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Hello everyone,
you still remember me? XD

I know that's more than a year that I'm not active on DA and I am very sorry for that! 2015 was a very difficult year for me (also 2016 no joke) XD

It was a period of change, in which I was very demotivated drawing.
I have always believed in the work of illustrator, but thanks to underpaid commissions and editors who have never paid for my illustrations, I thought maybe I had the wrong road, that maybe I had to change.

So I opened a shop of fantasy jewelry and accessories (my other passion) that I continue to treat with extreme dedication.
If you want to take a look here's the fb link (www.facebook.com/Midnight-Nymp…)

Despite this, I feel unsatisfied, as if I had left off something very important to me. I have devoted much of my time, my money and my energy, to improve my skills in drawing and illustration. I have always seen with humility toward new techniques, to new artists and new trends, trying to learn as much as possible and trying to stay up to, but in the end I was back. 

I felt that my work was constantly exploited, I felt that all the efforts were not understood, and, finally, I did not feel adequate enough. I felt that maybe I was not so good to be able to work in the professional world and then I felt myself far from all this!

Dedicate myself to photography and jewerly design, has helped me a lot. I understand that in any case, any road or change I decide to take, I CAN'T stop drawing. it's stronger than me, it is a need that somehow I have to perform.

Excuse the loooong post, but it was something that I had to speak.

I love this community and here I met wonderful people, who do not want to stop following!

I tornrò gradually with my illustrations, leaving inspired by the wonderful art that this community offers me!

Thanks so much for everything! :heart:
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Jerzee-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Don't ever stop your wonderful drawings!  You are so talented.  I'm sorry you've been taken advantage of.  So wrong!  Do what you love, and good luck with the jewelry and accessories!  I'm going to go look at those now! :) Keep your chin up, and try to enjoy something of each day! :) Glad you're back! 
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ireally thank you for your kind words, much appreciated! :hug:
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Jerzee-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Hug 
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ascenciok Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It's wonderful to see you are creating drawings again Rossana :hug: I have really missed seeing your art, but it's very understandable why you took a break. Not that I don't enjoy the stunning photos you post on FB. They really are breathtaking and have a similar look that emulates your drawing style. I often feel just as discouraged about my work. I switch back and forth with every piece between thinking I have good ideas to them being dumb and thinking the quality isn't good enough. It's really not helping my confidence lately that I get hardly any feedback on my work. Everyone seems to have disappeared from here and FB shows my posts to hardly anybody. I get a decent amount of likes when I post the work in progress photos, but hardly anything anymore on the final piece. I'm trying to focus more lately on quality and trying new things I haven't done before. It makes me feel better I am challenging myself, yet the themes aren't as popular as my older work I suppose. It really is frustrating and causes me a lot of doubt. I'm not planing on giving up even if I don't ever get popular though and I really don't think you should either. Your artwork is fantastic and worth way more than the people taking advantage of it think. Turning down commissions is okay if they aren't willing to pay a price you are satisfied with. Your work is very professional and you have such a lovely, recognizable style. I'm always here for support if you need it :heart: 
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Kayla, I understand exactly how you feel! Also it discourages me when I did not receive the feedback that I hoped! but Because of this, of having to feel always in step with everything, I lost the pleasure of drawing. I know it's really hard sometimes, but first of all, we have to draw because WE LOVE IT, only for the public, or to please a publisher, that perhaps will never pay. That's what I want to do now, drawing for me, not for others! Thanks as always for commenting, I missed you a lot, you and your art! :heart: I'm curious to see your next creations :hug: :love:
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ascenciok Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you are doing much better now that you are back to creating your lovely artwork Rossana :heart: It really seems like most of my friends on this site I used to talk with all the time have practically vanished. I hate to admit it, but I think it's becoming a waste of my time to even post on here anymore. Even when I submit to groups I get no feedback like I used to. I definitely will never stop painting either way and am excited to see what you come up with as well :hug: 
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
glad to see you back! I will check your fb page out to see what you're up to. :D
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! You're so kind! ♡
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
It's good to see you back, even though you've been through a rough year.
I will never go far in my drawing skills and partially precisely because I envision the type of situations/facts you mentioned happening and I don't want to go through that. It's a shame that such a talented artist like you couldn't meet more situations worthy of your work. But it's good you had jewelry as a sort of refuge :)
it'll be good to see your drawings again, whenever they may come 
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the comment! Hope this situation will change for me and for you! ^^
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016   Digital Artist
I understand how you feel. I feel the same way. Being a professional illustrator/artist is sometimes very discouraging. I wish you the best of luck with your other work, as well as your art! :heart:
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your words, I appreciate it! ♡
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to see you back!

I may well commission you too.
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much! It would a pleasure to do a commission for you! ^^
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EpHyGeNiA Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Bentornata :)
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazie mille! ♡
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EpHyGeNiA Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Qualunque strada tu decida di percorrere, non abbandonare i tuoi sogni e la tua passione. Continua a disegnare :) sempre, per la tua anima.
:blowkiss:
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KittySib Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug: Welcome back!!! :party: 
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you dear :hug:
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:iconkittysib:
KittySib Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're Welcome!:D
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renderwarrior Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome back :)
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you ♥♥
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singewyvern Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016   General Artist
I don't really think being skilled enough has much to do with whether or not you can work professionally and make enough money as an illustrator or any kind of artist like that. I think it's more about having the right connections and finding the right market and people who have enough money to pay you adequately for artwork, which I think is unfortunate, because I don't have those connections to sell my artwork either, haha. So I just do my best to improve my skill in artwork even just for my own improvement if nothing else.
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I always thought that my efforts and my dedication will help me to find the right connections, but it was more difficult than I thought! You're absolutely right, but sometimes I felt unmotivated! Now I don't want to think anything, just draw! Thanks for comment! :)
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:iconsingewyvern:
singewyvern Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016   General Artist
You're welcome, and I'm glad you're feeling like drawing. :)
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Non mollare, è la tua passione e fa parte di te ;)
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazie Francesca! Ti seguo sempre e apprezzo molto il tuo commento! ♡♡♡
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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your jewellry. :heart:
And don't forget... You do art for yourself in first place, not for anybody else. :hug:
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're absolutely right! Thanks for comment! :hug:
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:iconlunarislarva:
LunarisLarva Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
I'm definitely familiar with feeling inadequate so you're not alone! Welcome back, looking forward to seeing new work from you!
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the support! I appreciate it! ♥
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:iconmb67:
mb67 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome back! :)
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:iconrossanacastellino:
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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mb67 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yaw by mb67  
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Nebelelfe-Art Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Yeah :D 

Welcome back, my dear :hug:
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RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear! :hug:
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Nebelelfe-Art Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Very welcome , dear! :hug:
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