwnn. Isso é ótimo! Sim.. É melhor proteger mais os seus desenhos.. A internet não é um lugar seguro mesmo. E eu me sinto tão triste em ser pobre e não poder comprar um desenho seu =P Pelo menos agora vou revê-los! haha Espero que nunca mais seja roubada.. ^^

Eu sinto remorsos em escrever em português por não querer que você tenha trabalho em traduzir e responder e tal idioma... (dizem que português é um idioma complicado O.o) Hug 
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Igneous-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Woo, glad to see you back!
Sorta.
I did see more admins talking about it on forums and such that things needed to be changed.
So hopefully things do change.

Either way it will be nice to see you posting here as well :D
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AiDeeKay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly don't mind watermarks. I don't see why people fuss over them so much. If it means keeping your hard work
safe from people that would otherwise steal it, then that's great! I just miss seeing your art here on dA, period.
Super mega watermarked, or not. <3
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ZombieQueen368 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
Do you have a tumblr?
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
There's a link in this journal :thumbsup: 
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ZombieQueen368 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
done :la:
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Icecats Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Artist
Art theft sucks, and it sucks even worse when no one does anything about it, but I'll be happy to see you back! I really missed your art and I just recently found you here on da D: But yea, go with the watermarks. It's better to have to look through a watermark and see amazing art by an amazing person than to see it stolen without :D
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CloverFlowers Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol Glad to hear you haven't "ragequit" art. x3 Wish I could follow you on other sites but if you do manage to come back here that'd be nice. But all up to you! ^ ^ I respect your boycott decision, and I hope the break has served you well. :hug:
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Kayxer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definately support this boycott.
I don't want to just leave with me still owing people stuff who have already paid for things but after I get it all said and done with I think i'm gonna do the same thing.
Not just to prove a point but also cuze we all need a break once and a while.
Art shouldn't be a hassle, it should be enjoyed and appreciated.

Good luck!
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Chai--Latte Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear things are still well on your end! Also it's great that some admins noticed what's going on. Haven't heard if they did any changes or if they're still working on it, but at least it got their attention. 

Honestly do what you're comfortable with. If you want to stay on dA but take more breaks (because honestly, breaks from Internet drama is a must), then do that. Or if you want to stay off completely, do it. Whatever you're most comfortable with. Whatever you decide in the end, we'll respect your decision. :) Good luck in whatever you do. *hugs*

In regards to commissions, I hate to be a bother but I never got a refund from you. o3o Not sure if you have gotten any of my emails regarding that or if the Internet is eating them up.
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Exactly. I mean I understand it's not going to be some site turnaround and honestly it wouldn't work so well in some cases as dA is a big site. Still, at least people were able to get a word in and be able to talk to a site team member and discuss their ideas and concerns. Not to mention they got a response, which was nice. Normally you just get a cold shoulder so... 
Either way, if they do any small improvements I guess it would be a thing to be thankful for, right? 

Again, Exactly. I find I do enjoy this site when there's no string attached. When it came down to it it was like I felt great concern for this site and where it was heading, as well as where it concerned my work. I did (regrettably) get a bit too wrapped up in and it got to me. I do love dA for its good points but at some point it lost it's appeal and became kind of a bane, y'know? Like it was nothing but a drama trap and a thief highway. I won't say it was sudden because it wasn't, it's never been the same since  few things happened and yeah... I won't get into all that. 
So taking a break was a great thing as it just let me forget about this place for a while. I may do it a bit more but I'll most likely not announce it openly haha, no need to. This time I did it because of the boycott but otherwise I would have just left (not being mean but idk, seems like announcing things makes issues so...) 
Thank you darlin', I really appreciate your kindness to no end <3 I hope you are doing well and that your family is doing okay? 
<33 *hugs* 



Are you serious? :c I thought I sent that a while back :I Well, I'll have to resend it then, heh. Thanks for reminding me! O_O I'll be getting paid on Monday so I shall shoot it on over first thing :) However, is there a little doodle or something I could do for you for your patience? I mean I just want to thank you for being so kind and patient with me through all this. You've been such a dear and I just... :hug: Let me know? 
Again, Monday :3
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Chai--Latte Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely. With the Internet, it's really a nice thing to get an actual human response as opposed to an automated response or as you said, the cold shoulder. It may be a thing that will need to be brought up several times before something gets done, but maybe eventually we'll get some assurance that they'll be more strict or what-not.

I agree. I've been on dA for almost 10 years and it has turned into something that can really bring you down at times with the drama. But then again, it also depends on the crowd you associate yourself with on here. Sometimes their drama can bring you down, but sometimes you find a crowd that just lifts your spirits and is the kind of thing that continues to bring you back. 
Honestly I think you don't have to announce it just because there is the expectation that life does happen and people need to take breaks. Not everyone is on this site 24/7 so it's just something that's a given that most people understand. So if you took breaks and not said anything, it's understandable. I think all you need to do is just post journals every couple months or so if you don't post art just as an update saying, "I'm not dead" or whatever.

Anytime hun. Again glad to hear that things are still okay on your end. :hug: And my family's doing well. We're over the hump for now. :)

It's okay! Again I'm sorry that I'm being a bother. DX And no problem! If you can, could you send an email on Monday or whenever you do so? That way we can confirm it went through without error and stuff. :) 
Oh no you don't have to! It's totally fine! Thank you again for your patience with me and everything!
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zhaur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
worst boyfriend, huge nerd
nice to see you're coming back though babe <3
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NinjasHeart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Im just gonna silently have a couple crush on you guys ok thats all :heart:
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zhaur Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
SOBBU
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Yes, I'm the biggest dick this side of the circuit, HUGE nerd. 
Hahaha thanks babe <3
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zhaur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<3
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
<33
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kyubifan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*noms Kato's short bobcat tail*

Just poke me on Skype or something, I know I'm 'offline' but I'm not. I haven't been talktive mood lately so that's the main reason xP
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Mint-The-Fluffy-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing really well, after all it is my birthday x3 And that's good to hear :3
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deathtoII Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good that we'll be seeing from you again Kato, i know it's not official but for now welcome back
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