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Hello there, everyone!
It's been a long time since I've written a full journal, I feel. I'll try to keep it short and sweet and to the point so that you don't become "tl;dr" haha.

Well, 2015 because a strange year for me. I graduated from University in Dec of 2014 (surprisingly) and found myself in debt and working 2 part-time jobs that barely paid anything, barely got hours, and one that ate away at my soul.
Half of 2015 was spent desperately trying to procure money outside of my 2 jobs, and just sucking in general at everything I tried (I'm slow at drawing, and no one really visited my patreon).
As you may remember from my last journal, I magically got a job at FUNimation Entertainment, North America's #1 anime company as a Subtitler, and have gone on to subtitle shows in Japanese as well as Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired on our English dubbed shows. (You can see some of the stuff I've worked on my own Anime News Network page I got: www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyc…)
As someone who's been super passionate about anime their whole life with dreams to be involved one way or another, this was a dream come true.

However, because I started working crazy hours due to having a full-time position at FUNi and keeping my part-time gig at Disney Store, I ended up working 50-60+ work weeks. I went months last year without drawing. Not only am I majorly behind on the few requests I took on before due to kiriban and trivia, but I've been SUPER behind on the more-high priority COMMISSIONS!
I want to work on commissions! I want to draw things for the people who are willing to pay me to see me draw what they want to see! I want to do so many commissions it HURTS. I just want to draw in general as well, though. I have been, and always will be, a fan artist, and there are so many shows that I love that I want to represent my love for with fan art!
And of course my on-going manga series "Chalk*Dust," my (currently on hiatus) doujin "Megaman: Bass Story," and my 4koma "Jon's Daily Life."

That is why, 2016 will be my art comeback!


Slowly working on trying to improve my art and get good, so watch out!

I also want to start talking with and communicating with people both in real life and online again. I used to talk to so many people before online (oh boy, here comes a shout-out) like
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just to name a few! And so many others; countless others!
And I miss it. I miss goofing off when I get on a computer outside of drawing. I miss fan-boying about dumb stuff, getting to know people half-way across the world to the other side of the world and just connecting with strangers I may have never met otherwise in real life. Latter part of 2014 and 3/4s of 2015 made logging into dA a chore. I went 3 months without even uploading anything; I ignored so many kind-hearted messages and watches and notes.

But not anymore!
I'm trying my hardest to reach out to people I want to get to know because they're cool, or I look up to them and such ((LIKE YOU, MONO)), but if anyone else is interested in talking about anything, from fandom stuff to just a hello, feel free to do so. I am going to try to be more sociable in real life again as well, but I'm gonna focus on art and re-creating a presence for myself here again for now.

So yeah, get ready for a butt-load of art, and I will try my damnedest to get some commissions and requests knocked out of the way already!

Also, kinda wanna start another FAQ outside the weird one before. If you have any questions you'd like addressed, feel free to post 'em or note 'em or whatever ails ya.

Until next time!
~Jon
  • Listening to: Kingdom
  • Reading: JoJo's Bizzare Adventure Battle Tendency
  • Watching: Kingdom
  • Playing: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Eating: Nothing yet uguu
  • Drinking: Water
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:iconlemonpoppyseedmuffin:
LemonPoppySeedMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi it's June so I'm late to this party but HI~
OMG REALLY COMMISSIONS OMG omh I might wanna commission you!!!
Well, welcome back :)
I'd love to get to know you! You're a cool guy~
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not too late
It's never too late.
That's a song, right?
AND HELLO~~
But you're a really good artist, it should be YOU to be commissioned ; n ;
And thank you--I'm still struggling to come back (this journal was like shoving a foot down my mouth)
I try to be cool, but it's 72 degrees fahrenheit in my apt and that's too hot ; v ;
You're so much cooler thoo
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LemonPoppySeedMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Hello, is it meeee you're looking for?~
Wow, thanks so much..*^* I've been a fan of your art for years and I even found your youtube at one point!  And hey, come back but feel free to take your time!
And ooo I love that temperature inside~
what no you're cool im just  aloser--
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, it was //hides the magnifying glass jkjkorz
And that's so weird that you'd be a fan of me because you are DA SENPAI.
Also, I'm incredibly sorry that you saw that youtube, a thousand apologies, I'm actual garbage trash.
I always try to come back because I love it here and interacting with other artists/people who share common interests uguuuu
When you're a big guy, its gotta be, like, 68 degrees or so to not be constantly sweating ; v ;
AND NO YOU'RE NOT YOU ARE SO COOL FFFF <3
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LemonPoppySeedMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student General Artist
WHAT//
NO I THOUGHT IT WAS COOL I loved the art!! Chalk Dust? :D
If you're garbage trash I'm trashy recycling.
And me too, I kinda missed interacting and meeting artists.  I gotta do that more.  ;P
Haha and btw it's not weird because I've been following you since I was 16 xD You're my senpai DESU ;D :iconsparklesplz:
But honestly I found you through your Neko Nyan Sugar Girls fan art and fell in love with your art *^*
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lel Chalk*Dust, the brain child that won't die.
BUT RECYCLING IS GOOD. Trash is not. It hurts the environment and it hurts the children.
Think of the children.
You're doing it right now though! It's just, when I started using here back in 2008, it was a lot more lively and there were so many talented artists everywhere, but now it's all weird fetish stuff and everyone is scared to talk or something.

I've been meaning to draw more.
I have one coming up that I drew traditionally, but I wanna do more it is life.
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LemonPoppySeedMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Student General Artist
I feel like things have def changed and it's kinda sad! I really do wanna get out there and be active again, it's good for the mind.

I'm pumped omg
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can do it!
Get pumped for animez
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cyborg-prince Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
welcome back! i cant to see what you do! i look forward to it (^^)
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm trying to make it back, it may take a bit though DX
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cyborg-prince Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
im sure you can do it! take your time, we're all cheering you on! kaomoji set 1 3/19 
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metaEAT Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
You've been through so much, I'm glad you've managed at least SOME good from it like following your dreams in anime. Can't wait to see and hear way more from you soon, hopefully you can work through all those commissions and requests...and remember to freakin save!!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's gonna happen. I'm coming here at least EVERY DAY and will try to respond to everything the day after or so.
No more (messages from 4 months earlier or so) lol.
And I hope it will happen. i have a gazillion commissions and a couple of requests to upload thus far, but there's SO MUCH MORE I WANNA DO.
need that dough tho
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metaEAT Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Man, it must be hard for you to play catch-up on all the messages and art but I know you'll make it eventually. I believe in you kurumz, take this time to shower us with more amazing uploads!! And shower yourself with that well-deserved cookie dough. 
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was before, but now that I've gone through most of the messages, now it's just replying to people and commenting on art and stuff.
When I started using here again I had like 3,000+ art notifications, 400+ messages, 5 notes.
It's like HOLY HELL NEVER AGAIN.
I gosta get my art shit together.
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metaEAT Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Geez, that's crazy build-up, I don't know how ya dealt with it xD Well, I'm sure this year will be a great turn-around for you. Now live, live and be free!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shoot, girl, I wish I could
//dies
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sav8197 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
that sounds good :D
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it shall be!! Ahhhh
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sav8197 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
oh okay man :XD:
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maioceaneyes Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG JAWN SENPAY IS BACK. I've missed your moe.
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm NEVER coming back. You're not my REAL dad!
I hate this family, I hate this house!

*moeshit. I think that's what you meant.
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LederHozen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, I'm rooting for your comeback this year. I know you can do it Jon, I look forward to everything you have to show, as always, let's have more fun this year and beat the crap out of any challenges that try to stop it. C:

Let it fill you with DETERMINATION.
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwh, ty bb!
I will try to actually make a comeback and not just lie about it (like I'm afraid I might)
Gotta have da funnnns

That's not the only thing I want to fill me iyaaaaahn //hentai bitch
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Azealeon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOA, I didn't even know you got a job at FUNimation! Just goes to show how behind *I* am, huh? >.<

Hope that's been going well!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I only touched on it once before in my last journal I ever published (around May of last year I think?) so it's alright haha.

It's been going great! It's like a dream job, honestly!
I just need to get my second dream job of getting paid to draw to happen as well, now argh
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Major-Link Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First, I want to congratulate you for your graduation, AND for being part of FUNimation. I'm glad you're enjoying it there.

I'm sorry that you're hurt for not doing art for people. I'm actually trying to learn how to draw myself.
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I appreciate it c:

I really like to draw for people, and would love to take on requests if I had the time,
but time and the need for money make it almost nil.
I'd love to work on commissions for people and see them happy or enjoy the art I've drawn them.

And how is that going? Do you have some pieces you have shared?
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Major-Link Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may want to check out my gallery.
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did and I had only saw the bust rough sketch. I meant like finished pieces or anything c:
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Major-Link Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's all I got for now, unfortunately. I'm just beginning to draw, so...
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KrazyPerson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey nerd
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey jayzus //mwah
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Hichimon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
jonnnnn <333
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hichiiiii <333
//keeeeesusu
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Hichimon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my jon senpai~ <3
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, gay, calm down! jkjk
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Hichimon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
omg rude i'm calling the rude police on you :U
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, please don't!
I've already had too many run-ins with them this month already
Jeez he need some MILK
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Hichimon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nope i'm dialing rn say your prayers jon senpai
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh geez okay
Dear jesus-god
please let the rude police cuff me roughly
and dp this bussy like there's not tomorrow
thx,
<3 Jon
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Nyaly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I can't wait for all the awesome art you have in store! It will be good t chat and catch up wit you again ^-^! Glad to have you back!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if it's awesome, but a lot of it will be technically old haha
I'm so gonna be back. i need to talk to people moar MOAR
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Nyaly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Pffft your art will always be an inspiration to me!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww ty ; A ;
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Nyaly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem :D
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shnoogums5060 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see you back again, Johnny.
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to be back, man c:
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shnoogums5060 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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