Grats on the dd! I really like this stamp, so many people just upload and link to their shop and never participate in the community, I think it's such a waste. I never grew as an artist as quickly as in the company of my peers in college, I love helpful critiquing and mentoring people, I think the art world would be a better place if we were all helping one another evolve instead of tearing each other down.
Yeah, it's a serious struggle to get motivated and to grow on your own, trouble is it's not just a matter of any group of people, they need to be on the same sort of creative wavelength as you No point in pushing yourself into the wrong company either. Great thing about dA is that it's big enough to meet a huge range of people and you can really hang out with the people get your creative juices going!
You don't need to ask permission to use a stamp within dA using the thumbnail code, you do not have my permission however, to take it, copy paste and otherwise chop up into pieces to make a new artwork with. I've actually had people submit art made with my stamps in them without credit so it's apparently a necessary statement XD
this is one of the best sites I've ever been a part of- I've met so many wonderful people, had so much help and support and friends, and been able to see so many amazing pieces of art that without DA- I'd never have come across.
thanks for making this~! definitely one of the best stamps out there <3