It has been a hot minute since I've made a single peep on social media, OR on my website. Frankly? It's been a bit of a rough time.
Graduating from OCAD, the goal I set out to accomplish was balancing my evolving career at a retail company, with freelance illustration. That was before I was promoted to Full-Time, got a pretty solid raise, and those hecka sweet benefits.
I was pretty satisfied with that, I seemed to be going places with the company, and illustration was becoming more and more of a hobby that I just didn't do as much. And that makes me disappointed. I wanted to draw, but I would come home from working 8 - 10 hours or more, and just feel completely drained. Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally. Like, I'm coming in on my days off, and consistently staying up to a couple hours after the end of my shifts. And all I want to do is sleep.
I've eaten a SHAMEFUL amount of takeout in the past couple of months.
I've taken on a couple of personal projects, though!
One thing I've gotten kind of into has been filming the creation of my pieces. I love seeing the process, from start to finish. I'm still kind of figuring out the best way to set up my camera, but that would probably be a good blog post alone, huh? I'm just getting these weird lines of light sometimes, and I'm not really sure why... Oh, but then my camera lens cracked on my phone, so I had to stop doing that... But I might bug my boyfriend to let me film with his.
I also had a lot of fun doing "Outfit of The Day" drawings! I kind of slowed down a bit when I realized I repeated outfits a little too often. Maybe I'll pick it up again sometime when I'm rich and have many fabulous articles of clothing.
I was super pumped for Inktober! So ready to draw some badass witchy ladies. Then I made the mistake of goingfor a week (Yes we went camping in October. The weather was alright, and all the other guests brought Halloween decorations and went trick or treating and it was SO CUTE.) and I kind of forgot to bring my watercolours.... I did a few line pieces, but never ended up scanning them for some reason.
I'm just full of excuses, aren't I?
So what now?
I'm working on the job thing. I won't go into details at this time.
I want to go back to making stuff. And selling stuff. Timing's probably terrible, as all of the Holiday shows have stopped accepting submissions, but I've really started looking into things like conventions and craft shows and makers fairs. Opportunities for me to connect directly to my followers, and meet new people! I've always found it to be immensely satisfying to create something tangible. Yes, an illustration is something you can hold in your hand. But it just doesn't have the same presence as something practical. Something you can use, and examine in all of the dimensions. I still want to do prints, and I still want the things I make to have that painterly vibe that my illustration does. But I want it to transcend the page!
I'm working on a few things right now that I can't actually reveal. Some are Christmas presents for friends and family, so obviously I can't go posting those all over social media. Some I'd rather just hide until I'm finished.
I have a day off tomorrow. I've spent pretty well all of my days off, lately, working on other stuff. Its time to get back to it.
Get ready for me.