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Fri Jan 1, 2016, 9:48 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:





It's that time of the year


So as I sit here, confronted by the realization that 2015 has come to its end, it makes me wonder and really look back in retrospect about what a crazy, hectic, but incredible year it has been. To be able to sit down, and realize where I was a year ago, and how far I’ve come. 



I told myself at the start of 2015, that my motto would be to #brbchasingdreams. It was this silly, cheesy little idea to have a constant reminder to always, actively work towards my art. This little mantra would somehow eventually push me to break my boundaries, my comfort zones and my limits--to constantly challenge myself, dare myself to improve and set goals beyond anything I could imagine. But never in my dreams would I have expected to have gotten to where I am now; 2015 to me was a year of many firsts, and of very important goodbyes’

    Who could have known that in a year from then, I'd be in my first exhibition.
    Or opened my own print shop and sold my first painting,
    Or started my own YouTube channel
    Or even dropped my course of study, and change the entire trajectory of my life towards chasing the dream in art
    Heck, who could have known that I'd have over 15,000 people watching me on DeviantArt, the community that I first began in and fell in love with. That in itself blows me away.

As I look back over it all, I know one thing for sure is that I've been happy throughout, because I love what I get to do. And the best bit? That there are people out there who love what I do. And for that, I can't put to words how thankful I am to each and every one of you who do. I can’t imagine how I’m meant to top a year like 2015 but all I know is that I’m excited to give it another crack. I started last year with this motivation and drive to give it my everything, and it still thrives today. So, LET'S DO THIS 2016!!!


Happy New Year everyone!









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Goodle-Guts Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Bless you for changing trajectory and chasing your dreams with everything you have. When you do things that inspire you, you inspire the world. I hope you will use your watchers as a platform for sharing your knowledge and creativity.

Best wishes for 2016 and beyond. :)
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you! At the current pace I'm going, there's no way I'm stopping anytime soon :) 
I know it's a situation that I feel a lot of people in the world feel similar about, or have experienced it. I definitely want to use my watchers and followers alike as a platform to share my story, and of course to share any insights and knowledge I might acquire along the way, as well as the progress of my art and how it develops. That's for sure.
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00comm Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, it's us that should be thanking you; for taking the risk at such difficult and longshot of a career path. The pursuit of art is a risky and difficult path that few people have the talent, perseverance and the skill to successfully accomplish. Had you not the strength to face that risk and taken a safer more guaranteed path then we would not be able to enjoy the creativity and beauty that you continue to develop day by day. So while we the masses may support you out of our own selfish desires for you to continue to astonish us with your work, it is you that took the risk. It is you that stepped forward into that uncertainty and faced the unknown. So honestly, thank you. Thank you for your strength, dedication and talent.
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
I never got the chance to properly thank you for the comment you left on my instagram post a while back Clark, but I've got to say that reading this & that moved me so incredibly much. I look over it every so often, as a sort of motivation to constantly keep going in gratitude to the kindness so many like yourself, have shared with me, and all the support I'm so fortunate to have. 
There are days where I do feel scared in doubt that I might fail or that I don't have what it takes, but not a day has passed since where I haven't been happy to know that I get to work towards this. I haven't regretted a single day :)
And its thanks to people like you!
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m0rganrebecca Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hug To a new year! You got this bro.
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thankyou Morgs!
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
Happy 2016!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you kanchan!!
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
Most welcome dear!
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da-hazard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers to a brandnew year and start of something even more amazing buddy! I'm cheerin' for ya!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
CHEERS!!
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Swarelle Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to see that you have made so many important steps forward in the past year! Good luck in 2016 and happy new year to you too, your art is amazing!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you so much Swarelle! It's still so strange to think of all the things that have happened in the last year, I can't wait to see where this year takes me.
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Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Happy New Year!! 
we wish you a beautiful and creativity 2016 :hug:
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
(it's very belated, but) THANK YOU!!
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Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
No problem :hug:
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z-h-i-n-a Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope 2016 would be even a better year for you than 2015I am a dummy! 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you Zhina!
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Lorelei-Photographie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional Photographer
Here is to chasing dreams in 2016 o/

:heart:
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
To chasing dreams!! :D 
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lady-blackwings Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bring it 2016!!!Pikachu Gonna Fight 

I hope that this year continues to make much progress for you! 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you!!! Likewise, I hope 2016 is a great year for you too :D 
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ChiccaNeko Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Happy New year my friend Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Belated, BUT YOU TOO CRISTINA! Heart
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yadiyada27 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
I love your art dude! :heart: Keep up the awesome work. :thumbsup:
Chase your dreams and make them happen.
Happy New Year 2011 2 ( Numbers ) 0 ( Numbers ) 1 ( Numbers ) 6 ( Numbers ) 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
AWG, thanks a heap pal!
Thanks for being there this whole time, after all this time you still are so supportive of my work :D 
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CamishCD Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Congratulations on all you have achieved! And I wish you a happy new year! c:
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
:iconasdfghplz: Thank you!!
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, unless you're the type who's hard to please, you certainly made this year a roaring success. I'm sure I mentioned previously in a comment, but it's been amazing seeing the sheer rise in art quality since that piece you did on "UP".

If 2015's any indication, I'd love to see what you got in store for this year. In the meantime, I'll still wish you a very safe, prosperous and above all Happy New Year... however late it may be. ^^;
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
:') Thank you David! It definitely is strange to look back on "UP", which felt like it was only a short while ago, and to see how far I've come since. I can only hope that if I keep working as hard, I'll be able to continue and learn more and more and to challenge myself every day.
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Think it was only a couple of years, as a matter of fact. To think that it's been a whirlwind ride since then. I've been thinking of a mantra of sorts myself recently, and it's essentially something like this:

"I have never tried to admire or worship gods, whether on Earth or in the skies above. Because I know that, one day, I will be walking among them." :)

Keep working like you do, and that mantra will apply to you, no doubt. :nod:
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016
Damn.... "one day, I will be walking among them"... that's daunting, but equally inspiring!
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Make no mistake, it's not a thing that'll happen overnight, or even perhaps in the next decade from now. For all I know, I could be approaching my 30s and still living at my parents' house, with the knowledge that I'm not even close to having my own house.

But the more I put in hard work, the more results I will get. It is bloody daunting, but legacies never come easy. :nod:
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
:') You're so grounded, yet so driven, honest and raw, it's awesome.
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
For now, my friend, for now. If I do make it, I hope to retain those kinds of characteristics.

Of course, getting caught up in the whirlwind of overzealous fans, parasitic paparazzi, signings and whatnot will be a tough challenge, but I guess when we get there, we'll see what happens.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Good on you, mate. ;) Cheers to this new year! Let's make it the best so far!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thanks Kyle!!

Yeah -- let's make 2016 a bomb for both of us :D 
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PaMonk Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Artist
Happy New-Year by KmyGraphic  
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Happy New Year by KmyGraphic
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Chestil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy New Year! May it be even more wonderful than 2015 ^^
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
YEAYY! Thank you so much :D 
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Chestil Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] 
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moroninlove2008 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Congrats on such a wonderful 2015! So happy that I was able to share it with you! :D :hug: Happy new year! I hope 2016 is awesome too!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you!! I'm so happy that I was able to share it with YOU! After so long, you've still supported me across this whole time, and so I thank you so deeply for that!
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Cocobeeart Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Hieu! Another Onion Icon Another Onion Icon Another Onion Icon 
A massive congratulations on all your achievements and growth choices this year! I'm so thrilled to have come into contact with you as I make similar changes in my life. I know exactly what you mean about loving what you do and finding out that other people also love it. It's awe-inspiring! 2016 will be FANTASTIC! I can feel it in my bones! I can't wait to see what you will do next! Happy happy New Year! A biggggg hug from Canada! Let's keep reaching for the stars! Ule Ule Ule 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
QUEENIEEE!! 
Thank you so so s os os os so so much!!!!! Likewise, I'M SO HAPPY WE CAME INTO CONTACT! It's been a blast and you're just an absolute bombshell of a person :D

Likewise, I HOPE 2016 IS HUUUUUGE FOR YOU AND I!! YEYY
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Etskuni Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
What a lovely journal, I'm really happy your 2015 was a great year.
Wish you a better 2016!
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Thank you!! 
Likewise, I hope 2016 is a great year for both you and I! :) 
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Catstudio7 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations Hieu! And happy new year. ;) 
Who know what we gonna see and what will happen in 2016! But I hope that it will be all bright things.:D
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
THANKYOUU REN<3 
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