I mean that’s a little drastic and the obvious answer is the perfect sweet spot between them both. But how is this possible while still not sacrificing success along the way?
So it was my birthday last week! I’m now 24, and I have to say I actually feel older. Even though I would consider myself an introvert and I don’t like to be the center of attention, I enjoy having a day that’s all about how I want to enjoy it.
But every year, I simultaneously dread the celebration, because I get a bad case of ‘The Host Syndrome’ – the stress you feel about having guests and keeping them entertained.
But is that really a thing or is it just me?
This was an “art” piece I did in August of this year. It was one of the first times, my personal style really started to shape itself and I was indeed proud. But now I feel like I can do it better with my left hand:
Okay, probably i wouldn’t be able to draw that with my left hand even though i am ambidextrous, but my right hand has much more training. Still this drawing has an abundance of flaws and is generally not catered to my personal preferences and tools that work well with me but it wasn’t a long worked out sketch and I sketched a lot after, so I became better and better and eventually created this:
I had to take a break just now because other work overwhelmed me and it’s my birthday the day after tomorrow and I have to prepare for that.
Also, I started to have too high expectations for my blog entries, never being satisfied with the marketability, length or aesthetic fit of my ideas. But that’s what makes me hit a dead end in creativity. I have to just MAKE stuff, not think about the outcome.
This is what I’m doing now, so here is some stuff to do, when you feel stressed out constantly:
I painted this Mixed Media piece of Iris van Everec for a school exhibition. I chose Iris because I just watched a lot of Witcher 3 deep lore videos on Hearts of Stone and I love the spooky theme and the keys are absolutely perfect. So because it’s Halloween and I want to tell you a spooky tale, I’m gonna retell the tragic yet oddly beautiful story that sets off the events from The Witcher 3 Hearts of Stone.
Don’t get me wrong. Making money from something that you love is not only a great idea worth fighting for but also my personal career goal No. 1. I’ve sold quite a couple art commissions and dealt with three times as many requests. So I feel I can spare you some of the unpleasant experiences and tell you what I know is important and probably also give some advice on what to watch out for!
Yesterday night, my friends asked if I want to go and see the new Blade Runner. Now I don’t enjoy going to the cinema much, since it makes me uncomfortable to be locked in a room with seemingly low oxygen and no windows for 2 hours. But this time, I took the ‘you should say yes more’ advice (from inspiring Pinterest posts with watercolor backgrounds) to heart and just said yes. That and Harrison Ford is in the movie and he makes it ten times more likely for me to enjoy whatever I’m watching.
I didn’t enjoy the movie though. I enjoyed seeing Harrison Ford.
In the past I’ve had projects. And not just a few. I had visions of creating my very own content but I always limited myself to one outlet, one product. Because I thought that’s what you have to do. To be a good brand, you know?
I have a semi successful art related instagram, and I worked art commissions for a bit but it doesn’t fulfill me, it doesn’t make me happy to “just” draw. I want to do everything, I want to tell stories, sketch, edit .. I just want to create.
So that’s what I will do. I will create something for 30 days. Just basically everything allowed. So it’s easy enough for me.