Hi Tilly! I've returned to SP very recently myself so yay to getting back into the swing. I'm so jealous of your baby cow, it sounds adorable! Anyway, I'm Ola and yeah, welcome back xD
Welcome back, Tilly! =D Eek, I can't believe you're all grown up, going away to university and such. :3 And yeyy, writing! =D Our writing section has gotten quite active in the past few months, at least a lot more than before. (: It's very exciting. =D And lol about your graphics, they really are wonderful. (: I don't know why you don't think they are. =s They're very creative. I think you just needed more pieces in your gallery and more blended ones specifically, if I remember from when you were promoted a long while ago, lol. <3 Anyway, about tutorials, seriously that's what it's like for a lot of people. I never enjoy following tutorials, so I usually just use an aspect of it, like may be a certain way they're blending things together, or part of the colouring, etc. Or even just the use of a certain texture. Anyway, it just shows your creativity that you have trouble following tutorials. xD <3
Also, Harry Potter's my favourite too. =D I still have my roleplay for the past 5 years, lol. And I'm having more fun with it now in the past 6 months than I did for a couple of years there. Plus, we're in Deathly Hallows year and are trying to make it more fun for students next year 'cause I realized that's where we went wrong before. 'Cause when the canons are out of school, you either need to make it extra fun for people to make students or steer in the direction of most characters being adults.
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Anyway, I'm super happy you're back and I hope you apply for promotions this month if you haven't yet. (: <3