hey I'm interested in going into art as a career but a bit lost, just wondering if you would share how you got into the industry/what kind of work you do? :3 keep up the amazing work
Hi nonnie! Good for you, there’s always room for more artists <3
Up until a few years ago I was a lost sheep too. After graduating from graphic communication design (same thing as graphic design except with more reading and seeing classes with journalists and publicists), I worked in article writing and content creation for an international company that sold professional hair products for about 5 years, which was my safety net while I searched for art jobs. Then I went on to social media assistant and customer service with them.
It paid bills but I really wanted to work in art. The problem was…what kind of art.
Illustration? Animation? Video games? Storyboarding? Concept art? I kind of wanted to do it all and graphic design besides, given the years I put in uni for it.
I already knew I didn’t want to work in advertising because I’d interned at an agency and saw a dark future where I didn’t belong to myself and thought HELL NO. So I applied for a job as illustrator at a local video game/multimedia studio and I got it. My colleagues were amazing, I learned a lot, made tons of contacts, worked heaps…but I also had a mental breakdown due to the stress and it put me in hospital.
2014…never forget o__o
At this studio I was doing pretty much all I said I wanted to do and more. And a few months in I realised I wasn’t cut out for it and that I wanted to specialise in one or two things instead of running around pleasing people. So after experiencing the objectivity forced on me by a mental crisis and subsequent treatment and therapy, I quit.
Thanks to my wonderful friends at my old job, I got a job in layouts for an animation studio and it helped me realise that it wasn’t that I was bad at working under pressure, it was a matter of the quantity of things I was pressuring myself to do and excel at. I did well at this job and it ended naturally.
During all of these years I took on commissions in my free time and did small fan art projects to help with my depression and anxiety…soul work. I would also work on Under the Aegis in tiny bits. Now that I was jobless I had more time to dedicate to that so I thought “to heck with it” and started publishing comic pages regardless of whether I felt ready or not.
And it worked.
It’s embarrassing for me to admit that I ignored all the signs that were telling me to work in comics, because it used to just be a hobby and childhood interest. It only took a crisis for me to realise it’s where I’m meant to be!
TL;DR figure out what you want to do without trying to do it all and it’s okay to fail, just pace yourself, make friends and do things that make you happy whenever the circumstances allow.
i’m sad that i’ll literally never have the cool high school experience of having friends and a good time while i’m 16. like the media’s always talking about hugh school and how it’s such a good experience. i’ll never rly know having frends in class or going to parties, or even hanging out with my own small frendgroup.
Moffat: We don’t know if Sherlock is gay or straight because they never talk about that kind of stuff in the show
ASIP: The restaurant scene (”Do you have a boyfriend?”)
ASIB: Literally everything with Irene like seriously that episode is entirely about repressed emotions (not to mention John counts the number of texts Sherlock receives from Irene and is extremely jealous of her)
HLV: John is jealous of Janine, Sherlock hates Magnussen because he “prays on people’s secrets”, Sherlock restarts his heart for John, John’s wife is an assassin and everything gets super emotional, “Sherlock is actually a girl’s name”
TAB: The whole thing takes place in Sherlock’s gay ass mind, “correct me, doctor”, the shed scene (which I’m willing to bet Moffat wrote), we find out that Sherlock couldn’t say goodbye to John without practically overdosing himself on drugs
TLD: Sherlock gives up everything for John, we find out that both characters were suicidal before they met each other, Mrs Hudson confirms that Sherlock is emotional, “the man we both love”, “posh boy”, John is jealous of Irene again, the hug
TFP: Sherlock and John move back into 221B and start raising a child together
Moffat: Sherlock and John never talk about their emotions or anything so I guess we’ll just never know, sorry guys
Snow day means warm clothes, exploring outside, and having your annoying petbest friend follow you around everywhere!! (Also time for inking after a long time!~ Dress warm if you live in the snow areas like I do!!)