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Looong happy journal ahead!

Hello everyone and happy holidays, I hope your year has been a good one and if not, I hope next year will bring good tidings to you and your family :)

Now then, onto other things. I just want to say that the following journal has been well thought out and is meant to be a positive thing.

As most of you know, I rarely come on DA anymore. I have all but left, and now it's time I say goodbye. The reason I am writing this journal is because so many of my friends and artists I watch just delete their account or disappear off DA. But I don't want to be like that; I have had a wonderful experience on DA and this site deserves more than that. I have made too many good friends on here.

So, here is the history of Drayok (me) and my time spent on DA and finally, why I am leaving.


DA is the entire reason I got into art. Before DA, I might have occasionally drawn. Like once a year, but never knew what art could really be, never knew what art could do to a person. I found one artist on here who totally inspired me to draw (they are no longer on DA). Their art was amazing. I didn't know art could be like that.

I started drawing wolves and dragons and finally started making characters of my own. It was really, really wonderful. I loved my characters, they seemed so alive to me. I'd create stories and want to share worlds I created. I met wonderful artists on here, and some inspired me to change.

I tried many different art styles, traditional, digital, etc. Found what I liked, what I didn't like.

I drew and drew and drew some more, and then I found an old skeleton key that my mom had bought for me in a little shop in Reno Nevada when we were on vacation. I took the key and turned it into a necklace, 2 years later KeypersCove was born blah blah blah keys changed my life blah blah blah.

Years after I joined DA, I decided I wanted to go to art school. I got accepted into an AMAZING art school that stole my heart away. But life is funny, and without getting personal... well, let's just say things didn't work out, and I had to leave.

After that, I started drawing less and less. Some things happened in life that took me in a different direction, and eventually I found myself no longer a part of the art community (well, for drawing and painting etc.) My account had been taken over by business, and my motivations to draw were no more.

I started going to school for something else, and found it to be my passion. I bid farewell to my characters (they were neglected enough so I let them fade away), tucked away my plans for art, and started on a new path.

I have left DA for good now, I was really only hanging around for questions related to keys, but if anyone has those they can now just head over to :iconkeyperscove: and they'll be happy to answer you.

Now, a question might be "Well, what if you want to get back into art?"

With the way my schedule is I don't think I will be. After a year without the slightest inclination to post here I don't think I will be, and if I ever do it won't be something I'll probably want to share (not to be selfish or anything, just the way I am).

So I just wanted to thank everyone on DA and DA itself, because I am at a very happy place in my life and I really, really enjoyed my time here, but this account will be left as is right now and nothing else will be uploaded. I won't be here anymore.



I'd like to end thanking a few people. I know I'm going to leave some people out because either I skipped their name on my list (I watch so many people now) or they changed their name and I have no idea who they are.

First off, I'd like to give my thanks to a good friend of mine :iconwolf250: who is probably one of the coolest, nicest people on this site. If you aren't watching them, you should be!

:iconoha: is also another really amazing person (she's the one responsible for my awesome icon).

I've also enjoyed talking to the following people, who have inspired me and really made my time here great. Some of you I haven't talked to in a very long while, but I still remember you all to be wonderful, and you influenced me more than you know:


:iconrhynn: :iconshinerai: :iconsilvermoonfox:  :icontamberella: :icontaslishaw: :iconakeli: :iconcelsa: :iconcenti: :icondimensionwolf: :iconesava: :iconexileden: :iconlazeros: :iconlhuin: :iconmattcha: :iconmeleni: :iconmoonsongwolf: :iconmorowhitewolf: :iconpolkapills: :iconpsychopomp16: :iconuiri: :iconsashra:


Other cool people that you should check out who are really wonderful:

:iconakelataka: :iconacaris: :iconbeastofoblivion: :iconchutkat: :iconcunningfox: :icondezzoi:  :icondomdozz: :iconfeyrah: :iconflannmoriath: :iconfleurdelyse: :iconflosh: :iconfrisket17: :icongrypwolf: :iconhammywammy: :iconhellobaby: :icondrakhenliche: :iconhizuki24: :iconhorus-goddess: :iconilyana88: :iconidess: :iconj-c: :iconkamirah: :iconkathy100: :iconmoved2-lavender-iced: :iconlhuneart: :iconmajime: :iconmazjojo: :iconmaetel-999: :iconmorrokko: :iconneobirdy: :iconnightfell: :iconninjakato: :iconnylak: :iconpample: :iconplaguedog: :iconprofessorpemzini: :iconriingo: :iconrueme:  :iconsowa-chan: :iconsummerofmadness: :iconthe-kei: :icontacimur::iconvertaki: :iconvengefulspirits: :iconkaylink:


I am so sorry if I missed someone it's so hard for me to find names on DA! I know I'm missing a lot of people DX


If for any reason anyone needs to contact me, just note them over at :iconkeyperscove: and I'll be sure to get it~

Anywho, thanks everyone for making my time on DA fantastic :) Lots of love and I wish you all good luck on your art journey!
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:iconwioel:
Wioel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for having inspired me with the drawings you made, years ago now.

I hope you all the best.
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:iconanotherside12:
anotherside12 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
So you just quitted art like that? D:
Hmm since you still seem to be here, can I ask what that new passion of yours is? Just curious because I need all possible ideas for what to do c:
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:iconbritlawrence:
BritLawrence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
well now i just wanna cry. am actually crying now. /i'mpathetic
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shadowryuu13 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
You make such beautiful keys!!! Do you have a facebook since you are leaving dA? =]
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:icondrayok:
Drayok Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Only for Keyper's Cove :)
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:icontigerdillos:
tigerdillos Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Farewell. I'm not a wathcer but I still loved your art. There will be many bumps in the road but you must remember that there is always hope and you will never lose it if you stay pure. Now I understand that we must take our own roads. May god shed his epicess on you.
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:iconnicolebaroudi:
nicolebaroudi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Farewell :'(
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:iconladoncyan:
Ladoncyan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
It's a shame to see you go, but good luck in your life. Your art used to inspire me when I had the time to be on here.
Well... Goodbye...
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:iconfrostthearticfox:
FrostTheArticFox Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
bye :heart: i only just found you, i loved that tiger you did :heart:
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:iconcamishcd:
CamishCD Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Bye :heart:
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:iconcoldheart7:
coldheart7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
cool.
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:iconisa-lacrymosa:
Isa-Lacrymosa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good bye, may life give you its greatest fruits and challenges to be conquered throughout your years! May kindness pour from your soul to others and may it be returned to you as such. :)
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Algo-Blade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry to hear that you're leaving. I enjoyed your work and getting updates on it. But it sounds like this is a well thought out descision and life paths change. I wish you all the best in your new endeavours. :)
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:iconmattcha:
mattcha Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
You've been one of my inspiration here on DA.
Loved both your craft work and art work. I was really excited to see you in real person. I flipped out when I first met you in my class, honestly.
It was a blessing to have spent time with you!:)

I hope we can hang out again. Call me or Viv whenever your visiting! Or we'll call you whenever we are visiting:thumbsup:
Happy New Year, and please take care, friend!
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:iconinsanitysopensky:
InsanitysOpenSky Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good luck :iconsadfaceplz:
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:iconpsychopomp16:
Psychopomp16 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I'm honoured you remember me! I too have faded from art, but I think we found each other on here when we were both starting out on DA!
You and your wonderful art will be missed.
Can I inquire about your new passion though? It's just curiosity's sake since I don't do art professionally or anything either. If it's personal, no worries... though I realize you probably won't even read this since you are leaving, duh!
All the best~!!
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:icondrayok:
Drayok Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course I do :hug: Yes, I feel like I've watched you since forever lol Mainly I've gotten a lot into writing and animal conservation. And I did come back on just to read and be sure everything was stored in my gallery that should be :) Thanks and good luck with your art, too!
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:iconpample:
Pample Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my, dA is gonna be sad without you, I've always been there with you, I'm gonna miss you and your art, and your wonderful keys...
And, even if we didn't speak often, well, almost never to be honest, you don't know how much I'm touched to see my icon in your 'artist to see' list :glomp:

Be happy Pal ♥ :glomp:
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:icondreamfang:
Dreamfang Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
oh no ;A;
I wish you good luck for your future and I still hope you can come back someday C:
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:icongyptianowl:
GyptianOwl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww.... :saddummy:
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:iconshadowskiss:
ShadowsKiss Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I've followed you for a very long time now. I know how life can sometimes push you into a different direction than you thought or intended. So, luck be with you on your journey ahead! I always hate seeing an artist leave, but sometimes it's for the best.
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:iconelementalshifter:
ElementalShifter Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So long, and best of luck with everything you decide to do!
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:icongoldenbulletx:
GoldenBulletx Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry to see you go :( it's a shame you don't have the time to make art anymore. I hope you find it again, even if you don't come back, you still have some amazing talent.
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:icontotalfknnoob:
Totalfknnoob Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck with everything! I hope one day you'll find time for dA again.
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:icondiiar:
DiiaR Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Good luck with everything UuU :heart:
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:iconshining0polaris:
shining0polaris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww! So sad! You were one of the first people I followed!
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:iconkiba-shiruba:
Kiba-Shiruba Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Why is everyone leaving... :iconcraiplz: Well, I hope you have fun and are successful doing what you love. I wish you all the luck. Bai~
~Kiba
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:iconmellowghost:
mellowghost Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck. Are you not a part of Keyper's cove?
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:iconlone-wolf-cub:
Lone-wolf-cub Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Sad to see you go D:

Best wishes to your dreams and the road you follow in life!
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:iconbezlai:
Bezlai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
oh no ;A;
i'll miss you!!
its sad to see you leaving but good luck!
stay safe and smiling!
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:iconnorthernpearl:
NorthernPearl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Good luck with your future!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   General Artist
It's sad to see you go, good luck with everything in your future :heart:
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:iconpagerda:
Pagerda Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
It's really a shame that you're leaving >: At least there'll still be your lovely art to look at, I guess, even if you can't be here to share more of it.

I agree on dA really getting me into art. I improved so much after being on it and don't think I would love art even half as much as I do now without it.
I know the feeling of going into an art school, thinking "oh, wow, this is going to me great!" and leaving it because it just didn't work out that way. I hope to find a passion in my next major as you did. I don't think I could ever say goodbye to art and my characters (or at least not all of them), though. I still feel connected to art, so I'll probably just keep it as a hobby.

Hope life goes well for you, Drayok and know that this community will always be open to see you return, if you ever feel the need.
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ugotzissues Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Oh, no.... I loved your art. Well, I'm really sad to see you go, but good luck, wherever life takes you!
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Moon-Mascot Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Luck!:hug:
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:iconlazyhermitthing:
LazyHermitThing Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Bye bye, you take care! :heart:
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:iconwhitepup:
whitepup Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It is sad to see you go. :( Good luck with life though!
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:iconbluetriforcewolf:
BlueTriforceWolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Best of luck to you in your new endeavors! Will miss seeing your wonderful artwork, but I still hope to get a key from you someday~
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:iconguardiandragon1:
GuardianDragon1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear that, but I do hope you find your niche!
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Fayina-Kei-Sancia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Best of luck to you!
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:iconthe-darkwolf:
The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I do wish you all the best! :bye:
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:iconzenithastra:
ZenithAstra Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
We will all miss you! I'm glad you found your passion, and I wish you the best of luck!!
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:iconangrenereg:
Angrenereg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Best wishes and good luck...

You probably come back at dA one day ...like many peoples (like me).
Well be here waiting for you ^^

So goodluck again!
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PhantomSeptember Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
You will be missed, but I'm glad you have found your passion.
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inuyasha666hiei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best wishes ^_^
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:iconeccoingmark:
EccoingMark Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Willow is going to miss your art :( but i hope you go on and pursue your passion :)
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:iconausieotterpie:
AusieOtterPie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, :tears: ......but if this is what you want :crying:........I will miss you're awesome art. Goodbye and Good luck! :huggle:
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ErraticRhapsody Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
This...is really sad. I hope you enjoy whatever it is you will be doing now. You said you have a new passion. You do what you have to. Still, it is disappointing. You will be missed.
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Aw, sad to see you go but I wish you a lot of luck on your future things and path! was always nice talking with you and I always enjoyed seeing your artwork in my inbox :) but best of luck with everything and the new direction, I'm sure you'll shine at it too! :hug: :D
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GFanatic Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It's going to be so sad to see you go :( I always enjoyed seeing everything you put out. And your key designs were amazing. I always wanted to get one but could never afford one. But your key designs made me want to get SOME kind of key necklace of my own, which I did last year for my birthday. It was really cheap and it wasn't anywhere near as nice as anything you put out, but dammit I had my key necklace! Good luck in everything you do and please don't give up on art. Even if you doodle on occasion, when you have a little inspiration. Whether you show us or not, always keep that passion for art :)
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