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From The Ashes

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 30, 2014, 6:48 AM

It’s no secret that the past few months have completely altered my life, tested my mettle as well as my faith, and pulled me into a lull that many years of LOA has trained me to confront head on.

I recall the time when a very good friend went through the exact same situation – losing his job and struggling to find employment. I used to tell him that it’s fate’s way of creating a better life. For you can only build a better way of living after the old one has been torn down to it’s foundations. I’ve kept this theory at the forefront of my mind as I’ve spent the last couple of months endlessly applying for jobs, and sending out my CV and portfolio to every design agency in the North West. Yet whilst I’ve been pouring over the numerous job sites, I’ve still had requests from people for various bits of work.

I’m not sure at what point the epiphany clicked into place, but suddenly I realised that rather than struggling to find an opportunity to make someone else’s dreams come true, I had a a perfect opportunity to make my own dream a realisation.

I sit here at my own fully equipped home office, completely capable of providing freelance graphic design and illustration to anyone. So why not take the time of applying for jobs and use it to search for clients instead.

The bizarre thing is, the second I made the decision to go self-employed, a great dark veil seemed to lift from me. The frustration of unemployed appeared to just blow away, and those closest to me have noticed my sudden happiness. It’s because of this I know I am on the correct path.

I’m under no illusions that this won’t be tough – I’m fully prepared to work my absolute ass of to make this work.

So now I had the decision, all I needed now was to create my business. After much thinking and tinkering it seemed only right to name it after my obsession with Phoenixes. So here you go – Phoenix Designs.

The website is far from perfect and needs lots of examples on there. But I’ll get there eventually. :)Time to make this dream a reality! :D


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Ken Dawson
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United Kingdom
Growing up in Leeds, I moved to St. Annes besides Blackpool at the age of 11.
I adored art and all things manga since my sis introduced me to The Guyver!
I studied Art and Graphic Design at college, and later Animation at Uni.
The art has taken a back seat as my other love - Writing has decided to take up all of my time. Although I still like to bust out the occasional piece.
Massive lover of all things gothic and macabre, yet an equal fondness of everything bright, colourful and warming.

Current Residence: St Annes, England
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: All types. Pieces that have heart and soul poured into them.
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Phone
Favourite cartoon character: Wall-E, Stitch
Personal Quote: Never Give Up.


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Marcellyne Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional
Thank You for the fav Meow-thank You 
RageDarkfox Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday dude!
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the wathc, much appreciated! :aww:
Kenny-Dreadful Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! You're doing some work for Tenebris who I help so I thought I'd come see your work. Truly awesome! :D
RossanaCastellino Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you even work for Tenebris? This is great! :D
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like my work! :love:
Kenny-Dreadful Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sort of help them out with the covers and graphic design work. :D
And no problem - your work is fantastic! :D
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch. I'm glad you're taking interest in my artwork :hug:
Kenny-Dreadful Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Loving the work! :D My pleasure!
RageDarkfox Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!
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