Random drawings of my partner and myself. He wore my goggles once and they looked nice, and yes, he does sit on me when I am sad. Sometimes. “Mow” is the only word we ever exchange. It’s a miracle of communication.
Hey there! So I’ve been quite sparse for the last few months but there have been many goings on - some I’ve had to plow through gritting my teeth, others I’m ecstatic for.
Above all and through everything, I’ve been struggling with and working on my problems with depression and anxiety and everything that comes hand-in-hand with them. I have taken positive steps to find CBT, logging and tracking my emotions, seeing a therapist, and currently I’m looking into finding medication again. It’s probably been the biggest roadblock to taking action with the rest of my life, but as time goes on I have found that I can continue working on my responsibilities regardless of how great or terrible I feel.
I have been working on furthering my education in design and getting a degree. Unfortunately, it’s been difficult while dealing with the aforementioned issues. I’m currently putting together a portfolio and cover letter for a program that starts in the fall, and I hope by then I can handle it better.
Last summer, I registered for a table at Emerald City Comicon, and while the circumstances and plans for it have changed I’m still planning on going and selling my work. I’m very anxious and excited for my first opportunity to display my art at a convention! It’s coming up in a month and a half so currently we’re getting down to the grind on printing, publishing, and organization.
Speaking of which, I’ve been working on busting out four comic pages a week for www.manyhatsonline.com (a project my partner started and we’ve been running with friends since September.) With recent changes and stresses, the update schedule has been less strict than we’d like but hopefully once things get settled we’ll be back to two pages for each of the projects I’m responsible every week. It’s been both a huge challenge and a huge growing opportunity as an artist to improve. I have found it difficult to make quite as many stand-alone paintings and illustrations while working on comic pages, but I’m pushing myself to manage my time better.
Additionally, after having a particularly bad break-down caused by insecurities a few months ago, I have decided to take certain steps to improve my health. I’m working on eating better, exercising, and quitting smoking to go along with the steps I’ve taken to help with my mental health as well.
Lastly, I have been planning on moving which will be happening within the next week. This is going to be the first time I’ll be living (technically) on my own which is always a big step in someone’s life. I’m excited and nervous and it’s just another big change that’s happening in a short amount of time to make things that much more stressful, but regardless I feel like at the end it will be yet another amazing growing experience.
I’m scared. I’m thrilled. I’m evolving, as usual.
(Also in case no one gives a rip about a tl;dr personal post, I drew a stupid picture of myself.)