I feel pretty bad because たらちねさん was writing to me in English, when it should be the other way around. I should be trying to communicate in Japanese, since pixiv is a Japanese-based art community.
It must be pretty rude for me to be using a Japanese drawing tool and not even knowing how to communicate properly, everyone else is always trying to speak english, when it should be more me trying to speak Japanese. I think the hardest part is actually just reading the Hiragana when it's written on the board, since the handwriting can be different, or more often than not I'm just far too slow at deciphering the characters before they erase it. Right now the only words I can pick up quickly enough are names like ほのか or えり... I wonder how long it'd take before I could read some basic words so I can at least communicate somewhat.
Oh well, time to start learning how to read/write some Japanese. Knowing me, it'll be painfully slow, but better to start now than later. Maybe by the end of the year I'll actually be able to understand 10% of what everyone is writing. It's etude all over again, only without the drawing! Hahah...