I QUIT MY JOB!! I'M A FULL TIME ARTIST!!
No, your eyes do not deceive you lol. I really did quit my job. Those of you who have been following me for at least the last year (especially on twitter) know how much my job was draining me and making me miserable because it was just soo monotonous and didn't align with any of my career goals at all. I've been skilled in every single function of the job for a while and so wasn't being challenged anymore. And on top of that, they made it clear that they were never gonna hire me because of my poor attendance due to a health condition that I had no control over, even though I was the top employee for 2 out of the 2.5 years that I worked there. It was a slap in the face every time I applied for a full time job. And it really sucked the life out of me working a job that didn't fulfill me at all that wasn't even paying me enough to get approved for an apartment.
So I finally worked up the courage to give a week's notice and honestly, soon as I did, it was like a huge weight off my shoulders. It's crazy because I was so terrified to do it for so long, afraid that I would fail, and yet I felt so many doors open soon as I did. My mood just instantly improved. I started brainstorming all the plans I could finally make reality. I've had nubs as fingertips for like a year and after I emailed my resignation, I grew beautiful white nails in like three days lmfao. I bet my hair is gonna be a lot healthier now too because it's been breaking off since last summer from the stress of feeling stuck! Now I feel so free... Even though I'm arting full time, I do still have another job that I'm working full time, but it's a fun stay-at-home job that I actually enjoy, so I can dedicate 40 hours a week to art still. And I'm actually going to be making more money than I did at the job I just quit. So that's the plan until I find a new job with benefits (idk, I might just stick with this plan cause it works so well for me) but we'll see how I feel after a couple months. Btw, after a couple months, I should be able to get approved for a nice 1-2 bedroom apartment finally! I want my damn art studio!!!
Anyway, today was my first day working for myself (eeeee!!!! it feels so good to say that!!!!) and I have to say it went exceptionally well. I actually worked like I was on the clock and didn't take a million breaks like I usually do when I'm so exhausted from working the previous job. I managed to finish my fourth piece of the year! So I'm still ahead of myself from last year. It was the second to last Valentine's piece, and of course when I finish the last one, my 2019 Valentine's Day box will be complete and for sale in my shop. I'll give more details about that at a later date. Just so you guys know, I couldn't come up with a name for this piece, so I decided to make a giveaway out of it. Whoever can come up with a dope, catchy name for this piece will win a free 8x10" print of whatever piece they choose from my print shop! A lot of people have already made some suggestions but I still haven't found one that really grabs me. While thinking of a name, keep in mind that the girl in this drawing is heartbroken and bitter! lmao.
Now for the bad news. Due to what I believe is Mercury Retrograde (lmao), I'm having all sorts of technical issues that are affecting certain art-relating things if you know what I mean. I'm not currently able to film for youtube. Which really sucks, because I film EVERYTHING I draw at this point. And I love interacting with my subbies. But unfortunately, my camera hasn't been allowing me to record for longer than five seconds at a time, which makes it pretty much pointless. Also, my external hard drive, where I save all the videos for my timelapses, hasn't been letting me access any of my files. It keeps telling me to enter my password, and I've never ever had a password for it. According to the company that made it, the only way to fix this issue is to format my drive, which will delete everything on it. And that's just not an option for me. I'm really just riding Mercury Retrograde out and hoping everything will go back to normal once Mercury turns direct, as it usually does.
Aside from all that, I'm still working every day, and now my commissions are fully open (those with deadlines and those without). I've updated my guidelines a little bit, nothing major. I'll be able to take 2-3 commissions per month (depending on what type of piece it is) so definitely secure your slot NOW.
New additions to the shop:
Side note: I finally purchased some plastic covers and rigid mailers for those of you who order small prints and stickers that don't need to be rolled up inside a long ass tube lol. So that's something.
Have a productive day everybody :)