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I'm not decided on this by any means...but I have been increasingly frustrated with my current deviantART profile for a few months now.  It's not that I'm not grateful for all of the attention and love I have received...I just feel as if I have outgrown it.  
I've had this profile since I was 14, and a lot of my really, really old artwork is attached to it.  I find my art growing and evolving into something more complex than it used to be...being attached to this "childhood" dA account seems like it is holding me back in a way.  I almost feel obligated to create work reminiscent of the past, instead of delving into something new. 
I don't want to make this seem like my style is going to take a complete left turn.  This is not the case at all.  In fact, I've evolved my work to a level I am moderately happy with...it's just not quite there yet (it probably never will be, that's one of the excitements about being an artist. Your art is always evolving).  I feel like a new profile might allow me to make that fresh start I need to really push the boundaries.  
I'll still be working with color in fun new ways.  I'll still be creating much of the same subjects that I am drawn to.  The goal is just to really take off and try new and exciting things.  I feel like my work is too static right now.  It lacks and certain energy and excitement that I feel like I have the ability to add, but am just too timid too. 

I don't know...maybe I am rambling.  The more I write, the more certain I am that a fresh new start is what I need.  Maybe drastic changes won't be immediately present, but hopefully it'll be a push in the right direction.  

Of course my biggest concern is this profile that I would leave behind.  I have almost two years worth of premium memberships saved up, notes with commissioners, countless resources and journal entries.  
I think if I were to start a new profile, I would leave this one like it is right now.  Sort of like a shrine to my childhood XD I don't know if that sounds too melodramatic or not.  My plan would be to note commissioners and let them know I am switching accounts, and hopefully it would be a seamless transition.  

I guess my other concern is if you guys would be okay making this transition and switching over to following me on a new account?

I just feel like it is time for a change....

Thanks for reading. Would love to hear your thoughts. 
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AuroraZero Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
Of course I'd follow you over to your new account its you and your art that we love not the account on the website :3
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emmankt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
 What ever you choose, I'll still watch you.

But I feel like it's nice to have everything in one spot, so we can see your evolution, and that's always nice.

But if you feel like changing, we can't stop ya! OuO 
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GreenIris4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I think that it's a good thing to have your older artwork on here, because when people spend time to look through all of it, they can see how much of a difference that there is. I can honestly tell you that I got started in art when I saw how years of practice could make my art go from okay, to amazing, if I just put in the time.

It's kind of like sending a message out there- Every expert was once a beginner^


~I say keep this profile to inspire new artists(:

(If you are wanting a new one bad enough, I would make it, so that you're doing those new and exciting things as well) And do post the new name if you do make one, because no matter the decision, I can bet that there are lots of us who would still love to follow you!!
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I know exactly what you mean. Simply changing your user name isn't the same as making a completely fresh start in an entirely new account.
It sounds like you feel really strongly about this, I say go for it. It's obvious that everyone here would definitely watch you again, but the change off accounts would be the clear line between your childhood work, that you feel is holding you back, and your new future work :3 
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rhoftonwriting Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Just make sure all of us are given the link so we can follow you :) I see the point of this I've done it on writing sites before when I noticed I'd developed and that my older stuff was just different.
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darkslywolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Well if you feel that strongly the go for it, i mean sure making a new profile means a fresh start others have done it  and also started going after new and diffrent art styles while haveing there old profile if they want to go back and see how far they've come and learn that from there old art     
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AnakaSerigala Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I, and I think most of your watchers with me, will follow you to your profile, ofcourse! (If you'll tell us where to find it :))
And I think that, if you feel like a new profile could help you take a step you're unable to take right now, making a new profile might be the right choise!
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I think what might help instead of transferring to a different account,
is actually changing your username.

A couple of artists that have outgrown their childhood mindsets on
their accounts have changed their names and they personally
feel a lot better, as if they have moved on.

If you did this here, people will understand.
Its like a gaming company making new franchises.
They will keep the memories and fans they had throughout the years,
but with their new installments, people will realise that they are progressing forward
without forgetting what makes them so memorable.

That's what I think anyway.
If you really want to transfer, I don't really mind.
Just make sure you come up with a sleek username, and that it sounds good too =P
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Alari-Jejunen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Of course we'll still follow you! I love your art too much not to do that! :squee:
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Radioactive-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you don't need our permission XD do whatever you feel like! c: 
if you do make a new account, though, i would appreciate it if you told us so we could follow you on it. XD
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would follow you if you made a new account.
But I still dont entirely understand why you cant do all those things on this account.
YOU could just put all your old artwork in a separate gallery folder so they wont be in your featured gallery.
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh yes :) Many people are making this point...it's not so much that I can't do these things on my current account.  It's more about what starting a new account means symbolically for me XD  I know that may seem a little melodramatic, and I dunno, maybe it is.  I just like the idea and can't brush it away. 
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well its your choice all the same. If you feel its for the better then go for it. :)
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the caps. o.O Typing on my PS3 is awkward.
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OhMyHippogriff Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it!
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VinKage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're such an amazing artist and I'll follow you wherever you decide to go, but with my personal opinion to make a new account or not... I honestly don't know. In one hand you got your old account with your old art that's inspiration; proving to many people that it takes time to better yourself and evolve... in the other hand, starting anew can refresh your mind and help progress your works... Maybe keep both accounts and use the old account as a personal museum of some sorts? It's really up to you, and many of us will support you along the way.
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PositivePortia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
if you feel like you're being hold back then do it. I love all your work and you will always have my support :)
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DivinitasX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Do it. I felt the same when I was younger when I thought I changed I didn't want to use my old account anymore.
After creating a new one I felt free to start new things and move on. Funny how small things can change something so much.

Still it is all up to you. You could also do a 'try out' phase and not link here immediately and wait how you feel about it. ^^
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LinTaliaMoon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist
hmmm.. hard ask...well, i think if you need it you can create you a new account. but i want to know the name of it, so i can watch you again :D 
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WoodHelm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWh, well I'm not going to complain, but I'll say that if you've had this account for so long, woulden't it be wroth holding onto? ... it really shouldn't be hard to put the old works out of your mind though... I mean I feel uncomfortable not having uploaded my old works, because I see them as proof on a view to see how far I've come.
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tatarhunter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Do it if you whant to :3 we are here to check out your art, not your profile :3
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gafAntonina Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I'm sure that you need to create a new account if it's better for you :-).
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TransformiceSonicart Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think you should not open a new acc. but it is all your choice! :)
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VampiraFang1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's totally up to you! I love your artwork, in fact seeing some of your artwork made me use more then just one or two colors and try new art styles. so yes I totally will follow you in your new account1:D 
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blackbutterfly006 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! As a deep admirer and follower of your art I can only confirm that your art has improved a lot over these past few years! But as a fellow "artist" (though I wouldn't really call myself like that XD) I can totally understand that you feel like this profile is holding you back. I cannot make the final decision for you, I can just say: do whatever you think is right for you and the development of your art. You must be happy and confident with what you do, no matter what others may say. 
I personally will follow the new profile as well, of course ;) 
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the feedback! :D :hug: That means a lot...I don't want to make it into this big ordeal, but I think a fresh start is what I'm leaning towards hehe
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blackbutterfly006 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, I'm sure all your friends and watchers will understand it! And I mean, you have to try new things, may it be in art or things like these...otherwise we wouldn't learn anything, would we? ;)
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LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will definitely follow you if you make a new account.
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HorrificLullabies Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Let me know if you make a new one? :D
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Fenrisian-Reaper Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
If a change is what you feel you need then go for it!
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ecstaticxelle Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I just love the evolution of your work and past art work. My concern is that I wouldn't want to see it gone for good. You're an inspiration and a lot of people love you're old work. You should feel proud of all of your work and motivate yourself through your followers and not because a page may feel "childish". My page is old as well and I haven't posted work on it in like 4-5 years. I can't wait to get to a scanner and actually get my years full of work on here. If I deleted my account with work that people appreciated I would feel bad afterward, maybe that's just me. I respect your decision either way. Make sure you share with us your new name if you do move forward! (:
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Kidakins Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why don't you put most of your art into storage and rename your account? c: There's no point in moving when you can rename and have your old URL redirect to the new one. I changed my name and put most of my old work into storage, and it felt very much like a fresh start.
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this idea. it seems easier and you still get a fresh start.
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zedwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I guess I'm more of a traditionalist in that I dont feel the past is a bad thing. Not that  you are saying it is but too many people now always feel that they need 'new' you are who you are because of your past. I personally would never turn my back on that if I was in your position.
With that said, I would of course follow you to a new account, I just dont think it is needed.
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, whatever you want that you have the ability to do, do it!!
I'm sure that most of us - myself included - will follow your new account if you wish to move ^w^
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Amaris-the-Demon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want to make a new account, go ahead. I will follow you anywhere!
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RoxasKage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I think it's quite clear the majority of your followers, including myself, respect this decision and will be sure to follow that one too.

I sure will -- your stuff's incredible.
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resinchen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I don't think that it is necessarily a bad thing that your "really, really old artwork" is still attached to this account; if anything, it shows how much you have improved so far. Still, if you feel like you need a fresh start with a new account, go ahead; we will support you no matter what. Just make sure to let us know the name! :aww:
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TheUniqueGeek Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems like the perfect thing for you; respecting and saving this account but starting a fresh one because of, well, who you've grown into. Go for it girl!
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I totally would follow you, you rock!!! :D
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eliariellis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
sometimes people need a fresh start
i completely understand
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TheDrawingWolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't matter what other people think, it's what you think. Go ahead. Thanks for telling us ^.^
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Gillbait Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would be healthy thing to do. If something is bugging you, and you brush it aside, it sticks and tends to fester.
Do what you will. I'm sure most of us will follow you.
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IDontKnowAboutToday Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Do what you want, it's your choice and profile.
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Well, I think it's a great idea! But, if you want to know my opinion, you shouldn't just leave behind your old account. You can do that after finishing all comissions and stuff you have there and at the same time you can have a new account. Just my opinion ^^
And I'm so curious how your art will changeMy New OC, Yuzu The Tard Alien  Just let us know your new name, please! ^^
(And I'm really sorry if I made any mistake. My english isn't very well. Sorry again ^^')
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deathangelSR Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Go for it. :3 I mean... #YOLO #LMFAO #LOL #MKSERIOUSNOW No seriously. If it works out then you've done good and if it doesn't then you have your old account to fall back on. Then you're able to go back to the drawing board (No pun intended XD) and try something else. I'm behind you! <3
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Cocoaprints Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I respect your thoughts on feeling like you need a fresh start in order to progress, however, I disagree with the idea of creating a new profile to do it. In the end, it is your choice.

You've had this profile for a long time. You have a lot of history on it and information to match. You have old work that you are not as proud of as you once were, but that is okay. The joys of Deviantart is that nothing is permanent. You can delete them if you are no longer proud of them or move them to a folder of their own so everyone can see the evolution an artist takes in his or her work. But what purpose will the new account really serve? If you are making it because the themes you are creating now do not match the ones currently with this page, that's fine and understandable. (I've done it and when I was done making work of a different theme, I returned to my old account and left the new one up and open so people can still enjoy the work on it). But if you're doing it so you can mentally separate yourself from your past or current work, it makes sense, but why go though the trouble to do it?

Your profile should not be something you obligate to make a certain kind of work for, it is something that should be dedicated to the work you make period, no matter the evolution or style. Cocoaprints, for me, started off as a profile for hamster images, later evolved into anthromorphic images. Before I made the second account, star wars and sci fi related images. What it is right now, is dominated by Fable fanart because I am no longer letting my profile dictate what I should and should not post on my profile.

Your profile should be a description and homage to you and your work. If there's a need for change, then change it, but why get rid of it or abandon it?
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ZUMzumSTAR Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014

I completely agree ;)

Besides it is much more interesting to look at a profile that has a history. Showing the growth and evolvement of the artist.  Rather than an empty one with just one type of work ;/

And you shouldn’t be felling like you’re attached or obligated to the watchers to stick to the current style. Because it gets boring for them too you know, to watch one and the same type over and over again.

 So go on, show us what you got ;) 

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Synnota Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't start over! Even if you do not like you're older art, you should still keep it around to remember where you were. It may look like crap, but one time in your life it was good! Creating a new account just to ditch the old art, is just like rejecting who you were. Rather than ditching it, you should embrace the fact that you weren't as great as you are now. That's how I see it at least... :P
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H0wl3 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
That's exactly why I made this new account. I felt like I had outgrown my old one. And my username was lame. :)
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