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Mayleth

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Just a girl who loves illustration and video games. My account became active in 2012.

Drawing is my passion and the many characters I love influence me the strongest~

I'm not often idle, and I like to learn and develop new skills and techniques; something drawing has taught me time and time again! Hoping one day I can be a professional artist! Until then, gonna keep drawing and painting my heart out :)

Thank you for visiting!

E-mail: tara.shanley.art@gmail.com
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I've had these thoughts in my head for a while, but never really knew how to properly articulate it. I haven't updated a journal in a while, and I'm interested to hear other people's opinions, so I'll discuss it here:

In the West, particularly in the US, cartoons, comics, video games, animation, and anime have traditionally had a negative stigma of being childish, geeky, and needless. They were generally not socially acceptable hobbies to vocally announce, and compared to the more mundane things in mainstream like sitcoms, television reality shows, etc., they had fairly niche communities.

Of course in recent years things have changed, and the term 'geek' has become less of a negative term, and more of a universal self-proclaimed title to anyone who is a fan of something. Superhero movies based on Marvel and DC comics have become blockbuster hits, and cartoons like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have become more popular with adults than anyone would have imagined.

There is some backlash to this abrupt popularity and change in pop culture, and to be honest, sometimes, I can understand that. It wasn't 'cool' to be a geek, and many of us were bullied or ostracized for our hobbies, so to see people who never claimed to be a geek say it now, it can rub us the wrong way.

Despite this, in a way, I think it's good that these traditionally nerdy mediums of the entertainment industry are getting more exposure and discussion. They are valid mediums of art and storytelling, and a lot can be learned from them. As a child I grew up being inspired by anime/manga, cartoons, fairy tales, Disney and Studio Ghibli movies, and it really influenced the person I am today and my love for drawing. I looked to characters as role models, like Chun-Li, Samus Aran, Edward Elric, and more. I sincerely believe that fiction can have influence on individuals, and it can really bring you positivity in your life. From being on Deviantart alone I've met a lot of wonderful people and forged friendships, and that alone stems from my roots as a nerd and loving characters and art. I don't think that the social stigma of these things are totally gone, especially with older generations, but they have gradually become more acceptable, I believe.

What do you guys think? Do you think it's a good thing that nerd culture has grown larger, or not? Or do you think the social stigma is still there? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
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BluesodaMania Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nobu Llama Thanks plz
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016   General Artist
No problem :)
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DatFMCobalion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please excuse all the faves, you have a cool gallery ^^

(I took the time to look around, even though I didn't leave a comment)
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016   General Artist
Aww, thank you ^^ Much appreciated. :)
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DatFMCobalion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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TheToonDevil Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016   General Artist
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016   General Artist
Haha!

I'm sorry about the delayed response, I've been quite busy lately.
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TheToonDevil Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016   General Artist
No worries. We all get busy. Glad you like it. X3
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TheToonDevil Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016   General Artist
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016   General Artist
WANT. Llama Emoji 30 (Lovely Blinking) [V2] 
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