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Journal Entry: Fri Jul 2, 2010, 9:01 AM
Hello everyone,

Just thought i should mention that if you have been watching me for a while you might have noticed a big drop off in the amount of journals where I actual chime in on certain subjects and give my 2 cents.

The main reason for this is lack of time. I definitely have views on many of the things that are taking place and I have received more than a few notes from old fans prompting me to speak on some hot topics or issues. What i tell them is that while I do enjoy having debates and an open forum to speak which dA has afforded me, it takes an incredible amount of time to read each post and respond and then re-respond.

I want to make sure that i answer each challenge and question properly and effectively and in doing so take a lot of time. I thoroughly enjoy reading all your comments and i learn a great deal of things and am alerted to new ideas and subjects that I haven't been introduced to as well.

The other reason is that being a part of UDON, I feel I have no right to sound off on my own views in a very loud and public fashion as it might be seen that they are endorsing me which is not the case necessarily. The fact is that I don't share many viewpoints with many of my co-workers yet they aren't sticking points for me against them. However I can't expect them to tow my line of thinking, and i feel i'm doing that when I take a strong stance on anything publicly.

Nonetheless I don't want some of my fans who are used to my more colourful journal posts to be disheartened. I haven't compromised my beliefs or morals one iota, and generally this industry leaves you alone if you keep quiet. For me that plays better into my own plans and goals.

So I will say if you have any question of me, on Islam or anything, feel free to note me and i will do my best to respond you promptly.

Otherwise sit back and enjoy the pretty pictures and ignore my babble-box lol.

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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PhilWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Well, I looked forward to those entries, but it's understandable why you can't continue with them.

Still, despite this, you're an artist I respect for being more than just being a great artist. You set an example, I can only hope most people will take their cues from by interacting with you.
Ruisufueripe Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Everyone have our own lives, sometimes i can draw more and sometimes less, now i imagine someone like you, who works a lot, take a time for draw for yourself must be hard. But i glad you have this consideration for us.

Take your time, when you have time, your drawings will be appreciated.
DeadlyDarlingDarkest Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I feel a bit naive for not realizing this earlier. I guess the people who watch you would know better, but anyone else might take your comments as Udon endorsement, like you said. I like hearing your opinions because though because you always sound so rooted in what you believe in, and I don't know a lot of people who can stand up for their beliefs like that.
marvelleftw Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty pictures... Yey!
KABren Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a patient person. Do when you can, my friend. :) I'll always be watching.
cottonwings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm you know Omar, I felt that sometimes having a certain amount of popularity and fame comes with a heavy responsibility, I mean a really heavy one. Sounds cliche (duh) but this year I've been watching few friends(at around 20 something) who used to be well received by the public eye, people demanding for more surprises and updates from them. They truly appreciate the supporters, but when they can't deal with the fame properly, they turned themselves normal back. It's like whoooshh, in a blink of an eye. :o Their names faded from the mind of society, nobody ever remember them... What's worse is they no longer have the passion for it anymore...

I do hope that it's not "anymore", but that kinda saddens me. :( Does that mean fame can be a curse if you're at the wrong age? Should a person know what to plan, what to voice out, when it's time to launch a project, who to befriend with, how to solve issues efficiently before they can acquire fame?

..... oh wait.. is this an off-topic? :oops:
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
That in itself is a good topic to speak on, what to say and not to say.

Generally if you take it seriously and are concerned about your reputation you have to watch what you say. Like I personally do not draw anything nude and when I found certain major artists did that i looked up to it changed my opinion of them.

If you have to resort to cheap tactics like that to sell... well, you are what you draw I guess.
Twardz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Hm, maybe you just need a place that has nothing to do with UDON to voice your opinion... but then again, a bulk of people know you because of UDON so it may be impossible to escape the association at the time being.

Anyway, at least you're taking the time to read and respond to the notices you get on here. I'd expect you to be busy in your line of work, so I'm cutting you some slack XD.
C-Hadley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student General Artist
This some how makes me think.
Do you know of Skeptoid? (Brian Dunning)
He does a ton of interesting podcasts on nearly everything. A lot of them really get you thinking. Quite enlightening.
You can either read them or listen to them, so you could just listen to it while you're doing what ever.
ExevaloN Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Opinions are always good. Good to know whats going on on the other side of the spectrum ya know.
Anguiad Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Good to know you care, Omar! As long as you stay active, all is well :)
Phantosanucca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Hmm. Not an unreasonable course of action(err, inaction).

But does it ever get overwhelming, the self-imposed silence? I start to get fidgety if I let the topics/rants/raves and such pile up in my head after a while without spewing them all over the internet. =X
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
It comes with the territory, many much larger celebrities (I am not one) have totally been cut off once they say things the media people do not wnat to have people hear be it conspiracy theory, conspiracy fact, or just general ideas and views that fly in the face of the so call imposed 'liberty and freedom' line of thought.

In the end, i will concentrate on my own children and the handful of fans and friends the like to lend an ear at their choice. I don't look to go out of my way anymore at this point.
JetKamakura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
This makes very much sense. Time is of the essence and if you dont have any time, then you simply can't do it. I dont blame you. That and when you have super opinionated people, it gets even harder, because you might start an arguement, like SolusUmbra said.
AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
But... I like the babblebox...
NurBoyXVI Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
walekum as'salam. :rose:
SolusUmbra Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010   Digital Artist
i dont really like to give my two cents because when i do people who argue louder and more forcefully than i do respond and piss me off, cause i dont care passionately about what im talking about, thats just what i think.

then i feel like i have to respond cause otherwise i might let them think they won the argument(when them winning is actually impossible cause i dont care. the idea of them thinking they won the argument just bothers me), then they respond again with another wall of text, and after the viscous cycle has run its course ive ruined my whole day....
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I dont do it to irritate people, just tired of seeing certain things and think someone should say something.

Presentation is key and for the most part people have been really open, which is great. I dont shove my ideas down peoples throats either, but just question subjects and let them think on it.

Or at the very least present my case.
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