If you're reading this it means I have decided to bite the bullet and write a new blog post in my new website. ( Find my old one here ) It's been over a year since my last entry on my original blog, where I left off on a note saying that essentially my ambitions to be a professional independent freelance artist in the digital entertainment industry were not going very well. I had made many mistakes, did not gave it everything I had, and was very much in conflict with myself. I had to take measures otherwise I would never grow and develop as a person.
That year I started working in a restaurant as a kitchen aid to pay the bills. I have been there ever since and learned a thing or two about myself and life. 2017 has flown by incredibly fast and a lot has happened in that time. So much in fact that I've been shying away from writing a proper follow-up post just because of it. A lot of things were lost to and there were also many things that I left behind. With relief, but with a pained heart.
I hope that what I'm writing will offer a little insight to my experiences and my beliefs in life. I have mixed feelings about putting certain things out on front street, but I feel that these posts act as the cartilage of my sketches and paintings. For now I think it's better to keep it to the point :
I am still working a day job and I'm fine with that for now. Yes there are moments where I despise it, but more importantly, I started appreciating my free time a hell lot more. I found out that I still have plenty of ambition and drive to become better as an artist. I have learned many things in 2017. It's hard to think of them on the top of my head but here are some of the more hardline advice I wrote down recently :
1) Don't chase the money - chase your whimsical ideas, experiments and do what you like to be doing regardless of payment.
2) Don't compete - Just 'do you' and show it to the right people
3) Put knowledge into practice - figure out what can help you speed up your process with accurate results when you're on the clock
4) Track your progress - develop a rhythm or pattern in your progress so that you may improve upon it
4) Keep an open mind - try new techniques and different software to challenge yourself
5) Determine your worth - ask yourself if *your* work done for the month is a fair result against your minimum monthly financial needs and want
I'd like to go out saying that 2016 and 2017 made a real impact on me. I grew as a person and developped my ambitions, my passions. I feel very confident that I'm headed for a positive new year and I want to thank everyone in earnest for their patience and help.
Lastly, do enjoy some of my sketches and studies from this year!