Hey team! It's been such a long time between drinks here, almost 3 years! Seeing this every time I revisited my DA page was kind of killing me. I'm sitting at my desk right now, staring at a white piece of paper in the sweaty heat. So here's a new journal entry for no reason other than to reach out to a community of like-minded artists, who may or may not even be there.
In the time since the last journal entry here I've got a new design job at an advertising agency. I think I may have also moved house, and now have a nice little room as a dedicated studio space with all my things:
I like it here.
But tell me, how is your art journey going? Are you happy with what you're making, why you're making it and where you're going with it, if anywhere at all? Are you still having fun making art?
These are questions I feel I ask and answer daily. What a life. The design work in my current job is actually quite creative a lot of the time. There are a lot of illustration and nice branding opportunities and a good spattering of fun and ridiculous briefs. But the hours are long and it's quite creatively draining. On top of this, I've been doing more and more freelance design/illustration work after work. It's super hard to keep making personal work at anything near an acceptable rate with this lifestyle.
I constantly have a few drawings or paintings going at any one time and a huge backlog of ideas of things to create, keeping that fire burning. But it's taking longer and longer to complete them. If I could go back in time I'd convince myself (Inception style) to master and love an art style that involved waaaay less effort than the one I have (...not really, I like my style, but you know). I'm actually really envious of non-creative people, or people who feel no looming weight of responsibility to create in their spare time.
So I've decided that working is a con and a waste of life and am actively pursuing how to cut down the percentage of my life I will have to work, haha. That's what I'm all about in 2019. I'm getting as many passive income streams going as I can, and am investing in the stock market.
Thankfully, I do still enjoy making art and get the same kick out of realising a vision or bringing something weird and wonderful into the world as I always did. To know this is so reassuring, and it rids me of different looming weights that plague others. Like wondering what I should do with my life and my time. Also, I don't really get bored. There's always so much to do, more to learn and explore and think about. I can't remember the last time I was really bored – like that soul destroying boredom you feel when you're a kid, waiting on seats with your mum at a motor registry or doctor's office. So that's positive.
It's good to get these things off my chest, because I never do. And I know a lot of you probably live the same way, especially those that have been artists for a while and are juggling that identity with the realities of a working life.
Is there anything you want to talk about? I'm here and listening