This might be long, so the tl;dr, I'm not sure when I'll return to this project, but right now, it's on hiatus.
I'm pretty in love with this project, but while my wrist was recovering from over-stress (nerve damage flare) I had a lot of time to think about it. At first, it was nothing but happy thoughts. And then, of course, I dwelled into some of the horrible things I had heard over the past year. Things like:
"you have no talent. You're a cop-out because you draw pokemon, which is of course easy"
"your art sucks and you only have a following because it's pokemon"
"you might actually have talent, but because you waste it on drawing pokemon, you'll never be anything"
Most of the time, it rolled off my back. Too many people told me how happy my Pokemon made them, so it didn't matter. But when you're alone, by yourself, just thinking these things it becomes more apparent and gets you down.
I never intended to continue this project for so many years. I had hoped to be done with it a year ago. But, well, life happens and you have to work and be a human..not just draw all day. Because that doesn't make the bills all the time.
That being said, after the Poke-Chibi project was complete, I wanted to try to advance my digital art to show people "you guys were wrong, look at what I can do, asshats." But I almost feel stuck, like I can't go on until this project is over.
And that's not to say that this project is over right now. I have tons of sketches waiting to be coloured. I just want to be in better spirits about this whole thing, and it may help me to just escape it for a little while to try some new art and expand my horizons, for my own self-gratification. I will fully understand if you don't want to continue following me, as I don't know how frequent of posting I will be. But I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for following me this far, and for being so supportive. Every "how cute!" and "omg!" has always brought a smile to my face, and I hope to soon share that again with you all.
I love you all, and hope to be back soon, better than ever.