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Hey guys! It's been a bit too long since I've updated. Mostly cause I know a lot of people don't read journals as much. Still, I think it's important to roadmap and point out the important landmarks on my journey thus far.

Last we updated, I had just finished Winterfaire, and we had car troubles. Let's begin there.

-NEW CAR! 
We got a new car. It's newer, and much more reliable. There were some... Issues at first due to my own cluelessness, but it's been really good for taking me to and from conventions. Plus roomy enough to carry all my supplies without a problem! 

-NEW HOME!
We moved to a new place... Same city. Our attempts to move closer to home didn't quite work out. Now we are just kinda waiting for my husband to get the point that he can get a new job in the area we want to go, so we can afford to rent a place. It's like being in a hole where cost of living here is low, but so is the wage, so it's hard to get out of it. ADULTING. IT HAPPENS.

-CONVENTIONS!
I hit three conventions, two in February and one at the end of July. I am now paneling at a lot of these events and teaching workshops, so even if I don't make a lot of money I can count it as a networking event. My next biggest one is in August where I am going to Anthro Weekend Utah, my first ever Furry convention. It means I need to branch out my brand since I've been sitting pretty on the whole fairytale storybook side of my work. But hey! That's good with me.

-THE SIDE HUSTLE
I've picked up a side hustle on top of my main hustle. And that is selling used clothes. Anyone who knows me personally knows that there are two things that I am passionate about: Art and fashion. To the point that I almost went into costume design in college, except that would mean having to take theatre and my anxious bum did NOT want that. 
Anyways, in an attempt to make ends meet on rent one of the months, I started selling my old clothes and it's become a bit of an ordeal. I now have a full store with very romantic, shabby chic, and mori kei themed clothes, both on Poshmark and recently one on Depop as well. It's. Been interesting because I always wanted to do SOMETHING with fashion in one way or another. This has kind of made a happy medium of it all, and has supplied funds to feed my clothing addiction haha! 
poshmark.com/closet/madamepira…
www.depop.com/madamepirate

-SUPPLY AND DEMAND??
Insofar I have made three shoulder wyrms and gained that many orders for more. For the quetzal I wasn't even able to upload it before it was claimed. While it's. Really flattering, it's also very anxiousmaking. Like??? I am succeeding?? At something?? And people like it??? More than that, the expectation to make more is a little overwhelming. But I have put plans in place to help streamline the process. There have been a couple of kinks in the road though.

-KINKS IN THE ROAD
Family tragedy struck last week, and it's kind of laid me flat on my back. Depression and anxiety, as anyone who knows me knows, is a battle I fight. But my last major depressive stint was in December where I couldn't function properly through Christmas. I picked up again and sometimes you know, you forget how bad it can get. This one in particular has been coming like rolling waves. I will feel fine, and motivated, then it takes me all day to do basic tasks and the desire to sleep is overwhelming. This has been a setback on my work schedule, and I have to be careful not to run into the toilet flush effect where I beat myself up and get anxious over not working which leads to more depression and... Yeah. It happens. 

The other thing is I have other responsibilities to attend to. I've been teaching more workshops and have been teaching weekly art classes from my home. I have streamlined those a bit where I am not fretting the small stuff in my plans as much anymore, and I am trusted enough with my clients and the establishment I hold my workshops in to do a good job so I don't have to kill myself over the details. Also, the other issue with focusing on the dragons means I have less time to paint, and I'm not wanting to let that side of me go. The balancing act is real and always a struggle.

-OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
I am now a published cover artist!! I was hired by Immortal Works Publishing Co. to do a young adult cover for the author, Bryce Beattie (Which, in an ironic turn of events, I attended a panel with him about artists working with writers just before I got the job). The book is called "Once Upon and Through The Mountains" and can be found here!!
www.amazon.com/dp/0999020595/?…

That's all for now! What's been happening on your guys's ends? 

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Rowan North
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My name is Rowan North and I am a freelance mixed media illustrator and art educator.

I use just about everything for my work, whether paints, colored pencils, digital, papercraft, or more. I do commissions, go to conventions and art show, and love sharing not only my work, but how to use your tools to become a better artist. I am also outspoken on issues of mental disorders.

Most importantly, I love following my passions and dreams and think all should do the same.

Interested in a commission? My prices can be found here: tinyurl.com/mzcpt8t
Want to buy an original? Check out my etsy here: www.etsy.com/shop/MadamePirate
Want to buy a print? Check out my Redbubble! www.redbubble.com/people/madam…
Want to support me and all I do? Become a Patron! www.patreon.com/RowanNorthIllu…

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beakandbadger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the faves!
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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Hey Rowan, happy birthday to you! I hope that you guys had a nice, relaxing, and hopefully not-too-cold day today. What a special time to have a birthday, right on the cusp of fall and winter... ;w;/ <3
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issaMorg Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
Thank you for the fav ;v;
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RowanNorth Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Not a problem! It was such a beautiful critter. You did a fantastic job.

Thank you for participating in the Creature Exchange! 
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axolatte Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :3
birthday cake Birthday cake  icon Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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manfishinc Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the fav!
The Harvest by manfishinc
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Hawksfeathers97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for favoriting my character's formal wear!
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WyldeWyndWalker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks for faving my work!
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Drerika Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Heya, maybe you'd be interested in my OCs contest to win a tablet? ^^ drerika.deviantart.com/journal…
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RowanNorth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hmm, I do admit I was skeptical to have someone I don't recognize randomly comment on my page advertising something that requires me to make art for you. Though upon research, it seems legitimate and I am impressed by your list of prizes and your art.

Though I DO have a question, since this advert came completely from left field, how in the world did you find my work? You are not one of my watchers, and I'm not part of any of the groups you are in it seems.

I'm mildly interested, but considering I am not acquainted with you, have never seen a comment from you before, or seen your artwork before now, this is not a wonderful first impression. Please understand how I am hesitant to join in on something when the first thing I see from you is an advertisement.
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