April232014
chrissipumpkin:

chelseakenna:

This is an important read for freelancers. I’ve fallen into this trap a LOT lately and it has affected my health.
I’ve since made it a goal to better balance work with the rest of my life. You can’t be productive unless you take care of yourself first.
cuhelski:

saetje-reference:

juliedillon:

eskiworks:

The Workaholic Pedestal
We freelancers have a tendency to never truly be away from our work, regardless of the time or day of the week.  Especially if like me, your work station is in your home.  We work long hours and dedicate ourselves fully to whatever project we have at hand.  We loose sleep, skip social gatherings, eat whatever is quick and easy so we can get back to work. I have noticed that there is a sense of pride in general among freelancers that we are so in love with our work that we can dedicate ourselves this way.  Passion for your chosen profession is definitely a plus!
However, I have also observed a downside to this part of freelancing.  That dedication can cross the line into an unhealthy workaholic lifestyle, and other freelancers actually encourage it.  There is an underlying unspoken rule in freelancer culture that if you’re not working, you’re slacking.  I’ve seen other freelancers take subtle stabs at their peers for taking time off to see family, to tend to daily life, or to just have a day (or three) to simply BREATHE and do something other than art. Doing things like comparing your work load with others’ work load, making yourself out to be the harder working one.  Referring to things like showering, cooking, and cleaning as “free time” or “vacation”.  It creates or adds to guilt surrounding work, which is really not a nice thing to do to your friends and peers. 
The disclaimer here is that clearly not every freelancer does this, and I think those that do are not being purposefully malicious, so please don’t misread this as an attack.  I’m guilty of playing into this myself, we are just falling into a part of the starving artist stereotype;  The idea that your chosen craft/art must encompass ALL of your being, every day and every moment for you to truly be passionate about it. 
The truth is, there IS life outside of art and work, and it’s not a contest. We are living beings that must eat and sleep, and we are social animals that must have a connection with others.  So not only do we HAVE to do things other than art, but it’s also ok to spend time doing other things that make you happy.  It doesn’t mean you are less passionate about your work, or that other artists who spend more time on theirs love it more.
And yes, there are deadlines we must work under.  But none of us want to be starving artists. None of us enjoy loosing sleep, eating crappy or skipping meals, working our fingers to the bone, letting friendships fall apart…  These are not good things.  You aren’t a cooler or more a passionate artist for making those sacrifices.  So I think instead of putting that lifestyle on a pedestal, we should be encouraging one another to take time to care for ourselves, and to have a life outside of their work. Just like anyone else doing any other kind of work.  =)

YES. Thank you. It makes me really uncomfortable when I hear professionals saying things like “if you are not drawing 24/7 you’ll never make it”, implying that having outside interests or taking care of yourself means you will fail. You undoubtedly need to be dedicated and focused to succeed as a freelancer, but what is the point of having the so-called freedom that freelancing is supposed to provide you if you can’t even leave your desk every once in a while? Exercise, get outside, socialize, have other hobbies. I’ve found I’m more productive and happier and healthier and more passionate about my work and my career when I take time off, every day, to get away from work for a little while. Building a career is important and rewarding, but your life is not comprised solely of the amount of work you are able do. Your life is not defined solely by how many hours you clock at your work desk. 

This mindset is rampant throughout college and even in the professional studio environments too. It’s so sad, I’ve fallen Ill because of it and still have a hard time breaking away. I see many of my peers ruining their bodies and minds too to live up to an ideal of working 24/7.

It feels really relieving to see I’m not alone in this. The guilt of not always feeling inspired. The frenzy of not wanting to let anyone down (especially yourself) can completely break you down. I’ve been beyond fortunate to have some of the most understanding and compassionate bosses ever, so the idea of the letting them is crushing. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned since I started freelancing is to take time for yourself when you need it. Not “when I’m done with this project in 2 months I’ll relax.” Take care of yourselves artist friends. <3


Actual free time (not just eating or showering time) is so important. You’ll be able to work longer and harder if you take frequent breaks.

^^^^^^ all of it, wow. You need breaks from things you love to do simply because we’re human beings, not machines. You need breaks, you need to stimulate your brain in other areas that your passion can’t provide. Good mental and physical health is so fragile and so important, I’m so happy I’m not alone in this.

chrissipumpkin:

chelseakenna:

This is an important read for freelancers. I’ve fallen into this trap a LOT lately and it has affected my health.

I’ve since made it a goal to better balance work with the rest of my life. You can’t be productive unless you take care of yourself first.


cuhelski
:

saetje-reference:

juliedillon:

eskiworks:

The Workaholic Pedestal

We freelancers have a tendency to never truly be away from our work, regardless of the time or day of the week.  Especially if like me, your work station is in your home.  We work long hours and dedicate ourselves fully to whatever project we have at hand.  We loose sleep, skip social gatherings, eat whatever is quick and easy so we can get back to work. I have noticed that there is a sense of pride in general among freelancers that we are so in love with our work that we can dedicate ourselves this way.  Passion for your chosen profession is definitely a plus!

However, I have also observed a downside to this part of freelancing.  That dedication can cross the line into an unhealthy workaholic lifestyle, and other freelancers actually encourage it.  There is an underlying unspoken rule in freelancer culture that if you’re not working, you’re slacking.  I’ve seen other freelancers take subtle stabs at their peers for taking time off to see family, to tend to daily life, or to just have a day (or three) to simply BREATHE and do something other than art. Doing things like comparing your work load with others’ work load, making yourself out to be the harder working one.  Referring to things like showering, cooking, and cleaning as “free time” or “vacation”.  It creates or adds to guilt surrounding work, which is really not a nice thing to do to your friends and peers. 

The disclaimer here is that clearly not every freelancer does this, and I think those that do are not being purposefully malicious, so please don’t misread this as an attack.  I’m guilty of playing into this myself, we are just falling into a part of the starving artist stereotype;  The idea that your chosen craft/art must encompass ALL of your being, every day and every moment for you to truly be passionate about it. 

The truth is, there IS life outside of art and work, and it’s not a contest. We are living beings that must eat and sleep, and we are social animals that must have a connection with others.  So not only do we HAVE to do things other than art, but it’s also ok to spend time doing other things that make you happy.  It doesn’t mean you are less passionate about your work, or that other artists who spend more time on theirs love it more.

And yes, there are deadlines we must work under.  But none of us want to be starving artists. None of us enjoy loosing sleep, eating crappy or skipping meals, working our fingers to the bone, letting friendships fall apart…  These are not good things.  You aren’t a cooler or more a passionate artist for making those sacrifices.  So I think instead of putting that lifestyle on a pedestal, we should be encouraging one another to take time to care for ourselves, and to have a life outside of their work. Just like anyone else doing any other kind of work.  =)

YES. Thank you. It makes me really uncomfortable when I hear professionals saying things like “if you are not drawing 24/7 you’ll never make it”, implying that having outside interests or taking care of yourself means you will fail. You undoubtedly need to be dedicated and focused to succeed as a freelancer, but what is the point of having the so-called freedom that freelancing is supposed to provide you if you can’t even leave your desk every once in a while? Exercise, get outside, socialize, have other hobbies. I’ve found I’m more productive and happier and healthier and more passionate about my work and my career when I take time off, every day, to get away from work for a little while. Building a career is important and rewarding, but your life is not comprised solely of the amount of work you are able do. Your life is not defined solely by how many hours you clock at your work desk. 

This mindset is rampant throughout college and even in the professional studio environments too. It’s so sad, I’ve fallen Ill because of it and still have a hard time breaking away. I see many of my peers ruining their bodies and minds too to live up to an ideal of working 24/7.

It feels really relieving to see I’m not alone in this. The guilt of not always feeling inspired. The frenzy of not wanting to let anyone down (especially yourself) can completely break you down. I’ve been beyond fortunate to have some of the most understanding and compassionate bosses ever, so the idea of the letting them is crushing. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned since I started freelancing is to take time for yourself when you need it. Not “when I’m done with this project in 2 months I’ll relax.” Take care of yourselves artist friends. <3

Actual free time (not just eating or showering time) is so important. You’ll be able to work longer and harder if you take frequent breaks.

^^^^^^ all of it, wow. You need breaks from things you love to do simply because we’re human beings, not machines. You need breaks, you need to stimulate your brain in other areas that your passion can’t provide. Good mental and physical health is so fragile and so important, I’m so happy I’m not alone in this.

(via nymaulth)

4PM
2PM

dear brain

stop making me constantly feel like an idiot

sincerely,

me

11AM
rainbowchibbit:

littlecoffeemonsters:

pwnypony:

makkon:

Watched this awesome tutorial on painting quick and easy grass.
I can apply it to other things like TREES, SPIKEY THINGS, FUR, FEATHERS, EXPLOSIONS
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING


………..

omg that lighter color thing
I never got it
omfg
holy christ
mind = blown

I NEVER KNEW THE LIGHTER COLOR PARTOH MY GODDD

holy. shit. this is. this is really REALLY GOOD this is a gamechanger


WELL I FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT&#8230;. here I thought I knew photoshop pretty well

rainbowchibbit:

littlecoffeemonsters:

pwnypony:

makkon:

Watched this awesome tutorial on painting quick and easy grass.

I can apply it to other things like TREES, SPIKEY THINGS, FUR, FEATHERS, EXPLOSIONS

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

………..

omg that lighter color thing

I never got it

omfg

holy christ

mind = blown

I NEVER KNEW THE LIGHTER COLOR PART
OH MY GODDD

holy. shit. this is. this is really REALLY GOOD this is a gamechanger

WELL I FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT…. here I thought I knew photoshop pretty well

(via iraya)

10AM

digital-doodle:

Hello guys! 
I’ve got a portfolio update! :D 

I fell in love with Krysta Rodriguez and her performance in The Addams Family Broadway Musical a few months ago… and I thought it would be fun to explore my own take on the Addams Family… and well… here it is! haha xD  

This truly was a learning experience for me because I can clearly see how much I need to improve and how far away I am from where I want to be.. However I’m glad I pushed myself to go outside my comfort zone! It was well worth it.

Lastly, I wanna thank my amazing teachers/mentors who walked me through this process these past few months! I owe all I’ve learned to them <3 

I will be posting Part 2 of the portfolio shortly so stay tuned! 
OR you can check it out at LissyMarlin.com if you want :)  

Thank you guys <3 

(via losthitsu)

9AM
rdream12:

I’ll be crying in a corner for a thousand years if you need me

rdream12:

I’ll be crying in a corner for a thousand years if you need me

(via bonbravo)

April222014

maplevogel:

As I said here a few doodles I had in my sketchbook.:D 

someone here will know the second one. ;)

hope you will like them.

10PM

shattered-earth:

The Kiss 

It’s finally done! A LoZ version of The Kiss, just a combo of some of my favorite things :) I had a lot of interesting times with this, much like my other fuax traditional medium digital paintings the process of imitating the effect of a medium in pure digital is a real brain twister sometimes. Really good exercise, i hope people like the final result as much as i do <3

This print will be making an appearance as a 11x17 ~ LIMITED Shimmer~ poster at Sakuracon, ACEN, A-KON, Otakon and hopefully Fanime for 2014 while supplies last! After those sell out it’ll be regular paper only.

(via llieo)

8PM

oh daaaang i’m looking through an old notebook and i found some notes i wrote for sea king!Alfred AU

-Matthew wakes up n the snow covered beach, he’s admiring his new legs until Alfred crawls out of the water, tail flicking back and forth, pounding against the sand and water, eyes red with anger (he is PISSED BEYOND BELIEF)

Matthew crawls away from him, horror-struck, Alfred says ‘Mark my words, you will be begging to come back to me’ and disappears back into the water, Ivan shows up with clothes for Matthew to wear and leads him to an abandoned cabin-

OH i also wrote how Alfred bite Matthew’s ankle, something to do with turning him back idk idk

…i’m really starting to miss this AU, I think I got stuck in the story tho

11AM

sarilys:

ktshy:

adrien-gromelle:

I always had a thing for hand animated camera move and turn around…
I can’t tell exactly why…
probably cause it gives me the feeling I can manage everything and show exactly what I have in my head.
that can seems stupid but it makes me feel like, sculpting the animation more than drawing it.

DANG! Anyone know what these are from?

I think they re from shorts made by Les Gobelin.  At least I know the first one is.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WImOE0Pwk3M&list=PL7IGBkaIQiG8KmXsRsGqV_S_kNF1tqYdl&index=2

why am i surprised of course its gobelins

11AM
April212014
6PM

(Source: dasdiz, via pyromaniacqueen)

bab 

4PM
Also this was my little backup modified crown in case I couldn’t find a proper tiara
i guess now i&#8217;ll use it as a fancy hair accessory

Also this was my little backup modified crown in case I couldn’t find a proper tiara

i guess now i’ll use it as a fancy hair accessory

4PM
Yaaaaaaay I finally got the proper sized rinestones and spray paint for the jewelery! So much jewelery guys its going to be nuuutssss

Yaaaaaaay I finally got the proper sized rinestones and spray paint for the jewelery! So much jewelery guys its going to be nuuutssss

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