I figure it's fair enough that I give a fair heads up in the wild world of the Fundz, since i haven't exactly been artistically active nor mentally willing to become active either- something i'm trying really hard to change since I would like to make this a working profession to my advantage:
The job i landed when i moved to Toronto is decent enough, I got a fair amount of work hours and decent time off to settle in, get my licenses and I.D. changed accordingly and still have time to doodle a few sketches between my road biking, eating and sleeping.
However, some of you may be aware that there is a national athlete event happening right in front of my doorstep called the '2015 Pan-American games'. What does this affect to me? other than the fact i get to make fun of questionably placed mascots to advertise?
thing is, i got promoted to supervisor of my workplace and now i have much more responsibility to handle- or at least i DID... since the games have been going on now, our company has had a little downer in activity and thus our hours are scarce, if even present at all.
Long and quick of it: I now have TOO MUCH free time and i still need to pay off my account changes, as well as rent, food and phone bills.
As much as my friends would suggest me to go and create a Patreon account, there has been something that has been kind of bothering me about how that site is used and what
it's main intention is for. >>>>RANT INCOMING<<<<
Patreon is a nifty tool for creative minds to have financial support to help them create their ideas and bring them to life to make a few extra dollars to do what they like to do best: Being creative!
For visual artists, it's a little touchy, since it's basically for a mass financial support. The creativity is still there, but there is no true idea to support. It's only for the artist and their drawing. It's basically a donation box, but automated every time they upload something.
Some people are talented enough that they can pull it off ALL while adding special supporter bonus for those who have good faith in their talent- whereas others basically show their finished works to their supporters only to upload it publicly online a few days afterwards.
I don't have any issue of the matter. What, and who, you support is entirely your decision alone; don't let this be an excuse to stop supporting anybody. This is where i fail to meet up to challenge for the Patreon perks and so on. I regularly have a lot of work to do and little time for drawing, or even rest, so any free time, i either spend on eating or resting to prepare for the following day.
HOWEVER, i do have plans to change that in the very near future!
A good friend of mine, TommyOliverDraws
has been very active himself (his Patreon account
included) and posts regular inspirational tidbits for aspiring artist and potential curators in the business. His Youtube channels (yes, plural) are a good insight for everyone and if you sense you're in a similar situation- not being able to pull yourself up to your own expectations, I would greatly suggest you to go visit Rebel Pixels
, subscribe and share your own personal experience and thoughts on each weekly topic.
Among his youtube videos, he shed light on many graphic tablet display monitors, such as the Cintiq, but at competitive prices. I'm more than halfway mark on buying the Huion GT-185HD drawing tablet
at a whopping 600USD! As i would get used to handling drawing on-screen, i know my drawing productivity would be more than twice as efficient plus i might actually get through my animation projects I've been pushing back for lack of time and persuasion.
All in all, the past months have been quite a lot for me but if all goes okay and under control, i'll be able to draw more, thus showing my talent to more people, maybe having a few more drawing contracts and possibly a chance on opening up a patreon for special friends and supporters.
Just keeping my head up for the occasion. I didn't get my promotion by sticking my head in the sand- let that be a short inspiration for most of you guys who even bothered reading all the way through!
on that note, a couple of my drawings are in the midst of completion and I would love a few more commissions to help me push through for the months that lay ahead.
Catch you guys later!